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, sauna, gym and a spa garden to explore before an Elemis, Jessica or La Sultane de Saba 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
- 20m indoor swimming pool
- Outdoor natural swimming pool
- Hydropool with massage jets
- Two finnish saunas
- Steam room
- Thermal area with Rasul and Hammam
- Outdoor jacuzzi
- Outdoor relaxation area
- Spa garden
- Fitness classes
- Sultane de Saba
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 immediately, gave instructions on how to operate the locker, and directed us to the changing rooms.
Code-operated wooden lockers, containing slippers and robes, are named after seaside towns, while 1950s seaside 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 four showers has bottle-green glass doors, chic slate-tiled walls, modern storm shower heads and Elemis 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 glass fronted steam room with a marble C-shaped bench seating six, and a warm wooden sauna comfortably seating four.
Head outside for the pièce de resistance: the landscaped spa garden. The first thing you'll see is a small 1.2-metre natural pool (England's first, says the sign) -- 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 behind a tree stump. There is also a warm outdoor shower and bubbly hot tub set on a raised deck from which you can admire the garden.
Beyond the pool is a large, square lawn where yoga classes are occasionally held. 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 provided.
After your treatment, recover in the quiet, dimly lit relaxation room with stylish white leather loungers plus tables with water and camomile tea to help yourself to.
Tell us about the treatments
My therapist, Sarah, led me to a treatment room where she carried out my consultation while washing my feet in a warm footbath -- a pleasant way to begin.
We were booked in for a Bespoke Signature Treatment (90 minutes, £119) and could pick and mix from a range of treatments, including hot stones, poultices, reflexology. Sarah patiently guided me through the various choices and I settled on a bamboo massage and a Sultane de Saba anti-ageing facial with gold and caviar.
As I lay face down on the warm bed, Sarah asked me to breathe in the orange-blossom oil deeply before massaging it into each side of my body. She rolled the warm, smoothed bamboo stick along my legs, back and arms with a deep and even pressure. When it came to my knotty shoulders, Sarah used a smaller stick which she placed in the crook of my neck and gyrated along my knots. I turned on my back so that she could repeat the same on my front.
For the 45-minute facial, Sarah made sure I was warm and comfortable, and tidied my hair back. She cleansed and scrubbed my face, removing both with scented warm towels, then pasted on a cooling mask. As it set, she gave me a deeply relaxing head massage. Finally, Sarah applied moisturiser, then let me rest while she fetched water.
My body felt soft and nourished, and glittered with flecks of gold. All the tension had melted away. My face looked plump and radiant with the bags under my eyes noticeably reduced.
The treatment menu offers luxurious signature and body-face rituals, massages, Elemis facials, holistic therapies, beauty treatments, as well as treatments for mums-to-be and men. You can also have a private hammam and rasul with Sultane de Saba muds and scrubs.
You can have your spa lunch either in the spa garden (weather permitting) or get dressed and head to the informal, clubby XIX bar next door. We chose the former and munched on a fresh, delicious Super Healthy Veggie Salad with feta, broccoli, pine-nuts and spinach.
Main courses such as fish and chips and burgers feature alongside lighter hot bites, sandwiches and wraps, with vegetarian and gluten-free options, too. Perhaps you will be tempted by a cream tea or rich dessert?
If you fancy something more formal, or are staying overnight, head for the Manor Restaurant in the main hotel, tastefully decorated in natural colours, with bay windows overlooking the elegant gardens. Our leek and potato soup with egg yolk, beetroot crisps and a nutty black truffle oil was an explosion of fresh, sweet flavours. Our gnocchi was stunning, too, and the orange crème brulee to finish was absolutely divine.
We loved / we didn't love
Our treatment: Being able to pick and mix felt very personalised and we would love to go back and try more options.
The spa garden: We loved sitting in the hot tub admiring the beautiful lawn before cosying up in our own alcove in the sunshine.
We didn't love
The lack of information: Sadly, we weren't told that we could dial through to the bar from the phone box and would love to have given this a go.
The outdoor natural pool was also closed for maintenance on the day we arrived.
Who do you think would like it?
We saw lots of couples, one group of friends and I felt completely comfortable spa-ing solo thanks to the private spaces in the garden.
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)