5 Bubble Luxury Spa 2022

The Elms Hotel & Greenhouse Spa


The Elms Hotel & Spa is a country house hotel and spa set in beautiful Worcestershire countryside. The spa is housed in a modern annexe behind the hotel surrounded by manicured gardens. Swim lengths in the spa’s indoor heated pool - which floods with light via floor-to-ceiling windows - before warming up in the indoor-outdoor hydro-pool with bubbling jets. Thermal facilities include a steam room, sauna, ice fountain and rainforest shower. Make time to wander around the beautiful grounds before a face or body treatment by Elemis.

The Covid-19 guidelines for guests can be viewed here

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Features

  • Family swim times
  • Five treatment room, including one double
  • Fitness suites
  • Sauna
  • Steam rooms
  • Experience shower
  • Ice fountain
  • Indoor/outdoor jacuzzi
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Relaxation room
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Garden cafe
  • Retail area
  • Selection of classes, including Yoga, Spin and Balleyre

Covid-19 Protocols

  • https://www.theelmshotel.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/covid-19

Products

  • ELEMIS
  • The Gel Bottle

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Built in 1710, The Elms is an ivy-clad, Queen Anne-style mansion in ten acres of beautiful grounds in the peaceful Worcestershire countryside. The hotel has found a style that blends a quintessential English country home (faux fur throws; huge fireplaces) with botanicals and subtle nods to the building’s history for a real cosy luxury. This style is carried throughout, creating areas of unexpected interest.      

The spa is tucked behind the hotel inside a converted barn surrounded by manicured gardens. The botanical style is stepped up in the reception area, with natural woods, old ladders and tools reminiscent of Grandad’s shed combined with pots of plants. Help yourself to fruit-infused water.

On offer

What's on offer?

We received a warm welcome at reception and were shown through to the new Herb restaurant which opened this spring. Our bags and coats were then whisked away; we found them later in our room.

Jane then showed us around the spa which is on two levels: the pool area and thermal suite downstairs; the treatment rooms and relaxation lounges above.

Changing rooms are small but beautifully decorated with two toilets, a larger changing space lined with lockers, a bench, and a vanity area with hairdryers and lotion. Two showers were fully stocked with shampoo, conditioner and body wash. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows drench the pool area with light; take some time to admire views of the surrounding gardens before taking a dip or relaxing on one of the many loungers. At 10-metres, you can swim lengths or pummel your shoulders underneath the powerful swan-neck fountain. Hotel guests (including families at specified times) can access to the pool. 

Our favourite feature was the indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi - take a seat under the palms and let the warm bubbles soothe you as you listen to birdsong.

Through a central area with a coffee machine, bowl of fruit and infused water stations is the spa’s guest-only thermal area. This large and dimly lit space has four thermal experiences. We began our journey in the large steam room, which has seating for eight, colour-changing lights, an uplifting scent and a large pink crystal at the back.

A second, smaller steam room seats two or three people making it perfect for couples. The small pine sauna has music and nature sounds quietly playing, with a window overlooking the gardens. Cool off afterwards with some ice from the ice fountain or set the experience shower to tropical storm, ice mist or rainforest walk (or a combination of the three).

The Elms has no shortage of relaxation spaces - bring a book or grab a magazine and settle in. The upstairs sun terrace offers views of the garden, while the dimly lit relaxation room provides the ideal space for lounging.

The spa also has a light and airy fitness suite; book in with a personal trainer or join a fitness class.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We tried a Luxury Face and Body Experience (90 minutes, £249), a combination of a full body scrub followed by a choice of either a full body massage or wrap.

We took a seat in the pre-treatment area with a glass of infused water and filled in our consultation forms. Our therapists, Charlotte and Izzy, then showed us through to the newly- opened couples treatment room with hammam-esque heated stone bed, double shower and separate area with tandem massage tables. 

Charlotte explained the treatment and checked on any areas of concern before leaving us to disrobe and lie face down on the heated stone bed. 

Charlotte and Izzy quietly came back in and checked if the room was at the right temperature and the music was acceptable. After a gentle body brush to encourage circulation, Charlotte applied an Elemis lime and ginger scrub on one side of my body before moving across to the other. She then asked me to turn over so that she could do the same on my front. Once the scrub had worked its magic, Charlotte turned on the shower and invited us to wash it off; the warm water felt lovely on our oily skin.

For the massage, Charlotte applied an Elemis Frangipani Monoi oil and used it to create firm flowing strokes combined with deep pressure using her elbows; she used shorter strokes around my neck and shoulders. The final part of the treatment was a wonderful scalp massage - I was happy for Charlotte to use oils in my hair, but spa goers can opt for a dry scalp massage if they prefer.

Once the treatment was over, Charlotte and Issy brought fetched glasses of water and showed us through to a dark relaxation room so that we could extend our post-treatment bliss. A glass of Champagne and assorted truffles ended the treatment on a high.

The Greenhouse Spa offers a range of face and body treatments by Elemis, alongside nails by Jessica and finishing touches. There are treatments for men and mums-to-be, too.

Food facts

Food Facts

Guests can feel at ease eating in their robe and slippers at The Herb restaurant, which is decorated in a similar style to the spa but with a pale grey palette for a light, bright feel.

We were treated to the Sunday BBQ which – on our visit – had salmon, pulled pork, burgers and sides (cous-cous salad, grilled aubergine, fries) on the menu. 

Our Bavette steak topped with herbs and finely diced green peppers was grilled to perfection; it paired perfectly with buttery sweetcorn. Had our treatments not been imminent, we would have indulged in one of the desserts - we may never know what a Dirty Doughnut is.

Guests staying overnight can dine at the two AA-Rosette Badger Bar & Grill with its menu of vegetarian, vegan, meat dishes, puddings and liqueur coffees. This Spa Spy was not disappointed by her classic fish and chips dish which came with just enough extras.
 

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The opportunity to have a couple’s treatment: The Greenhouse Spa’s new couples’ room is perfect for romantic spa goers.

The decor: the entire hotel is beautiful, but the spa is particularly special, with plants hanging from the ceilings and a greenhouse theme giving it real character. We wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Peter Rabbit popping up during our stay.

Our suite: the newly opened Abberley Suite is a magnificent room with gold accents, rotating television, and an exquisite marble bathroom with roll top tub and stained-glass windows.  


We didn't love

Seeing shampoo and conditioner in the treatment room showers: this can encourage people to wash their hair mid-treatment potentially undoing the work a spa therapist has put in to relax the spa-goer.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Couples and small groups of friends: we saw plenty of friends catching up on our visit.

Foodies: extend your stay and book in for dinner at the Badgers Bar & Grill – you won’t be disappointed.

Stressed-out city-dwellers: an hour away from Worcester, Birmingham, Hereford and Gloucester, The Elms makes for a peaceful country retreat.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded The Greenhouse Spa at The Elms a Good Spa Guide Bubble rating of 5 Bubbles - the location is stunning, the Elemis treatments wonderful and the food delicious.

Seaside Spy visited in June 2022 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"Set in the most beautiful countryside of Worcestershire is a beautiful spa retreat not to be missed. Greeted by attentive and welcoming staff your day starts right from when you open the door. The decoration is to the highest standard and attention to detail is perfection. The facilities are excellent and the therapists are friendly, professional and they make you feel like you are their most important client that day. I loved my experience and would highly recommend them. "

Joy

  • May 16, 2022 at 4:09 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Beautifully decorated Spa swimming pool area with plants and evocative atmosphere. Very chilled. Comfortable and attractive treatment area and great gym. Friendly staff and beautiful surroundings"

Alexandra

  • May 16, 2022 at 10:22 am

Voted: Romantic


"Great facilities, great atmosphere. Perfect for a short break for couples. People who run it are great too!"

Richard W

  • May 16, 2022 at 10:16 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Beautiful decor, great facilities, friendly and accommodating staff and overall wonderful experience. The treatments are 10/10 "

Katie

  • May 15, 2022 at 12:11 pm

Voted: A social spa Romantic


"We’ve visited this hotel & spa twice in the last 12 months as it is just Lovely! Every part of this hotel & spa has been designed beautifully. It’s very relaxing , low lighting & smells so good! While it may not be the largest spa every area is perfect, there’s comfy seating around the pool , which is a stunning greenhouse , with a door to a small outdoor jacuzzi , all of the steam room/sauna/experience shower are in a low lit , relaxing area at the side of the pool & the sauna looks out onto the grounds! I had a massage there which was really good aswell. You have free access when you book a room which I think is really good these days. I couldn’t fault this hotel & spa one bit! We will be back again! "

Rachel Blackwell

  • May 10, 2022 at 4:02 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly Romantic

Spa Location

Spa location

Stockton Road,
Abberley,
Worcestershire,
WR6 6AT

01299 891850

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Extra Information

Dining

Spa day lunches and Afternoon Tea are now served in the beautiful brand new 2 AA rosette restaurant,The Badgers.

You can also feast in the new fine dining restaurant called The Herb.

Accommodation

All the rooms and suites are charming, homely and classically elegant. They aim to ensure that your every comfort is met when you choose to stay at The Elms.

Opening Hours

Spa opens 7am – 9pm, 7 days a week

Treatments are between 10am – 6pm

Childrens' swim times are:9am-10pm and 4pm-5pm

Travel and Parking

By road

If you’re driving, they offer ample free parking (up to 120 cars).

By train

The nearest station is Kidderminster (20 minutes by taxi), while main stations are at Worcester Foregate and Worcester Shrub Hill (30 minutes by taxi).

By air

Birmingham Airport (an hour's drive) and East Midlands (an hour and 35 minutes' drive) are the nearest airports.

Helicopter landing space is available on the front lawn of the hotel. Please call for landing information and to arrange your arrival.

Accessibility

The Elms has been designed with accessibility in mind. They want all of their guests, no matter their mobility or disability, to be comfortable. Facilities: disabled parking available directly in front of the house, ramp access into the main entrance, disabled toilet in the main house. There are three ground floor rooms in the Coach House annex, one disabled room with wet room bathroom in the Coach House annex, ramp access to Coach House rooms, wide doorways into all lounges, the bar and restaurant, and ramp access to the spa. There's a disabled changing and toilet in the spa, ramp lift into swimming pool area, hoist available for access in and out of the pool, and ground floor conference/private dining rooms available. Guide dogs permitted (small daily supplement if staying).

The Covid-19 guidelines for guests can be viewed here

Treatment menu

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