The Spa at Low Wood Bay Resort is the the newest Lake District Spa with luxury treatments and breathtaking views over Lake Windermere.
It's a contemporary, welcoming and unpretentious space for relaxation, quality time with friends, romantic spa breaks, birthday treats and lazy days. The indoor and outdoor thermal experiences blend effortlessly together, making relaxation and revitalisation a given.
With 5 thermal experiences, including an indoor relaxation pool, bubble spa, relaxation lounge, dry salt, coconut steam and herbal lounge, the indoor thermal spaces are places to absorb the tranquillity and magnificence of the lake and beyond. Lie back, breathe in and relax. With its panoramic views of Windermere below you and the Lake District fells in the distance, the outdoor spa is the next step in luxury and total relaxation. Take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or turn on the bubbles in one of our outdoor hot tubs, perfect for early evening star gazing.
The Spa at Low Wood Bay is an open door to endless possibilities.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- Heated outdoor pool
- Indoor thermal pool
- Indoor leisure pool
- Outdoor hottub
- Outdoor sauna
- Seven thermal facilties
- Four hot tubs
- Pre-treatment and post-relaxation room
- Health club
- Seven treatment rooms
- Spa cafe and restaurant
- Aufguss Sauna Experience using essential oils
- Berry & Birch
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Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa is situated right on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District. Originally a farmhouse, the hotel, health club and spa have been seamlessly extended to make the most of the stunning views.
What's on offer?
From the hotel you take a long flight of wooden stairs (or the lift) down into the spa reception which has warm-hued wooden floors, soft armchairs and shelves of products on the walls. A delicious display of cakes show that here they understand that a spa day is a treat in all sense of the word. Our spa host took us on a guided tour of the spa, answering our questions on the way.
We were given soft and generously cut robes and flip flops and taken to the well-equipped changing rooms. The lockers have hangers and close with the use of a wrist band. The vanity area has a good sized, well-lit mirror and two hair dryers. The showers have ESPA shampoo and conditioner, and hair straighteners are available at reception so there’s plenty of opportunity to preen post-spa.
The spa at Low Wood Bay is built into a hillside overlooking the lake. The outdoor pool, two hot tubs and the sauna are built at various levels with steps in-between. The outdoor sauna is perched at the top and must have the best views of any sauna in the UK. Huge panoramic windows offer views of the Lakeland, while you gently roast in the warmth - perfect for a winter’s day when the mountains opposite are capped with snow.
Indoors there is an infinity pool with bubble massage jets and a warm hydrotherapy pool. The sauna lounge has wooden swing seats and is warm, but cool enough to stay in for 20 minutes or so. A truly hot steam room, a hot salt sauna and two showers complete the indoor section.
The heat experiences are part of a three-hour thermal journey which means there is a maximum of 25 people in the spa at any time. This makes it feel quite intimate and the spa assistant works to collect damp towels and offer new ones, bring drinks and cakes and generally make sure everyone feels well looked after.
If you want even more peace and quiet book into the Hideaway. Three hours here offers a huge silver bath for two (already drawn and waiting for you), an area where you can lie back on wheat filled cushions and watch the clouds drifting over the lake, and two treatment beds. It feels delightfully private.
Post-treatment, head to the relaxation room where huge windows give views out over the lakes, and the soft grey recliners all have colourful throws on them. Silvery grey curtains between some of the beds allow for extra privacy or to reduce the brightness if you fancy a snooze. There are bowls of fruit to help yourself to, flavoured waters to try, and you can order hot and cold drinks, champagne and cake from the ‘spa tenders’.
Tell us about the treatments
I had the ESPA Lift and Firm facial (90 minutes, £105).
Kiera, my therapist, began by using warm damp towels on my feet to help me relax into the treatment. She cleansed my face and neck and then used a bright visual inspection lamp to assess the condition of my skin. Keira was charmingly polite saying how lovely and soft my skin is and that I obviously take good care of it. She then explained that she could see some slight dehydration on my cheeks and around my eyes, so she would focus the gentle exfoliation on those areas.
Kiera exfoliated and then applied a brightening face mask, massaging my hands and arms while it worked it’s magic on my skin. She removed the mask, cleansed again and applied moisturisers to my face, eyes and lips to finish the treatment.
The ESPA products were gentle but effective. At the end of the treatment I was so relaxed that it was a struggle to wake up and get off the warm and supportive bed. My skin was noticeably brighter and clearer, and my jawline looked much firmer.
We had also booked in for a Sauna Meister session.
Held in the large sauna overlooking Windermere the session was led by Ashley who greeted the 15 or so people into the hot sauna and suggested we all sit on small towels. She then took us on a sensory forest journey. She added a block of scented ice to the hot coals, poured a scoop of water on it and then broke the ice with a sharp tap. As she wafted the aroma around the sauna with a towel, a wave of vibrant lemon scent reached us. The next block of ice had pine flavourings from local pine trees and it was like walking through a warm forest. Ashley then added a block of peppermint ice to the hot coals as an uplifting finale. The whole process only took 10 minutes, but we were all aware of the way our sense of smell allowed us to take that forest journey.
The Spa at low Wood Bay offers facials, massages including hot stone massages, scrubs and wraps and, of course, manicures and pedicures. They also have therapists trained (by Jennifer Young and Beauty Despite Cancer) to treat anyone recovering from cancer and other long-term illness.
Spa guests eat at the Blue Smoke on the Bay restaurant which serves lunch, afternoon tea and dinner with food cooked on a three-metre long double wood fired grill. It’s fun to watch food being cooked here on a range of local woods. The aromas of each wood add to the flavour of the food and the cooking method keeps meat and fish crisp on the outside but juicy inside. We had grilled salmon and grilled pork for our evening meal and the next day we had afternoon tea once our treatments finished. Finger sandwiches, scones and more of those tempting cakes along with a cup of camomile tea. The perfect end to a spa day!
Although you have to leave the spa to get to the restaurant you can dine in your robe.
We loved / we didn't love
The views, the outside heat facilities and oh did I say…the views.
We also loved the fact that the spa feels so intimate and the customer service is good.
Staying in the stylish Winander Club. You are greeted by a host with a glass of fizz, your luggage is taken to your room and breakfast is served in the lake-view breakfast room.
We didn’t love
The steps in the outdoor areas of the spa. They are wide and have good handrails to make things easier, but if you have significant mobility problems you may find using the outdoor area difficult.
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone who feels they need a bit of looking after. This is an intimate spa with a very relaxed vibe, where guests feel welcome and very well looked after
Romantic couples: The Hideaway is perfect for a couple’s tête-à-tête
Energetic walkers who may need a spell in the warm water of the spa to recover.
Afternoon Tea including delicate patisseries, freshly baked scones with jam and clotted cream.
Blue Smoke on the Bay Restaurant - options range from mouth watering salads to fish dishes and steaks cooked over the hot embers of the wood-fired grill.
Norman's - choose a freshly prepared high energy juice or a vitamin-packed smoothie bowl or range of loose leaf teas and artisan coffees with a freshly baked cake.
Luxury accommodation is available for all occasions within the heart of the resort from £158 for a Courtyard Willow room offering upgrades to Hazel, Lime and Lake View suites.
The Winander Club offers 29 stylish rooms and suites with earthy tones and textures, full air conditioning, underfloor heating, offering all the modern amenities Low Wood Bay guests have come to expect and much more....
Visit The Room and Tarriff page of the website for more information.
The Spa is open daily from 9am until 8pm.
The Health Club is open daily from 6.30am until 9.30pm.
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