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.
- 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, which opened in 2017, 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 gym with wallpaper and cycling machines facing the gardens.
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, ESPA make-up 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 steam room would seat six. There's also a storm shower and the privately booked 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 and doze to gentle piano music and trickling water.
Arched French doors open onto a decked spa terrace lined with purple salvia, grasses and shrubbery. Bubble away in the warm square whirlpool tiled in aquamarine 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, or head to the intimate and very toasty outdoor sauna.
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 were booked in for an ila Chakra Wellbeing Treatment (115-minutes; £145).
My therapist, Christina, led me to a large candlelit treatment room, one of seven, decorated in soft earthy hues. She went through my consultation form, which focused more on emotion than muscular tension, and explained that she would focus on my heart and throat chakras and my lower back.
Christina grounded me with a foot scrub, then slowly scrubbed my body, first back, then front, with rose-scented Himalayan salts and Argan oil. Her massage movements were in time with ila's chakra-healing music: Indian guitars and singing. Christina ran the shower and the scrub came off easily, leaving my skin soft, warm and tingly.
I lay back on my front and Christina gave me an intense back massage using warmed oil. The slowness of her strokes using both her hands and hot poultices put me into a blissful trance. She placed the still-warm poultices along my spine, then massaged my legs and arms. I turned, and Christina cleansed and massaged my face, then poured warm oil along my hairline and into my third-eye chakra.
She sounded a prayer bell to gently bring me back down and brought me some water. I left feeling a lot less stressed, with my energy levels much more balanced and flowing.
As the spa has no relaxation room, I went down to my room for a quick doze. Later that night, I slept like a baby, with no waking up with whirring thoughts and worries in my mind. In the morning, my skin appeared youthful, while I was ready for a walk through the hotel gardens before breakfast.
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 bowl of noodles with fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden, silken tofu, and a zingy kick of chilli. We then ruined the virtue with a divine chocolate mousse with pistachio sorbet. Hot drinks, beers and wines are available, and you can order them from poolside loungers.
Guests staying overnight can treat themselves and dine in the 3AA Rosette Art Deco-inspired restaurant in the main hotel. With a fabulously appointed bedroom to waft around in, we opted for room service instead, and enjoyed a salad from the hotel gardens, followed by a hearty home-made linguini with pepper sauce.
Our breakfast kicked off with a latte in the whirlpool, then to the café for Greek yoghurt with fruit and compote from the buffet bar, followed by avocado, poached egg and salmon on sourdough.
We loved / we didn't love
Our treatment: Not for those who like a massage to hurt, the Chakra Wellbeing treatment was more an out-of-body experience. Heaven.
The homely touches: The bay-windowed pool area, the drawing-room gym, the home-cut flowers in vases in the cafes and blackboard signs... It all screams 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.
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone needing some TLC: The homely atmosphere is cocooning and Mallory Court offers several retreats.
Anyone who wants to get fit but hates gyms and health clubs: the gym is set in a gorgeous room with large leaded windows letting in natural light and offering garden views.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
Mon – Fri 6.30am – 9.30pm
Sat & Sun 8am – 8pm