Wildmoor Spa and Health Club
Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9RJ
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
8 treatment rooms
The Wildmoor Spa & Health Club is a luxurious and beautifully designed facility situated in Stratford-upon-Avon. Wildmoor is ideally located for the Midlands, Cotswolds, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire, and has top spa features such as a crystal steam room, herbal sauna, caldarium, and 20 metre swimming pool. A dedicated team of therapists and staff are also on hand to ensure your day will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and completely rejuvenated.
1 person says this spa is solo friendly.
Wildmoor Spa and Health Club is a modern day-spa in the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Perfectly located for the Midlands, the Cotswolds, Worcestershire and Oxfordshire, Wildmoor is a rather swanky, albeit friendly, health club with great spa facilities. Wildmoor has a friendly ambience, with spa therapists, gym instructors, and catering staff always on hand to ensure your experience is relaxing and rejuvenating.
After we checked in to Wildmoor's main reception, Stacey warmly greeted us and offered us a drink. She left us for a few quiet moments to complete the consultation form and select two courses from the spa lunch menu.
The spa reception occupies its own space to one side of the Brasserie and includes an attractive shop stocked with mainly Elemis and Jessica products. You get a £5 voucher to spend in the spa shop on the day of your visit.
The changing rooms are spacious and clean, with ten showers and hundreds of lockers. If the spa is quiet, you may be able to request a private spa changing room. We were allotted Chrysalis 2, which had two showers, seating, lots of Elemis samples, and jugs of fruit-infused water. Although the changing rooms are shared with health club members, they were never busy during our visit.
The pool area at Wildmoor has an elegantly undulating white "wave" ceiling, a curved gold mosaic wall at one end, and three showers at the other. The glass wall on one side overlooks the Brasserie through to the outdoors, letting in light, but is frosted at eye height so you won't have diners overlooking your swim.
The 20-metre pool is the ideal temperature for swimming lengths. To one side of the swimming pool, the hydropool (heated to 37 degrees) would comfortably hold 12 people, and has six stations with powerful underwater massage jets and three swan pipes.
Around the pool area are stylish wicker loungers in various shapes and sizes (including a couple of round doubles), plus two colourful hammocks and potted plants. Suspended heat lamps are designed to make you feel like you're basking in sunshine, although we didn't get to experience them as the pool area was busy.
The thermal area has three large experience rooms, each spacious enough to seat 12. The tiled herbal steam room scented with eucalyptus helped clear our sinuses. The traditional wooden sauna and Roman-styled cream-tiled caldarium warmed our muscles before our treatments. There are two experience showers and an icy bucket shower. Through a set of French doors is a small, sun-trap outdoor terrace with loungers.
The relaxation room has a conservatory at one end, with blinds filtering the natural light. A Buddha statue and flickering LED tea lights help create a meditative feel. The four wicker loungers and five comfortable chairs with foot stools are positioned in a large circle, which seemed to nurture companionable chat. Tables are stocked with magazines and fresh water, some flavoured with fruit (the strawberry and mint was particularly refreshing). The relaxation room is where you wait to be collected for your treatments.
Spa guests can also use the spacious upstairs gym, which overlooks the countryside.
We had the Elemis Couture Touch (120 minutes, £129).
My charming therapist, Lizzie, led me into a treatment room which was dark and comfortable. With Elemis Couture Touch, you choose a combination of body massage and facial. With a luxurious two hours at my disposal, I chose an hour-long Deeper than Deep Hot Stone massage and a one-hour personalised facial.
The massage started with me on my front. Lizzie pressed warm towels onto my skin to relax my muscles before she began work with the wonderfully warm and smooth stones, coated in frangipani oil. She worked into every knot and area of tension around my back, shoulders, neck and legs. She deployed the underrated pleasure of stretching, gently pulling my arms out to the sides and massaging them with a combination of hot stones and hands. I loved it when she placed the stones in the palms of my hands and on the soles of my feet; I felt tranquil and connected to the moment.
For the facial element, Lizzie propped me up on the treatment bed. She placed a soothing mask over my eyes before deeply cleansing and exfoliating my skin with a balm and skin buff. The fruity mask she applied next tingled; Lizzie assured me that this showed my skin was healthy and responding to the active ingredients in the product. She moisturised my skin with a pro-collagen cream and finished with a blissfully firm scalp massage, checking whether I minded having the oils in my hair (of course not!). Throughout the treatment, I kept drifting off: testament to Lizzie's soothing strokes.
My muscles were relaxed, my skin felt hydrated and looked toned; I resisted showering and instead drove home with the luscious Elemis oils still on my skin.
Wildmoor Spa and Health Club offers a good range of Elemis and ESPA facials and massages, as well as wraps, beauty treatments and packages designed for pregnant women. A private rasul chamber provides a tranquil mud experience for couples, while the "Snug-as-a -Bug" flotation treatment allows you to float in a dry cocoon suspended in warm water.
Lunch is served in the Brasserie which is open plan, light and spacious, with a sporty splash of blue and orange colours. Most other diners were wearing spa robes, so we felt quite at home. We tried veggie options: arancini made from goats cheese and beetroot followed by a mushroom risotto. The pickled fennel salad that accompanied the starter was a zingy treat. The risotto was made from pearl barley, so had more bite and bounce than a rice-based dish: we loved it.
The spa set menu has options to suit most dietary needs, including gluten-free and low calorie. You can also order from the main Brasserie menu, which includes wraps, panini and salads. Snackier treats are available all day, too, including sausage rolls, flapjacks and the new chef's home-made cakes
The easy spa journey: Wildmoor Spa and Health Club feels swish but it's relaxed, and you can wander anywhere in your robe.
The tailor-made treatment: My therapist put me at ease and delivered a massage that was both personalised and soothing.
The friendly ambience: The pool and thermal facilities provide a great place to swim and chill out.
We didn't love
The disposable knickers were tiny; we felt a little bit exposed!
We never got to try the hammocks by the pool as people kept reserving them with towels and then disappearing.
The lack of products in the changing rooms: you will need to bring your own shampoo and conditioner.
As well as solo health club members, we spotted several couples, a group of female friends and a granddaughter and grandmother enjoying a spa day together.
We awarded Wildmoor Spa and Health Club a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 bubbles. The pool and thermal facilities are inviting, and the spa staff are friendly and helpful. The health club has a busy and vibrant atmosphere. Wildmoor is a spa to go to with friends and loved ones.
Serene Spy visited in March 2017 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
Alcester Road, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 9RJ
Brasserie serving breakfast, lighter meals, main courses and salads.
Monday to Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday to Sunday 9am – 5pm
There are no offers for this spa.