As you drive in you are greeted with three picturesque buildings like something out of a fairytale. The spa building is located to the right of the main hotel and has only been open for a couple of months. Purpose built, it has an archway entrance like a gate into the secret garden, which you walk through before arriving at the main reception.
“it has an archway entrance like a gate into the secret garden”
On the ground floor of the spa building is where you will find all the wet facilities including the large hydrotherapy pool surrounded by big, comfy loungers. Also on this floor you will find the manicure and pedicure room, the gym and the spa cafe, which is open from 8am until 7pm and serves breakfast and lunch.
A really lovely part of the spa is that there’s so much outdoor space (again with lots of loungers), tables and chairs for people to relax on. There’s also an outdoor vitality pool and outdoor sauna. They are even building a wood burner for barbeques!
Then if you go up to the third floor, you reach the treatment rooms, of which there are seven in total. They do not have a relaxation room as such however there are lots of comfy seats peppered about, so there’s no shortage of space to unwind in.
When you go to the second floor, using a beautiful staircase (there is also a lift), you are taken to the spa guest bedrooms. There are 12 in total and they are all are named after an are local to the hotel. The rooms are enormous and are completed to a really high standard – they are beautiful and perfect for relaxation.
“you never need to change out of your dressing gown throughout the day”
We were lucky enough to try the ila back treatment and an ESPA facial while we were there, and they were beautiful. The massage is definitely in the running for one of the best I have ever had, starting with a foot ritual and continuing with a back massage and lower leg massage. The oils they used smelled amazing and the treatment lasted an hour although I was asleep through most of it.
One of the lovely things about the spa is that you never need to change out of your dressing gown throughout the day – only when you head to dinner in the evening in the main hotel. For relaxation purposes, it really makes a difference, so at lunchtimes and at breakfast in the spa cafe you can really unwind.
A really beautiful spa venue that’s perfect for romantic escapes or, as we did, a break with a friend, Elan Spa is a really charming experience that’s made to be shared.