The Grove Hotel
London's Country Estate,
3 miles NW of central Watford
Spa & Leisure
On a hilltop surveying Hertfordshire, The Sequoia spa at The Grove has an Ayurvedic influence – think natural materials and holistic treatments but set alongside the best of modern amenities and design. The black mosaic-tiled, ozone-filtered pool (avoids the use of chlorine) is very much a place to relax, and there is also a steam room and a Jacuzzi.
The piéce de rèsistance however is the treatments menu using ESPA products, and in particular the couple’s suite with a king-sized bath, steam shower and two treatment beds – basically your own private spa.
Hotel & Accommodation
The Grove once played host to the house parties of Queen Victoria and her entourage – its location within easy access of London making it the ideal destination for a weekend jaunt, and frankly, not much has changed. Today the updated interiors in 217 rooms and oft featuring art installations – all looking out onto the surrounding golf course, continue to make it a favourite destination of 21st Century trend-setters.
There are several options worth sampling when it comes to food – fine dining at Colette’s, Lounges for afternoon tea and a leisurely morning reading the papers, wood-fired pizzas in The Stables and for theatrical cooking and delectable Bircher muesli breakfasts – The Glasshouse – open for all meals and pleasingly casual.