An elegant, red-brick mansion in the Garden of England, Brandshatch Place is a four-star hotel with a modern spa and health club near the race course of the same name. Brandshatch Place offers a satisfying mix of gym, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and heat rooms, effective and professional treatments and comfortable chill-out areas. If you visit on a sunny day, visit the rooftop terrace and soak up the sun. Expect excellent customer service and good food in the sympathetically-renovated Georgian hotel.
- Single sex facilities
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- Treatment rooms
- Dual suite
- Relaxation lounge
- Amber lounge
- Indoor swimming pool
- Spa pool
- Steam room
- Exercise studios with classes
- Functional training zone
- Tennis Court
- Squash Court
- Mii Cosmetics
Our Spa Spy review
An elegant, red-brick Georgian mansion in the Garden of England, Brandshatch Place is a four-star hotel, spa and health club near the race course of the same name. This Handpicked Hotels property offers a good mix of gym, swimming pool and heat rooms; effective and professional treatments; and comfortable chill-out areas. Expect excellent customer service, too.
What's on offer?
The cheery spa reception has ample seating and a glass cabinet displaying Elemis goodies for sale. Staff warmly greeted us and showed us to the cosy (albeit darker) Amber Lounge to complete consultation forms and choose our spa lunch.
Day guests have their own dedicated changing rooms that are smart and clean, with two showers containing shampoo and body wash (no conditioner), a private changing cubicle, a vanity bar with two hairdryers and Gilchrist & Soames hand and body lotion. Banks of key-operated wooden lockers are large enough to hang clothes. Inside are branded Handpicked Hotels waffle robes and slippers, and small sachets of Elemis moisturiser. There are bags for wet swim suits, too, but no spin-dryer.
The pool, thermal area and fitness facilities are on the lower floor. We began our spa journey in the rectangular, 13-metre pool with its stylish blue tiles and ten adjustable loungers. We moved on to the small but clean thermal area with its steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and dual-setting experience showers (disappointingly just "hot" or "cold"). The steam room and sauna were the perfect temperature; the former low-lit with moulded, tiled seating. Considering our visit was on one of Brandhatch Place's "quiet" days, the spa felt busy, particularly in the Jacuzzi (which should only really be shared with somebody you know).
The spa has two areas for you to relax in: a quiet pre-treatment room with adjustable loungers and magazines and the Amber Lounge, where spa guests also take lunch. Help yourself to tea or iced water, grab a magazine, or chat with a friend or a fellow spa-goer. We loved the complimentary Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss capsules on offer -- a nice touch.
Brandshatch Place also has a comprehensive range of fitness facilities including a Spin Studio and group exercise classes, as well as personal trainers. For families, there are dedicated swim times for children.
If the weather is kind, catch some rays on the sunny roof terrace where you can help yourself to yummy Prosecco-infused ice lollies.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed an Elemis Poultice Powered Muscle Release treatment (120 minutes, £147). This is a combined massage and facial using the Elemis Superfood Pro Radiance mask (a blend of magnesium, potassium, zinc and Vitamins A and E, designed to leave skin looking smoother and plumper).
My therapist, Abbie, led me to one of seven low-lit treatment rooms smartly decked out in dark wood furniture and colourful Asian throws. She asked me how much pressure I liked (a fair amount) and where I usually carry pockets of tension (neck and shoulders).
Abbie then set to work massaging my entire body with amber-filled pouches called poultices to warm up the muscles. Similar to hot stones but coarse in texture, they massage and exfoliate large areas of skin. Abbie paid a good amount of attention to my shoulders, working out knots with a kneading technique before giving the rest of my body a rub down. My skin immediately felt softer.
For the facial, Abbie cleansed and massaged my face in preparation for the Superfood Pro Radiance mask. Abbie painted on the heavy, fragrant mixture, then performed a deeply relaxing head massage while it dried. My skin drank in the much-needed moisture. The treatment ended with an amino active mask to help eliminate unwanted toxins, by which time, I was happily drifting in and out of sleep.
After two hours of treatments, I was more than happy to follow Abbie's advice and spend at least half an hour sipping water in the Atrium Lounge. My skin looked and felt softer for over a week afterwards.
Other treatments on offer at Brandshatch Place include hot stone massages, targeted facials, Reiki, reflexology, Indian head massages, make-up classes, manicures and pedicures and treatments for mums-to-be.
If you come to Brandshatch Place for a spa day, you can enjoy a two-course lunch in the Atrium Lounge, with the option to upgrade to three courses for an additional charge. Food is freshly prepared and tasty.
Wearing our robes, we enjoyed a mackerel pate with toasted baguette followed by puy lentil moussaka served with salad and crusty bread. There were plenty of indulgent options for dessert, too, including a chocolate orange pot. Juices, smoothies, teas and coffees are also included.
Fancy a treat? Order a glass of fizz or wine at the pay bar. If you're counting the calories, you might want to discuss lighter (and bread-free) options. You also need to order gluten-free choices in advance.
If you're staying overnight, try Brandshatch Place's 2AA Rosette restaurant, The Dining Room, with its delicious interpretation of modern English cuisine.
We loved / we didn't love
Staff are welcoming, professional and caring, while the rooftop terrace is a real treat. We loved our peaceful walk around the property's 12-acre grounds, too.
We didn't love
The décor: It's rather old-fashioned and dark.
The spa menu: A selection of lighter dishes would be a welcome addition.
Who do you think would like it?
Solo spa-goers and small groups of friends.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 4 bubbles. While the décor is a little dated, there is a warm welcome, a good range of facilities and a wide selection of treatments on offer. The perfect recipe for a relaxing spa day or stay.
Spa cuisine available in the spa brasserie; afternoon tea in the Drawing Room and Atrium Lounge; fine dining in the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, The Dining Room.
Four room types available, from classic rooms to suites.
Weekdays 6.30am - 10pm; Weekends 8am - 9pm