5 Bubble Spa 2017

Champneys Tring


Tring is Champney's flagship spa, a combination of glamorous stately home and holistic wellbeing. The extensive facilities are complemented by the Marine and Wellness Spa, which offers guests a range of water-based treatments using the recuperative qualities of seawater, algae and marine minerals. The spa menu has over 100 different types of treatments, from the traditional to the exotic, such as Reiki and Indian head massage. Champneys Tring also offers interesting and unusual treatments, retreats and boot camps.

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Features

  • XXL robes available
  • 25 metre swimming pool
  • Indoor and outdoor whirlpool
  • Thalassotherapy pool
  • Poolside mixed sauna, steam room and plunge pool
  • Men's steam room
  • Ladies laconium heat room
  • Infrared booth
  • Relaxation room
  • Two fitness studios with classes
  • Two tennis courts
  • Hair salon
  • Gym
  • Detox and Wellbeing Centre

Products

  • Champneys
  • Decleor
  • Elemis
  • Carita
  • Jessica

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Opened in 1925, Champneys Tring is a stately home and well-being retreat in the Hertfordshire countryside, and also the Champneys group's flagship property. Follow the long driveway with its glimpses of meadows and countryside until the tall chimneys of the red-bricked Champneys mansion appear above the treetops.

Outside the front entrance is a dramatic, modern fountain. Inside, the decor is modern, cool and elegant with an instantly calming sense of light and space. Most bedrooms are in the south-facing garden wing, a two-storey curved building that encompasses the lawns and gardens, and catches the sun.

On offer

What's on offer?

The enormous spa stretches over one floor and can be a bit of a maze. Thankfully, staff are on hand to guide you, or you can make good use of the map you receive at reception.

Everything you could wish for in a spa is on offer at Champneys Tring: a 25-metre pool, a well-equipped gym, two activity studios and a host of thermal experiences.

The large outdoor whirlpool is a must, with its sunshade to reduce glare. Head back indoors for the steam room, sauna and another indoor whirlpool, all spacious and warm on our visit. Brave the cold plunge pool if you overheat.

A separate area houses a large thalassotherapy pool which has a glass wall overlooking the grounds and a wall of slate with a soothing waterfall running down it. Here, the water is enriched with minerals to nourish the skin.

The Marine and Wellness Spa is decorated in white and silver with pale blue furnishings, and has its own reception area. Book in for a guided wellness "journey", a combination of treatments designed to de-stress, detox, slim or rejuvenate. Journeys last two-and-a-half hours and cost from £125.

You'll know you've reached one of several quiet areas as soon as you read the word "Shhh!" Curl up in hanging egg chairs or climb onto a water bed and be lulled to sleep. 

The surrounding 170 acres of gardens and woodland keep Champneys Tring peaceful and quiet, and provide the opportunity for a countryside stroll. Comfortable recliners and several relaxation cabins are tucked away around the grounds, meaning you can hide away from the world -- if just for an afternoon.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We were booked in for the Premier Package which began with a consultation with two senior therapists in the bright treatment reception area.

The Champneys Hot Poultice Massage (80 minutes, £90) was a highlight, as I have enjoyed this treatment before in India. At Champneys, the treatment was much gentler and more relaxing; the poultices contained warmed, nourishing oils.

My therapist, Georgie, began with a salt scrub on my feet, followed by a light massage on my neck, head and shoulders. Once I was relaxed, she started pressing the hot poultices along my big muscle groups, allowing the heat and the oil to release tension. Then, while my skin was warm, Georgie performed a long massage using body butter. I could feel my tense shoulder knots under her fingers and had to breathe through the pain. It was well worth it; the next day, my shoulders and neck felt loose and pain-free for the first time in weeks.

The next day, I enjoyed a Champneys Ultimate Age Excellence Facial (80 minutes, £90) which also included a foot massage, and a deeply nourishing hand treatment using paraffin wax and heated mitts. Georgie began by using hot stones to massage my neck and shoulders; by the time the facial began, I was well and truly relaxed. A cleansing routine used an ultrasonic machine, while the facial included two face masks, an eye mask, and a facial massage.

The lotions and potions smelled heavenly and were rich enough to make a real difference to my rather tired and dehydrated skin. I looked relaxed and brighter than usual, and the fine lines around my eyes were softer.

Side-by-side pedicures with my spa partner completed two days of luxurious treatments.

The treatment menu at Champneys Tring includes facials, massages, body treatments, and beauty finishing touches using Aromatherapy Associates, Carita, Elemis and Decléor, plus complementary therapies such as Bowen technique, acupuncture and osteopathy. The medical treatments include a physiotherapist and on-site nurse who can change dressings and take out sutures if you are recovering after an op.

Food facts

Food Facts

The spacious dining room is split-level with upholstered dining chairs and white linen tables. Large French windows let in lots of light. At a club table, you can join other guests. Help yourself from a large self-service buffet area for breakfast and lunch, and enjoy table service for dinner.

At lunch, there is soup, a choice of hot dishes and a selection of bright, colourful and flavourful salads. Desserts are generally light; fruits and yoghurts but with some interesting additions including a lightweight apple crumble and a mango mousse.

Dinner is a little grander; we had excellent fish dishes (salmon, trout, dorado) with sauces that certainly did not taste lightweight but were healthy. Game and poultry are on offer and even some red meat dishes.

Champneys take food intolerances seriously with plenty of gluten-free and lactose-free choices. They will also arrange special diets if you contact them in advance. There is no bar at Champneys Tring but they do offer wine or Prosecco with meals.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The clever design: Facilities are light and bright, while cosy areas are dark and relaxing.

The smaller relaxation rooms: We loved the water beds and indoor fire.

The grounds: There are formal gardens, woodland walks, bike trails and a meadow, as well as plenty of areas where you can relax in the sunshine.

We didn't love

The occasional queues: People arriving at reception or the restaurant at busy times had to wait in line.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Activity addicts: Champneys Tring offers a wide range of daily classes, from gentle meditation to yoga, from aqua circuits to Zumba.

Anyone serious about their health: Champneys Tring offers sessions with physiotherapists, nurses, nutritionists, physical therapists and doctors. You can use a service called Doctor Now (£125 for a 30-minute face-to-face session) or book in for a three-day retreat focusing on type-2 diabetes. They offer specialised tests including blood tests, food-sensitivity testing, hormone testing and adrenal stress profiles.

Those in need of extra nurturing: Pay extra for a "premier" stay which includes a pre-visit telephone call, and senior therapists overseeing your treatments. You also have a reserved area in the dining room and private section in the treatment waiting room.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded Champneys Tring a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 Bubbles for its stylish upgrade and wide range of facilities and treatments. It's a pleasure to be in the spa with its light, interesting décor and plenty of space.

Sybaritic Spy visited in August 2017 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"I have been going to champneys for about 5 years using the loyalty vouchers which enable myself and a friend to go every six months. I have seen an improvement in many areas over this time. Newly upgraded bed and bathrooms, the addition of the relaxation rooms and the choice of food especially in the evening. The only complaint is that loyalty customers have to depart the resort by 11.am not really returning "loyalty" "

Andrea Lucas

  • September 28, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"I went to Tring for a spa day visit with a girlfriend and this was our experience. Firstly, a complete nightmare trying to get through to book treatments. Long wait and seriously expensive calls. Once the treatments were booked I was told they were unable to confirm what time the treatments would be and whether we would have our treatments at the same time? Bizarre. I was told I would find out on the day. We arrived at Tring at 10.10am. No one was on reception and it was a good few minutes before we were attended to. No apologies for the wait however the lady was very polite but during the registration process she told us that we were going to have such a lovely day she would like to tell us about some packages they had on offer. Surely you do a sales pitch once we have experienced the day for ourselves? And why do I need to have a sales pitch at all? We were then told that our Thalassotherapy treatment had been booked for 10am and therefore we had missed it. If I had been told the day before when we booked the treatments surely, I could have been told this so we didn’t miss it. We then were told to go to the spa reception at the other end of the building to change the appointment, why were they unbale to change the treatment time at the main reception especially as it was Champneys mistake not ours? Although Champneys is in a beautiful setting the actual facilities are poor in comparison to other spas I have visited. The indoor jacuzzi area is small and claustrophobic with very few loungers. The relaxation area to the rear of that area was again small and as a result beds were taken for most of the afternoon by the same people, likewise with the water bed area. I did not find it at all relaxing as it was so difficult to find somewhere to sit and relax. I would also comment that the whole place was not very warm we were encouraged to walk around in bathing costume and robes however all the corridors were very chilly. My massage was a very cold and very business like affair, as I was greeted late but my therapist I only got a 20 minute massage rather than the allocated 25 minutes. The staff we encountered were of a mixed bunch some very lovely helpful polite and wanting to please other were brusk and dismissive . The food at lunch was very good, food and staff were great but sadly for some reason the doors in the neighbouring café had been left open and despite asking for them to be shut we were told this was not possible therefore we had lunch with a cold draught. When we wanted a hot drink in the afternoon again the doors were open in the cafe so we had to sit in another area to avoid the chill factor. I had a lovely day with my girlfriend spending time together however I will not be returning to Champneys I have had far better experiences at other spas, I would advise others to consider alternative spa where the experience will be far more pleasurable "

lynda davidson

  • April 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Voted: A social spa


"I selected the spa and paid £160 for my mum and £160 for her friend to stay overnight and then added £100 for treatments. As this was a five bubble spa, I naturally had high hopes; especially given the price that I paid. Sadly, it did not at all live up to expectations (and Champneys has yet to reply to my complaint) and shortcomings included everything from six plants being dead in the spa, to my mum paying for the luxury pedicure, only to be told she could have EITHER the exfoliation or the massage part of the pedicure because she had nail polish left on and this would take 'at least five minutes to take off'. Her friend booked a 25 minute facial and was given a £15 off voucher when she spent over £50 on products. She spent over double that, then when they returned to reception, they saw for just £10 more, she could have had the facial and £45 worth of free products, leaving her feeling ripped off. The list goes on, from being able to have fish for dinner, but needing to pay an extra £3.50 to have sauce on it?!?! Staff that yawned and looked bored, and answered questions with 'what'. I dunno - if I had paid £50 for the spa day, I'd let some of these things slide, but it was £420 plus they spent extra on top and that to me is not worth anywhere near five bubbles."

Victoria Short

  • February 6, 2017 at 9:25 pm

"I have been to champneys Tring with my daughter, and on my own several times. Even when I'm on my own I love it, the treatments are fantastic, always coming out feeling relaxed. Helps me to re focus get away from the daily trudge of life."

WJd

  • January 5, 2017 at 5:24 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"A most comfortable weekend experience with friends the staff were very accomadating when syncronising all our treatment's to enable us to meet up during our stay. "

GILL ABBOTT

  • November 18, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"I have visited Champneys Tring many times both as a day guest and as a resident, most recently October 2016 and love the new improvements. So much on offer two days was not enough. The food is wonderful and gets better each time. "

Beverley Burgess

  • October 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Excellent Spa for serious Health and Fitness Also excellent for a relaxing break in luxurious surroundings with fabulous gardens and the most amazing food - the best holiday"

Mrs Susan Foley

  • August 20, 2016 at 7:11 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Such an amazing place, stunning grounds, wide range of activities and treatments. Will definitely be returning. "

Lesley Happell

  • August 3, 2016 at 10:05 am

Voted: Health Focused Romantic


Spa Location

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Spa location

Wiggington,
Berkhamsted,
Hertfordshire,
HP23 6HY

01442 291000

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Extra Information

Dining

On site restaurant with nutritious gourmet cuisine.

Accomodation

91 bedrooms from standard and superior to suites.

Treatment menu

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