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Stoke Park Spa
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PG
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
11 treatment rooms
Stoke Park Spa offers luxury treatments that transcend you from your everyday hectic lifestyle into a world of tranquil escapism, set within stunning parkland to walk in before or after your treatments. The hotel is a Palladian mansion commanding imposing views over the 300 acre estate of sweeping grounds and greens of the golf course. The Spa is luxurious and has many fine facilities and the unusual and interesting treatments are well worth the price. The rooms at Stoke Park are elegant and the food and services are excellent – abandoned partners of serious golfers will be in seventh heaven.
Stoke Park is a beautifully proportioned white mansion set in Capability Brown designed gardens in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The drive meanders through the golf course and over the iconic bridge by Humphry Repton. A helicopter landed on the grass as we arrived; this, plus the large car park full of expensive drives, gives some insight into the guests of Stoke Park.
The spa and health club are in the Pavilion building, separate from the main house.
The spa is flooded with light, especially in the 16-metre pool area, which has huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Swimmers will love the pool and it's a perfect place for the less energetic to recline on the poolside loungers and bathe in the light instead.
Stoke Park has a very popular and busy health club. When we visited, members were taking full advantage of the newly-refurbished gym set over two floors, and the extensive range of fitness classes. A dedicated hot yoga studio has infra-red lights heating the room to a perspiration-inducing 40 degrees.
Stoke Park deals with any possible issues of overcrowding by having separate changing rooms for health-club users and spa guests. The health-club changing rooms are larger, with a very hot steam room that spa guests are welcome to use, too.
You can access the spa atrium only from the spa changing rooms; this large room has loads of comfy sofas and is available only to spa guests. Help yourself to hot drinks and fruit. A fish tank forms part of the wall that separates the spa atrium from the pool. The many colourful fish are lovely to watch as you relax pre- or post-treatment -- or, indeed, as you lie on your lounger poolside. A dedicated relaxation room, low lit, has four beds to doze on post-treatment.
Stoke Park is extremely family friendly; the pool has regular children's "splash sessions", which you may want to avoid if your aim is complete tranquillity. More importantly for spa-ing mums and dads, the crèche and a baby-sitting service make time in the spa completely possible.
The in-spa café, San Marco, is somewhere you can feel completely at home in a robe, and offers a range of healthy Italian food.
The Pavilion building has 28 contemporary-style bedrooms, while the mansion block is all about four-poster beds and antiques. If you are on a spa break, you can opt for whichever décor floats your boat.
Tennis, as well as golf, is a big deal at Stoke Park: three indoor courts and, outside, four floodlit clay courts and six grass courts. Tennis fans can play and train all year round.
We had the Thalgo Skin Solution facial (55 minutes, £90).
Lauren, my therapist, collected me from my sofa in the spa atrium and took me to the treatment room. She asked me about my skin concerns (dry and sensitive) and what I wanted to achieve from the facial (radiance). She briefly left the room, while I laid myself down on the heated bed under the towels.
Lauren started by cleansing my face, after which she sprayed a mist of toner over my skin. She used a melting exfoliator which felt perfectly gentle. Lauren used hot mitts to remove the product, then began a delightful massage which included my neck and décolletage as well as my face. This lasted around ten minutes and was so deeply relaxing that I felt myself drifting away.
I was vaguely aware of Lauren applying the ultra-hydra marine mask. She put a marine infusion mask over the top, too, to help push the hydration further into my skin. While the mask worked its magic, Lauren massaged my scalp with her finger-tips.
Having taken off the mask with warm mitts, Lauren toned my skin and applied serum, eye cream and moisturiser. She gently told me that the treatment had finished and went to get me a glass of water. Even after the water, it took me a good five minutes to rouse myself, so deeply had I relaxed.
The Thalgo Skin Solution is a results-driven facial but also very deeply relaxing: a great choice when you are unsure which way to go on the treatment menu.
At Stoke Park Spa, you can choose other facials from the Thalgo and Aromatherapy Associates range of products, as well as massages, some with lava shells, and body wraps, with specific treatments for men and mums-to-be. Also on offer are complementary therapies such as reflexology and beauty finishing touches including manicures, pedicures, and treatments for brows and lashes.
If you are visiting Stoke Park for a spa day, your lunch is served in the Garden Lounge on the first floor, overlooking the pool and the grounds. The spa lunch menu includes salads and sandwiches, while the desserts feature lemon tart and crème brulee.
If you are staying for a spa break, you have a choice of breakfast in San Marco in the Pavilion, or in the Orangery in the main building. You might prefer to eat in the building in which you are sleeping, but you are free to choose either venue. We ate in the Orangery which had early spring sunlight streaming through the large windows, and loved gazing out over the terrace and gardens as we ate. The good buffet selection includes cereals, fruits, pastries and yoghurts. Cooked breakfast options cost extra and are available to order.
For dinner, choose the Italian menu in San Marco or fine dining in the five AA-starred Humphry's. Dinner here starts with canapés which can be eaten in the lounge or at the table. We had a starter of cumin pan-fried scallops with sticky chicken wings, cauliflower puree and raisin compote, and a main course of monkfish with rainbow chard, crab tortellini and oriental langoustine consommé. Both were perfect. My favourite was the bitter dark-chocolate box with hot salted-caramel sauce. Unfortunately, I was unable to make room for the hand-made chocolates later.
We loved the Andy Warhol prints in spa reception. Very cool.
We loved the perfect customer service. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff we encountered in the spa and hotel. Impressive.
We didn't love the lack of sauna and Jacuzzi (although we gather these are coming very soon...)
Those who want to come and stay with families. Stoke Park has plenty to keep your kids entertained while you spa. An outdoor play park has swings and slides and a mini football pitch. Inside, an impressive games room has a football table, air hockey, and all the electronic devices kids could want.
Anyone who wants the beautiful surroundings of a country club without the stuffiness. Stoke Park is stylish and beautiful yet very inclusive.
Tennis fans: Every year Stoke Park hosts its own Boodles Tennis Tournament; Andy Murray has played many times. If it's good enough for Andy…
We gave Stoke Park Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. Stoke Park is a well-designed spa in a beautiful environment. The customer service is as good we have experienced anywhere.
Once the new facilities are complete, Stoke Park Spa will be as good as spa-ing gets. We wait with bated breath...
Super Spy visited Stoke Park Spa in April 2015
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Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, SL2 4PG
Dedicated spa rooms available.
Monday to Friday: 6.30am – 10pm; Saturday and Sunday: 7am – 8pm
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