The Spa Spy blog

Christmas Spa-kle

At this time of year, most spas will be dressing their reception areas with a bit of tinsel. Some are getting really creative and giving us some ideas: we’ve noticed one or two spa elves on our travels too, though thankfully not therapists. There has to be a line somewhere.

If you notice any delightful – or frightful! – Christmas decs on your travels, or want to nominate a spa with the most spa-kle, please send us a pic via tweet @goodspaguide using the hashtag #spachristmas

On Dec 21, we’ll pick the best and celebrate with lots of fanfare.

Meanwhile, here are a few of our favourites so far to get you in the mood.


Stanley House

We love the design of Stanley House, which already has plenty of spa-kle – which is why we gave them our Above and Beyond award in November 2015. This has to be the most perfectly executed xmas Spa-kle pic so far…


Chewton Glen

I know I keep going on about it, but during a tour of Chewton Glen’s gorgeous kitchen gardens I saw how they recycle their Christmas trees to make homes for hedgehogs. Never mind the John Lewis ad, this is too much (she says waving her hands near moistening eyes)! They replant 225 of their 280 trees, which is nice too, but the hedgehogs did it for me. Of course, Chewton Glen are very classy and creative with their decs. The staff dressed as elves are to be expected.


Utopia Spa at Alexander House

This classy spa with its Grecian temple swimming pool in 120 acres of Sussex woodland is looking extremely tempting this Christmas. We love these white and silver decs – tres chic!


Armathwaite Hall

We’re getting lots of pics of roaring fires and traditional Christmas trees in the hotel – nice one of a martini in cosy leather chairs with twinkly lights in the background. Makes us want to snuggle up in Cumbria at Armathwaite.


Coworth Park

This Classic Georgian Hotel in Berkshire is also famed for its eco-credentials, so perfect if you want a small carbon footprint by your fireside this Christmas. Mince pies, tea and bubbly. Love the mix of modern and trad which Coworth Park do so well.