The newly-refurbished St Pierre Park Spa, set in 35 acres of manicured gardens on the picturesque island of Guernsey, is as modern as they come with a large and lovely outside space. Swim a couple of lengths in the indoor pool, soak up the award-winning gardens from the hot tub or eat lunch on the spa terrace. Inside, there’s a marbled steam room and volcanic sauna. Staying overnight? Check out the restaurant with its fine dining menu.
- Family swim times
- Indoor swimming pool
- Outdoor hot tub
- Sauna and steam rooms
- Experience showers
- Outdoor terrace with an al fresco eating area
- Five treatment rooms
- Relaxation room
- Manicure and pedicure station
- Exercise studio
- Nine hole golf course
- 3 floodlit tennis courts
- Part of the Hand Picked Hotels group
- Jessica Nails
- Made for Life
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The St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort, just a mile outside of Guernsey's capital, St Peter Port, is a large resort overlooking a lake. The hotel is a little old-fashioned, but the spa and health club is bright, modern and nicely welcoming.
What's on offer?
St Pierre Park Spa is large and stylish; creamy marble floors and copper, bronze and gold soft furnishings ensure the atmosphere is serene. The spa reception area is light and bright.
There are two sets of changing rooms: the first set, by the pool, is for health-club members and swimmers; it's here that the swimsuit spinner is located. The spa changing rooms, which you'll use if you're having a treatment, are small but comfortable. They have brown marble tiles on the walls, large wooden digital lockers, and plenty of space to change, plus a private changing cubicle. There are three showers with shampoo and conditioner, three loos, and a vanity area with a large mirror, three hairdryers and cotton pads.
The 15-metre swimming pool has mosaic-tiles and underwater lights. The blue of the pool and the large grey pillars create a cool and calming atmosphere. Cushioned loungers surround the pool, with four warm tepidarium beds at one end. Two sides of the space have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake and gardens.
The thermal experiences are next to the pool. The small wooden sauna has red-hot volcanic stones. It only seats four at a push but is bright with a glass wall facing the pool. The marble-tiled steam room is larger -- it would comfortably seat eight -- but was disappointingly cool when we visited. Rinse off in the two large spiral showers which deliver jets of warm or cold water.
Sliding doors by the pool lead out onto a large decked terrace looking out over the gardens. A deep, bubbly hot tub is set in the decking; splendidly hot, too. If you fancy having your spa lunch al fresco, the chairs and tables have buttons to call for waiter service. Cushioned outdoor sofas run along the edge of the building; they face the lake but are hidden away behind lavender and shrubs for a little peace and quiet.
The spa area also has five treatment rooms, a nail studio called the Crystal Suite and a relaxation room. The relaxation room is separated into different areas by copper-threaded organza curtains. Each leather lounger -- ten altogether, in five groups of two -- has its own soft shimmering gold blanket and all look out over the lake; a wonderfully restful view. Help yourself to tea, coffee, water and magazines, or relax with colouring-in books and a variety of pencils.
You can also try the two dazzling gyms, one focused on aerobic exercise, the other on resistance and weights. If the view itself doesn't inspire, you can run or cycle while watching TV, listening to your iPod, or checking your social media accounts.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Elemis Hot Mineral Body Boost (55 minutes, £72) followed by a Superfood Pro-Radiance facial (55 minutes, £72).
My therapist, Grazi, collected me from the waiting area and led me to a brown-toned treatment room with spa music playing. I settled face-down on the wide and comfortable treatment bed, underneath a deliciously soft duvet.
Grazi began with a back, neck and shoulders massage, tracing the line of my spine with the warm oil, and kneading out the knots. She moved on to the backs of my legs, using a mixture of long, flowing strokes and pressure-point technique. I welcomed the attention Grazi paid to my feet and also to my hands, unwinding the tense palms. She followed the massage with serum to hydrate my skin, so I ended both relaxed and smoothed.
The facial began with a double cleanse using the Superfood facial wash, some toner, then some delightful facial massage. Again, Grazi focused on my tight neck, which was ultra-soothing. She added some hydrating serum to the area around my eyes then mixed the first mask, a collagen one. This felt cold going on but then calming and refreshing. While the mask infused moisture into my skin, Grazi treated me to a scalp massage that was hypnotically relaxing.
A second mask ("for radiance," she explained) followed and, while this worked its radiance spell, Grazi gave me a foot massage that was so dreamy, I could feel myself beginning to drift. Grazi ended the treatment with some facial oil and day cream, then took me back to the relaxation room where I maintained my state of happy calm with some tea.
Afterwards, my skin looked clean, clear and glowing; I felt renewed and refreshed.
The Spa at St Pierre Park offers a range of Elemis treatments, from anti-ageing facials to massages, scrubs and wraps, and holistic treatments such as Indian head massage and reflexology. Beauty finishing touches include manicures, pedicures and waxing. The spa also offers treatments for men and mums-to-be.
During a spa day, you can eat lunch in your robe in the Pavilion Brasserie which is next to the spa. The spa lunch menu offers a choice of two courses, with extra payment for a third or to add a glass of Champagne, with options for vegans and vegetarians.
On our visit, the choices were all suitably light and fresh for a spa day, and the menu has a good range of salads. Our vegetable curry was tasty and spicy. You can also order afternoon tea and drinks.
If you stay overnight, you can return to the brasserie for its evening menu and try the seasonal, varying dishes as well as standards such as fish and chips or burgers. Our slow-cooked lamb with green beans was delicious (and so enormous we couldn't finish it). Indulge yourself with some of their fresh-baked bread and Guernsey butter.
We loved / we didn't love
The relaxation room: Although it's not dark, it has a pleasantly restful atmosphere thanks to the view. We also loved the anti-stress colouring books provided.
The views of the lake and the gardens at every turn, even in the sauna.
We didn't love
The spa isn't very well signposted in the hotel; we had to stop and ask the way.
Who do you think would like it?
Partners of golfers: Deliver your other half to the clubhouse then spend an afternoon drifting around the spa.
Friends: St Pierre Park offers plenty of space for your catch up.
Single spa-goers can feel quite comfortable in this spa. Swim in the middle of the day to avoid children's swim times and experience the most peace.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded St Pierre Park Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 5 Bubbles. We love the way the design brings the outdoors in at every opportunity. Expect good quality treatments, lovely relaxation spaces, lots of great ways to get active if you choose, delicious food and helpful customer service.
There are three dining options at St Pierre Park; the grand Victor Hugo restaurant, informal dining in the terrace café bar and classic favourites like fish and chips or lamb shanks in the Pavilion Brasserie.
There are 131 contemporary rooms in the AA four star St Pierre Park Hotel, with many offering private balconies or terraces overlooking the grounds. Push the boat out with the lavish master suite which has a private garden and outdoor hot tub.
Spa: Monday – Friday 9am - 7:30pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am – 6pm
Health Club: Monday – Friday 6.30am - 9pm, Saturday – Sunday 7am – 8pm