4 Bubble Spa 2018

Aqua Sana Longleat Forest


This Center Parcs spa is nestled in a valley in the lovely Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. The World of Spa is a huge array of thermal facilities and experience rooms from across the globe, including a Balinese multi-steam bath, Tyrolean and Finish saunas, and Turkish hammam, while treatments use Decléor and Elemis. The post- treatment room has soothing views of the towering Redwood trees. Soak in the warm, circular outdoor spa pool at night, where twinkling stars peek out from the treetops.

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Features

  • XXL robes available
  • 20 air-conditioned treatment rooms
  • Aqua meditation room
  • Balinese multi-steam bath
  • Finnish sauna
  • Greek herbal bath
  • Ice fountain
  • Indian Blossom steam room
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Japanese salt steam bath
  • Laconium
  • Meditation room
  • Multi-sensory steam room
  • Reflexology footbaths
  • Turkish hammam
  • Tyrolean sauna
  • Water Beds
  • Zen Garden

Products

  • Elemis
  • Decleor
  • CND Nails
  • Bare Minerals
  • Lava Shells

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Part of Center Parcs, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is in the beautiful Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. After a relaxed drive through the fragrant forest -- past log cabins and an enormous lake glimpsed through giant redwoods -- you arrive at the spa's dedicated car park. The Roman-style spa, perhaps a historic nod to nearby Thermae Bath, rises like a temple from the towering trees.

On offer

What's on offer?

Double doors open to a vast, open-plan reception area with large, globe-style pendant lights hanging from a vaulted ceiling. The area feels modern and bright, with lots to take in: a tempting boutique selling Elemis and Decléor products, and a spacious nail salon with three brown leather pedi-thrones and mani-stations. Staff at the reception desk greet you and give you your robe, towel, and locker wristband. If you haven't brought your own flip-flops, you can purchase a pair for £3.

Doors behind the desk lead to the male and female changing rooms. Bowls of orchids on two mirrored vanity tables, oval brown leather seats and large tree-patterned lampshades add a "spa" feel to a functional space. Plenty of wooden lockers line the walls, opened with your electronic wristband (there's a wall-mounted device to help recall your locker number should you forget).

Four showers have frosted green glass and Aqua Sana shampoo, conditioner and body wash; there's also a private changing room, six hairdryers and a swimsuit drier with bags. A door leads through the café to the treatment rooms and the vast, globally-inspired "World of Spa" with its impressive 20 experience rooms/areas.

Four green-tiled, bubbly reflexology foot-baths sit by the entrance, all facing a cherubic statue. There's a warm laconium to kick-start your circulation, a hot wooden Tyrolean sauna and an aromatic Greek herbal bath. Here, a timed bucket tips a trickle of water onto rosemary, sage and thyme, unleashing hot mists of herbal-scented steam. A Balinese multi-steam bath with tiled separate nooks is next door. Each room would comfortably accommodate between eight and 12 people. Cool off afterwards in the experience showers or by grabbing handfuls of ice from the ice bath.

Don't miss the open-air hydro-pool, the heart of the spa, set in a glass-sided courtyard. Start inside and swim out through plastic curtains before relaxing on a mosaic-tiled seat in the bubbly water.

Indoors, cushioned rattan seats and recliners overlook the pool. Behind them, doors lead to two meditation rooms: one, "Aqua", has large white leather recliners and colour-filled lava lamps; the other has heated tepidarium loungers and a screen showing nature videos. Check out the Japanese salt steam bath with its glowing pink salt crystal or head outside to the Zen garden, with its day bed and mindful pathways, ending at the outdoor Finnish sauna.

On the other side of the spa, a separate area has a sweetly scented Indian Blossom steam room, a traditional hammam, and a wooden infra-red sauna that aims heat along the spine. Relax in one of two relaxation areas: one with egg chairs and magazines, another with five waterbeds facing a wall of flickering candles.

Additional treats include a private venue for groups, The Hideaway, with a spa garden, outdoor shower and barrel sauna.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We tried the Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Massage (50 minutes, £79) followed by an Elemis mini facial (20 minutes, £35).

My therapist, Jess, met me in the lounge and walked me through to one of the 20 treatment rooms, decorated in earthy colours. I took a seat on a chair so that we could discuss my areas of tension (back and legs) and so that I could choose a massage oil; I selected a lemony Cellutox Active Body Oil.

Jess left me to lie face down on the bed, returning to check my level of comfort before massaging my back; she used deep flowing movements, kneading, and pressure work. Jess then moved her focus to my shoulders, glutes and calves before asking me to turn over. Jess expertly worked her way up from my feet to my legs before moving onto my hands and arms. She finished with a knot-busting shoulder massage which relieved a significant amount of tension. Jess' expert touch, coupled with the uplifting, zesty oil, was a perfect combination.

I was happy to be able to book in for a last-minute facial with Jess, who cleansed and lightly exfoliated my skin before applying a mask, using refreshing cold mitts to remove it. A layer of Elemis moisturiser to finish left my skin soothed and soft.

The treatment menu at Aqua Sana Longleat Forest includes a range of massages, body rituals and facials using Elemis, Decléor and their own Aqua Sana range. There are also targeted treatments for men, couples, and mums-to-be, as well as alternative therapies such as reflexology. The spa also offers Made for Life treatments for those living with, or beyond cancer.

Food facts

Food Facts

You can have lunch in your robe in the Vitalé Café, a high-ceilinged airy room with a Roman temple façade on one wall and a huge window on another, overlooking the forest. Brown and cream chairs and tables are dotted around, alongside soft blue sofas. The café wasn't too busy when we visited, but Aqua Sana manage the numbers by booking your time slot on arrival.

Choose food from the menu or displayed in the cabinet; even pasta dishes are artfully arranged so you know what you're getting. Try paninis, hot baked meals, light salads and gluten-free options. Your package may include a hot or cold drink and light or main meal, but you can pay extra for a pastry, dessert or bowl of fruit.

Our superfood smoothie and brie and tomato tart with mixed bean salad was fresh, well presented and rather moreish. Most spa days include a welcome drink and snack; we opted for a tea and a fruit bowl, but you can choose from a selection of pastries, too.

All tastes and tolerances are well catered for.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The service: The journey is well thought-out at Aqua Sana and all the staff were focused on spa-goers having a great day.

The food: We noticed some additions to the menu from our last visit and loved the healthy options. You can still enjoy a glass of bubbles and slice of cake, though.

The post-treatment relaxation room has floor-to-ceiling glass allowing you to look out over the forest and watch the birds.

We didn't love

Although clean and well cared for, some of the heat facilities are showing signs of age.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

We saw many couples and small groups of friends catching up and enjoying the spa together. We also found Aqua Sana Longleat great for solo spa-goers as it has plenty to keep you occupied, as well as quiet relaxation rooms for downtime.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded Aqua Sana Longleat Forest a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 4 Bubbles. The World of Spa offers a feast of thermal experiences that are fun to explore. Staff also cope with a high-footfall and deliver a personalised, helpful service, some going above and beyond to make your spa day special.

Supreme Spy visited in April 2018 and awarded it 4 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"Best spa I’ve ever experienced with plenty of choice with a variety of spa experiences. Have visited several times. "

Katherine

  • February 24, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Best spa I’ve ever experienced with plenty of choice with a variety of spa experiences. Have visited several times. "

Katherine

  • February 24, 2018 at 11:55 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"I have visited a couple of times and have really enjoyed my visits"

Leanne

  • November 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Voted: A social spa


"Fab setting and lovely staff. I had a Swedish full body massage which left me totally relaxed. The cafe is very pleasant and the food was very tasty. I have been here on several occasions and think that is brilliant and also good value for money"

Sue Richards

  • October 10, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Voted: A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Been here several times and really is the benchmark for me as to what a spa should be; it is a customer built spa with tonnes to do; compared to hotel spas which to me feel like places to spend an hour or two this is easily an entire day affair. Staff have always been friendly and the value for money factor is enormous."

Antony

  • October 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic

Spa Location

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Spa location


Warminster,
Wiltshire,
BA12 7PU

03448266205

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Extra Information

Dining

Vitalé Café Bar – Mediterranean restaurant to delight your senses, with a mouth-watering selection of lighter meals, designed to be both nutritious and irresistible.

Accommodation

Executive Apartments available for spa breaks.

Opening Hours

9am - 9pm every day

Treatment menu

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