Chewton Glen is a fabulous five-star countryhouse hotel in the New Forest. The spa is a beautiful, bright area with a luxurious 17-metre ozone-treated swimming pool, an impressive hydropool and outdoor hot tub. You'll find a sauna and steam room in the male and female changing rooms, a well-equipped gym, plus yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi one-to-ones. Linda Meredith facials or Natural Bissé and ila treatments are delivered in the spa or your very own treehouse. Don’t expect to come back looking thinner though – the food is that good.
- Single sex facilities
- Family swim times
- Child care facilities
- Ten treatment rooms
- 17m ozone treated swimming pool
- Hydrotherapy spa pool with hi-tech therapy options
- Aromatherapy saunas
- Crystal steam rooms
- Relaxation room
- Outdoor whirlpool
- Cold drench showers
- Dance studio with exercise and relaxation classes
- Golf course
- Tennis centre
- Linda Meredith
- Mama Mio
- Natura Bissé
Our Spa Spy review
Chewton Glen is a country-house hotel set in 130 acres in the New Forest. It's a destination hotel that offers a wide range of activities including golf, tennis, croquet, mountain biking, shooting, archery, and falconry. They arrange special events for families and children throughout the summer and during school holidays. The hotel is elegant with comfortable lounges, a stylish restaurant, and plenty of outdoor seating. Forest walks include one that takes you down to the beach. The large walled garden grows fruits, vegetables and flowers used in the hotel and the spa; they even have beehives and make their own delicious honey.
Treehouses in the forest offer the privacy of your own lounge and bedrooms and you can sit out on the veranda and enjoy perfect peace among the treetops. You can order food to be delivered or wander down to the hotel. Electric buggies can chauffeur you back to your very own tree.
What's on offer?
The spa at Chewton Glen feels light and bright as floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in, framing views of the grounds.
The facilities are set over three levels. The reception area, treatment rooms and the Pool Bar are on the middle floor.
Upstairs are the changing rooms, which are very well-equipped with large lockers, seating, and several private changing areas; the vanity area has well-lit mirrors, hairdryers and straighteners. The changing rooms also have an aromatherapy sauna, crystal steam room, foot spa, and experience showers.
The 17-metre swimming pool is treated with ozone so there is no chemical smell or sting if you splash water in your eyes. The large hydrotherapy pool has nine different areas including three single-person loungers and swan pipes. The water was blissfully warm and the jets comfortably powerful. There are several warm tepidarium beds beside the hydrotherapy pool and plenty of comfortable loungers around the pools. The outside hot tub is in a very sheltered corner so it's good to use even when the weather is not kind.
The gently lit pre-treatment waiting area is near the spa reception. Take a breather on the elegant white chairs divided by sheer curtains; just be aware that people will wander past as they go to and from other areas of the spa.
The gym is well equipped and personal training "buddies" are available for bookable one-to-one sessions. Classes run regularly throughout the day in the studio , and include yoga, Thai Chi and Pilates.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Natura Bissé Diamond Life Infusion facial (90 minutes; £185). This a very high-tech facial that involves three types of mask and several super-rich products to help with dehydrated skin and deal with the signs of ageing. Maybe that's why the Spa Spies sent me -- the most senior spy -- to try it out.
Jessica, my therapist, began by enthusing about the treatment. It is one she loves doing and she felt that I would notice the difference afterwards. That got us off to a good start and set my expectations pretty high.
Jessica cleansed my face with a white diamond gel cleanser, then used another cleanser on my eye and lip area. She applied a toner, then mixed up the three-stage glycogen mask. She painted this on my skin. It began to tingle gently, which Jessica described rather charmingly as "like champagne on your skin". The mask felt warm as it worked its way into my skin. Jessica distracted me from this by carrying out a soothing scalp massage.
Jessica used a small vibrating tool to push the serum into my skin, focusing on the area around my eyes and on my jawline. A very good facial massage followed. Jessica then placed an LED mask over my face and turned on the very bright light. Apparently, the light helps repair the skin's elastin and collagen. While this mask was in place, Jessica did a nice hand and arm massage.
The next mask was ... challenging. Jessica made up a thick mixture which she poured over my face, covering my eyes and my mouth. Jessica had warned me about this, and I was glad she had. I had to keep my mouth and eyes firmly shut while she spread the mixture, which set into a rubbery texture. I was very glad of the foot massage she did during the 15 minutes it took for the mask to set as it helped occupy my mind. Once set, the mask lifted off almost in one piece. To finish, Jessica applied some eye cream, lip cream and a layer of moisturiser.
So, was this high-tech take on a facial worth the time, effort, and that little bit of panic when the mask set on my face? Absolutely. Jessica was right when she said there would be a noticeable difference. The wrinkles at the side of my eyes were noticeably softer; the dark slightly puffy areas under my eyes were decreased and brighter. My chin, which was a bit red and congested, was clear and smooth; the areas around my lip where tiny feather lines are starting to show were much improved. This is not a facial to be wasted on the young. But for anyone who feels that age is beginning to catch up, it could make a very cheering difference.
If you are not ready for a super high-tech facial, you can have plenty of other treatments at Chewton Glen Spa. As well as the Natura Bissé range, they offer Linda Meredith and ila facials, including oxygen facials, peels and collagen facials. Body treatments include scrubs, wraps and massages. We tried the Zest and Zen, a body treatment using citrus essential oils and a yoga-inspired facial, on a previous visit and loved it. They also do the Natura Bissé Quiro Golf treatment. No, not a treatment for exhausted golfers, but one that uses golf balls for the massage. If you are lucky enough to be staying in one of the treehouses on the estate, you can have a massage on the veranda overlooking the forest. Bliss!
The Pool Bar, as the name suggests, is a glass-sided room just off spa reception that looks over the pool. A wall of windows overlooks the grounds, making the room light and bright. There are comfortable chairs and tables and you can eat in your robe. You order drinks from the central bar area. Lunch is a buffet with a range of brightly coloured salads with plenty of vegetarian options, fresh breads, baked potatoes and some tempting but healthy desserts. The food is fresh, tasty and inventive. Our salmon and parma ham were delicious, and the little chicken, avocado and egg wraps were a simple but clever combination.
The main restaurant in the hotel serves exciting, modern food along with some classic dishes. My spa partner's double-cooked Emmental cheese soufflé was so good he was tempted to cancel his main course and simply order another soufflé! The wines by the glass were pretty spectacular as well.
Some of the food comes from the Chewton Glen's large walled garden and is fresh and seasonal. You can take a walk around the garden and the newly planted orchards beyond it.
We loved / we didn't love
The relaxed atmosphere: Everywhere was warm and comfortable, and staff were helpful and on hand.
The range of water facilities: Enough to keep spa-istas occupied all day. We love the double-height swimming-pool room with clouds painted on the ceiling. The air temperature is warm enough not to feel chilly when you get out of the pool. And top marks for the anti-slip mats all around.
That my skin was 3.9 years younger, according to my therapist! There are visible results with the Diamond Life Infusion facial.
The peaceful setting: Chewton Glen is surrounded by the trees and woodland of the New Forest. At breakfast in the hotel, we watched two deer wander slowly across the grass, eating from shrubs and trees as they went. For a special treat, book a treehouse and sleep among the treetops.
We didn't love
The stairs: The spa at Chewton Glen is set over three floors so you need to go up to the changing rooms and down to the pool area. Be aware if you are not very mobile.
The lack of a quiet post-treatment relaxation room: The waiting area has nice recliners, but it is just outside of the treatment rooms so people do come and go. No chance of a post-treatment snooze!
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone not brave enough for a facelift: The Diamond Life Infusion facial was a pretty good alternative.
Seekers of peace and quiet: The setting is lovely, and the excellent service levels mean you can just unwind and know you will be looked after.
Anyone celebrating a special occasion: Chewton Glen is expensive, but worth it for the luxury, the good food, and the top quality treatments.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The Spa at Chewton Glen the Good Spa Guide 5 Bubble Luxury Award™ for the high standards of treatments and service. The facilities are well maintained, and it's a pleasure to spend time in the warm and comfortable spa.
The Pool Bar lounge offers beverages, light refreshments and a buffet lunch. Spa-goers are welcome to dine in bath robes. Chewton Glen also serves Lunch and dinner at the Vetiver restaurant, recently included in the Sunday Times list of the Top 100 Restaurants in the UK.
Ten types of rooms and suites available from Bronze Luxury Hotel Rooms to master suites. Rates start from £280 per room per night.
Monday to Friday 6.30am – 10pm; Saturday & Sunday 7am – 9pm