The environment is an intrinsic part of our wellbeing, and of the wellbeing experiences at spas. As a result, more are doing their best to make spa experiences sustainable. Working with the Sustainable Spa Association, we have identified a collection of the UK’s sustainable spas, working to implement facilities and practices that reduce the impact of their daily operations on environmental issues. Here’s a little taste of some of the best around…
This beautiful coastal hotel has been immaculately designed for the ultimate luxury escape, whilst also being completely dedicated to sustainability. Its eco friendly through and through and the height of sustainable spas. Everything is biodegradable, there’s no single use plastic, they have their own windmill to generate electricity, water comes from their own well and they have solar panels for heating. They actually have a negative carbon footprint, meaning they produce more energy than they use.
Within the grounds of a country house hotel, the spa at South Lodge is set into the natural contours of the land. It has been designed to showcase the best of modern wellbeing but also to be harmonious with the surrounding landscape. A grass and sedum roof as well as green oak cladding and lots of natural light all make for a peaceful setting. A really unique feature is the wild swimming pool, which is a heated outdoor pond, complete with reeds and moss for a natural vibe.
Known for its luxury credentials, Chewton Glen is based around a country house, but proprietors have worked hard to further develop it in a sustainable way, caring for the surrounding natural beauty of the New Forest National Park. In particular, their exquisite Treehouse Suites have been designed to ensure that the environmental impact remains minimal. Even the pruning work on the trees is done sensitively. Sustainable materials were used in the construction and doing as much as we can in terms of the fit-out of the Treehouse Suites to make sure that the suites are as sustainable as they can be, without compromising on quality. The Dining Room restaurant has also won multiple awards for its sustainable menu.
Gleneagles is essentially a byword for excellence whether you are visiting for the hotel, the spa, the golf course, or the whole experience. It has also consistently achieved gold status in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the VisitScotland-endorsed initiative which seeks to make tourism more sustainable. Priding itself on the spectacular location that the hotel is set in, some of the practices Gleneagles employs include on-site composting of garden waste. Collection of used cooking oil for biodiesel. The biomass boiler heating system. Sourcing of food, drink, and retail craft from local suppliers. The use of electric vehicles by housekeeping and florist teams. The installation of LED lighting in the hotel. signage in place for waste separation. And the distribution of unused fruit to horses at the Equestrian School.
At this contemporary hotel and spa in Birmingham, being environmentally friendly is at the forefront of their company goals. Throughout the property they are dedicated to using alternative energy sources such as solar power, they source food locally and they use electric company vehicles wherever possible. They have even won two awards for their efforts. The hotel and spa is also part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a sustainable tourism certification for the UK.
QHotels – Crewe Hall is both beautiful escape with an easy going atmosphere, all of which make it an ongoing favourite amongst spa goers. It’s known for its eco friendly credentials, nestled amongst the fields and forested gardens, and combining its modern spa with a historic Jacobean property.
Surrounded by Lake District views, the adult-only spa at Appleby Manor Country House Hotel is aptly named The Garden Spa, and offers guests total escape in line with their philosophy of relaxation and luxury. Protecting that environment, they are careful to minimise their carbon footprint, reduce waste, commit to sustainable sourcing, and support the local community by incorporating it into the supply chain. In 2013 they started using a bio-fuel energy system which uses locally sourced wood chips reducing CO2 emissions by 100 tons per annum. They have drilled their own water bore hole so are self sufficient in water, reducing transportation and glass bottle waste. All glass and cardboard is recycled, and they had a composting system installed for 50% of food waste.
This luxurious country escape on the Duke of Devonshire’s estate is all about doing things beautifully, including sustainability. Their motto is ‘Luxury without sacrifice to the environment’. Their most recent endeavour has been to minimise their use of disposable plastic by phasing out plastic straws and stirrers. They have already stopped giving out plastic bottles of water to departing guests. They are working on having no plastic waste by 2020. They also aim to minimise their carbon footprint as much as possible. They use paper made from sustainable sources. They use energy saving light bulbs throughout the hotel wherever possible, and they recycle all glass, paper and plastic.
A spectacular spa in a 1000 acre estate, The Spa at Carden Park is all about the award-winning experiences and the landscape is a key part of that. It has its own vineyard producing its own English sparkling wine. The brand new spa uses herbs harvested from the grounds in treatments. Sustainability was very much at the heart of their recent £4million refurbishment scheme, and the exquisite modern spa, opening in 2020, has been designed around the idea of incorporating the natural world and celebrating it.
This iconic hotel on a headland in Cornwall is independently run. Since the owners took it over in 1979 made improvements and repairs to the tune of £34million, transforming the iconic hotel from a property on the brink. As part of their eco friendly commitments, they have invested in their very own ‘Pod-Point’ to charge electric cars. They have hybrid gym machines that create energy rather than use it. They use their own cardboard compactor and promote paper-saving initiatives and they don’t use plastic straws.
This unique day spa in London is about wellbeing for all, including the environment. Here, it is all organic, eco-friendly and they pay attention not just to what we eat and drink, but also to what we breathe, touch and walk on and how much waste they generate. Their unique space was designed following a Feng Shui philosophy to ensure the free flow of harmonious energy throughout all three floors.
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