Set within 100 acres of Lancashire countryside with its rolling landscape, The Woodland Spa has a sense of intimacy and peace. The Thermal Experience Journey includes a range of heat rooms, plus a hydrotherapy pool, outdoor infinity pool, and a tranquil "serenity pool" in a low-lit relaxation room. Allow two hours to enjoy the facilities before heading off for treatments. The treatment menu includes face and body therapies from Carita and Decléor, manicures and pedicures from OPI, as well as Fake Bake tanning and extensions from Lash Perfect.
- XXL robes available
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Serenity pool
- Outdoor infinity pool
- Steam room
- Salt steam room
- Roman foot baths
- Ice fountain
- Experience showers
- Relaxation room
- Spa restaurant
Our Spa Spy review
Part of the Crow Wood Leisure Centre, The Woodland Spa is a destination in its own right with seven (yes, seven) pools, impressive thermal facilities, and an outdoor terrace with a distinctly Mediterranean feel. The spa has views of the rolling Lancashire countryside through large windows.
What's on offer?
Staff at the fitness centre warmly welcomed us and took us through to the spa to complete a consultation form. The spa reception is double height, bright and airy, with windows looking out towards the hydrotherapy pool. The treatment rooms and spa restaurant are upstairs.
We received a map (The Woodland is a large spa) and staff showed us through to the changing rooms. Clusters of large wooden lockers containing flip-flops, a robe and a fluffy towel line the walls; use the faux-leather benches in the centre for changing or pop into one of two private changing cubicles.
Limestone-effect showers contain Neal and Wolf shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. On hand afterwards is a swimsuit dryer with bags and a mirrored vanity bar with hairdryers, straighteners, tissues and hand/body lotion. We loved the glass partitions containing dried leaves.
Sunny day? Head straight outside to the star of the show: the outdoor roof terrace with its 10-metre infinity-edge pool under a retractable roof. There are plenty of lounge chairs and seats to soak up the sun, while opaque glass screens keep the breeze at bay. We spent a good amount of time hopping between the oval-shaped hot tubs and the pool, sipping cold drinks from the Terrace Bar, including a cheeky glass of fizz. An enclosed fire pit comes into its own on cooler days.
The Woodland Spa's indoor thermal suite is impressive, too, with its 7.5-metre bubbly hydrotherapy pool surrounded by loungers and columns, and attractive ceiling lights featuring giant glass leaves (clearly a theme).
Of the thermal facilities on offer, we started at the Roman foot baths with their reflexology-effect bubbles before moving onto the beautifully hot and salty steam room. The traditional hot wooden sauna has three tiers of seating for eight people. Feeling hot and bothered? Shun the sauna in favour of the cooler saunarium which has large windows looking out to the pool.
The Woodland Spa also has a Rasul mud room and an ice fountain, where we cooled off after the sauna, as well as experience showers with four settings (ice cold, cold, warm and tropical mist). Perhaps the most unusual feature is the indoor serenity pool; we enjoyed floating around in the warm, low-lit water without a care in the world.
If you've still got time to relax after a facility-fuelled few hours, try the Rest and Relaxation Room with its L-shaped rattan sofa and loungers. Help yourself to iced water and leaf through magazines while candles flicker in the background.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Neom De-stress treatment (60 minutes, £85).
Danielle, my therapist, led me to a softly lit, warm room which was clean and modern. She asked me to lie face up so that she could guide me through some meditation. While I took deep breaths to clear my mind, she performed reflexology on my feet, occasionally spraying a Neom mist into the air to help me to relax.
Danielle then massaged nourishing oil into my legs, arms, neck together with -- somewhat strangely -- my head and face; she then asked me to turn over so that she could repeat the experience on my back. The oil smelled fresh and enlivening, and not at all sticky; I loved the feeling of having it pulled through my hair.
Afterwards, I felt thoroughly de-stressed and pampered, and welcomed Danielle's tips on how to relax during stressful situations going forwards (breathe, breathe, and breathe).
The outdoor Terrace Bar serves delicious tapas dishes plus a good selection of drinks, including cocktails and smoothies.
We stayed in our robes and headed upstairs to Bertram's, the spa's a la carte restaurant which offers green views through floor-to-ceiling windows. On the menu is a scrumptious selection of burgers, risottos, fish dishes, sandwiches and delectable desserts. Everything is freshly prepared; our pan-seared seabass was a tasty delight.
Vegetarians are well catered for, too, with a goat's cheese burger, butternut squash and red pesto risotto, and feta cheese and beetroot salad on the menu during our visit. The chefs can cater for free-from requirements with some prior notice.
We loved / we didn't love
The outdoor spa area: This is a real treat on a sunny day.
The serenity pool: Floating around in this atmospheric pool was the height of relaxation.
We didn't love
Queuing at the Terrace Bar: Poolside waiter service would elevate the spa experience even further.
The absence of a guided tour: While we were grateful for the map, The Woodland Spa is a large spa and a quick tour round would have been welcome.
Who do you think would like it?
The Woodland Spa would suit couples and groups of friends.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
Bertram's restaurant offers a wide range of menus including: a spa menu, afternoon snacks, a la carte and private dining.
Accomodation at The Woodland Spa includes a two-bedroom spa apartment and three ensuite bedrooms. Rates begin from £53 per person, per night.
Monday – Thursday: 7.30am – 9.30pm
Friday: 7.30am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8.30am – 8pm