SPA GUIDE - NEW-AGE LUX­URY

Es­cape to the coun­try­side, dis­cover so­porific sooth­ing in sub­ter­ranean labyrinths or in­vig­o­rate the mind with fire and ice treat­ments by the ocean… a new era of Zen is upon us

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Es­cape to the coun­try­side, dis­cover so­porific sooth­ing in sub­ter­ranean labyrinths or in­vig­o­rate the mind with fire and ice treat­ments by the ocean… a new era of Zen is upon us

SOUTH LODGE

HO­TEL & SPA

The new­est of our top 10 list of new-age lux­ury spas, South Lodge Ho­tel, West Sus­sex, launched its im­pres­sive spa in March this year with high an­tic­i­pa­tion and much am­bi­tion - and they've firmly de­liv­ered, both on ex­pec­ta­tion and prom­ise. It's a se­ri­ously sleek, mod­ern, im­mac­u­lately pol­ished spa - a lux­ury ‘des­ti­na­tion', whether stay­ing as a guest at the ho­tel or fre­quent­ing as a day-vis­i­tor.

The con­tem­po­rary fa­cil­i­ties, util­is­ing the beau­ti­fully de­signed in­door and out­door spa­ces, have been crafted with per­fect pre­ci­sion, to­gether with the state-of-the-art ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing top-of-the-range Dyson hairdry­ers, and their very own col­lec­tion of be­spoke prod­ucts, ‘The Spa', cre­ated ex­clu­sively for The Spa at South Lodge and sis­ter-prop­erty, The Spa at Pen­ny­hill Park, (both are part of Ex­clu­sive Ho­tels) it seems there's been no ex­pense (of the £15 mil­lion in­vested) spared.

Ar­guably the most im­pres­sive, and cer­tainly the most unique, is their com­pletely nat­u­ral, 18m long heated wild swim­ming pool. Al­ready very pop­u­lar in Aus­tria and Ger­many, this is a con­cept that is fast be­com­ing fash­ion­able here in this coun­try, although the one at South Lodge is said to be the UK's first ‘heated' nat­u­ral swim pond. The re­duced nu­tri­ents pre­vent al­gae from grow­ing and keep the wa­ter clear. Ex­pe­ri­ence a dip

at its best af­ter a ses­sion in the sauna - it's glacial at first, but soon gets you feel­ing won­der­fully re­freshed and en­er­gised.

The in­door in­fin­ity pool is es­pe­cially re­mark­able for how it has been de­signed to bring the out­side in – you are in­side but still feel sur­rounded by the nat­u­ral con­tours of the land­scape. It's in­vig­o­rat­ing and does ab­so­lute won­ders for the mind - even be­fore swim­ming any lengths. Such an in­cred­i­ble space - and if I didn't live quite so far away I would be en­quir­ing about mem­ber­ship based on this pool alone.

Then there's the 14 na­ture-themed treat­ment rooms, nail bar and pedi­cure suite, ther­mal suite with in­fused sauna, mar­ble-lined salt steam, jas­mine her­bal steam rooms - and a multi-level ter­raced sun deck and fabulous hy­drother­apy pool out­doors.

When hunger kicks in, the Botan­ica restau­rant is open to serve brunch, lunch or din­ner - with scenic views and ex­ten­sive al­fresco din­ing. Head Chef Jonathan Spiers draws on the South Downs as a larder for fresh and sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents - try their buttermilk pan­cake with berry com­pote and maple syrup, or BBQ cour­gette with pump­kin but­ter and le­mon yo­ghurt.

And if you can't quite pull your­self away from the pool­side, there's The Wa­ter­shed, pro­vid­ing a re­fresh­ing range of drinks, along­side some tasty treats and light bites, in­clud­ing ge­lato and fresh juices - de­li­cious.

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