The Cliveden Spa at Cliveden House offers a quintessential spa experience in the English country side. Situated in the grounds of the renowned Cliveden House estate, the spa has created a unique proposition with its newly renovated spa. Partnering with truly British brands that aren’t the usual names you would find in a spa setting, it’s reaching out to a new audience, whilst catering perfectly to its current clientele.
Cliveden House really is one of the great names when it comes to English country estates. And with this comes much expectation. A five-star luxury hotel; the building is owned by the National Trust and operated under a long lease arrangement by the owners of Chewton Glen, Iconic Luxury Hotels.
Sumptuous interiors, dark wood panelling throughout and the use of rich textures and warm colours including red and purples creates a cosy, welcoming environment. The staff are exceptional, greeting you by name and the food is impressive – especially the tasting menu at the André Garrett Restaurant. For more relaxed dining, head to the Astor Grill.
Taking tea in the library is a treat, or a walk by the River Thames on an autumnal day – you can’t beat it. The rooms and suites pay homage to the history of the building which dates back to the 17th century, but does it with style and features all of the mod cons expected in a five-star country retreat.
The spa at Cliveden House
The spa is a new build and a reported £6 million investment for the property. Featuring the listed outdoor pool as the centre piece everything is built around it. You may (or may not) be old enough to recall, but the pool is famous as the meeting place of Christine Keeler and John Profumo (google it).
The pool has a range of sun loungers and two new hot tubs where guests can enjoy the outdoors come rain or shine. Even on a chilly autumn day the walled garden is protected from the wind and in the sun, it was a joy to relax post-treatment. Additional seating has been created inside in a new relaxation area by the indoor pool and Jacuzzi which now has a steam room and infrared sauna.
The new spa café – The Spa Kitchen has an excellent range of on-trend meals and juices. Choose from a protein (hummus, chicken or turkey) and two salads (from a super food selection). You could also pair this with a jacket potato with great toppings and the juices and smoothies are a fitness fanatics dream. Never fear, you can also indulge in glass of skinny prosecco or delight in a glass of rose.
The design celebrates the style and character of the original buildings and the new build sections enhance this. It’s a triumph and a thoroughly pleasant way to spend an afternoon or whole day. The gym – although compact has some great new pieces of kit and looks out across the pool. It’s flooded with natural light and a joy to work out.
Note: if you are booking a single treatment as an outside guest this doesn’t include the use of the facilities. The day packages are great value and include use of the facilities, lunch and your treatment. Or book the whole experience and stay over night – you won’t regret it.
The history of Cliveden House has informed the treatments and products giving them a unique and original story. Anna-Maria, for whom Cliveden was originally built, as well as perhaps the House’s most famous resident Nancy Astor, have provided the inspiration for the scents which are ever-present in the spa, treatments and products.
Sarah Chapman, renowned for her unique, award-winning facials (she tends to the skin of Meghan Markle) has introduced a series of facials. Whilst OSKIA treatments take a holistic approach and are designed to complement and accentuate their multi-award-winning nutritional skincare range.
Holistic Haven Body Treatment
Starting with a gentle foot ritual, the feet are cleansed. You choose from a floral blend created for the spa – either Anna Marie or Lady Astor. Then its quickly onto the treatment bed for a body scrub with Himalayan salt from head to toe. You shower this off and then have a full body masque applied and are wrapped gently in plastic for it to work its hydrating magic. There’s a soothing head massage during the wrap which is a welcome distraction. Another shower and you have a hydrating body butter applied. It left my skin hydrated and soft, but the fragrance was way too floral for me. An elegant rose or gardenia would have worked better.
Cliveden Warm Oil Massage
A full body massage that really worked on easing aches and pains, this uses a combination of eastern and western massage technique to full effect. What I loved about this was the use of warm nutrient rich super-seed oils including rosehip, evening primrose, blueberry, raspberry & strawberry ensure mind, body and soul are completely re-charged.
THE BEST BITS:
The tasting menu
Strolling through the estate on a sunny autumn day
The spa lunch and green juice in The Spa Kitchen
Swimming in the outdoor pool in the cool, crisp early morning sun
Treatments are conducted on the water mattress – lovely idea
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
Having to shower twice in a one hour treatment is quite disruptive. It would be great to create something with the need to just shower once.
It was odd having three groups of tourists venturing out into the spa garden to view the pool and gawping at people relaxing. Timetable these when no guests are present perhaps?
Offer men’s disposable spa underwear as standard
Holistic Haven Body Treatment – 60 mins (£100)
Cliveden Warm Oil Massage – 60 mins (£100)
To stay at Cliveden House: Club rooms from £445