Sequoia Spa at The Grove
Chandlers Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
18 treatment rooms
This five-star, modern country-house hotel offers an impressive multi-storey spa and health club, situated within a 300-acre estate. The facilities are extensive and luxurious. If tranquillity and luxury are what you need in your spa day, as well as heavenly treatments and well-trained staff to tend to your every whim, Sequoia Spa ticks all of the right boxes. Ideal for friends, couples and golfers alike.
1 person says this spa is family friendly. 1 person says this spa is a social spa. 1 person says this spa is health focused. 2 people say this spa is solo friendly. 1 person says this spa is romantic.
The Grove is an idyllic country manor set in 300 acres of grounds with a championship golf course, perfectly kept lawns, a walled garden and even its own beach. The grand house was once the family home of the Earls of Clarendon; Queen Victoria was a regular weekend visitor.
Meander up the long driveway over a small lake to the main house; the multi-storey spa building is a slick and modern affair in very British surroundings.
Sequoia Spa's reception area is down a flight of stone stairs. The floor-to-ceiling windows are prettily screened with bamboo, but plenty of light spills in to make the large space feel bright.
Wander downstairs through a maze of corridors to reach one of two sets of female changing rooms: one for spa-goers and one for health-club members. The changing rooms feel modern and warm with large card-operated lockers containing super-thick cosy robes, towels and slippers.
The changing rooms have their own thermal areas, which feel super luxe: think marble floors and funky LED lights. There's a nicely hot sauna and steam room, and an experience shower. Follow the signs to the vitality pool. The black-tiled room is almost entirely filled by a hydrotherapy pool with an array of different jet experiences and two swan pipes. One wall is entirely glass so that you can watch as people come and go in the corridor.
The Garden and Pantazi Rooms are lined with honey-coloured wood, with bright white furniture and hot and cold drinks to help yourself to. Read the papers in the white leather upholstery, or curl up in the wicker hanging chairs. The relaxation room is gloriously dark and quiet with individual loungers separated by gauzy curtains.
Upstairs is the striking 22-metre black swimming pool under a vaulted ceiling (with original oak beams salvaged from the stable block). A lifeguard stands on duty while another attendant ensures the surrounding loungers are tidied of stray towels when you take a dip. At one end, there's a long Jacuzzi, and you can also warm up in the steam room with twinkly lights in the ceiling, or cool down in the shower. Outside, a lovely terrace has loungers for catching some rays. You can leave the spa and splash in the outdoor swimming pool or head to The Grove Beach.
For fitness fanatics, the well-equipped gym and exercise studio offer a good choice of classes at The Grove.
We had the iconic ESPA Back, Face and Scalp Massage (110 minutes, £175).
My therapist, Laura, coaxed me from an unintentional nap in the relaxation room and took me through to the treatment room, where she dimmed the ambient LED ceiling lights and sat me down for a detailed consultation. First we talked through my skin concerns and my hopes for the treatment (total relaxation), then she gathered a few oils for me to choose from.
Laura let me settle on the heated massage bed, then began by analysing my skin (a little oily round the t-zone, occasional hormonal breakouts). I turned over and Laura exfoliated my back with ESPA's peppermint-infused body polish, which she wiped off with hot towels. She then got to work with the ESPA restorative oil, kneading my back, shoulders and neck. I entered a state of semi-conscious relaxation miraculously quickly under Laura's care.
She asked me to turn over again and cleansed my face with a hydrating milk, followed by a dash of nourishing balm and a spritz of floral toner. Then came a facial massage using a face oil designed to renew cells and reduce fine lines. Laura applied a serum, moisturiser and a lip balm before moving on to a heavenly scalp massage. She coated my hair in ESPA's cult Pink Hair and Scalp Mud and I sank into a deep state of relaxation.
This was undoubtedly one of the best treatments I've ever had. By the time I left, I felt fully relaxed and ready to tackle any task with a clear head. My face was glowing and my hair was shiny and bouncy.
As well as heavenly ESPA massages, you can try a range of Natura Bissé high performance facials, scrubs and wraps and beauty finishing touches at Sequoia Spa at The Grove. Men are well catered for with facials, massages and a dedicated Golfer's Combo for sportsmen in need of a boost.
If you visit Sequoia Spa for the day, you'll eat in The Garden Room. The selection of food ranges from Bento boxes to hot meals and decadent desserts. We went for a pretty Bento box and enjoyed dipping into our combo of Caesar, tricolore and veggie salads. For those on a health mission, you can order green juices and fruit smoothies from a juice bar just outside the dining room.
For dinner, you can choose between The Glasshouse which has a lovely terrace with views over the hotel's wonderful grounds or the fine dining restaurant, Colette's.
The airy, luxurious feel of the spa: The design and layout means there are lovely surprises at every turn.
The swanky thermal room in the female changing zone: Perfect if you like to steam and sauna in single-sex comfort.
Our treatment really blew us away. Whether you're stressed out or just seeking something to refresh and rejuvenate, you might find the remedy at Sequoia Spa.
We didn't love
The buffet dining offered for dinner at The Glasshouse. Go for the fine dining restaurant if you're staying overnight.
We're struggling to think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy Sequoia Spa; couples, solo visitors, even spa groups would love the space. It's big enough to get lost in, but still feels intimate.
With a championship course on the grounds, keen golfers will love The Grove, but so will those with a heart for nature: it's a great place to escape the city.
We awarded Sequoia Spa at The Grove a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 Bubble Luxury. Every member of staff we met was attentive, friendly but still relaxed. Our treatment was stunningly good and the facilities are fantastic. Sequoia Spa is a real treat.
Spirited Spy visited in August 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubble Luxury
Chandlers Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG
Spa lunches are served in the Garden Room.
Monday - Friday 6.30 – 10pm; Saturday - Sunday 7.30 – 8pm
There are no offers for this spa.