Opened in July 2016, Beau Monde is a stylish modern day spa and hair salon, part of the family-run Stablewood Leisure complex. The 11-metre pool, with its gleaming aquamarine mosaic tiles, is set in a double-storey barn complete with beamed ceilings and large windows. There’s a steam room and sauna, while the relaxation room has a faux fire and fake fur rugs. Enjoy a Temple Spa treatment and afternoon tea served in the Quiet Room, overlooking the pool.
- Single sex facilities
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- 11.5m by 6m heated deck pool with bubble pool & neck massages
- Steam room
- Pedi spas
- Relaxation room
- Viewing room for afternoon tea
- Fitness suite
- Make up area
- Hair salon
- Temple Spa
- Paul Mitchell
Our Spa Spy review
Opened in July 2016, Beau Monde is a stylish, modern salon and day spa in rural Northumberland. part of the family-run Stablewood Leisure complex. You can make use of the quaint self-catering cottages, as well as the pub and restaurant on site.
What's on offer?
Staff warmly welcomed us in the light and airy reception area and we took a seat to complete consultation forms. Emily offered us a strawberry bon-bon from a retro-style jar before giving us a tour.
In the spacious changing rooms, individually named, coded lockers offer plenty of space to hang your clothes. Inside, you'll find a fluffy white robe, a towel, slippers and complimentary Temple Spa Calming Skin Balm.
There's one private changing cubicle, two showers containing shower gel (bring your own shampoo and conditioner) and a vanity station with a hairdryer. Guests with children can also make use of the child-friendly changing room.
A double-storey barn complete with beamed ceilings and large windows is the setting for the thermal experiences. Feel sorry for guests working away in the gym while you bubble away in the hot tub or swim in the 11-metre pool, with its attractive aquamarine mosaic tiles. Orchids, large planters and storm lanterns give the space a spa-like feel. Grab a magazine and a cup of water, and relax on one of six wicker loungers.
Smart mosaic tiles adorn the steam room which is roomy enough for five. Here, large windows allow you to look over the pool as you heat up. Or try the small sauna, which was wonderfully hot on our visit, before cooling down in the experience showers outside.
We loved giving our shoulders a pummelling in the swan-neck fountains before having our cares massaged away in the foot spa.
With its faux fire and low lighting, The Relaxation Suite at Beau Monde is the space for a post-treatment snooze. Munch on a fresh fruit platter, drink cucumber-infused water or settle down on one of three wicker loungers laden with fake fur.
Beau Monde also has a hair salon using Paul Mitchell products, a mani/pedi studio and a fitness suite.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Temple Spa Drift Away full body massage (60 minutes, £55).
My therapist, Gemma, led me to one of the spa's two treatment rooms; it was spacious and cosily decked out in neutral tones of cream and brown.
Gemma explained the steps of the treatment before inviting me to take deep breaths of a eucalyptus and tea-tree oil, which helped clear my sinuses. Gemma then cleansed my feet, stroking the back of each leg with a hot flannel before pressing my soles. She did some pressure work on each foot, which was deeply relaxing.
While I lay face down on the treatment bed, Gemma gave my legs and arms a firm body brush before repeating the procedure on the other side.
Next up: a drizzle of Drift Away Temple Spa oil; this lubricated my back and shoulders in preparation for the firm massage that I had requested to ease the tension in my neck and shoulders. Gemma expertly worked away at my knots, continually checking that the pressure was fine, which it was.
Asking if I minded oils in my hair (I didn't), Gemma completed the treatment with a blissful Indian head massage using a warmed aromatherapy oil.
After the long drive, it was great to feel the tension in my back, neck and shoulders melt away; my skin continued to feel soft for a couple of days.
Beau Monde Spa has a huge treatment menu which includes facials, wraps, body scrubs, purifying mud treatments, infusions, hot stone massages, express therapies and detoxes. It also offers finishing treatments (think waxes, eyelash tinting and manicures/pedicures) as well as tailor-made sessions for mums-to-be and men.
We opted for afternoon tea which was served by a spa butler in the Quiet Room, a chilled space overlooking the pool. Fresh sandwiches, a slice of quiche, scones with clotted cream and jam, a warm slice of brownie, and cream-filled meringues with fresh strawberries and raspberries filled us up nicely.
There's a help-yourself snack bar here, too, with a good range of drinks, snacks and salads for guests who don't fancy afternoon tea.
Dinner is served in The Apple Inn, a large, dog-friendly pub with a quiet snug and quirky décor. We tucked into monkfish goujons with beef-dripping chips and loved every minute. You can also head across to The Apple Core restaurant which serves pizzas, crepes and other family-friendly dishes.
We loved / we didn't love
The design: Being new, Beau Monde, has a fresh feel, perfect for a spa.
The friendly staff: Nothing was too much trouble.
We didn't love
The changing rooms could have been better equipped with shampoo/conditioner, cotton wool, cleanser, moisturiser and straighteners. There was only one hairdryer to hand, too.
The Relaxation Suite is located near the busy hair salon, making it quite noisy.
Who do you think would like it?
Solo spa goers would find Beau Monde intimate and friendly, while couples could combine a spa treatment with a trip to the beach.
Hen parties or groups of no more than 14 can book the entire spa for themselves
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Beau Monde a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 4 bubbles. Beau Monde is a new spa with a good size swimming pool, a variety of thermal experiences, and a comprehensive treatment menu. A few more amenities in the changing rooms would not go amiss
The Apple Inn is a modern gastro pub in the heart of the village and The Apple Core opposite serves modern Mediterranean style food.
Self catering cottages are available close by should you wish to extend your stay.
Tuesday 9.30 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 9.30 am - 5 pm
Thursday 9 am - 6 pm
Friday 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday 8 am - 3 pm
Sunday Closed (open 9.30 am until 5 pm 2 Sundays a month)