Having had a spa on site for a long time, Rudding Park is no stranger to spa goers. What makes this spectacular and highly anticipated addition in the form of the £9.5 million Follifoot Wing in the hotel grounds different is that this is no mere spa makeover, this is a whole new spa that catapults Rudding Park into a whole new sphere of spa hotels.
The first thing that struck us on our pre-opening tour was the scale of the whole experience. At the type of location usually reserved for smaller spas, this is three floors of wellbeing and leisure surrounded by spectacular beauty and high standards – quite simply, they have thought of everything.
Set over three floors, you are given a wrist band on arrival which opens your locker and also acts as your key to different areas of the spa, depending on the package your booked into. To give you an overview, the first floor is where the treatment rooms are, along with four relaxation lounges. There’s one that provides a light, open space and is a good place for a chat. In lieu of books, they also provide therapeutic colouring in books for you to indulge in, which are extremely on trend and a really thoughtful idea.
The next lounge is darker and has sweet little booths in which you can put your headphones on and separate yourself off a bit. The third room is a more traditional relaxation room with twinkly lights in the ceiling so it looks like you’re sleeping under the stars, and it’s perfect for a snooze. Then there’s a fourth room which is ideal for groups with beanbags, various different seating options and images of the gorgeous natural surrounding area projected onto the walls. If you’re visiting as part of a group you can all go in there and have the room to yourselves and it feels like VIP treatment.
On the second floor you have all the facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, changing rooms and glass doors that lead outside to a courtyard where there are loungers to recline on. Here you will also find the spa restaurant which has a really unique menu and again is all open and contemporary with more big glass doors.
The top floor is where you will find the spa garden, which is simply gorgeous. They have a little bar area on one side where you can have a glass of Prosecco, while inside there’s lots of lovely space to lounge around as well as snail showers, a hydro pool, a log sauna, steam rooms, and another sauna which allows you to look out across the grounds from one open side. There’s an infinity pool that’s half inside and half out, and perhaps one of our favourite features was the herb steam room which uses herbs from the garden. When we visited it contained lavender, which you could see in the middle of the sauna, but each day it’s a different smell.
The main point about this beautiful new spa is that they really have considered the use of the space and have thought of every little detail. There’s a shop, a make-up bar, and a hairdressers, so you can arrive, have a full day of pampering and leave looking picture perfect at the end of the day – maybe for dinner back at the hotel?
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