3 Bubble Spa 2017

Hanbury Manor


Marriott Hanbury Manor is a former manor house. The modern interior sits sympathetically with the historic red brick building. The spa is at one end of the hotel, away from the hustle and bustle of the main areas. Take a dip in the 17-metre pool, warm up in the sauna and steam room, then cool off in the plunge pool.

Features

  • Family swim times
  • Seven treatment rooms
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam rooms
  • Jacuzzi
  • Exercise studio with classes
  • Cardio and weights gyms

Products

  • Aromatherapy Associates
  • Decleor
  • Jessica
  • Carita
  • Lava Shells
  • Bare Minerals

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Hanbury Manor is set in a much-remodelled manor house. With large open spaces, manicured gardens and a championship golf course, it feels like a quintessentially English country house hotel.

The spa is part of the larger leisure facilities which include a golf course, tennis courts, two gyms and a fitness studio.

On offer

What's on offer?

The spa at Hanbury Manor is relatively petite and 'open plan'. Once you’ve checked in at reception you walk into the large open space which houses the pool, thermal facilities and the seating area.

The changing rooms feel a little more country club than spa – but they’re large and have plenty of space. Half-size wooden lockers run around the edge of the walls, with bench-style seating when you need to take a pew. The well-stocked showers had plenty of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, and the vanity area was well-lit with hairdryers, large mirrors and high-stools in front. Each single-sex changing room also has its own eucalyptus steam room.

The main focus of the spa is the 17-metre pool with Greco-Roman style pillars at both ends and plain white walls. Loungers and sofa style seating line the edge of the pool. There's a bubbly Jacuzzi which would comfortably seat six, and traditional wooden sauna just next to the pool. In the summer, doors at the end of the pool area open onto a little garden which has lots more loungers and views over the golf course and hotel lawns.

There are two mani/pedi thrones set back from the side of the pool, and a seating area flagged off as a quiet zone.

If you like a little fitness with your spa, there are two gyms (one cardio and one weights) and a full schedule of fitness classes.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We had the Hanbury Full Body Massage (60 minutes, £62).

My therapist, Jenni, met me in the seating area and took me through to our gently-lit treatment room. We discussed the areas to focus on (my tight shoulders and back) and Jenni left the room while I de-robed and settled on the heated treatment bed. She re-entered the room, dimmed the lights and asked me to take a series of deep breaths to relax into the treatment.

Jenni started the massage on my back, working along the length of my spine, right from the base to my upper back and neck. She used long stretching movements, deeper pressure over my knots and rotating my arms and shoulders.

Jenni covered my torso in warm blankets and moved onto the back of my legs before asking me to turnover. She sat me up just a little to take the pressure off my joints, then massaged the front of my legs. She placed a pillow under my knees and then massaged my décolletage, neck and scalp. It felt like she was moving all of the tension up and out of my body.

Jenni quietly told me that the treatment was over and left the room to fetch me a glass of water. I felt like I was an inch taller after Jenni's expert ministrations – I was relaxed and uplifted all at once.

Hanbury Manor Spa offers a variety of facials from the machine-led Pro-Lifting Carita facial to Decléor’s Classic Aromatic Facial. You can also have body treatments including wraps and exfoliations, massages and beauty finishing touches including manicures and pedicures. There are treatments for men and mums-to-be, too. 

Food facts

Food Facts

Spa guests can eat upstairs at the Oakes Grill which is a modern restaurant with views over the hotel grounds or at Vardon’s which is a little more informal. We tried Oakes Grill – where you will have to dress for lunch – and the food was delicious. Try salads, sharing platters, burgers, steaks or traditional mains such as fish and chips. 

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The treatment and our very skilled therapist. This was one of the very best massages we’ve had.

The fruit bowl on the reception desk. A healthy sugar fix!

The little garden at the back. When the sun is shining its lovely place to chill out and relax.

We didn't love

The noise around the pool. The open plan element of the spa means that noise carries – especially when there’s aqua aerobics class…

The décor. The spa is in need of a little lift; everything you need for a spa day is there, it could just do with a lick of paint.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Golf widows: the championship golf course looks well equipped (we are the Good Spa Guide not the Good Golf Guide).  The spa at Hanbury Manor would be a great place to hide out while your loved one is playing their 18-holes.

Locals who can take advantage of the great treatments. Find a therapist you like and stick with them.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We gave the spa at Hanbury Manor a Good Spa Guide rating of 3 bubbles. The treatments were excellent, the staff were very helpful but the spa could do with some TLC.

Summer Spy visited in June 2014 and awarded it 3 Bubbles.

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Ware,
Hertfordshire,
SG12 0SD

01920 487722

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Extra Information

Dining

The two AA Rosettes Zodiac Restaurant has a formal continental menu. More relaxed options include the Oakes Grill, Oak Hall and Cocktail Bar and Vardon's sportsbar. 

Accomodation

161 bedrooms from classic guest rooms to suites.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday: 6am-11pm.

Treatment menu

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