So swish it could have been named Luxenam Park, Lucknam Park, an exquisite five-star country hotel – a Palladian mansion dating from 1720, set among 500 acres of listed parkland and stunning gardens – has recently become home to only the third ESPA-branded spa in the UK.
It goes without saying that the treatments are second to none, with a range of mind and body options that make you feel hopeful just contemplating them.
ESPA treatment categories include Wellbeing, Body Therapy Collection, Manicure and Pedicure, Beauty Essentials, Facial Treatments, plus Mother to Be, Men’s’ Therapy and Little Miss (for eight to 16 year olds).
Our pregnant tester’s Nourish and Nurture Pre-natal Massage was ‘the ultimate in relaxation, soothing away those annoying pregnancy niggles and leaving my aching limbs recharged’.
The state-of-the-art facilities include a 20-metre indoor swimming pool, a linked indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, experience showers, eight treatment rooms and five thermal cabins (including Japanese salt, aromatic steam and sauna). There’s even an ESPA skincare ‘mixology bar’, so your treatments can be tailored to your specific skin type.
For those who like to exert a little more effort, Lucknam Park also offers a fitness suite, yoga and Pilates classes, walking trails, cycling, a five-a-side football pitch and floodlit tennis courts – not to mention an extensive equestrian centre with more than 30 horses (check out its ‘Saddle & Spa’ package to combine riding and relaxation).
You certainly won’t go hungry during your visit. Enjoy a light lunch at The Brasserie adjoining the Spa, take afternoon tea in the library or drawing room, or stay for dinner at the elegant Michelin-starred restaurant. Executive chef Hywel Jones serves up a seriously impressive menu, enhanced by herbs and other produce picked from the hotel’s kitchen garden.
For added indulgence, cap off a blissful day by retiring to one of the opulent bedrooms or suites, which blend historic charm with contemporary comforts.
You’ll go home feeling utterly rejuvenated – and desperate to book a return visit…
Secluded Escape SPA Day £165 per person, including a 60 minute ESPA treatment, two course lunch with wine or soft drink, full use of facilities, use of robe, slippers and towel. A two-night spa break for two people starts from £1,135, which includes a one-hour ESPA Inner Calm Massage each, 30-minute Haslauer Reflective Sunlight Therapy each, a Michelin-starred dinner for two in Restaurant Hywel Jones, a dinner for two in The Brasserie and daily full English breakfast. Find out more by calling 01225 742777 or visiting www.lucknampark.co.uk