5 Bubble Luxury Spa 2016

Sequoia Spa at The Grove

A grand spa and health club within 300 acres of county house estate with a championship golf course and tennis courts. The impressive multi-storey spa and health club is set in a former stable block with a stunning 22-metre indoor swimming pool tiled in black, and an a 25-metre outdoor pool for summer. The 18 therapy rooms offer some delicious body, face, beauty and results-driven treatments with ESPA and Natura Bissé products. The female changing rooms have their own thermal area and some mesmerising art.



  • Single sex facilities
  • XXL robes available
  • Family swim times
  • Child care facilities
  • 18 treatment rooms
  • Male and female relaxation rooms
  • Relaxation room
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Experience showers
  • 25m outdoor swimming pool
  • 22m indoor swimming pool
  • Exercise studio with fitness classes
  • Gym
  • Volleyball court
  • Tennis courts
  • Croquet lawn
  • Golf Course


  • ESPA
  • Jessica
  • Natura Bisse
  • Mii

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

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.

On offer

What's on offer?

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.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

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.

Food facts

Food Facts

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.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

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.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

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.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

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.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"SPA The spa has only a few facilities which have to be shared with everyone. The steam room has space for 3/4 people and you will find it rather poorly maintained. There were a few other rooms which had water jets which were quite nice. The pool has a very lovely black tile floor which is cold but still a wonderful experience to swim, there is also a line of bubbles which I guess represents the "jacuzzi". There was a small room with a lot of equipment and a few friendly PT ( personal trainers) this was the gym, it was well maintained, clean and had clean towels and water but rather small never the less.The changing rooms were adequate they had a few extras like basic disposable razors and toothbrush (you may prefer to use your own razor). HOTEL The rooms were standard hotel rooms, very corporate felt like I was going to a conference not a spa break. The rooms were clean and well maintenaned but it felt like a basic room, it doesn't have a "home-y" feeling which for a spa is a must. After dinner (9pm) we went back to the room, we had the staff trying to come in twice while we were there to turn down the bed - which had already been done. The outside of the hotel was very well looked after and the garden was a joy to walk around. There is a massive golf course which I would presume would be great for a good weekend of golfing, and it also had a small but fully equipped shop for golf gear. FOOD On arrival we visited "The Stables", we managed to get a sit outside and thus to enjoy the view of the grounds. The food was a bit burned but not too serious, apart from that it arrived quickly. For breakfast we went to the main area which is absolutely wonderful, had a great selection of choices and very well prepared food. The enjoyed a spot of tea with a few sandwiches in the lounges which was very comfortable sitting area with live piano music upon request. OVERALL Spa -4/10 Hotel - 7/10 Golf ( can't confirm as I don't play) 8/10 Food 7/10 Afternoon tea 9/10"


  • March 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

Voted: Solo Friendly

"My favourite spa. On arrival at the outdoor stairs down into the spas I stand and breathe in the amazing aroma of the beautiful oils and products used in the luxurious treatment packages. From that first deep breath I am transported to a world of relaxation and pampering. The staff are friendly, courteous and determined to make every visit a memorable one. Warm fluffy robes, slippers, towels & even paper underwear, I am ready for my treatment. I always allow plenty of time to use the relaxation room and feel totally ready for my experience. The showers have beautiful Espa shampoo, conditioner, body wash, shaving kits, tooth brush kits , shower caps & even cotton wool pads & ear buds. Hair driers & GHDs mean I can relax, swim, play golf or work out in the great gym and still get ready without carrying anything but my makeup, hair brush & clothes. An all around treat. I've used spas all over the world & I love The Sequoia!"


  • October 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic

Spa Location

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Spa location

Chandlers Cross,

01923 294294


Extra Information


Spa lunches are served in the Garden Room.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 6.30 – 10pm; Saturday - Sunday 7.30 – 8pm

Treatment menu

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