The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel
Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
10 treatment rooms
Bedford Lodge Hotel, originally a Georgian hunting lodge, is a four star hotel that is nestled in three acres of secluded rose gardens and adjacent to some of the most famous paddocks and training stables in the world. Staying here offers you the perfect base for exploring Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. The Spa is a modern development but has retained many of the building's original features including the grand staircase and high ceilings which have been lovingly restored to reflect a new era.
1 person says this spa is a social spa. 1 person says this spa is solo friendly. 1 person says this spa is romantic.
Bedford Lodge, once a Georgian hunting lodge, was transformed into a hotel in the 1940s. Surrounded by rose gardens and stables, Bedford Lodge gives an air of peace before you have even stepped through the doors.
The spa is a short walk away from the hotel. Although it's a modern development, the spa is very much in keeping with the look and feel of the hotel. The high ceilings and the grand sweeping staircase give the spa an air of elegance.
As soon as you step through the door, you're greeted by flickering scented ESPA candles and luxurious interiors in muted tones. This sets the scene for the rest of the spa; subtle and classy.
Once we checked in with the friendly and cheerful receptionists, we were given a tour of the spa and were taken through to the Spa Lounge to fill in our consultation forms. The Spa Lounge has an eclectic mix of wing back chairs in soft, touchable fabrics and modern, colourful painting on the walls.
The small changing rooms have large lockers, two seated vanity stations with hairdryers and straighteners, and a private changing cubicle to disrobe in peace. The changing rooms are finished in dark wood and cream walls; minimalist and non-fussy. The three showers were well stocked with ESPA products so you could continue the scents of your spa journey.
The main spa space is on the ground floor. The area is open and spacious, with neutral grey tiles, accented with colour-changing ceiling lights. There is a glass fronted pale wood sauna, a eucalyptus steam room with a black marble hammam table in the centre (perfect if you prefer to lie down and steam), and a large hydrotherapy pool big enough to seat 12 people. The hydro pool has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the garden and is heated to a balmy 32 degrees. We loved the five water experiences: water jets, a Jacuzzi area, strong swan pipes, bubble pools and underwater loungers. After heating up in the sauna, try the experience showers or ice fountains to cool down.
Upstairs, the mezzanine is perfect for relaxing, with loungers, comfortable seating, a selection of magazines and ice-cool drinks. We loved the refreshing lime-infused water. From here you can get to the black slate roof terrace with cushioned loungers and a petit mosaic hot tub – any more than four people and you’d be getting pretty friendly. The outdoor loungers and egg chair would be perfect for a summer's day, but the terrace was a little too cold for us on a January morning.
Bedford Lodge Spa has ten treatment rooms with wide and comfortable heated massage beds, and a sumptuous relaxation room for post-massage snoozes. The rich plum tones, soft lighting and comfortable sofas with blankets make for maximum relaxation.
There is also a beauty room for manicures and pedicures, and a therapy room where visiting cosmetic doctors offer non-invasive procedures.
I had the ESPA Body Ritual (120 minutes, £140). Before my treatment started, my therapist, Gail, asked me what I was I looking to achieve with the treatment: de-stress, detox, or energise? I chose detox as I had perhaps indulged over the previous week. Gail chose the products that would suit my outlook. The treatment started with an exfoliating salt scrub, followed by a mud wrap. While the mud worked into my skin, Gail massaged my scalp. Gail left the room while I took a quick reviving shower. When I was happily settled back on the treatment bed, Gail returned and expertly worked on my tense muscles during a tailored aromatherapy massage. The treatment left me feeling calm and relaxed. Treatment bliss.
My spa partner had a Balinese massage with hot stones (90 minutes, £100). The therapist used warm oil to massage in long, sweeping movements, across the back, legs, arms, hips, stomach and finishing with a scalp massage. After the treatment she felt calm, relaxed and with much looser muscles.
Bedford Lodge specialises in ESPA products; choose from body and facial treatments, massage, manicures and pedicures, mud treatments in the rasul, and dry flotation. There are also treats for mums-to-be and men. If you brave the cosmetic therapy room, you can try microdermabrasion, skin peels or injectibles.
During a spa day, you eat in the Spa Lounge. The lounge menu serves light lunches including paninis, salads and sharing platters if you're feeling peckish. I tried the goat's cheese panini and it was fresh and delicious. You can also order from a wide selection of wines and champagnes, fresh juices and smoothies, and Tea Pig teas.
If you're staying at Bedford Lodge overnight, try the 2 AA Rosette Squires hotel restaurant. The gastro-pub menu was fantastic; we recommend the whole Dover sole or Newmarket sausages and mash.
The ESPA treatments: Completely luxurious and deeply relaxing.
The hydrotherapy pool: The different jets and bubbles created a mini thermal journey.
The customer service: From the friendly welcome when we arrived, to the members of staff greeting us by name during our spa day, we felt well looked after.
We didn't love
The small changing rooms: We loved the quality but the area would feel tight with more than two or three people in there.
Bedford Lodge would be perfect for anyone looking for an extra-special treat.
Romantics would love the roof terrace and hot tub; curl up with the one you love gazing out over the stables.
Best friends or mothers and daughters would love chic design. And quiet, private spaces.
We awarded The Spa at Bedford Lodge a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The fantastic service, beautiful surroundings and excellent treatments make for a very special spa.
Summer Spy visited in February 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BX
The Spa Lounge offers both indulgent and healthy food and beverages; Fine dining in Squires restaurant; Afternoon tea can be taken in Roxana Bar or on the terrace.
See the hotels entry on Pride of Britain Hotels.
77 bedrooms and suites
Sunday to Thursday: 9am to 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday: 9am to 9pm.
There are no offers for this spa.