Nestled in a spectacular valley in the beautiful Longleat Estate in Wiltshire, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is known for its natural environment. This new spa draws inspiration from the tranquil forest setting, the local landscape and some of the most beautiful forests in the world.
Following a £6m investment, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest now boasts a heated outdoor pool, reflexology footbaths, a range of steam rooms and saunas, an ice cave and a selection of relaxation rooms. The spa also introduces three brand-new experiences – Moonlight Steam Room, Moonlight Shower and Forest Cavern.
- Single sex facilities
- XXL robes available
- Sole Therapy, an effervescent reflexology foot bath
- Forest rain walk, a sequence of shower experiences
- Forest Rain Walk, a sequence of shower experiences
- Alpine Steam Room
- Ice Cave
- Scandinavian Snug
- Nordic Sauna
- Volcanic Steam Room
- Volcanic Mists - two showers, five experiences
- Lava Volcano Sauna - a hot, dry sauna
- Fireside Relaxation Room
- Heated body-contoured loungers
- Deep relaxation waterbeds
- Tropical rain shower
- Forest Glade, gentle steam in a forest clearing
- Outdoor spa pool
- Waterfall shower - select your programme
- Salt steam room
- Hot springs garden
- Forest nesting, ambient lighting and large comfortable beds
- Moonlight Show, a trio of cleansing showers
- Moonlight steam room
- Forest View
- Forest Meditation
- Forest Cavern
- OPI Nails
Our Spa Spy review
Surrounded by tall forest trees, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest sits by a picturesque lake in the Center Parcs resort. The new and expanded spa opened in January ‘20 and has 23 beautifully designed rooms and experiences laid out over two floors. Approach the spa from the lake along a walkway lined by grand streetlamps. The Romanesque-temple entrance beckons from the top of a flight of stairs.
What's on offer?
Enter the light, airy and spacious reception with its gleaming retail area and seating. Smart, smiling receptionists greeted us and gave us our locker wristbands. They led us to the spacious changing room with lockers lining the walls and a central vanity station with six chairs, hairdryers, and bottles of cleanser and moisturiser. There are three soft oval seating areas near the lockers – handy for your belongings when changing – and one private changing room. Six showers are stocked with body wash, shampoo and conditioner. Our robe was in our locker, but if you want something for your feet you will need to bring your own flip flops or buy a pair at reception.
You can access the spa facilities from the far side of the Vitale Café Bar, through a door and along a wide corridor, adorned with trailing plants. The corridor curves round – a clever design that heightens the sense of anticipation – passing a 30-seat Decleor and Elemis product demonstration room. Orientate yourself in the Reflexology Room: relax your feet in one of five powerfully bubbly footbaths, a wonderful start to our journey. There’s also a table with cleanser and pads – handy if you forgot to remove your make-up – and a large map of the spa.
The heart of the spa is a wide, bright space with heat, shower and steam experiences visible through floor-to-ceiling windows on either side. At the centre is the large, circular and steaming pool, open to the elements and festooned with hanging plants. Swim through a plastic curtain; there are curved seats around the inside edge with space for 12-15 people. It’s liberating to look up to the sky and clouds while luxuriating in the warm water – even more fun when it’s raining!
Around the pool we enjoyed the combined Sweet Slumber tepidarium and Deep Relax waterbed room; the powerful tropical Rain Forest Shower; the Forest Glade Steam Room; the Salt Steam Room and the Forest Nesting relaxation room with five large ‘cocoon’ beds and ambient lighting. There are three experience showers and a purple-lit Steam Room here too.
There are more thermal experiences further away from the pool. Three circular experience showers run alongside a long Nordic Sauna that comfortably seats 15-20 people. Walk between the sauna and showers, head briefly outside to a wooden shack, and enter a cosy, dark Scandinavian Snug with sofas, soft fluffy blankets and a flickering fire pit.
Inside are more steam and shower rooms and the hotter, glowing-red Lava Sauna seating 8-10 people. Chill out in the Fireside Relax, a large low-lit room with 12 semi-circular beds, soft rugs and two firepits flickering in the middle.
Above the thermal experiences are two relaxation rooms and the Forest Cavern: The Forest View relaxation room has eight beds that face a floor-to-ceiling window with views of woodland frequented by feeding deer. In the Forest Meditation room you can relax on a soft bed and listen to sleep-guidance. The Forest Cavern is designed to look like an open cave with hanging plants and a waterfall. Lie on one of six double beds and look up to the sky. A fine mist sprays from the ceiling every few minutes coating you in cool water that makes you tingle.
Outside, among the trees, is the Hot Springs Garden with two outdoor hot tubs. Relax in the warm, bubbly water in the fresh, cool air; gaze at the huge redwood trees and watch the wildlife going about its business.
Groups can also book The Hideaway, a private room with an area for lounging, socialising and private dining. There’s a mini treatment area, drinks station and washroom facilities too.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Decleor Mind and Body Re-energiser (55 minutes, £79).
This treatment includes a prescriptive, botanical facial using an Aromessence oil serum and balm, a shoulder massage and a leg and arm massage.
My therapist, Latasha, met me in the treatment waiting area and led me to the softly-lit treatment room. We discussed my unpredictable skin and Latasha personalised the treatment for me.
Latasha placed a warm blanket over my upper body and began to massage the back of my legs, moving rhythmically and firmly up, down and across my calves and thighs. The pressure was perfect; I could feel all my stress dissolving. Latasha then massaged my arms and shoulders, her firm strokes got deep into the muscles, removing knots and making my arms heavy with warmth.
I turned over, and Latasha massaged the front of my legs with the same firm strokes. She also gave me a wonderfully deep foot massage. My body and mind utterly relaxed, she moved up to my arms and hands. Again, her smooth strokes were blissfully calming.
Natasha then moved onto my face using deep stretching and lifting movements firstly with the oil serum and then with the balm. She massaged gently round my eyes and then more firmly on my cheeks, jaw and forehead. She also massaged my shoulders with firm and rhythmical strokes. My face glowed and my upper body felt wonderfully fresh and relaxed.
Natasha then escorted me to the relaxation room where I had a refreshing glass of lemon water and dozed under a warm blanket.
Aqua Sana offer a comprehensive range of Decléor and Elemis body treatments and facials, as well as treatments for men, couples and mothers-to-be. They also have pedicures, manicures and 30-minute express treatments if you are pushed for time.
The Vitale Café Bar is bright and welcoming, with high ceilings and light flooding through the windows. Choose from a range of paninis, flatbreads, pasta dishes, soups and salads. We tried two salads. The Asian salad was a delicious combination of crunchy sliced vegetables with a zingy dressing. The Caesar salad was also very tasty with smoky bacon, croutons, crunchy lettuce and a creamy Caesar dressing. Both were light and flavoursome.
There are vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available, as well as hot and cold drinks, beer and wines, and a choice of cakes, pastries and fruit.
We loved / we didn't love
The sheer range of experiences: With over 23 different experience rooms there is something for everyone.
The amount of relaxation rooms: All so cosy with comfy beds and blankets, you could easily snooze away your spa time if there wasn’t so much to see and do.
The small touches: Cleanser, moisturiser, water and fruit are all freely available
We didn’t love
There are no hooks for towels near the changing room showers.
One private changing room isn’t enough to cater for the volume of spa guests
Who do you think would like it?
Friends and family members whether they are celebrating or on a short break.
Couples can cosy up together in one of the many relaxation rooms.
Parents escaping for some ‘us-time’ while the kids enjoy the rest of the Center Parcs facilities.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Aqua Sana Longleat Forest a Good Spa Guide rating of Five Bubbles. The facilities are industry-leading and in fantastic condition. There are lots of staff available who are all helpful and friendly. The food is great for a spa day and we loved the forest theming.
Vitalé Café Bar
Fresh bright Mediterranean flavours combined with a sparkling selection of drinks make for a refreshing pause during your time in the Spa. Appetizing pasta dishes, colourful salads, tapas, ciabattas as well as sweeter delights like tiramisu will tempt your taste buds while organic juices, speciality teas and coffees or a glass of Prosecco will complete your treat.
Executive Apartments available in the forest
Once you have stepped into the world of Aqua Sana you won't want to leave, so why not prolong your visit and book an overnight Spa Break? Stay in one of the Executive Apartments nestled between the trees, and enjoy the spa a little longer.
Included in your Spa Break:
Two full days spa access from 9am – 9pm on both days of your break
Accommodation in an Executive Apartment
Welcome refreshments on arrival
Lunch on arrival day, served in Vitalé Café Bar, the stylish in-house restaurant
An evening meal, £50 dining voucher to share, choose from a selection of well-known Center Parcs restaurants
Breakfast the following morning, served in Vitalé Café Bar
9am - 9pm every day
Travel and Parking
Free parking available
Accessible for low mobility