A welcoming escape near London
11 Treatment Rooms
You might expect Stoke Park Spa to be stuffy, given its association with the U.K.’s first country club and hotel founded in 1908. Yet the spa — like the hotel — is anything but, offering a delightfully family-friendly and down-to-earth welcome that belies its polished appearance.
The sheer breadth of services and amenities begs for spa-goers to stretch a visit into a weekend (or longer, if you’re smart). A beautiful indoor pool area, private atrium, relaxation room, Italian marble steam room, outdoor sauna and gardens make it easy to relax and stay a while.
Built in 2008, The Pavilion that houses the spa doesn’t seek to pastiche the historic property’s original building, which dates back to 1795. Instead, the structure is a modern building and the art and design choices within reflect that.
The idyllic 300-acre Stoke Park estate has appeared in plenty of films over the years (Goldfinger, Tomorrow Never Dies) and this cinematic association is reflected in the many classic movie posters that adorn the walls of the Buckinghamshire spa.
Thick wall-to-wall carpeting creates a cozy feel enhanced by the comfy sofas and chairs in the stunning atrium, with its dazzling 15-foot aquarium overlooking the pool. An upbeat palette of chocolate brown, aquamarine and gold, accented with pale wood furnishings, can be found in the 11 treatment rooms.
The onsite San Marco brassiere (open for meals and snacks all day) is also bright and informal.
Day spa guests and hotel residents get access to an impressive range of sports and fitness facilities, from the 4,500-square-foot gym, hot yoga, fitness and spinning studios (all offer an impressive range of classes, including several for children) to the professional standard tennis courts (three indoor, four manmade clay and six grass).
Those in a more indulgent mood might like to swim a few lengths in the indoor heated pool before stepping outside to enjoy the new garden sauna. In proper Scandinavian style, it’s open all year round. Opportunities for lounging abound, whether wrapped up in blankets in the picturesque tree swing or sound asleep in the relaxation room (a silent space with adjustable heated beds).
The boutique sells products used in spa treatments — think luxe beauty brands like Thalgo, Caci and Aromatherapy Associates — as well as sportswear, bathing suits and workout accessories.
The spa menu is more of a book — there are a dizzying number of treatments to try. Facials, massage, detoxes, scrubs, microdermabrasion, reflexology, and tailored men’s services are all on offer.
Stoke Park Spa makes a point to provide options that suit all tastes. For instance, the packages range from the simple Discovery, lunch and use of the facilities, to the luxurious Ultimate, an array of services, including a Thalgo foot treatment, body exfoliation and wrap, plus either a facial, manicure or pedicure. All retreat packages include a two-course lunch in the dedicated spa dining room, where you are free to lounge in your bathrobe as you dine.
The top-tier products used during treatments are expertly curated. Thalgo items use marine-derived ingredients to soothe and rejuvenate, while Aromatherapy Associates treatments are available for guests who prefer to go down the essential oils route. Caci mico-current facials, meanwhile, aim to offer more immediate results.
Jessica nail treatments take place in the sociable surroundings of the nail bar, with its two pedicure seats and four manicure stations.