Opened in February 2019 the Spa at South Lodge is a 44,000 sq. ft. exclusive luxury spa with a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio, indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and swim pond, a thermal suite, treatment rooms for members, hotel residents and spa day guests.
Set into the natural contours of the land, The Spa complements the landscape with a grass and sedum roof and green oak cladding. Designed with sustainability in mind, bringing the outside in and extending the spa out into the grounds.
Outside are terraced sun decks, an outside natural swimming pond, hydrotherapy pool and a dining terrace. Inside features floor to ceiling windows in the gym, thermal suite and indoor infinity pool.
In addition, and open to everyone to enjoy, is the Ridgeview Beauty Bar and Botanica, a Mediterranean inspired restaurant.
The Covid-19 protocols for South Lodge can be viewed here.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- Child care facilities
- 22m x 10m indoor infinty ozone treated pool
- 18m natural reed filtered heated pool
- 10m x 4m outdoor vitality hydrotherapy pool
- Chamomile infused sauna
- Aromatic herbal steam room infused with jasmine
- Rasul mud therapy suite
- Ridgeway beauty bar with 4 manicure stations and 2 pedicure stations
- Guests will be sent an email with a link to complete an online treatment consultation, we ask that this is completed before your arrival for a treatment
- Sanitising stations will be available throughout the spa; for access, throughout your visit and before your treatment you will be asked to complete a handwashing ritual with your therapist
- Mandatory temperature checks will be taken on arrival via a state of the art retinal scanner.
- Screens will be positioned between the member, guest or resident and the therapist. For all body treatments the therapist will be wearing a visor
- For all areas of spa there will be clear guidelines with regards to capacities, time restrictions and cleaning regimes where appropriate.
- Towels and robes and flipflops will be available
- The Spa Range
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South Lodge is a grand Victorian, honey-hued, manor house set in 93 acres of gardens and parkland. The grounds were created by18th century botanist, Frederick Ducane Godman, hence the botany-themed spa. The spa is ultra-modern with huge glass walls and a wave-form grass and sedum roof. Follow the path from the car park through the gardens to the spa reception. Once inside, glance to your left and you have an amazing view of the South Downs. The spa has been built to take advantage of these views, with the pools and outdoor terrace all facing south and catching the sun.
What's on offer?
The spa is set over two floors. On the ground floor is the reception, the large lounge and restaurant, the Ridgeview beauty room, a boutique shop area and the treatment rooms. The changing rooms, gym, a holistic studio, a spinning room and the heat experiences and pools are one floor down.
We were warmly greeted, shown round the spa and given flip-flops and a wristband which operates the locker and gives access to the outdoor area.
The changing rooms have dark blue walls, gold pendant lights, bright orange sofas and lots of good size lockers, with names like ‘yew’, ‘fig’ and ‘elderberry’. Eight large showers are stocked with The Spa fig and vanilla shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Vanity areas carry Dyson hairdryers and well-lit mirrors: all well-spaced, so you can style your hair without bumping elbows. A large TV will give you your news fix.
The heat experiences include a large sauna with curved wave pattern ceiling and a glass wall, so you can roast gently while enjoying the views across the Downs. The jasmine herbal steam room, which has a semicircle of blue-tiled seats, provides a warm spot to sit, ponder and watch people enjoying the hydrotherapy pool outside. The marble-lined salt steam room is hot and invigorating, and you can cool off beneath the icy-cold bucket shower. All rooms are large and comfortably seat 10-12 people. Sit on the long, mermaid-tail tiled bench in the centre of the thermal area and hydrate between heat sessions.
The 22-metre infinity-edge, ozone-treated indoor swimming pool has plenty of grey rattan loungers around it where you can chill out between dips. Couples can cosy up on the circular loungers. Outside is a large hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and incredible views of the Sussex countryside, and down a few steps is the 18-metre natural swimming pond.
There are two relaxation areas. The spa lounge is next to the restaurant and has soft chairs and sofas, you can order drinks here and this is where you wait for your treatments. The space is quite buzzy and bright. The deep relaxation area near the treatment rooms is calm and quiet. It has soft seats and colour changing beds with built-in headphones.
The Ridgeview Beauty Bar is light, airy and nods to its namesake with a huge picture of the Ridgeview vineyard gracing the wall. Jessica manicures and pedicures are on the menu, along with make-up and brows by Mii. On the lower floor, you’ll find the 200m² gym with state-of-the-art equipment, a spin studio, a holistic studio and an alfresco gym terrace.
The theme of the spa is ‘bringing the outside in’ which it does with glass walls and outdoor terraces. Glass screens use a golden tree branch motif and coffee tables in the lounge area look like huge slices of tree trunk.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Omorovicza Blue Diamond Brightening Facial (80 minutes, from £140), using products infused with the mineral-rich thermal waters of Budapest.
My therapist, Becca, led me to the low-lit, beautifully scented, treatment room and explained the treatment. She left the room to give me time to de-robe and lay on the heated treatment bed.
Becca began the treatment with a double cleanse and then applied the Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel, which contains diamond peptides and lactobionic acid to provide a milder exfoliation than a regular lactic acid peel. While the peel worked its magic without so much as tingle, Becca gave me a heavenly hand and arm massage. She then used a combination of massage movements to lift and tone the facial muscles – a traditional Hungarian facial.
Becca applied cold derma-globes to my eye area, which felt refreshing and soothing, and finished the treatment with Blue Diamond Eye Cream and Super Cream Moisturiser. She took me to the deep relaxation room and gave me a glass of water. After dozing on the soft, colour-changing bed, I examined my skin, which was beautifully plump and radiant.
The Spa at South Lodge offers a range of massages, wraps and facials, a rasul mud room, bamboo massage or reflexology. It also has a grooming room for a haircut, blow dry or hot towel shave. Manis, pedis and make-up are delivered in the Ridgeview beauty room accompanied by a glass of Ridgeview fizz.
Botanica is the bright and comfortable spa restaurant where you can eat in your robe. The menu has plant-based dishes with sourced-locally ingredients and prepared with a Mediterranean touch. There is also a huge selection of free-from options.
Botanica is open all day to everyone, not just spa-goers and serves a great brunch. I had the Insta-worthy spiced berry sundae with Greek yoghurt and toasted granola – topped off with slivers of apple and an edible flower. The juices are all freshly squeezed and served with the option of an added health tincture created specifically for the spa by a local herbalist (The Herball). I opted for an immune boosting orange, carrot, ginger and pink grapefruit juice – a perfect zingy wake-me-up juice.
The all-day menu offers tapas-style dishes. Their ‘Small Plates’ are ideal if you have had a day of spa-ing; the ‘Large Plates’ should replenish your energy if you have been busy in the gym or pool. Try the ‘Wasted’ veggie-burger made fresh each day with the pulp from the juice bar
If you are staying in the hotel, do try the Camellia Restaurant. We enjoyed a starter of Shetland scallop with pressed chorizo and pig cheeks, followed by beautifully tender venison with roasted parsnip, pickled blackberry and 70% chocolate sauce – a delicious and luxurious flavour combo. We even squeezed in the rich and decadent Manjari chocolate mousse with cocoa nib nougatine and a palate refreshing passionfruit jelly.
We loved / we didn't love
The sustainability: The Spa at South Lodge has been designed from the ground up with sustainability in mind. They use a bio-mass boiler, water is cleaned using a reed bed, they have chosen their robes and towels to minimise environmental impact and they don’t use single-use plastics.
The outdoor spaces: The shape of the spa building and the natural dip in the landscape means that the outdoors areas are sheltered and get lots of sun.
The restaurant: Food is fresh, local and unusual. Botanica is a great place to sit, read and sip an unusual drink as you watch the birds fluttering between the treetops.
We didn’t love
Getting in and out of the natural pond was a bit of a challenge as the ladder stops before you reach the bottom!
Who do you think would like it?
Young creatives: It has natural and botanical products and food, amazing views so you can get your green fix, and it looks cool.
Green spa-goers: With its sustainability credentials, locally sourced food and naturally filtered outdoor pool, you can spa in luxury with a clean conscience.
Loved-up couples: There are spa treatments for couples and a mud room experience for two – plus couple-sized pool-side loungers – perfect for cosying up.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The Spa at South Lodge our top rating of Five Bubble Luxury. The spa has the sort of architecture that makes you feel great just by being there and their sustainability credentials are industry leading. The customer service is excellent, the food in the Botanica restaurant is enticing, and the treatments are unusual and effective
Open to everyone to enjoy, spa goers and non spa goers, Botanica is a brand new restaurant where head chef Jonathan Spiers draws on the South Downs as a larder for fresh and seasonal ingredients. Although not exclusively vegetarian, the menu features a plethora of plant-based plates influenced by Mediterranean dishes.
There is an array of delicious choices throughout the day for all to enjoy. Guests are welcome to take a seat for brunch, lunch or dinner overlooking the stunning views of the South Downs. Botanica evolves throughout the day to suit your needs and always provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for any occasion.
All Day Dining 8am - 8pm
Brunch (8am -12pm), lunch and light bites
Dinner 6pm - 9pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
For our spa goers who are after something a little more casual, The Watershed serve a selection of drinks and light bites for those relaxing by our swim pond throughout the day during the summer months.
With two award-winning restaurants and alfresco dining in the hotel, The Cellar, The Billiard Bar, lounges and the terrace for coffee or afternoon tea, and private dining rooms open to residents and non-residents alike, South Lodge has a dining experience and atmosphere for every occasion.
84 bedroom beautiful South Lodge hotel is right beside The Spa.
Weekdays 6.00am - 10.00pm
Weekends 7.00am - 9.00pm
Travel and Parking
Parking in the hotel car park
South Lodge is less than a 10 minute drive from Horsham, a pretty market town which has direct train lines to London. It is 15 minutes from Gatwick Airport, very close to the M23, and trains via London Victoria are 27 minutes to Gatwick (via Gatwick Express) or 50 minutes to Horsham..