Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AG
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
6 treatment rooms
The runnymede-on-thames in Surrey is a modern hotel complex with great business and family facilities, overlooking the River Thames. It is also home to a delightful spa with everything you need for a perfect spa day. Excellent treatments, facilities, and customer service make this a spa experience not to be missed.
The runnymede-on-thames is a hotel and spa set on pretty stretch of the river Thames in Surrey, a stone’s throw from the M25. It’s very close to Heathrow Airport, so ideal for a spa pit stop en route to sunnier climes.
The hotel’s large spa and health club is in a modern extension linked to the two-storey hotel complex. The hotel is busy year round, which we found to be a positive thing as it adds character and a sense of community to the modern space, without feeling hectic.
To pique the interest of history buffs, just across the water, the Runnymede Meadows mark the spot where King John and his noblemen sealed the Magna Carta 800 years ago in 1215.
The entrance to the runnymede’s spa is bright and spacious, with the reception desk overlooking nail stations and a couple of cosy waiting chairs, where guests fill out forms prior to treatments. Off to one side lie the six treatment rooms, while a set of double doors leads to a hallway connecting to in-house café The Garden Room, a fully equipped gym and the changing rooms.
The changing room space is large and well-lit. There’s a storage area with spacious lockers, easily operated with a personal code, leading to a private changing room and a baby changing room. To the other side, an electric kneading chair is great for those that don’t have time for a full massage. There are stacks of white towels in the changing room and a long dressing table with hairdryers, ESPA body moisturiser and soaps. Through to the shower area, there’s a female-only sauna and an icy plunge pool for those that dare brave it.
The spa centres on a large indoor pool that lends itself to swimming lengths with a whirlpool just above for post-swim relaxation. A tiered indoor terrace has rows of loungers, leading to a spacious steam room and sauna. The pool area is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the light to stream in.
There’s also a smaller shallow pool for children and an outdoor swimming pool which is open for alfresco dips in the summer months.
The Garden Room is a café with snacks, hot drinks and jugs of cold water, as well as a spa bites menu. At lunchtime it does get busy, and the chatter might be a little much for those in search of relaxation, though it did give the room a cosy, buzzy ambiance.
The gym reflects the size of the hotel (there are 181 bedrooms), kitted out with Technogym equipment, free-weights and Power Plates and overseen by chatty consultants, who also run a series of studio classes including the likes of dance and yoga.
Although the hotel was busy when we visited, the spa still felt relatively quiet and serene.
We had the Top to Toe body treatment (85 minutes, £90). It is one of the spa’s signature therapies and makes for the perfect all-in-one treatment including a full body massage, a facial and a hair oil treatment.
My lovely therapist Becky took me to our treatment room, which was very tranquil, decorated in warm tones, faux-candles and a feature panel light glowing golden from the ceiling. She began by explaining the process and checking for any problem areas (cue lamenting my extremely tight shoulders). Becky explained that the great thing about this treatment is that it can be very much tailored to each individual, and allows for more time to target any underlying muscular issues.
I settled facedown onto the massage table, with an electric blanket beneath me and an infrared light overhead – wonderfully warm to combat the chill of a frosty winter’s afternoon. Becky massaged her way from my sore runner’s calves and hamstrings up to my back using Swedish massage techniques. We giggled as she coaxed my shoulders back down from my ears – a glorious pain that for me is synonymous with a good, effective massage.
Half way through the treatment I turned over onto my back and Becky flooded my scalp in deliciously scented macademia oil, before applying ESPA’s facial procleanser, proserum and triserum and massaging my arms all the way down to my fingertips.
To finish the treatment she massaged my scalp and, at my request, my tight jaw until it went slack and I descended into that blissful, barely conscious state. Once she had finished, I felt nothing short of divine.
Treatments at the runnymede use ESPA products for the more natural approach including facials, massages and body treatments, Guinot for results-driven facials, and Jessica for manicures and pedicures. There are options for mums-to-be, men and teens, you can also see an osteopath if you want something more clinical than a massage.
Spa day visitors will eat in the Garden Room. You can choose from a good range of dishes including grilled focaccia sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches and baked potatoes. There’s plenty on offer for vegetarians and other dietary requirements are accommodated on request. A series of decadent desserts is on offer for those seeking a less angelic spa experience.
As we stayed overnight, we had dinner in The Lock Bar and Kitchen, which has nice views over the twinkling lights of the Thames. It’s a relaxed and informal restaurant and the food was hearty, including the likes of mushroom risotto, lamb shanks and soups. The menu focuses on seasonal produce with a good selection of winter warmer specials and pairing wines.
The easy access to towels throughout the spa zone – sometimes it’s the small things that make a difference.
The excellent, attentive service. The spa staff were genuinely friendly and smiley at all times.
We didn’t love:
The hotel was busy despite our visit being a Tuesday, so it had a lively, communal vibe. You may find it a little overbearing if you’re seeking respite from the city.
Families. The spa offers a great range of mother-daughter treatments which are very popular. It’s also good for families with older children, as there’s a dedicated teenagers menu.
Travellers enroute to Heathrow airport will find it particularly convenient. Or those who work nearby and want to skip the traffic on the way home by stopping in for a treatment, work out or a dip in the pool.
The runnymede spa has a keen focus on anti-ageing treatments and Guinot has a reputation for very effective machine-led facials, so it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for real results.
We gave the runnymede-on-thames a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 bubbles. The hotel itself is more functional than luxurious, but the spa facilities are very good, the customer service was brilliant, and our treatment divine.
Spirited Spy visited in December 2015 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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Egham, Surrey, TW20 0AG
The Lock Bar and Kitchen for informal dining at lunch and dinner; the Leftbank Restaurant for an all-day buffet menu; The Lounge for light lunches and afternoon tea.
8am - 8pm every day
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