Taplow, Berkshire, 22 miles NE of Reading, 33 miles SE of Oxford
Spa & Leisure
The Pavilion Spa at Cliveden is a unique experience: built into the hotel’s historic landscape – literally and metaphorically having been made famous by its association with the Profumo affair in the 1960s, it resides in the Walled Garden and combines classic architecture with contemporary facilities. There is a pool, Canadian hot tubs, whirlpool spas, separate men’s and women’s saunas and steam rooms, and an outdoor pool with surrounding sunbeds.
There are also seven treatment rooms where the spa uses Anne Semonin, Carita, and Jessica products in a range of targeted treatments including facials, wraps, massages, scrubs, pre natal treatments and a selection of finishing touches and holistic options such as reflexology. The spa also has its own dining option in the form of the Conservatory restaurant.
Hotel & Accommodation
Having played host to almost every British monarch since George I, as well as being home to a couple of earls, dukes, and a prince, Cliveden was taken over by hotel scions – the Astors – in 1906, becoming a favourite destination amongst world leaders and literary legends alike. Of course it doesn’t really need that history to recommend it because the five star mansion surrounded by 376 acres of National Trust grounds is a hospitality fairytale by virtue of its own beauty, facilities and service, boasting rooms that have the kind of elegant, textured soft furnishings even the Downton Abbey cast would be envious of. In 2015 it reopened its doors, fresh off of a 16 month restoration programme.
Speaking of literary legends, George Bernard Shaw was an advocate of Cliveden’s epicurean fare, and without surprise: fine dining in the André Garrett at Cliveden with a menu from the celebrated chef who joined the hotel in 2013 from his starring role in some of Mayfair’s most renowned restaurants. The dining salon has a view of the gardens and the Thames, while the seductive den that was once the Duke of Westminster’s personal stables now forms The Club Room, where stools are made of saddles, the table legs are carved into the shape of horse hooves and the afternoon tea comes highly recommended.