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Aqua Sana Longleat Forest

Warminster, Wiltshire,
BA12 7PU

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Day Spa

Has a pool

Has thermal facilities

20 treatment rooms

Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is nestled in a valley in the beautiful Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. The towering tops of Redwood trees can be seen from every angle, reminding you of the magical element of renewal that comes from being close to nature. Soak in the hydro or outdoor pools at night, where twinkling stars peek out from the treetops. Relax and let the World of Spa experience rooms and indulgent range of treatments work their magic; or celebrate in style in The Hideaway, a private room designed for groups of 6 to 10 guests.

1 person says this spa is family friendly.
3 people say this spa is a social spa.
1 person says this spa is solo friendly.
2 people say this spa is romantic.

  • 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
    • Elemis

Our Spa Spy Review

First impressions

Standing amid acres of soaring redwood trees in the heart of Wiltshire, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is part of the extensive Center Parcs estate. As you head through the forest, a butter-hued Grecian-style building emerges from the greenery; this is Aqua Sana, the spa hidden in the forest.

What's on offer?

You enter the spa through the recently refurbished reception area which has high ceilings, comfortable sofas and lots of retail products. Check in at the reception desk then head towards the changing rooms.

The changing space is open plan, with oval seating and electronic wristband-operated lockers lining the walls. There are individual dressers with hairdryers and vases filled with sachets of hand lotion to try out. The showers and loos were clean and tidy during our visit. There's also a private changing room if you're feeling modest.

The aptly-named "World of Spa" is a huge area with facilities that reflect spa traditions from across the globe. The central feature is a circular alfresco spa pool. With steam rising from its bubbling midst and greenery draped from above, it feels like a hidden hot spring open to the sky. Glass windows surround the pool, edged on the inside by rows of loungers and loveseats. The cavernous interior leads to the various and eclectic spa experience rooms.

There are two meditation rooms: one has five heated stone-tiled beds, while the other is fitted with comfortable leather armchairs surrounding a trio of lit glass cylinders filled with water and emitting bubbles (which we found particularly mesmerising).

If you're seeking steam rather than a siesta, try the fragrant Indian blossom steam room, the rose-scented Japanese salt steam bath, the heady Balinese multi-steam bath, the Turkish hammam and the Greek herbal bath steeped with thyme, sage and rosemary. There's also a Tyrolean sauna, an ice bath, and an intensely heated Finnish sauna set outdoors, beside the picturesque Japanese Zen garden.

If you want to chill out, try the reflexology foot baths or the enticing post-treatment relaxation room where the big windows provide soothing views of the forest. There's also an outdoor terrace for the summer months.

A few steps away from the main spa zone, The Hideaway is a private spa space that you can book with a group of friends. It has a mini-treatment room, drinks station and lots of lounging space.

Tell us about the treatments

We had the Hot Stone Massage (55 minutes, £72). Native Americans originally used hot stones as a means of treating aching muscles, and the treatment on the whole is wonderfully warming.

Aqua Sana's treatment rooms are along an ambient corridor dotted with armchairs, where I stopped to fill out my consultation form, and where my therapist, Charlotte, came to collect me. As with the majority of the spa, the treatment rooms had recently been refurbished and freshly painted in shades of oatmeal, contrasting against the dark wood features.

Charlotte asked whether I had any areas of concern and said she would focus on my tight shoulders. She left the room while I de-robed and sank peacefully onto the treatment bed covered in towels. Using natural grapeseed oil, Charlotte began kneading my back with her hands before sweeping down my shoulder blades with the hot stones in parallel movements. I quickly relaxed as Charlotte worked the knots from my shoulders then moved to my lower back.

This is a massage that can be tailored to each client; Charlotte concentrated on my back alone, which made the massage feel completely bespoke. At the end of the treatment, I felt fully relaxed and ready for the afternoon.

Aqua Sana Longleat Forest offers treatments with Elemis and Decleor products. Choose from facials, massages, nourishing wraps and invigorating scrubs. There are express beauty treatments and options for men.

Food facts

If you are visiting Aqua Sana Longleat Forest for a spa day, you eat at Café Vitale within the spa. The lunch menu has soups, salads, paninis and pastas as well as a decadent list of desserts. There are plenty of options if you have specific dietary requirements, and you can have gluten-free options, too. Some spa days include a glass of bubbly if you want to indulge.

We loved / We didn't love

We loved the fact that the spa had been recently refurbished. The spaces looked fresh, and the towels and dressing gowns were new and fluffy.

We were interested in the beauty seminars run by the spa; these offer an educational side that isn't often available in spas.

We didn't love the £3 charge for spa slippers: it made us feel short -changed before we'd even set foot in the changing rooms.

While we loved the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, it's a shame spa day guests don’t have access to the main Center Parcs swimming pool, a short walk from the spa.

Who do you think would like it?

Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is the perfect choice for groups of friends who want to enjoy a day of pampering. The atmosphere is bubbly, so this spa is not ideal for those seeking silence and solitude.

The World of Spa facilities are huge, so Aqua Sana is a great way of introducing spa newbies to different types of heat facilities.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We gave Aqua Sana Longleat Forest a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 Bubbles. The recent renovations have given the spa a fresh and contemporary feel; the spa hosts and therapists were friendly and knowledgeable; and exploring the extensive facilities is a delightful way to spend a day.

Spirited Spy visited in January 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles

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  1. 's avatar
    Antony
    October 15, 2015 at 9:56 am
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Flora
    November 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    I love this spa! All the sauna rooms are so unique and interesting. You can quite easily spend 2-3 hours in here or longer if you have something to eat in the cafe

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Romantic

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    Emily Plunkett
    November 10, 2014 at 1:07 pm
    The Spa was as ever with aqua sana very nice and relaxing but there were a lot of very noisy groups around which the staff did nothing to 'shh' despite the signs all around the place. Also when I finished I went to get a shower but people had clearly been wearing their outdoor shoes into the shower area resulting in mud and grass everywhere. I had a shower but left feeling, not clean and spa-ed as I had hoped but a little bit grubby and wondering how fast I could get back to my shower. Not a great end to an otherwise lovely afternoon.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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Spa Location


Aqua Sana Longleat Forest


Warminster,
Wiltshire,
BA12 7PU

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

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