If you’re looking for a winter spa break in England then Pennyhill Park is home to one of the best spas we’ve ever been to. (And we’ve been to many). Located in Surrey’s countryside town of Ascot, it’s an hours drive from London or a 40 minute train journey from London Waterloo. The perfect sanctuary for taking some time out to switch off and relax. Set in 123 acres of parkland it boasts spectacular gardens perfect for woodland walks. They even provide wellington boots and raincoats.
“It’s the perfect place for a winter escape to unwind, relax and rejuvenate in the English countryside. “
“Best Spa for Luxury in The Good Spa Guide Awards 2015!”
THE SPA: My stay included a 60 minute ‘The Spa – Therapeutic Massage’ which was without a doubt one of the best massages I have ever had – in the world. The therapist spent time going over any problem areas and areas of tension and then allowed me to pick an essential oil of my choice. I opted for Lavender for its soothing and relaxing qualities and within minutes all of my stresses melted away. The spa is the height of luxury with a total of 8 pools, both indoor and outdoor. We spent hours moving between the herbal saunas, aromatic laconium, tepidarium, ice cave, schnapps steam room and foot massage thrones – we even tried the plunge pool.
DINING: It’s worth noting that The Latymer, Pennyhill’s two Michelin Star restaurant is closed on Sundays and I had been hoping to dine there – but happened to be staying on a Sunday. The only other restaurant is The Brasserie and I found it be very disappointing. It’s much more like a canteen than a restaurant and not something I would recommend if you’re celebrating a special occasion or hoping to have a romantic meal. I would have preferred to have room service or be offered the option of dining in the adjacent bar area which is beautiful. As a result we opted for breakfast in bed the following morning which was delightful.
The Fitness Centre had some of the best equipment and machines for training and keeping fit. After all, it is home to the England Rugby Club and I was lucky enough to train with Johnny Wilkinson… Something that makes Pennyhill Park completely unique.
Words: Sabina Emrit
Photography: Raul Tejda