Spa News Bites: August

As the summer season hits, expect busy beaches and roads as more and more Brits choose to staycation in the UK. With so many leading spas, retreats and hotels on our doorstep, there is no longer a need to find cutting-edge treatments and exciting health retreats abroad. And if you can’t bear to join the staycationing throng, you can now have spa delivered right to your doorstep. Here is our August spa news.

Staycations are in – so are spa-cations:

Noticed the roads aren’t as quiet as usual this August? That’s because, according to the annual Travelodge holiday index survey, 69 per cent of us Brits are staycationing this summer. The survey, which questioned 1,500 British adults, said that 59 per cent of us are staying put due to Brexit uncertainties. If you fancy adding a spa to your staycation, check out our summer offers here. For spas with a hot-tub view to give you that far-away feel, try St Brides in Carmarthen Bay with its infinity pool overlooking the ocean, Ragdale Hall and Rudding Park’s rooftop pools, and Low Wood’s splendid hydro-pool jutting over Lake Windemere.

DIY retreating:

Our Spa Spies have noticed a trend for stay-at-home retreats, from juice fast and retreat kits that can be delivered to your door, to simply setting aside a weekend of App-led meditation, journaling and health eating. This month, our Life Stages bloggers try some of these out. Life Begins orders a juice fast from Think Press and goes glamping in a Shepherd’s Hut (known as schlamping), while our Eco Millenial enjoys her box of luxurious retreat treats from State of Liberty. Keep up with our blogs to see how they got on.

In-Room Mini Spa Bar:

Along a similar vein, if you want to spa without leaving your hotel room, Tewkesbury Park have introduced the In-Room Spa Bar – perfect if you arrive too late to spa, want a cosy evening in with a special someone or just fancy some me-time. Delivered to the door via room service, the In-Room Spa Bar comes with Natural Spa Factory products and instructions, plus, if you wish, Taittinger Champagne (£8.50 a glass, £48 a bottle) and hand-made Cotswold chocolates (£8).  Prices range from £18 per person for a Relax and Unwind Bundle, £35 for Girls’ Night In, and £40 for Time for Two.

Spa doctors:

Grayshott Medical Spa in Surrey, set in the former home of Lord Alfred Tennyson, has long been acclaimed for its wellbeing and recovery programmes. It is also a UK proponent of Gut Health, inspired by the Austrian F.X. Mayr method. While the programme has largely been natural health based, this month sees the launch of their new Medical Clinic with the support of GP services. Grayshott’s Medical Director, Dr Ursula Levine, is a GP with 30 years of clinical experience, trained in F.X. Mayr Medicine, and various TCM therapies, and is a champion for the multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. The medical team will also be able to offer private consultations, physical examinations, prescribing medicines and referrals.


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