Generally experienced as part of a thermal suite, ice is an ancient component of health and beauty treatments from the humble plunge pool to some of the more ostentatious snow rooms of the modern spa. Reducing inflammation of the skin, aiding detox, boosting circulation and providing general feel good factor, ice is perhaps one of the more under appreciated elements of a sophisticated beauty routine.
Formerly a pub, Lion Quays was restored to its hospitable glory by the current owners as a labour of love. Today, the contemporary architecture on the banks of Llangollen Canal, surrounded by verdant countryside, provides an inspired setting for time out. In a spa connected to the hotel by a covered walkway, the hydrotherapy suite includes a snow cave in addition to a starlit lively steam room and a mud rash chamber.
A celebrity favourite in central London, K West Hotel and Spa is a contemporary and stylish gem. The spa is small and perfectly formed, and experience is at the centre of it with unique rooms including a unique sleep inducing Sun Meadow room designed to offer gentle light therapy to help relieve the symptoms of S.A.D, amongst its assets. It is also home to London’s first snow paradise. Chilled to -15*C, this cabin is reminiscent of a snow drift and is designed to complement the spa’s hot-cold therapy, alternating between steam and ice environments.
An award-winning spa that was once voted ‘England’s Leading Spa Resort’, Pennyhill Park does everything to luxurious and extensive levels. It is home to a plethora of pools and hydrotherapy facilities, with a ballroom pool complete with underwater music that’s the stuff of dreams. The ice cave is in the mixed-sex thermal area and is perfect after a session in the schnapps steam room.
The ideal group venue with ample entertainment and an extensive day spa that includes the most phenomenal range of facilities, Whittlebury Hall is a jungle of heat and ice experiences which include aromatherapy crystal steam, caldarium, experience showers, foot spas, hydrotherapy pool, ice cave, roman salt steam, sanarium and tepidarium. The ice cave is where you can rub rock ice over your skin for a freezing boost… best to try when you’re feeling brave…
One of the most elegant spas in the country, Rockliffe Hall is a really exceptional experience featuring contemporary, flawless design. Set within 375 acres of beautiful countryside, on the banks of the River Tees, the spa has all the facilities you could want, including its own igloo room, where you are invited to work handfuls of ice over the body between heat rooms, to stimulate lymphatic systems and circulation whilst cooling and refreshing.