5 Bubble Spa 2019

Lifehouse Spa & Hotel


The Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is a contemporary spa set in English Heritage-Listed Thorpe Hall Gardens close to the pretty Essex town of Frinton-on-Sea. The spa has a large, dramatic pool area with grey, almost industrial, pillars, and huge twisted ropes decorating the walls. If you’re looking for cocooning quiet, try The Hidden Sanctuary for a more private experience. As well as traditional spa treatments, Lifehouse offers health and wellbeing consultations from resident specialists including fitness, life coaching, nutrition, weight loss and holistic therapies.

The Covid-19 update for the LifeHouse Hotel Spa & Hotel can be viewed here. 

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Features

  • XXL robes available
  • 18.5m indoor swimming pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Salt inhalation room
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Plunge pool
  • Sleep pods
  • Light and dark relaxation rooms
  • Resident Naturopath, Healer, Reiki Master, Life coach and Physiotherapist
  • Summer houses and suntrap patios
  • Couples massage rooms
  • Spa Boutique

Covid-19 Protocols

  • Spa therapists will be wearing face shields for all treatments
  • Reduced numbers in the spa and leisure facilities based on recommended capacity guidelines
  • Auto-dispense hand sanitiser stations installed in public areas
  • Increased treatment turnaround time to allow for full clean down of treatment room between treatment

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"I have to agree with the previous review, this feels like a 3, possibly 4 star/bubble spa at most. The good things first - the treatments were good and the food is not bad, they are clearly trying hard here. But, oh the spa facilities — too small, cramped, and with a distinctly 3-star-chain-hotel vibe. The pool is not big enough for the size of the hotel. Only one sauna and steam room, and one very crowded jacuzzi. The spa area feels industrial, all hard surfaces and not at all luxurious. Nearly all loungers in the area are draped with towels for hours on end despite notices saying they will be removed etc. (I did not see this happen once in a four-day stay.) No porterage or valet parking and the car park is not close to the hotel entrance. My verdict — It’s just about ok but it’s fairly basic with too many people for the space, and a real let down for a 5 bubble spa. "

Cherry

  • March 6, 2020 at 3:22 pm

"Goodness knows what the criteria is to be a "5 bubble spa" lifehouse could be a lovely destination spa but its tired, the spa area looks dirty and has tiles missing etc, pool is freezing, the decor is worn and tired, the beds are creaky, the rooms are mediocre, they charge £10 for an ice bucket, the dining area is ok but not luxurious, there is goose poo everywhere outside, the quad area looks like a post apocalyptic wasteland, lights in corridors dont work so some areas are really dark, the lift didnt work when we stayed so we had to walk up stairs past all the cleaning equipment to get to our room. rubbish bags left outside rooms all day. Complained and got a free day spa and afternoon tea.. came back a year later to use it and the things that needed maintenance were still broken, jacuzzi cushion stuck on with foam, loads of missing tiles, limescale everywhere.. its ok.. but not luxury.. they are happy to take peoples money but it just feels like they are cutting corners everywhere.. "

Charlotte

  • December 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm

"Goodness knows what the criteria is to be a "5 bubble spa" lifehouse could be a lovely destination spa but its tired, the spa area looks dirty and has tiles missing etc, pool is freezing, the decor is worn and tired, the beds are creaky, the rooms are mediocre, they charge £10 for an ice bucket, the dining area is ok but not luxurious, there is goose poo everywhere outside, the quad area looks like a post apocalyptic wasteland, lights in corridors dont work so some areas are really dark, the lift didnt work when we stayed so we had to walk up stairs past all the cleaning equipment to get to our room. rubbish bags left outside rooms all day. Complained and got a free day spa and afternoon tea.. came back a year later to use it and the things that needed maintenance were still broken, jacuzzi cushion stuck on with foam, loads of missing tiles, limescale everywhere.. its ok.. but not luxury.. they are happy to take peoples money but it just feels like they are cutting corners everywhere.. "

Charlotte

  • December 27, 2019 at 6:39 pm

"Me, my mum and sister love coming here on a sunday evening for a relax and chat! Then we look forward to a lovely meal that is always delicious Perfect "

Hannah Maybin

  • October 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Voted: A social spa


"Me, my mum and sister love coming here on a sunday evening for a relax and chat! Then we look forward to a lovely meal that is always delicious Perfect "

Hannah Maybin

  • October 16, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Voted: A social spa

Spa Location

Spa location


Thorpe-le-Soken,
Essex,
CO16 OJD

01255 860050

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Extra Information

Dining

The Restaurant at Lifehouse offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a Mediterranean influence, all created with local produce. The bar is open all day offering cocktails, champagne, lite bites and afternoon tea. 

Accommodation

Lifehouse Hotel offers 89 en-suite rooms, featuring views of the historic gardens. 

Opening Hours

06:30-22:00 Monday to Friday

06:30-21:00 Saturday & Sunday

Treatment menu

View the treatment menu

Lifehouse Spa & Hotel promotional video
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