4 Bubble Spa 2018

The Halcyon Spa


Whether it's for a spa day, a weekend to focus on your wellness or a longer retreat, our Halcyon Spa is the perfect place for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.

The lavish spa has an indoor and outdoor heated swimming pool, relaxation suite, sauna, steam room, whirlpool, monsoon shower, tennis courts, four therapy rooms plus a Life Fitness exercise suite. Indulge mind and body, escape the rigours of everyday life and join us for unparalleled tranquility. 

Features

  • Family swim times
  • Indoor heated Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Whirl Pool Hot Tub
  • Thermal Suite with Sauna, Steam Room and Monsoon Shower
  • Rasul Mud Therapy Room
  • Gymnasium
  • Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool
  • Relaxation Room
  • Indoor and outdoor Tennis courts

Products

  • Elemis

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

The Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa is a Grade II listed Georgian property in 27 acres of grounds in the Wiltshire countryside. As well as 32 rooms and suites, the hotel offers a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, a kitchen garden, an orchard, and its own stretch of trout fishing on the River Wylye.

The Halcyon Spa, tucked away behind the property itself, has undergone several extensions since opening two decades ago. The spa now has more to enjoy, including a gym, two pools, and tennis courts in addition to the usual spa offerings.

On offer

What's on offer?

Staff warmly greeted us in the reception area, which has a large wooden desk and comfortable sofa. Our spa host led us through to the changing rooms.

You'll find your robe, towel and Elemis shampoo, conditioner and shower gel inside a tall wooden locker. Change beside a central bench or nip into a private changing cubicle. There are three showers and two loos around the corner, all clean and well kept on our visit, if a little dated (think rubber non-slip mats in the showers).

The 13.5-metre heated indoor pool is just long enough to swim lengths, and you can relax on a chocolate-brown rattan lounger afterwards. Floor-to-ceiling windows let natural light flood in and allow you to admire the immaculate gardens.

If it's a sunny day, open the doors to the heated outdoor pool which is shielded from the wind by a wall, making a lovely suntrap in the summer months. Relax on a cushioned rattan lounger afterwards. Children can use both pools during certain times of the day; if you are looking for a peaceful swim, check the times before arrival.

We began our spa journey in the "thermal corridor" which we had to ourselves. Warm up in the steam room, with its seating for six, before cooling down in the monsoon shower. A decent-sized sauna, again seating six people, was perfectly hot and peaceful.

The Halcyon Spa also has a mud therapy room, and a well equipped gym with cardio equipment and weights. In the relaxation room, you can help yourself to herbal teas before relaxing on one of four leather chairs.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

We enjoyed the signature Halcyon Treatment (90 minutes, £99).

My therapist, Sarah, met me in the relaxation room and escorted me through to one of four spacious treatment rooms. I took a seat on the warm bed so that she could talk me through the treatment, which was a combination of a back treatment (a bit like a facial for your back) and a facial.

Sarah began by inviting me to try several oils so that I could select the one I was most drawn to: I chose an Elemis Detoxifying Oil which is designed to boost energy. Sarah left the room so that I could get comfortable on the treatment bed, lying face down.

The "back facial" began with a foamy cleanser which Sarah removed with hot towels. Sarah applied a scrub which was coarse but not uncomfortable; again, she removed this with hot towels. The massage that followed was a blend of long flowing strokes and some deeper kneading around my shoulders, which was much needed.

Sarah then applied a creamy mask; while this softened the skin on my back, she massaged my scalp, which was wonderfully relaxing. One final hot towel later and I was ready for my facial.

Sarah carefully removed my eye make-up using cotton pads, then applied a milky cleanser to my face and neck to get rid of any remaining make-up and grime. The hot towels Sarah used to remove the cleanser felt very comforting.

In preparation for a papaya mask, Sarah massaged my face. She worked her way up from my shoulders to my neck, then onto my face using a combination of sweeping strokes and pressure-point work. The mask smelled fresh and fruity; while it worked, Sarah performed a thorough hand and arm massage.

I felt like I had been buffed and massaged from head to toe. Sarah left so that I could re-robe; she met me outside the room with a glass of water. In the relaxation room afterwards, I inspected my skin and noticed that it looked plumper and dewy, while feeling softer to touch.

The spa menu at Bishopstrow offers a wide range of treatments including facials, massages, wraps and scrubs using Elemis products. There's a separate menu for mums-to-be (from Little Butterfly London), as well as men, plus beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures and waxing. You can also add a rasul to your spa day for £75 per couple.

Food facts

Food Facts

Lunch and afternoon tea are served in the main hotel; stay in your robe and use the corridor linking the spa to the hotel to reach the restaurant.

The menu includes sandwiches and salads, as well as heartier dishes such as burgers. We selected a Nicoise salad, which was freshly made and delicious, and washed it down with an apple and passionfruit smoothie.

If you are staying overnight, you can dine in the hotel's 2 AA Rosette restaurant, Mulberry, which offers an a la carte menu (think British classics such as Gressingham duck or loin of rabbit) or an all-day dining menu (think steaks, burgers and pasta dishes).

We chose from the former and thoroughly enjoyed our roasted parsnip soup with home-made bread (served warm) followed by a hake dish, which was beautifully cooked and presented.

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The location and grounds: The Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa sits in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside; set time aside during your spa day for a mindful walk.

The friendly staff: All the staff at Bishopstrow, from the hotel to the spa staff, were friendly and professional; nothing was too much trouble.

Our room: Spacious and comfortable with a delightful roll-top bath… what's not to love?

We didn't love

The spa journey: You need to head one way for the changing rooms and pools, and another way for the reception, thermal facilities and treatments. It's a little confusing.

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

Couples: Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa is an ideal location for a quick getaway; we saw many couples reconnecting during our visit.

Families: Both the indoor and outdoor pools have dedicated swim times for children; check the website for details.

Solo spa goers will feel comfortable in this intimate, well-run spa.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

We awarded Bishopstrow Hotel and Spa a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of 4 Bubbles for its warm and friendly service, good treatments, fresh food, and enjoyable facilities.

Supreme Spy visited in October 2018 and awarded it 4 Bubbles.

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Spa Location

Spa location


Warminister,
Wiltshire,
BA12 9HH

01985 212312

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Extra Information

Dining

Throughout the day you can dine on a range of flavourful options from Caprese salads or Whitebait light bites to satisfying sandwiches. Afternoon tea is served every day.

Or if you would prefer heartier fare, take to our 2 AA Rosette restaurant to savour updated fine dining classics and indulgent desserts, all made in-house. We also have the heartiest Sunday lunch in Wiltshire. 

Accommodation

Wake up to stunning countryside views, soak in a free-standing roll top bath and sip a glass of Champagne on your own patio.

All of our 32 individually designed rooms and suites have unique character and combine the best of country living with convenient modern touches.

Opening Hours

The Spa is open from 7am until 9pm. 
Spa treatments are available from 9am until 7pm. 
Children are welcome every day between 8am-10am and 3.30pm-6pm in the indoor pool, and all day in the outdoor pool.

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