By Rhiannon Davies
We arrived at Chewton Glen on what seemed like the first day of spring. After a beautiful drive through the New Forest, we reached our destination. The ‘house’ of Chewton Glen stands nestled on the edge of the New Forest in stunning grounds, surrounded by woodland and more surprisingly a short walk from Naish beach. Welcoming us were beautiful spring flowers popping up framing the gardens with colour.
We arrived early to make the most of our stay and our check-in was faultless, we were warmly welcomed by the front of house and even though our room wasn’t ready we were escorted to the spa at ease where we could get ready for our spa day. After spending a little too long admiring the facilities in the changing rooms, we were running a little late, however, the spa was quick to notice and conveniently moved our treatments without question to give us 15 more minutes.
Chewton Glen’s spa facilities are award winning. The spa is a place of relaxation and caters for all, a good mix of traditional interior with a classic grandeur British finish. On offer in the spa – a 17m indoor swimming pool, a large hydrotherapy spa pool, an outdoor whirlpool. The thermal facilities can be found in the changing rooms both with fabulous aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms, perfect for some ‘me time’. However, for those looking to share the experience, the double treatments also offer private showers and saunas. As well as this, Chewton Glen also offers an array of facilities for everyone, state-of-the-art gymnasium, dance studio with a daily programme of classes, 9 hole par-3 golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis centre and acres of woodland jogging and walking trails.
Our treatments at Chewton Glen
I opted for the Natura Bisse Quirogolf massage, I had heard so much about this treatment and was delighted to be able to try it. As someone who enjoys results driven treatment but also likes to relax, this worked wonders. This innovative treatment uses a golf ball to glide around the body to relieve tension, soothe muscle soreness, improves flexibility, eliminate stress and restores energy to body and mind – this was 60 minutes of bliss for me. I felt my therapist was so skilful at times I didn’t know the difference between her hands and the golf ball. A big difference with this massage treatment is there is no oil; the treatment uses a cream that warms to deepen muscle relaxation. As someone who struggles with a sore back and bad posture this was a winning treatment for me, I felt relaxed and refreshed at the end.
I was on a girly break with my mum, this felt like the perfect getaway for a much-needed catch up. Following our treatments, we came together for lunch in the Pool Bar. Lunch was a delicious buffet offering a daily Alkaline Buffet for those looking to maintain their body’s PH balance and increase their energy levels. And a shelf full of naughty puds for those who are feeling a little bit more indulgent.
We sat in our robes and chatted away, we took a big deep breath and instantly this felt like a million miles away from our busy lives in London. After lunch, we headed down to the pool and indulged in the copious amounts of magazines that were on offer. Before I knew it we had both dozed off (there is no better sign of relaxation in a spa than when you fall asleep). After a quick siesta, mum and I headed to the hydrotherapy spa pool, this is by the far the largest hydrotherapy pool I’ve experienced; we worked our way around each jet and station working the jets into our muscles.
Dining and dreaming at Chewton Glen
After a fabulous day in the spa, we were very excited to see our room. We were lucky enough to be spoilt with a ‘croquet lawn’ room. This is exactly as you can imagine with a quintessentially British view of the croquet lawn, as the sun set we sat in our robes and enjoyed bubbles on the terrace.
For dinner we sat in the ‘Dining Room’, I couldn’t resist the Chewton Glen twice-baked Emmental soufflé which has famously been on the menu 16 years, a must to try! To follow the Thai lobster curry this was simply wonderful. The dining room did not disappoint and with full tummy’s we merrily headed to bed.
Hitting the beach at Chewton Glen
After a great night’s sleep, we woke feeling ready and refreshed. The second day began with an organised personal trainer tour to the beach. What many won’t realise is that Chewton Glen is only a 10 minute walk to the south coast. We strolled down the ‘Chewton Bunny’ path and met breath-taking views where we could see the Isle of Man in the distance. What could be a better way to start our morning than with a beach walk?
Once back at the hotel we sat down for coffee and breakfast and reflected on our stay. We felt like we had been away far longer than just a night. Chewton Glen is homely and welcoming; nothing is too much trouble for the staff. With something on offer for everyone whether this is a stay for your family, the girls or as a couple you will settle into the Chewton Glen lifestyle with ease.
Don’t miss: For the ultimate hideaway – A stay in the treehouses or a unique cooking experience in ‘The Kitchen’ the new cookery school hosted by James Martin!
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