Ockenden Manor Spa is located in the heart of rural West Sussex and is part of the Historic Sussex Hotels group. I was expecting a small spa, tacked onto the back of the hotel, but, no, how wrong I could be. The spa has been purpose built in an old walled garden to the rear of the hotel and is a complete contrast to the Elizabethan era Ockenden Manor. It shares nine acres of parklands and gardens which make it an idea place to rest and relax.
It’s modern, light and spacious and even when it got busy, there’s plenty of rest and relaxation areas – you don’t feel overcrowded at all. It was the first warm day of spring when I visited and I was able to enjoy the day lazing by the pool in spa robes. The indoor and outdoor linked swimming pool is fed with its own natural spring water. An ice fountain, steam room, walk through rain shower, sauna and hot tub with gym and flotation tank all make this a well-appointed spa worthy of a full spa day – at least. I really enjoyed the great spa dining menu with healthy options like quinoa salad and not so healthy – sticky toffee pudding. I had both figuring that I deserved a sweet treat after a healthy salad. It does have a membership base and there are times when children are allowed – which can increase the decibel levels – considerably. Check times in advance if you want a total peace.
Ren, ila, Jessica
Visiting with The Spa Man 2, we were treated to an ila Kundalini Massage, Ren Facial and Executive Pedicure. These are all part of the Men’s Grooming Club – a whole section on the spa menu. It features a full range of men’s spa treatments.
The Ren Facial uses intricate massage manipulation on the face to deep cleanse and decongest the skin. A great treatment conducted by an expert therapist. The Executive Pedicure scraped and buffed my rough old feet, tidied up my neglected nails and slathered my feet and ankles in hydrating creams. If you’ve not had a pedicure before – treat yourself. Finally the Kundalini back massage was relaxing and destressing. It’s not a sports or deep tissue therapy; it uses smooth, calming ancient massage techniques, oils and chakra healing. Spa Man 2 enjoyed it and would have it again.
THE BEST BITS:
· Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and attentive therapists
· The excellent spa lunch
· Sitting by the outdoor pool in robes enjoying the country air
Men’s Grooming Club Treatments at Ockenden Manor:
Ren for Men Facial – £82.50
Ila Kundalini Back Massage – £ 82.50
Executive Pedicure – £ 46.50
Call: 01444 449191