Having been turned away from a number of spa venues because of epilepsy and spinal injuries, we sent blogger, Lucy Baena, to check out the beautiful Foxhills in Surrey to restore her faith in the power of pampering!
In all honesty I was a bit nervous about my spa break at Foxhills. I haven’t been to many luxury hotels and having hidden disabilities (epilepsy and chronic pain) has meant that I have been turned away from many spas and treatment centres recently, so it was with some trepidation that I set out.
I need not have worried. Turning through the gates into Foxhills’ stunning gardens I knew this spa was going to be different. Hidden away in beautiful woodlands the manor house emerged, glowing on the hottest day of the year! Although just a few minutes from the M25 I felt as though I was in an oasis, far from London and the hectic outside world.
On arrival we had afternoon tea at The Manor Restaurant. Set inside the magnificent 19th century manor building, there are stunning views across the golf course and grounds providing the perfect place to relax after our long drive. As it was such a sunny day the waiter kindly made up a table for us outside and provided me with cushions so I could sit, pain-free, whilst I indulged in their teatime offerings!
After this cake-based indulgence I needed a rest, so we sought out our room. A spacious, clean and quiet space overlooking the members’ pool, it was a calming bolthole from the heat of the day. Perfect! Later on we ventured out into the outdoor pool; it was wonderful to float in the lightly heated water, hearing only the wind in the trees and the occasional bird flying overhead. Following our rather substantial tea, at dinner time we opted to visit Foxhills brasserie, Bar Nineteen, situated just next to the spa, where we found lighter dishes and salads. With lovely views over the golf course, Bar 19 offers a more casual eating option than the formality of The Manor Restaurant, and was just what we were looking for. So after a sundowner or two, with salad-full tummies we headed back to our luxurious bed, looking forward to the next day.
After first stopping by The Manor Restaurant for their well-stocked breakfast buffet, I headed over to explore the spa. The spa says that their aim is simple, to ensure that their clients feel better when they leave than when they arrive. I certainly did! Not only are the spa facilities world class – I was blown away by the magical outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, natural pool, private landscaped gardens, two indoor pools, gym and relaxation areas! The treatment I had (Shea Butter Body-Melt Massage) was one of the best massages I’ve ever had. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and professional. They seemed unfazed by my hidden disabilities and made no issue of it, which in turn allowed me to have the most perfect stress relieving massage.
All in all, if you are looking for somewhere to unwind, somewhere to show your body some love, and generally just to get away from the madness of 21st century living, then Foxhills is your place!
– Ordering a drink from the red phone box into the spa garden is sure to make you laugh.
– Get involved with the spa’s natural pool. Be brave! I guarantee you’ll be glad you did!
– Try out the tea selection in the post-treatment relaxation room. Hydrating and divine!
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