The new £15m spa at South Lodge Hotel is due to open its doors next week, and Boutique Hotelier went along yesterday to get an exclusive first look at what to expect.
The hotel, part of the Exclusive Hotels and Venues group, will cut the red tape on the epic new addition on March 2nd, when the 44,000 sq ft spa, juniper-infused sauna, steam rooms, infinity edge pool, treatment rooms, trendy gym and the UK’s first heated natural swim pond will launch to the public for the first time.
Speaking to BH, managing director at Exclusive Hotels and Venues, Danny Pecorelli said he ‘couldn’t wait’ to open the spa, with future bookings for both the spa and the hotel looking strong.
150 members have already signed up to spa membership prior to the launch.
The design has been brought to life by architects Felce & Guy Partnership, with interiors by SPARC Studio, who have used the surrounding rolling hills landscape as inspiration for the look and feel of the space.
Local illustrator Claudia Lowry has also created some bespoke pieces for the interiors, after Pecorelli spotted her work on Instagram.
The 14 treatment rooms and mud room are laid out in a ‘horseshoe’ shape, while the relaxation room boasts heated, light up mood pods which play music and gently massage through the sound vibrations.
South Lodge has worked with Natural Spa Factory to develop its own bespoke product range, The Spa, and the spa will also be the only in the UK to offer treatments from Hungarian skincare Omorovicza.
A retail space situated next to the spa reception will sell a variety of branded products, as well as Jessica nail products, used in the spa’s The Ridgeview beauty bar, which is home to four manicure and two pedicure stations.
The Botanica restaurant serves fresh, seasonal, healthy dishes, brought together by head chef Jonathan Spiers. Pecorelli said that he didn’t want vegan or plant-based dishes to be ‘an afterthought’ so the menu features many specialities as standard.
The spa has also worked with The Herball to produce a range of botanical juices, each made up of different natural combinations to either cleanse, restore, relax or revive.
The menu at Botanica restaurant serves brunch until the evening, with hotel residents able to use their breakfast allowance to take brunch instead. The restaurant, nail bar and Grizzly’s barbers will all be open to the public.
The new 2,000 sq ft gym has been designed to ‘not be a typical, corporate hotel gym’ says Pecorelli, and is stocked with the latest Technogym equipment, with a spin studio and holistic studio.
Not one to sit still, Pecorelli told us that he is already thinking ahead to further expansion, with planning permission granted for tennis courts and the hotel’s own distillery on site.