Ayush Wellness Spa has been created with nature in mind; beautiful stone and wood combine with open glass walkways to maintain the vast and spacious air element. The spa incorporates a spacious, natural environment for health and healing, and its treatments are based on 5,000 year old Indian teachings of Ayurveda. It is the perfect combination of authentic therapies and luxurious spa-ing; an extensive 17,000-square foot haven of tranquility set within the magnificent landscaped gardens of Hotel de France.
- XXL robes available
- Infinity pool
- Massage pool
- Steam room
- 5 treatment rooms
- 1 double treatment room
- Relaxation room
- Yoga studio
- Sun terrace
- La Sultane de Saba
Our Spa Spy review
The Hotel du France is a huge colonial hotel on a hill at the edge of St Helier. The loud and perhaps slightly dated hotel contrasts with the much calmer spa. The wellness wing is bright and modern with glass staircases and lifts leading down to the spa and gym.
The entrance to Ayush Wellness Spa is large, light and serene, all glass and natural stone, overlooking the pool area. The spa design incorporates the five Ayurvedic elements of air, fire, water, earth and space. Clearly there's something in it: the spa is now 11 years old but looks as though it was built yesterday.
What's on offer?
The large all-white entrance leads to the healthhaus (very posh gym), the Garden View Café and Ayush. Spa reception has a large flagstone floor with seating and pebble-shaped tables, white orchids, and shelves of La Sultane de Saba products to try and buy. Behind the reception desk, a long glass wall overlooks the spa pools. The flagstone flooring and stone-white walls extend throughout the 17,000 square feet of the spa for a gentle, natural look.
The changing rooms have pale green lockers, black stone benches and two private changing rooms with leather bench seats. Three chairs face a black stone vanity table with large mirrors and hairdryers. The four showers are well-stocked with shampoo, conditioner and body lotions.
Ayush has four pools, all tiled dark blue and lit from underneath. Three intricately woven globe lights dangle above two rows of grey poolside loungers. The main 15-metre swimming pool is heated to 30 degrees and perfect for swimming laps. At one end, a tiled wall runs straight up to the spa reception. In the centre of the pool space is a five-metre hydro-pool which is deep and warm with three chrome swan pipes and bubbly Jacuzzi-style seats to one side. Both pools face floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the spa terrace and landscaped spa gardens.
The third pool is a deep plunge pool with stone steps leading down. Behind it is a wallow pool heated to 36-degrees where you can float while looking across the wet area.
The heat experiences are in one corner of the pool room. The aroma-scented steam room is oval in shape with two layers of seating around a glowing crystal. The sauna has a glass door and pale wooden benches. Both would comfortably seat 15, although there were never more than four people using them while we were there. The nearby shower can cool you off.
The Ayurvedic treatment area is upstairs from the main reception. A stone Buddha water-feature greets you as you enter, and the lighting is subdued. There are white-upholstered chairs and sofas to sit on while you wait for your treatment. A large relaxation room has seven comfortable loungers for your post-treatment flop. The yoga studio, which holds classes throughout the week, has views over St Helier.
Tell us about the treatments
The treatments are what makes Ayush special. The therapists are all trained in Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old holistic healthcare system that embraces yoga, diet, therapies and medicine.
On arrival, I filled in a consultation form which asks the normal spa questions, but also has a list of emotions and traits that correspond to the three "doshas"'; vata is air and space, pitta is fire and water, and kapha is water and earth. Before my treatment, I also had a consultation with Dr Prasanna Kerur, who runs Ayush. Dr Kerur diagnosed me as vata/pitta; the fire, he says, explains my dry skin and impulsiveness. I need more kapha for balance.
My treatment was the four-handed Abyhanga Oil Massage (80 minutes, £120) beginning with an Indian head and shoulder massage and ending with a steam bath.
My therapist, Priya, took me to a large, low-lit therapy room and explained the treatment. I sat wrapped in a towel while Priya poured warm oil onto my head and shoulders and began her profoundly intense and lovely massage. It felt sublime, and the oil -- a traditional Ayurvedic oil from India -- smelled earthy and sweet.
Priya left the room while I de-towelled, put on disposable underwear and lay face down on the treatment bed. She returned with a second therapist, Kavita. Both of them silently massaged either side of my body, somehow managing to achieve absolute symmetry with pressure and movements. The effect was utterly pleasurable. Halfway through, they invited me to turn over, covered my eyes with a silk pillow, and did the same to my front: a really deep and intense massage that was also luxuriously indulgent.
Kavita helped me off the treatment bed and I stepped into the steam bath. Kavita closed the doors so my body was encased but my head was steam-free. I felt the steam snake around my oiled limbs as Kavita and I chatted.
The treatment was intense but absolutely delightful; I left feeling completely balanced and relaxed.
Ayush Wellness Spa offers a range of authentic Ayurvedic therapies, La Sultane de Saba facials, rituals for couples and treatments for men and mums-to-be. The spa also offers yoga classes which must be booked in advance.
You can choose from a range of traditional Ayurveda-inspired dishes on the spa menu: think healthy curries and salads. I chose a salad with strawberries, pomegranate seeds, nuts and goats cheese which was fresh and beautifully colourful.
Food is served in the Garden View Restaurant, which isn't as stylish as the spa but does have the advantage of leading out to a beautiful terrace with huge pots of flowers. We were comfortable eating in our robes.
If you stay overnight, try Saffrons restaurant, which offers Asian Fusion: modern European mixed with Indian spices and locally sourced food.
We loved / we didn't love
The wonderful spa design which embraces the natural wellness philosophy.
The authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapists: utter bliss and holistic health without having to fly to India.
We didn't love
While we loved the spa itself, the spa suites and restaurant could use some of its warmth, charm and style.
Who do you think would like it?
Ayurveda is very fashionable at the moment; many current trends take inspiration from it. Ayush could be a destination of choice for those who take wellness seriously.
Anyone who needs some space to heal or de-stress: Ayush has an instant calming effect and the treatments felt beautifully nurturing.
Jersey locals who are lucky to have this special and stunning spa on their island.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We gave Ayush Wellness Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. It's probably the most beautiful spa on Jersey. The spa area is lovely to explore or simply be in, and the treatments are exceptional. For us, Ayush was a deeply nurturing and luxurious experience.
A combination of dining options from informal brasserie-style dining in Café Aroma to the healthy Indian fusion cuisine of the award-winning a la carte Saffrons Restaurant.
126 bedrooms consisting of Single, Double, Twin and Executive rooms, as well as Junior Suites and Spa Rooms with balcony.
The facilities are open Monday to Friday: 6.30am-9.30pm; Saturday and Sunday: 7.00am-8.30pm. Treatments are available from Monday to Saturday: 9.00am-8.00pm; Sunday: 9.00am-6.00pm.