If you’ve finally worked your way through your Easter chocolate supply and that four-day-weekend feeling has well and truly worn off we know just what you need: another long weekend. Fortunately for us all we’re getting one. Next Monday is a bank holiday and whether you’re a DIY devotee, a serious sale seeker or something of a pampering pro, we think you'll agree it's the perfect opportunity for a bit of me-time. Here at Wahanda we’re the latter, that’s why this bank holiday weekend we’re packing a bag, getting out of the capital and leaving our cares behind. With only one extra day we need somewhere close enough to travel in a morning but distant enough to forget that city smog. Well what do you know? We've got just the place….
Situated in the peaceful village of Stock in Essex, Greenwoods Hotel Spa and Retreat is a rural retreat less than an hour from central London. This 17th Century manor house is a grade II listed building set among extensive landscaped gardens. Inside the decor is traditional yet stylish, from the 39 hotel rooms (including six Premier rooms complete with antique bed and spa bath) to the state of the art spa where guests can indulge in a selection of ‘purifying facilities’ and the latest treatments from some of the industry’s best-loved names.
These ‘purifying facilities’ cover everything a slightly frazzled guest could ask for to wash away any traces of a busy or stressful life-style. As well as the usual Jacuzzi, saunas and steam rooms Greenwoods are very proud of their Monsoon shower and impressive 20 metre lap indoor pool.
However, if 20 metres doesn’t sound big enough for you to fully stretch your legs and fulfill your fitness needs Greenwoods has a whole range of leisure facilities including a state of the art gym, fitted with the latest multi-media ‘Life Fitness’ technology, and a team of fitness experts on hand to motivate and guide.
Rather work up a sweat in a sauna than on a bike? Hey, we don’t judge. Head straight to the spa area where you will find a menu boasting more than 50 of the latest beauty treatments from brands like Elemis, Jessica and La Sultane. Favourite treatments among guests include the incredibly exclusive Bio-genie non-surgical face-lift, a detoxing full body wrap, a mouthwatering 'Coconut and Milk Ritual Wrap' and an equally delicious sounding 'Lime and Ginger Salt Glow' treatment.
The spa also offers a few more familiar beauty treatments including waxing, luxury facials and prescriptive manicures, as well as alternative therapies like Reiki Healing and Warm Bamboo Massage and even a few options for the boys. All treatments and services are delivered by a highly trained and very friendly team of therapists who are happy to answer questions and offer advice.
If you’re a city dweller in need of an escape this long weekend but don’t fancy spending your extra day travelling, take a look at the Greenwood’s Hotel Spa and Retreat page where you can book spa days and overnight packages now. Roll on Friday...
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