Old meets new in 400 acres of leafy Surrey countryside at Foxhills Club and Resort: the modern spa and health club facilities contrast with the 19th century family-friendly hotel. There’s a swimming pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, outdoor finnish sauna, indoor infa red sauna, steam room, gym and a spa garden to explore before an Foxhills Signature, Elemis, Jessica, La Sultane de Saba or, exclusive to Foxhills, Tea & Tonic Treatment. Just a few miles from Heathrow airport, it’s a great place for tired travellers to indulge in some ‘me-time’.
- Family swim times
- Child care facilities
- Family swim times
- Child care facilities
- 20m indoor swimming pool
- Outdoor natural swimming pool
- Hydropool with massage jets
- Two finnish saunas
- Steam room
- Outdoor jacuzzi
- Thermal area with DIY Hammam Treatment
- Outdoor relaxation area
- Spa garden
- Fitness classes
- Sultane de Saba
- Tea & Tonic
Our Spa Spy review
At the end of a long driveway, past one of three golf courses, Foxhills Club and Resort is an ivy-clad Victorian manor house with turrets, bay windows and tall chimneys. Signs in the car park lead guests through an archway to a cluster of modern buildings: the golf centre, the restaurant with patio and roof terrace and - tucked around the side - the glass-fronted entrance to the spa.
What's on offer?
The spa reception area is spacious, with a cream tiled floor, white walls, and several stands displaying Elemis, Sultane de Saba and Mii products. A modern red sofa sits in an alcove; sit and flick through magazines while you wait. Staff greeted us on arrival, handed us black robes and towels, and directed us to the changing rooms.
Code-operated wooden lockers are named after seaside towns, while 1950s beachy pictures brighten an otherwise utilitarian space. There are plush purple stools to use while undressing, or slip into one of the two private changing rooms. A large, mirrored vanity area has plenty of hairdryers and straighteners, while each of the six showers has bottle-green glass doors, chic slate-tiled walls and Eco-Boutique amenities.
Through the rear door is a large, bright thermal area clad in natural-colour stone tiles and offering plenty of seating.
The spa's 20-metre swimming pool with blue mosaic tiles stretches from an end wall displaying a fabulous photo-mural of a 1960s public pool. The roof is a high metal corrugated wave and you can see the spa garden through a row of large windows. An oval hydro-pool curves into the other side of the pool with two swan pipes in the centre, and seats with bubble jets either side seating two groups of five. The gym on the floor above juts into the space with a large, curved window displaying a row of treadmills.
Also in this area is a large glass-fronted steam room and a warm wooden sauna comfortably seating four.
Head outside for the landscaped spa garden. The first thing you'll see is a small 1.2-metre natural pool - unheated, chemical-free and purified with natural plants. It's icy cold, so perfect after roasting in the traditional Finnish outdoor sauna housed in a large, red shed. There’s also an outdoor shower and bubbly hot tub set on a raised deck, from which you can admire the garden and the huge trees beyond.
We loved the old-fashioned red telephone box with its two buttons marked "spa" and "bar" for ordering treatments al fresco or lunch on the outdoor sofas and tables - weather permitting. To the left of the spa garden you’ll find a woodland yoga hut, offering a good selection of classes.
After your treatment, relax beneath the star-lit ceiling in the quiet relaxation room. Choose from two super-comfy curved loungers, two leather chairs with footstalls or a long sofa lining the back wall. Help yourself to magazines, water with cucumber or a selection of herbal teas.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the DIY Hammam (45 minutes, £30 for two) followed by a Top-to-Toe Treat (50 minutes, £90).
A member of the spa team met us in the waiting area and led us past the treatment rooms to the private hammam.
The mosaic chamber was super steamy and big enough for two. Three bowls on the side contained mud for the body, scalp and face; an exfoliating mitt; plenty of towels; and a small ice bucket with cooling pads. Glasses of water kept us hydrated.
We slathered Le Sultane de Saba Black Soap – a blend of crushed organic Moroccan olives and eucalyptus – into our skin. While the natural antibacterial got to work, we relaxed in the steam.
After 15 minutes – indicated by a knock on the door - we removed the soap and moved onto the clay hair mask, and honey and rose face mask, removing all the products with the shower. The hammam ended with a cup of herbal tea.
For the Top-to-Toe Treat, my therapist, Erin, collected me from the hammam and led me back along a low-lit corridor to the treatment room. After checking my skin type, she left the room so that I could disrobe and lay face down on the bed.
The treatment commenced with a back massage; Erin used long firm strokes across my body, stopping to work on my knotted shoulders and sore neck.
The facial began with a double cleanse using an Elemis Pure Collagen Cleansing Balm (which smelt divine) followed by a Soothing Apricot Toner. Erin then used Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules as part of a pressure point facial massage.
Next up: a Pro-Collagen Marine Mask – while this worked, Erin treated my scalp to a deeply relaxing massage. A slather of Pro-Collagen Marine Cream on my face, neck and décolletage ended this top-to-toe treatment.
Erin then led me to a relaxion room, handed me a glass of cold water and left me to relax with my post treatment glow. The tension I usually feel in my shoulders and neck had melted away; my face looked plump and radiant.
On sunny days, guests can enjoy lunch en-robe in the spa garden; as our visit was in February, we got dressed and headed to the informal, clubby XIX bar next door and munched on a Thai fishcakes served with a cucumber and carrot salad, and a sweet dipping chilli sauce.
Main courses such as fish and chips and burgers feature alongside lighter hot bites, sandwiches and wraps, with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Or perhaps you will be tempted by a cream tea or pre-spa dessert?
If you fancy something more formal, or are staying overnight, head to the Fox Restaurant in the main hotel, tastefully decorated with funky botanical wallpaper, upholstered seats and bay windows overlooking the elegant gardens.
We feasted on a starter of tender warmed octopus with chicken fat mayo and rocket salad. Our pork belly with pig cheek, potato foam and watercress puree was delicious too; the rhubarb crème brulee to finish was a triumph.
We loved / we didn't love
The private hammam: perfect for catching up with your bestie; smother yourselves in black soap and natter away while the steam works its magic.
The spa garden: we loved roasting in the outdoor sauna before dunking ourselves in the icy cold natural pond in the spa garden. Wim Hof eat your heart out.
The food: the two AA Rosette Fox Restaurant is well worth a visit - named after 18th Century politician Charles James Fox, who resided at Foxhills in the 1700s and earned himself a reputation for his love of good food and wine. Cheers to that.
We didn't love
The walk in the rain from our Courtyard room to the spa.
Who do you think would like it?
We saw lots of families at Foxhills. Over 16s can access the health spa and there’s plenty to keep kids entertained if you want to slope off to the hot tub in peace.
Golf lovers: two of the clubs’ 18-hole Championship courses - Longcross and Bernard Hunt – are ranked among the best in England.
Friends: Foxhills Club & Resort is a great place for a catch up - hang out in the hammam or lounge in the spa garden in the warmer months.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
There are three restuarants onsite, The Manor Restuarant serves modern British cuisine on an a la certe menu. Nineteen offers a brasserie style dining and the Summerhouse is ideal for families. Afternoon tea can be served in The Manor Lounge or in Nineteen.
Foxhills Club and Resaort has 70 bedroom and suites, including family suites and rooms with garden views.
Monday to Friday – 6.30am to 10pm (wet facilities close 9.45pm)
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays – 8am to 8pm (wet facilities close at 7.45pm)