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Need a lit­tle ‘me time’? We’ve done some of the hard work for you and vis­ited four su­per Nor­folk spas


We test out four su­per spas in Nor­folk


this was our first visit to Barn­ham Broom ho­tel and restau­rant with leisure fa­cil­i­ties and its own golf course, just west of Nor­wich. The set­ting and warm wel­come give the sense of a luxury coun­try club.

The Spa is a tran­quil haven of nine treatment rooms with its own re­cep­tion area. We were greeted by Paris, who took us on a help­ful tour of the ho­tel, guid­ing us to chang­ing rooms at The Edge Health & Fit­ness Club, where we were given white gowns, slip­pers and tow­els. We changed into these and re­traced our steps, pass­ing some of the leisure fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a gym, squash courts and sports bar.

Back in the serene spa, Paris was wait­ing with the prom­ise of an ori­en­tal head mas­sage. In the dimmed light of the treatment room there was lit­tle re­sis­tance to her re­quest that I re­lax on the spa bed while she be­gan a 25-minute mas­sage.

She worked magic on the ten­sion in my head, neck and up­per back, and the face mas­sage with oils was de­li­ciously re­lax­ing. There was an op­tion to have a mud mask ap­plied to my hair dur­ing the scalp mas­sage and this was gor­geous both in fra­grance and in the re­sult­ing glossi­ness that lasted for sev­eral days.

I could have eas­ily slid into bliss­ful sleep, but of course the treatment had to come to an end and we made our way back to The Edge to bring our­selves out of our reverie with a good swim in the pool. We re­laxed here on comfy loungers, while more en­er­getic types made good use of the gym next door.

Af­ter try­ing out the sauna and steam rooms, it was time to shower, dress and head to the restau­rant for af­ter­noon tea. Our visit was dur­ing May, when Barn­ham Broom had joined in the cel­e­bra­tions for Nor­wich City FC’s pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League with a spe­cial yel­low and green treat com­plete with pis­ta­chio and le­mon mac­aron!

Angi Kennedy

ABOVE: Barn­ham Broom, home to The Spa, is a luxury coun­try club

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