The Club and Spa at Cadbury House
Congresbury, Bristol, BS49 5AD
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
6 treatment rooms
Just 30 minutes from Bristol city centre, Cadbury House is set in acres of woodland with panoramic views overlooking the Bristol Channel. The purpose-built Club and Spa is glass-fronted with curved, cream brick walls and modern facilities inside and out. Set on three floors, there's an outdoor hot tub, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and relaxation zone with hanging pods and loungers. Try treatments from Elemis, Pevonia and Jessica nails.
The Club and Spa stands on the top of a hill next to the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House Hotel with views over the Bristol Channel. The hotel has more than 130 rooms so it's buzzy with people: hotel guests and events attendees. The purpose-built Club and Spa is glass-fronted with curved cream brick walls and modern facilities inside and out.
The Club and Spa is set over three floors. The club entrance, changing rooms, pool and thermal facilities are on the first floor, the class studios and gym on the second. If you're visiting for a spa day, the top floor is where you'll find the spa reception, a relaxation room, the spa cafe and the treatment rooms.
The receptionist, Amy, was very friendly and showed us to the changing rooms, back down on the ground floor. She gave us a padlock for the locker, flip-flops, towel and a robe. The changing rooms are a large, open space which quickly filled up with health-club members after a class. The three banks of wooden lockers have plenty of space to hold your belongings and hang clothes. The vanity area with a long mirror, tall stools and four hairdryers allows you to preen post-spa. The five loos and showers were well cleaned, but there aren't many products beyond shower gel and body lotion; you may want to bring your own haircare and skincare potions. There's also a small sauna and steam room (both would comfortably take four) in the changing rooms.
The 20-metre swimming pool is lined with dark blue tiles, grey slate walls and blue pillars. It's perfect for a few lengths pre-treatment or you can drift in the bubble pool which has massage jets for your legs and back. Heat up in the traditional wooden sauna or the steam room, which smelled beautifully of aromatherapy essences. There's an ice drench shower to cool down. The bubbly Jacuzzi was very full for the whole of our visit, and we were a little put off by the froth around its edge.
Beyond the pool is the crown jewel of the spa, a blissfully quiet relaxation room. It has comfortable hanging pods swinging from the ceiling, single and double reclining loungers, low lighting, soft music and refreshments. We could have happily whiled away the afternoon while curled up with a book.
The decked outside terrace looks over the surrounding countryside and has tall heaters to keep you cosy during colder days or in the evening. This lovely extra space has a shower, a sauna big enough for four people and a Jacuzzi big enough for six. If you're lucky enough to visit in the sunshine, the comfortable wicker loungers would be great to soak up some heat.
The fitness facilities are very good with cardio, weights and stretching areas in the gym. The class schedule has everything from spinning to HIIT to Body Balance.
I had the Frangipani Salt and Oil Scrub (30 minutes, £45) and the Elemis Pro Collagen Facial (60 minutes, £75).
I took a seat in the pre-treatment relaxation room upstairs to wait for my therapist, Louise. This space is quite feminine with dark red and glittery walls. You can help yourself to herbal teas, fruit-infused waters and magazines. Louise took me through to the treatment room which was decorated in an array of soothing browns; it was well-presented but smaller than most treatment rooms.
I took off my robe, put on my disposable underwear, and lay face down on the treatment bed. Louise applied a warm oil to the left side of my body, then massaged in the Frangipani Salt Scrub using soft circular movements, sloughing away the dead skin. The scrub smelled divine: floral and sweet. Louise continued the pattern on my right-hand side before I turned over so she could move on to my front. Once I was scrubbed head to toe, Louise wrapped me in soft linen and gave me an oriental head massage: lots of working on pressure points and hair stroking. I was loath to come out of my deeply relaxed state, but stepped into the shower to wash off the exfoliant and get ready for my facial.
Louise began by cleansing my eyes with a cool lotion and my face with a cream cleanser. The facial includes two masks; the first was fresh and exotic, the second very cold and tingly. Louise massaged my hands and arms while the second mask set on my skin. She peeled it off with ease and toned my skin, applied a serum and the cult-favourite Pro Collagen Marine Cream.
Both elements of the treatment felt completely tailored to my skin and Louise was very attentive and caring. I emerged from the treatment room with very soft skin from head to toe.
The Club and Spa offers a good range of Elemis and Pevonia treatments including facials, massages, wraps and scrubs, Indian head massage and reflexology. There are Jessica manicures and pedicures, and good options for men and mums-to-be, too.
If you visit as part of a spa day, you pre-order your lunch when you arrive, and eat en robe in the spa café on the top floor. The menu offers wraps, ciabattas and salads; you can order extra sides including chips, coleslaw and nachos. We tried the beetroot and feta wrap that came with salad garnish, it was nicely presented and very enjoyable.
If you're staying at the hotel, head to the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse bar and grill. There are black leather booths, crisp white tablecloths and vibrant art on the walls... including pictures of Marco himself. The service is attentive and the restaurant has a very buzzy feel.
The Club and Spa has a busy and vibrant ambience, perfect for a sociable spa day. If you are seeking peace and quiet, it might not be right for you.
We loved our treatments: the perfect mix of indulgence and visible results.
We also loved the outdoor area, it would be perfect on a sunny summer day.
We didn't love the disjointed spa journey. The treatment rooms are through the restaurant on the top floor, and the slightly tired changing rooms are on the ground floor. Be prepared to tackle the stairs throughout the day.
Fitness fanatics will love the variety of classes on offer. There's something for all ages and abilities.
Social spa goers: There are lots of places to sit and catch up with friends; because it's more sociable than many spas, you'll feel comfortable chatting.
Men: The wet and thermal facilities are neutrally decorated. With a full pool and gym, and a great selection of dedicated treatments, it's easy to see men enjoying their time at The Club and Spa.
We gave The Club and Spa at Cadbury House a Good Spa Guide rating of Four Bubbles for its extensive class programme, lovely outside terrace, and great results-driven treatments. It does feel more leisure focused than spa but we think, for the right people, this would be a perfect spa to enjoy with friends.
Supreme Spy visited in June 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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Frost Hill, Congresbury, Bristol, BS49 5AD
Bardolino Marco Pierre White restaurant.
Monday 9am- 8pm
Tuesday- Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 9am- 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm
There are no offers for this spa.