Ufford Park is a large purpose-built complex on 120 acres of parkland, just outside the pretty Suffolk town of Woodbridge. The health club facilities include a 15-metre pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub, but step through to the spa area for a more peaceful experience. The quieter facilities – only available for spa guests – include a white-mosaic hydropool, sauna, mineral grotto, aroma steam room and an ice bowl for the brave. Try unusual and good quality Babor face and body treatments.
- Family swim times
- Twelve metre swimming pool
- Hydro pool
- Mineral grotto
- Aroma steam room
- Experience showers
- Ice fountain
- Foot baths
- Relaxation room
- Two double treatment rooms
- Serail mud bath
- Dedicated manicure and pedicure area
- Relaxation room
- Hairdressing salon
Our Spa Spy review
Ufford Park is a large purpose-built complex on 120 acres of parkland just outside the pretty Suffolk town of Woodbridge. Ufford Park is best known locally for its 18-hole golf course, family-run hotel with 90 en-suite bedrooms and, of course, its health club and spa.
The entrance to Ufford Park spa is on the ground floor of the resort. The communal spaces, including the restaurant, bar, and treatment waiting area have plenty of large, round-edged, tan leather sofas. The décor is terracotta and cream with plants and pictures of local scenes.
What's on offer?
At spa reception, I met my therapist, Hannah B, who gave me my spa bag with towelling robe, towel, slippers and foot salt for the foot spa: a nice touch. Stairs lead down to the wet changing rooms for the spa, or dry changing room for the gym.
The wet changing rooms are basic but sufficient. The initial area has 14 very large lockers with a coin function, two toilets and a vanity bar with three hairdryers. The next area has four private changing cubicles, three benches, and another bank of very large and small lockers. The changing facilities also have a baby-changing table and two toddler seats, signalling a family-friendly spa. The area was very clean and we witnessed several staff members checking it on a regular basis. There are four showers one for people with disabilities with a small, plastic fold-down seat and a rail.
The 15-metre pool has wooden loungers and chairs around. It was frequented by families, although there are adult-only periods. A short staircase at the side leads up to a family changing room with four lockers, a baby table and bench. The pool area also has a hot tub, steam room, sauna, and hot and cold showers.
A glass door leads to the mosaic-tiled thermal suite with a notice saying you're only permitted inside if you've booked.
Once through this door, we felt like we'd escaped the humdrum and were instantly calmed by the sight of a white mosaic hydro-pool. The pool has two bubbly bed sections, four bubbly seat areas and two swan-pipes. The different buttons offer different experiences and the high-pressured jets by the seats give a pleasant massage across the whole of your back. The bubbles on the bed areas were softer but equally enjoyable.
The sauna had a soft heat, even on the top level. The mineral grotto was my favourite, with five seats covered in green mosaic tiles. It was a very wet steam experience but the seats were extremely comfortable.
When Hannah checked my consultation form, she noted I suffer from hay fever, so told me I should use the aroma steam room. I sat on the very upright blue mosaic bench for several minutes and ensured I took some deep breaths. I then embraced the two experience showers: one offering a much cooler experience than the other. Mixed with the ice bath, the showers certainly engaged my senses again after the hot and steamy rooms.
On the far side of the hydro-pool are two foot spas and a seating area.
The relaxation room has five lazy loungers and a large beanbag. The twinkling fibre-optic ceiling lights, piles of magazines, and on-tap water added to the relaxed atmosphere. The TeaPigs herbal teas on offer were welcomed; I had a long lie on a lounger, snuggled in my robe, before taking advantage of the foot salts in one of the foot spas.
The treatment waiting area has two sofas surrounded by white walls and cabinets showcasing the Babor products used in the treatments, as well as a large, colourful fish tank.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Collagen Infusion Facial (60 minutes, £65). Having confessed I do very little to take care of my ageing skin, Hannah B told me it would be the perfect treatment.
Hannah B collected me from the treatment waiting area and took me to the dimly-lit treatment room decorated in soothing natural browns with an en-suite bathroom. Music and candles set the scene. I was in my robe, but she explained she would touch my shoulders and collar-bone area, as well as the top of my back and neck, so I needed to strip off my top half. She ensured my feet were tucked in and gave me a bolster under my knees for comfort.
Hannah B was very calm, considered and didn't chat -- my ideal therapist -- and got to work on my face, using hot cloths and Babor lotions to cleanse my skin. At every step of the way, her touch was slow, gentle but with the perfect level of pressure.
During the second step -- the peeling -- she warned me the mask would feel hot and tingly – which it did, but built gradually to a pleasant heat. She used hot cloths on my skin to wipe off the mask before applying a cooling gel.
The treatment included many steps -- exfoliation and a face mask as well as an intense head massage -- and was absolute bliss. Hannah B's touch was exactly what I needed to relax, but was also invigorating, especially when she gave me a neck and back massage during the face mask.
She used so many products to rehydrate my skin that it felt oily for the rest of the day, but really supple and clean. My skin felt clear and revitalised. Immediately after the facial, my skin felt more elastic and some of my fine lines had gone. I have a prominent frown line between my eyebrows which was less noticeable: my husband commented that my skin looked great.
Ufford Park spa has a good selection of body and facial treatments, massage, manicures and pedicures, mud treatments in the serail or body rituals in the hammam. There are also treats for mums-to-be and men.
A spa day at Ufford Park includes lunch and a drink, which you can choose at the start of your day. Lunch is served in a separate area away from the main hotel bar and restaurant so we could stay in our robes. Basic options include jacket potatoes, salads, or cheeky chips as side orders. You could opt for a dessert at an extra charge, and some of the lunch choices involve a surcharge.
Our peri-peri chicken salad was lovely: chutney on the side, sun-blushed tomatoes and slices of pear, plus delicious dressing. I was envious of the bowl of sweet potato chips another diner had added to her meal.
We loved / we didn't love
Our treatment: Hannah B took on board everything I wrote on my form and delivered the facial fantastically.
The thermal suite, especially the massage jets and the steam room: A lovely oasis away from the rest of the hotel.
We didn't love
The changing area and pool were clearly more leisure-centre than spa, but had a good family feel.
The décor around the hotel and spa was a little tired and needed updating. We would have appreciated an extra towel for our hair, too.
Who do you think would like it?
Families: Ufford Park have thought about the needs of families with the additional changing room, baby-change table and toddler seats.
Golf widows. It’s the perfect excuse to have a treatment or two while your partner plays 18 holes.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We gave Ufford Park a Good Spa Guide rating of 3 bubbles. The resort is a popular country golfing hotel with beautiful grounds, much loved by locals, regulars and families. The spa offers high quality treatments and enjoyable thermal experiences away from the hubbub of the main hotel.
The spa is open Monday to Friday: 9am-8.30pm; Saturday: 9am-7pm; Sunday: 9am-6pm.