In a Victorian building steeped in history and surrounded by the Kent countryside, one of our new favourite spa destinations is Reynolds Retreat , and here’s why…
When we visited we we were the only people in the spa – now obviously that’s not guaranteed every time, but wow did it mean that we could make the most of it!
It has foot baths, experience showers, a sauna, a steam, a hydro pool and swimming pool so there’s lots to do and definitely one to recommend for friends, couples, mothers and daughters… just about everyone really, and that’s not something you can say of every destination.
When you arrive you drive up a long country road which sets the scene right away for relaxation and classy downtime. Walking into reception the staff are friendly and take you straight to the lounge for hot drinks while you fill out your spa consultation forms – so it’s all a very leisurely process which we like. You are then handed a bag with your robes towels and slippers in it and are taken up to changing rooms followed by a show around the building so there’s no time wasted negotiating your way around.
The spa itself is also impressive in a way that contrasts with the historic building. It has glass walls to bring the outside in and the Decleor and Environ treatments are second to none. We opted for a back massage and a head massage and we were in heaven.
In the spring and summer months when the weather is a little better we also highly recommend exploring the grounds. There’s a walled garden filled with lime trees, and as good fortune would have it the Waterleaf Restaurant enjoys views of it as well, so even when it’s a bit chilly out you can appreciate it while enjoying your Michelin Star dinner.
A journalist by trade, Bonnie is the Editor for Spabreaks.com. Keen to spread the message on accessible wellbeing and a spa experience for all, she thinks green smoothies are somewhat overrated and her favourite spa treatment is an Elemis Couture Technology facial.