Just a few miles from Royal Leamington Spa, the secluded Elan Spa is just next to the rose garden at Mallory Court Hotel. The spa, which opened in summer 2017, has a thermal retreat including a salt sauna and aromatherapy steam room, an indoor hydro-pool, an outdoor vitality pool and an outdoor sauna. Preen in the nail boutique or exercise in the fitness suite. The spa, restaurant and bedrooms are in one self-contained building so you can eat, sleep and live ‘spa’ without having to step outside. Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa was awarded 4 AA Red Stars in 2018.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- Indoor hydro pool
- Outdoor vitality pool
- Salt Sauna
- Aroma steam room
- Rasul mud room
- Outdoor sauna
- Fitness studio and gym
- Nail boutique
- Couples treatment room
Our Spa Spy review
Mallory Court is an ivy-clad Arts and Crafts-style country-manor hotel, with tall mock-Tudor chimneys, pitched roofs and leaded windows overlooking rose gardens, topiary and croquet lawns.
Elan Spa is a modern mini-version in a separate building in the grounds; it looks like the newly plastered Edwardian house next door. The indoor pool and gym look like they're set in spacious drawing rooms, with large leaded windows letting in natural light and garden views. Décor is muted greys, greens and rich deep blues, with fresh flowers from the gardens and chalk blackboard signs.
What's on offer?
The spa is on three levels: ground-floor facilities and café; second-floor bedrooms and suites; top-floor treatment area, reached via the coiling oak staircase or lift.
Behind the wooden front doors is a small reception desk. The nail boutique to the left has a curved glass window facing the large courtyard. Behind reception is the boutique fitness suite with wallpaper and Technogym bikes facing the gardens.
The changing rooms are small and minimalist, with grey walls and pale stone floors. A dozen good-sized wooden lockers contain honey-coloured soft robes and towels. Beneath are white cushioned benches and shoe racks. The four grey-tiled showers have ESPA shampoo, conditioner and body wash; there are two toilets, and a mirrored vanity area with two hairdryers, straighteners, ESPA cleanser and body lotion.
The thermal suite is tiled in pale grey mosaics. The warm wooden sauna has a wall of pink salt bricks and two wooden benches for two or four people; the pink mosaic-tiled steam room would seat six. There's also a storm shower and the privately bookable rhassoul.
The space opens into the warm pool area, natural light spilling through two walls of leaded windows. A 10-metre swimming pool dominates, with two powerful swan pipes and a curved bubble-jet bench set beneath a huge bay window. The pool is just long enough for gentle laps. Lie on one of several loungers, grab a magazine, and settle in to the sound of piano music and trickling water. Mid-afternoon, a spa butler brought us a scoop of sorbet.
Arched French doors open onto a patio lined with purple salvia, grasses and shrubbery. Bubble away in the warm square whirlpool tiled in iridescent mosaics, large enough for six, then relax on one of the loungers facing the lawns and tennis courts. In winter, snuggle up under a grey fleece blanket around the outdoor log fire. There's an outdoor wooden sauna to enjoy, too.
Tucked around the corner is the spa terrace lined with loungers and rattan tables and chairs. Listen to birdsong and do some colouring in, for the ultimate moment of zen.
The waiting area for treatments, with its grey leather armchairs and footstool, also doubles as a post-treatment relaxation space.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried an ila Chakra Wellbeing Treatment (115-minutes; £145).
My therapist, Christina, led me to a large candlelit treatment room, decorated in soft earthy hues. She went through my consultation form, which focused more on emotion and lifestyle. She explained that she would focus on the elements earth, wind and fire.
Christina grounded me with a foot scrub, then slowly scrubbed my body using an ila Energising and Detoxifying Body Scrub packed full of argan and rosehip oil. This felt very invigorating on my skin. Christina then ran a warm shower for me; I hopped in and the scrub melted off my skin.
I lay on my front and Christina gave me a back massage. The warm oil, the rhythm of her hands and the hot poultices sent me into a blissful trance; I'm not sure I've ever been that relaxed. She placed the hot poultices along my spine and in the palms of my hands, before moving onto rhythmically massaging my legs and feet.
I turned over and Christina cleansed and massaged my face, neck and décolletage. She poured warm oil over my forehead and "third eye", before giving me a rather dreamy Indian head massage. She sounded a singing bowl three times to wake me from my slumber. She slowly sat the bed up, passed me some water, and let me come around slowly.
Christina took me to the treatment waiting area, made me a cup of tea and brought an eye mask, a blanket, and a heated pillow. I cosied up and let the post-treatment bliss carry on for a little longer. My thirsty skin had drunk up all of the oils; it glowed for a few days afterwards.
You can eat lunch in your robe in the cosy T-shaped café overlooking the pool, styled in soothing grey-blues with wooden tables and comfortable chairs. Choose from Asian-themed salads and hot dishes, or grilled meats and fish with accompanying salads from the salad bar.
We enjoyed a delicious salmon and pak choi stir-fry made with vegetables grown in the garden, and a pot of peppermint tea. You can be virtuous or indulge at Elan Spa, and order drinks from poolside loungers.
Guests staying overnight can treat themselves and dine in the 3 AA Rosette Art Deco-inspired restaurant in the main hotel or order to their room. We opted for the former and loved our light house salad to start. Our venison with blackberry jus melted in our mouth, while our chocolate marquise with peanut brittle and caramelised bananas was the perfect way to end our dining experience.
We loved / we didn't love
Our treatment: The Chakra Wellbeing treatment was gentle and just what I needed.
From the flowers to the warm, friendly staff, coupled with the cosy décor, Elan Spa at Mallory Court feels like a home-from-home.
The outdoor space: Bubbling away in the hot tub gazing out at trees and flowers, and our mindful walk through the beautiful rose and kitchen gardens, were both wonderful.
We didn't love
We would have liked a quiet relaxation room to extend the bliss of our deeply relaxing treatment. The eye mask, fluffy blanket and heated neck pillow were lovely touches, though.
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone needing some TLC: The homely atmosphere is cocooning, the ila treatments are pure bliss, and Mallory Court offers several retreats.
Anyone wanting to get fit: The fitness suite is in a gorgeous room with large leaded windows letting in natural light and offering garden views.
Foodies: The food is amazing; book into the 3 AA Rosette restaurant if you can.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Elan Spa at Mallory Court a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 bubbles. It's a perfect place to escape while feeling like a home away from home. Whether you want to work on your wellness, indulge a little, or spend time with your nearest and dearest, you can do all this and more at this quintessential countryside spa hotel.
The Dining Room at Mallory Court Hotel & Spa boasts a number of accolades and awards for refined cuisine, including 3 AA Rosettes.
The Brasserie has a more laid back atmosphere to complement the relaxed style of the menu. Serving delicious modern European food and traditional British classics at value-for-money prices, the Brasserie has been recognised as an excellent dining destination in its own right.
Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa has 42 bedrooms including 11 Knight’s Suite standard bedrooms, 19 manor house bedrooms, and twelve brand new superior rooms within the Orchard House to provide the perfect mix of traditional country house charm, contemporary style and relaxing indulgence.
The varied range of room options ensures that every need is catered for and the bathrooms are made for relaxation featuring a range of aromatherapy toiletries from ESPA’s luxury range.
Mon – Fri 6.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun 8am – 8pm
Travel and Parking
Car parking is complimentary for all of our hotel and spa guests onsite at the hotel.
Mallory Court aims to make our hotel facilities available and accessible to all of our guests equally. In instances where this is not possible, they will endeavour to offer a suitable alternative.
There is a range of facilities for guests with a perspective on disability including a fully accessible bedroom. Please contact their reservations department to enquire.