SenSpa, New ForestPosted in What to do Now
Welcome to Thailand. Oh ok, it's the New Forest but it may as well be a luxurious retreat in Phuket the way the spa is kitted out with traditional Thai furnishings. Buddhas smile down at you as you trot off for a well-earned treatment in SenSpa's treatment rooms.
And Thai-trained therapists offer a traditional version of the ‘massage therapist’. But not only is it cosy and calm, it’s also got some good eco credentials up its sleeve with not a whiff of the eco-warrior about it.
This is perhaps the best spa that I have been to. And I’ve been to a fair few all in the name of research. There are plenty of heat treatment rooms to choose from. The laconium with its heated beds provides a great place to snooze. The oversized Jacuzzi is more of a searingly hot swimming pool with in-built chairs for reclining in the water. Candles line the side of the spa pool with a view above of the night’s sky. Well, sort of. The ceiling twinkles with fake stars.
The two-floored spa houses numerous saunas and steam rooms, different scented environments and even magic showers that encourage you to experience life aboard the ocean waves or a tropical rainforest, complete with the sounds and smells that each brings.
Mud Chambers are extra but soothe the skin and are perfect for a couple looking to sling mud at each other.
We love that the traditional Thai massage is more of a personal yoga workout. Muscles are gently stretched and kneaded by the therapist, whilst pressures stimulate and balance the energy channels in the body, making this a complete massage experience. Classic Thai pyjamas are provided to wear during your massage but they do take a bit of a Houdini mind to get in and out of.
A number of activities ensure that the hotel and spa are as ‘green’ as possible. The spa is also actively promoting green tourism by encouraging guests to travel car-free. Those that do, will be rewarded with 10% off a standard tariff rate plus 2 for 1 tickets at Beaulieu, a free steam train ride at Exbury Gardens and 10% off cycle hire at Cycle Experience at nearby Brockenhurst, should you be feeling more active than I.
Top Tip: Ditch the car and make a saving. Make good use of the cycle hire deal in the surrounding countryside and finish off with a pub lunch in nearby Brockenhurst. Check out the late availability options at Carey’s Manor – SenSpa’s hotel. But make sure you stay in one of the newly refurbished rooms, which look much more pleasant than the older styles available.
SenSpa at Careys Manor