A tranquil countryside retreat
There can’t be many spa experiences that involve being greeted at the door by a beautiful black Labrador, but The Spa & Club at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is no ordinary establishment. Following your arrival at the 18th-century manor house, you’re walked through the hotel to the estate’s former stable block, now beautifully converted into a tranquil spa and health club.
The first thing that hits you is the wonderful scent in the air — warm and inviting, yet fresh and invigorating. Then it’s the light and sense of space — high ceilings with beautiful old wooden beams, plus the natural light pouring in from the surrounding gardens and picturesque cobbled courtyard at the center of The Spa make the most of compact surroundings at this jewel of a destination.
You are encouraged to arrive early and fully unwind in the Relaxation Rooms, single-sex spaces connected to the men’s and women’s changing areas. Heat treatment facilities, including quartz crystal saunas and amethyst steam rooms, prepare the body and mind for the pampering to come, while the quiet room upstairs is a great spot for a post-treatment snooze.
For those who prefer to begin their spa visits by working up a sweat in a more active fashion, there’s a spacious gym, a fitness studio and two outdoor tennis courts, plus bikes for exploring the 500-acre estate. Classes include everything from Pilates to spinning, and they run all day every day, so there’s something to suit every taste. And nice touches such as ice towels and complimentary juice and snacks ensure that a visit to the gym never feels too much like hard work.
Hotel residents and spa retreat guests also have access to a 66-foot-long pool — located in a tropical-style conservatory — and connecting outdoor vitality pool. Simply swim from one to the other to take advantage of swan jets, hydrotherapy areas and more. When the weather is warm, you’ll find guests lounging on day beds in the surrounding garden, or enjoying a snack or lunch on the terrace at Café Santé, The Spa’s dedicated eatery.
Treatments available at the Hampshire spa range from the 100 percent natural skincare products of Australian brand Sodashi, well suited to young and sensitive skins, to the aromatherapy approach favored by ESPA (the global brand is based just down the road from Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire), to the powerful anti-ageing technology of Swiss Perfection. Day spa guests select either ESPA or Sodashi and create their own bespoke pampering experience by choosing from a treatment menu that includes Sodashi’s intoxicating Vanilla Body Bliss exfoliation and ESPA’s Facial Perfection, which begins with a skin consultation and analysis session.
Additional services on offer alongside the day retreat packages include the ESPA Men’s Purifying facial, specially formulated for male skin, and the Crystalus Body Massage from Sodashi, which used Australian healing stones and crystals to induce total relaxation. A range of salon services is also available, of course, including depilation and nail treatments from Alessandro.