Champneys, Henlow Grange, Bedfordshire, England, January 2012

by Emma Bumpus on January 26, 2012

Wellbeing, health and relaxation were the perfect New Year ingredients for a careertraveller spa adventure to revitalise and rejuvenate the senses, sans la famille!

Driving through fields and fields of Bedfordshire countryside heightened the beginning of my spa quest, offering masses of wild open space and a complimentary en route introduction to a luxury rural retreat. Entering the striking grounds on a crisp winter’s day provided a dramatic photo shoot of history, heritage and grandeur, creating a blanket of excitement, inner peace and warmth.

A gallant concierge opened the door to the beginning of my spa journey, which at the sight of a roaring fire in the lobby, kindled a sense of comfort, igniting a wholesome sensation of “coming home”. Irreplaceable.

An introductory health check in a grand reception room was the moment to melt in the knowledge that I was in luxuriously safe hands and ready for a day of unique pampering, tranquillity and Elemis nirvana!

A tour of the grange, with historical roots dating back to 11th century, displayed a beautifully striking environment from which to gather respite and notably unravel the meaning of the word “spa”. Observing the 25 metre turquoise swimming pool, boutique – like treatment reception and sparkling Thalassotherapy pool was enough to put a quick step in my stride and locate my gown and slippers!

My room, room 41, echoed hints of Virginia Woolf’s “A room of Ones Own”; a peaceful haven with breath-taking views of the weir and river Hiz. The words “let the line of thought dip deep into the stream” resonated, with permission to stop, stare and indulge just being in the moment. Poetic!

With an enlightened sense of “spa” I set off to sample the Henlow delights, which include a glamorous “Parisian-like” boudoir of a demonstration suite, offering make up presentations. Nice touch. Further on I explored the laconium; a luxuriously tiled dry heat treatment room with heated ceramic couch, before irresistibly indulging a swim in the magnificent oasis of a pool in miles and miles of bright palatial space.

In true spa spirit, a green tea in the botanical like conservatory prepared me for the Thalassotherapy pool, which effervescently radiated a sense of wellbeing, healing and inner calm. Exposed to jets of warm water massaging the feet to the shoulders gave me an unforgettable hypnotic “sea” or “thalassa” like treatment of essential minerals; zinc, magnesium, potassium, silicon, copper, iron, iodine and sodium.

Lunch was a vivid mix of hot and cold gastronomy with first class service. An informal arena of healthy eating offered a huge variety of freshly prepared and cooked cuisine, packed with distinguishing protein and carbohydrates. An educational and mouth watering careertraveller favourite!

A rose scented Champney’s facial was rhythmically soothing, enhanced by a professional sleep inducing facial and palm massage. A sample of dandelion root, liquorice, red clover flower and basil detox tea was just the tonic needed for a justifiable Elemis Musclease body wrap! An aromatic neck and shoulder massage with Maritime Pine, Sea buckthorn, Rosemary and Sea Fennel was a nurturing and therapeutic sensation. A further scalp massage with Frangipani Monoi oil was an elevating exotic experience of coconut Coprah oil and sweet scented frangipani flowers. Fabulous!

Hydrated and restored I reflect upon the established Champneys philosophy of taking time out to re energise the mind and body in peace and luxury. The ease at which everything runs, staff friendliness and attentiveness explains why customers return each year to trial the interesting range of treatments, fitness, and personal development programmes they offer in the most beautiful grounds.

A special thank you to Champneys Henlow for truly understanding customers, excellent service and most of all, human beings. Great spa day!

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