Ones to watch: The new spa launches in 2019


The new spa openings at hotels across the country that looks set to shake up the sector over the next 12 months.

Sopwell House

Owned by AB Hotels; the Bejerano family

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The spa at Sopwell House will be an epic new addition to the four-star hotel in St Albans when it opens its doors next year.

Marking a £12m investment, the new spa facility has been in the pipeline for a while now and is expected to bring in a dramatic increase in revenue to the business when it launches.

Construction on the 430 metre outdoor spa garden began last summer with new general manager Angelina Chua appointed at the start of November to drive forward the new development.

Carden Park

Launch date: Summer 2019

Project cost: £10m

Carden Park, the privately owned hotel set within a 1,000 acre Cheshire country estate, is to open its new £10m luxury spa in summer 2019.

The privately-owned hotel set within a 1,000 acre Cheshire country estate, first began the project’s construction in June 2018 with work now accelerated to meet the scheduled launch date.

HB Architects, Pave Aways Ltd Building Contractors, Barr & Wray Interior Design and Spa Consultant Nicki Kurran have all been appointed to head up the project.

The interiors will boast natural earth tones, feature walls and contemporary statement furnishings.

Facilities include a large vitality pool, hotel lobby style reception complete with sweeping staircase and beauty lounge. 

The mood lit relaxation room complete with floor-to-ceiling windows offers views over the Cheshire landscape.

The Eastbury Hotel ‘Hobbit Spa’

Launch date: Summer 2019

Hoteliers Peter and Lana de Savary are to open the UK’s first ‘Hobbit Spa’ at their newest acquisition The Eastbury Hotel, in the summer of 2019.

The couple, who exchanged contracts on the Sherbourne property in January this year, have invested a significant amount in upgrading the Grade-II listed hotel’s public areas and bedrooms over the last few months, and have now unveiled plans to launch a new spa next year.

Opening in summer 2019 will be the ‘Hobbit House Spa’, situated in the garden, as well as a five new potting shed garden suites. The spa will be designed as a hobbit house, built from local stone and complete with sedum and moss roof and a circular doorway, and will comprise a spa, two treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room, exercise area and private relaxation space.

South Lodge

Next year, the highly-anticipated new spa at South Lodge will open its doors to the public, bringing an extensive £14m investment project to fruition at the five-star hotel, part of Exclusive Hotels & Venues.

The new 44,000 sq.ft spa draws on inspiration from the South Downs, with the building itself taking on the sweeping landscape, and floor to ceiling windows bringing the outside in and extending the spa into the grounds.

Facilities will include the UK’s first heated natural swim pond, a juniper-infused sauna, two steam rooms, plus two swimming pools; an indoor heated infinity edge ozone treated pool and an outdoor vitality hydrotherapy pool.

There will also be a new gym, stocked with the latest Technogym equipment, a spin studio, and holistic studio fit for 15 guests.

Fourteen nature-themed therapy rooms will host a variety of treatments, all of which have been developed with the natural philosophy of Exclusive’s bespoke product range, The Spa, in mind.

In addition, a nail and pedicure salon, in partnership with Ridgeview, is also part of the new offering, alongside the neighbouring male grooming bar and barber.

The Botanica restaurant will serve fresh and seasonal dishes designed to help guests feel ‘nourished and rejuvenated.


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