At Good Spa Guide we love stately chic. Retreating to 50 acres of English countryside is our ideal of a summer escape from the city -- especially when there’s spa involved! We were drawn to Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel because they’re launching a new and exclusive Time Peace Collection that is inspired by ancient body rituals. We also couldn’t resist trying the spa’s new holistic hair spa concept that pairs Hoar Cross Hall’s period style with LA glamour.
Hoar Cross Hall makes quite the first impression as you drive through the garden landscape and up to the turreted stone archway. Stepping into the building, I received a warm welcome from staff and peered through into wooden panelled galleries decorated with oil paintings and velvet sofas.
The spa is subterranean and offers a 26-meter saltwater vitality pool, hydrotherapy pool, aqua massage, a cold plunge pool, and an aqua detox area. There is a light and breezy pre-treatment waiting space and a selection of soothing relaxation areas to unwind in including a snooze sofa corner with a warming fireplace (electric, but ambient), a dimly lit room with massage chairs, and a room filled with water beds under a colour-changing ceiling.
The Spa at Hoar Cross Hall is undergoing some impressive refurbishments that aim to balance stately elegance with modern luxury. The exciting new Time Peace Collection has been designed exclusively for Hoar Cross Hall and is being developed by the spa team. The collection is based on five 85-minute, tailor-made treatments which are inspired by Egypt, Native America, Morocco and The Orient. The spa also has options for a growing market of male spa-goers -- the ‘Rite of Mankind’ includes full-body cleansing, massage and a Rhassoul mud treatment.
The 80 treatments rooms are being designed to fit a new trilogy concept. Guests will experience a treatment journey that is spaced out between three rooms; one for exfoliation, the second for bathing, and the third for body treatments.
I had a taster of the upcoming Time Peace Collection, and had the bespoke massage element that is key to all of the five treatments. My experience began with a warming foot cleanse and my therapist Antonia began to work on each part of my body after drizzling my skin in hot tangerine oil. Antonia concentrated on pressure points all over my body including my toes, ears and fingers. I felt the tension in my body easing and the thermal tangerine oil soothed my senses and muscles. I left my full treatment feeling relaxed and revived.
What came next was an exciting addition to Hoar Cross Hall’s grand and stately experience. Guests can book into the new Hair Retreat in association with celebrity stylist Matthew Curtis. In the bright and trendy Hair Retreat, you’ll be offered a glass of bubbly on arrival and some post-treatment catwalk chic. Inspired by his work in the US, including New York Fashion Week, Matthew Curtis has introduced the ‘Blow-Dry Cocktail Menu’. Matthew’s team analysed my hair and measured levels of dryness and damage before chosing a bespoke treatment which involved a scalp massage and hair mask to restore my hair before my blow dry. I walked in with damp and slightly oily hair from my treatment and was transformed with luscious waves that made me feel ready for a photo shoot!
There is something for everyone at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel. The spa provides a large range of thermal facilities and relaxation areas. Nature-lovers will enjoy the impeccable grounds that surround the building. Health conscious spa-goers will be kept busy with a large range of fitness classes and gym facilities. Foodies will not be disappointed with the spa café menu that offers both healthy light bites and indulgent treats. The Hair Retreat was a glamourous addition to the spa journey and the Time Peace Collection taster left us wanting more…
26th June 2015
Beautiful interiors, luxurious swimming pools, being pampered, long massages, quality food.
Noisy echoes, overlooking facilities, thin walls in treatment rooms, cramped spa layout.
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