With the Platinum Jubilee upon us, the nation is dusting off its bunting, hanging up the Union Jacks and making custard for its lemon and Swiss role amaretti trifles, the official Jubilee pud. If you’re after a quieter celebration, take to the spa where royal connections and specially-curated parties, products and spa packages are fit for a Queen.
The Cliveden Spa
As the backdrop of one of the biggest scandals in British politics, there aren’t many UK hotels with an illustrious history like Cliveden. The heated outdoor pool - where Minister John Profumo first glimpsed actress Christine Keeler in 1961 - is now listed meaning spa-goers can literally bathe in its infamy. Cliveden’s swinging distance from Windsor Castle also made it the pre-wedding choice for Meghan Markle. For the less regal, there’s 376 acres of rolling countryside, vintage boats to drift down the Thames in, a restaurant serving a Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea, and a walled spa garden brimming with lavender.
And where did Prince Harry stay the night before the wedding? Here - the place where rolling fields and manicured gardens await those needing a break from bustling, bus-tooting London. He is rumoured to have stayed in The Dower House, a Grade-II-listed cottage in the grounds dating from 1775. The bedrooms in the main white Georgian manor house are well appointed, with huge beds and oaky floors. There’s also a rose garden, super-smart restaurant and eco spa to be pampered in – treat yourself to the celebratory Platinum Jubilee bath oil created especially for Coworth Park by ishga and continue the regal spa experience at home.
C Bay Spa at Carbis Bay
Last year’s G7 summit saw Prime Ministers and Presidents from all over the world flock to Cornwall to talk about climate change, with Boris Johnson and Joe Biden amongst the possy. Even the Queen got in on the act – hosting a pre-summit event at The Eden Project. And where better to put on a political debate on planet preservation than on one of the UK’s most pristine beaches – somewhere to cool off when talks got heated, too, perhaps. Book a stay over the Bank Holiday weekend for a Jubilee Beach Party with live music, free children’s activities and food stalls, before relaxing in the spa with its Atlantic views.
Kohler Water’s Spa at The Old Course Hotel
It's well documented that Prince William attended St Andrews University, but did you know that he met then Kate Middleton in a coffee shop in the town before continuing his courtship in the bar at The Old Couse Hotel? Kate also visited the hotel in 2001 to attend a charity fashion event. But it’s golf that attracts guests to the hotel with the world’s most famous golf course – The Old Course - in the grounds. So dedicated to the game is the property that it even has a Swing Studio and a Golf Academy; head to The Kohler Water’s Spa for a Golfer’s Recovery Massage designed to increase flexibility in the forearms and wrists.
They may not have welcomed royalty (yet) but Champneys – with its revered spas spread across the country - is definitely the Queen of pampering. To celebrate the forthcoming event they have created some special packages starting at £269 per person (at Springs) rising to £334 (at Tring). Prices include breakfast, use of the spa facilities, access to classes, lunch, a 50-minute face and scalp treatment, a gift set, a glass of fizz, a three-course dinner and overnight accommodation. The offer is valid for stays between 20 May and 10 June.
24th May 2022
Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.
Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.
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