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
- Jessica Nails
Our Spa Spy review
Guernsey is a charming island with sandy beaches, beautiful scenery and great food. Pretty roads take you from the airport through rolling hills and villages towards St Peter Port, the island's capital.
St Pierre Park, just a mile outside the port, is a large four-star resort overlooking a lake. The hotel is rather old-fashioned, but the modern and recently refurbished spa and health club is something to write home about.
What's on offer?
St Pierre Park Spa is stylish with creamy marble floors and copper, bronze and gold soft furnishings. Despite two impressive gyms leading off from the reception area, the atmosphere is serene. Reception is scented with a warming oil burner and atmospherically lit; we liked the inverted lampshades hanging over the spa reception desk.
The changing rooms are sleek with pale marble tiles on the walls, large wooden lockers, and plenty of space to change. There are three showers with Elemis shampoo and conditioner, three loos, and a vanity area with a large mirror, plenty of hairdryers and cotton wool. If you're feeling modest, try the private changing cubicle.
The 18-metre swimming pool has blue 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. Two sides of the space have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the lake and gardens, bringing the outside in.
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 much larger -- it would comfortably seat eight -- but sadly wasn't working when we visited. Cool 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 jutting out over the gardens. A deep, bubbly hot tub is set in the decking; gaze out over the lake while you warm up. 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.
At the other end of the spa is the treatment waiting area, five treatment rooms, a nail studio and a shimmering relaxation room overlooking the lake. The relaxation room is separated into three areas by copper threaded organza curtains. Each leather lounger has its own soft woven blanket and all look out over the lake; a wonderfully restful view. Help yourself to tea, coffee, water and magazines.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Perfect Solution Spa Day (80 minutes of treatment time, £99) which includes a full body massage, express facial, and a two-course spa lunch.
My therapist, Jasmine, collected me from the waiting area and led me to a treatment room decorated in plush browns and dotted with scented candles. I settled on the comfortable and wide treatment bed, underneath a soft duvet. Jasmine placed a bowl of frangipani oil below my head and I inhaled, drifting off into a state of relaxation.
Jasmine used her fingers, hands and forearms to roll and stretch my back and shoulders, moving to slower, longer movements on my arms, lower back and legs. Her massage technique was strong, flowing, and completely blissful. Jasmine asked to me to turn over , then massaged the front of my body: gentler here, but the massage was just as divine.
The facial was simple but effective. Jasmine cleansed and exfoliated my skin then massaged my face using invigorating and flowing techniques. Jasmine left the room while I came round from the massage and donned my robe. My tension had evaporated and my skin felt wonderfully soft and smooth.
The Spa at St Pierre Park offers a range of Elemis treatments, from anti-ageing facials to massages, scrubs and wraps, Indian head massage and beauty finishing touches. The spa also offers treatments for men and mums-to-be.
During a spa day, you can eat in your fluffy robe in the Pavilion Brasserie which is next to the spa or on the terrace outside the pool. We opted for the terrace as it was a brilliantly sunny day. The menu offers seasonal and local produce, healthy salads, sandwiches, larger hot dishes and a choice of desserts. We tried the pan-fried prawn salad and spicy chicken salad: delicious. You can also order afternoon tea, wine, beer and bubbly.
If you stay overnight, try the grand Victor Hugo restaurant which serves everything from steak to locally caught seafood. My crab risotto starter and scallops main were simple and perfect.
We loved / we didn't love
Sitting in the sauna looking out over the decked hot-tub area and gardens beyond. The glass is one way, so you can see out but no-one can see you.
The relaxation room: It's the only non-dark relaxation room that we have found deeply calming thanks to the view. In fact, it might even make this Spa Spy's top ten.
We also loved our blissful treatments.
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?
Golf widows: Deliver your other half to the club house then spend an afternoon drifting around the spa. It's a win-win!
The two splendid gyms could tempt the most reluctant to get fit. If the view itself doesn't inspire, you can jog or cycle while watching TV, listening to your iPod or checking your social media accounts.
Anyone heading to -- or lucky enough to live on -- Guernsey or the Channel Islands. St Pierre Park Spa is a wonderful place to kick back and relax.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded St Pierre Park Spa a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. We love the way the design brings the outdoors inside at every opportunity, but still affords privacy from the rest of the hotel. Expect good quality treatments, lovely relaxation spaces, and lots of great ways to get active if you so choose.
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