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Spread Eagle Spa
Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
3 treatment rooms
The Spread Eagle is an historic hotel in the middle of a picturesque Sussex market town, surrounded by glorious countryside. The hotel has all the traditional touches from oak-beams to leaded-light windows and an inglenook fireplace. The spa is a modern addition, where the pool is the star. A high ceiling with wooden beams along with a whole floor-to-ceiling wall of glass doors creates a gloriously bright impression. A perfect balance between retreat spa and urban spa.
Spread Eagle Spa is set in a traditional country hotel in the picturesque West Sussex town of Midhurst. The 14th-century coaching house has bundles of charm with original features, old-fashioned furniture and historic art. The spa itself is much more modern, with Scandinavian-style wood cladding and a light-filled pool area.
Spread Eagle Spa is at the end of a short corridor from the main hotel, so it is very quiet and calm. It is a small space which means that customer service is very good: all the members of staff we met were warm and friendly. With a few leisure members popping in and out, the spa has a warm, community feel.
The 14-metre swimming pool is the centrepiece of the spa. Decorated with blue mosaic tiles and a golden spread eagle on its floor, it is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows supported by wooden beams. There are several wooden loungers by one side of the pool and lots of magazines to read. The perfect spot to relax. The pool is also the hotel pool, so check the children’s swimming times if you want to completely zen-out.
Next to the pool are a Turkish style steam room and wooden sauna; each would sit around four people. Both were at the perfect temperature to sit back and enjoy the heat. In the corner of the pool area is the Jacuzzi. We tentatively stepped down into the bubbles after reading through the warning signs about the floor being slippery. The Jacuzzi looks out over the spa garden so, once you’ve negotiated the slippery floor, it’s very relaxing.
The changing area is small but comfortable. Choose your timing, any more than three people in the changing rooms and they may get crowded. The locker was big enough to fit all our belongings, and each is stocked with robes, towels and slippers. The Temple Spa products in the shower were delightful and there is a small vanity area with mirror and hairdryer. There’s one loo in the changing rooms.
Spread Eagle Spa has three treatment rooms between the reception and the changing room entrance.
We had the My Kinda Mood treatment (80 minutes, £120).
After a thoughtful consultation with my therapist, we began with a full body massage using Temple Spa’s Drift Away Oil with a blissful lavender and geranium scent. The massage began on my back. My therapist used a strong pressure with long flowing movements to warm up my muscles before she manipulated my pressure points and stretched my muscles to release tension. The massage was perfectly tailored to my needs.
The facial that followed was perfect. My therapist began by cleaning and exfoliating my skin before massaging my neck, shoulders and face. She applied a mask and massaged my head and scalp. To finish the treatment, she applied a delightful finishing cream. My skin was noticeably smooth, soft and radiant.
I floated out of the treatment room and walked to the pool to find a lounger. A dark relaxation room would make a welcome addition to the spa; after a treatment like this, you may just want to have a snooze somewhere quiet.
Lunch is served in the conservatory just outside the spa and you can eat in your robe. Depending on your spa package, you can choose a one- or two-course lunch. The starter is usually the soup of the day. Choose from a classic or chicken Caesar salad, a selection of sandwiches or the hot dish of the day for your main course. The dessert was a fruit salad, ice-cream selection or lemon posset (which we highly recommend). The food is hearty, well presented and we found it very tasty.
If you’re celebrating, you can order a glass of wine or champagne. What better excuse?
The intuitive treatment: My therapist was very attentive and the treatment actually over-delivered.
The swimming pool is the real gem in the Spread Eagle; we enjoyed some leisurely lengths in the warm water.
We didn't love:
The lack of a relaxation room. After our treatment, we wanted a hideaway to extend our escape.
Families: The Spread Eagle is the ideal location for families to enjoy a break together. The children can use the pool at allotted times, and parents can alternate treatment slots.
Anyone looking for a weekend getaway. Explore the quaint town of Midhurst in the morning, then disappear into the spa for the afternoon.
We gave The Spread Eagle Spa a Good Spa Guide Rating of Four Bubbles. The spa offers a clean and welcoming environment which is ideal for a half day of spa-ing. The staff were warm and welcoming when we visited and the members were friendly.
Supreme Spy visited in September 2015 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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South Street , Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH
The 2 AA rosette restaurant serves modern British cuisine.
39 rooms and six room types available, from Standard Rooms to the Queen’s Suite.
Monday to Sunday: 10am - 6pm