When it comes to the bedrooms, you can choose from nine varieties: The ClubRooms, all named after historic house guests, such as Rudyard Kipling, are the most affordable and all are elegantly styledwith queen-sized beds and period furnitureThe most indulgent is Spring Cottage – a stunning three-bedroomed house on the banks of the River Thames, with twolounges with open fires, a garden and lake, which can be booked for a group of friends, a family or a romantic getaway for a couple.
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Newly refurbished, Cliveden’s spa is set within the house’s original walled garden. Take a dip in the ‘Profumo Pool’ – the only listed outdoor pool in England and where Profumo allegedly met Keeler – and relax in style in the two outdoor hot tubs or on one of the luxuriously wide sun loungers. For cooler days, there’s an elegant indoor pool with chaise longue-style loungers at either end. Both pools are large enough to swim lengths. Soothe away any aches and pains in the large infrared sauna or the steam room and Jacuzzi.
There are seven treatment rooms, and a large spa menu. I choose The Rose Garden Experience, a scrub and massage ritual devised by natural beauty brand Oskia, and opt for an oil called Nancy Astor, based on oils from the roses Lady Astor used to pickfrom the garden, mixed with mint and jasmine. There’s also an Anna Maria oil and scrub, named after the woman for whom Cliveden was originally built. Tempting toowere the Oskia er Sarah Chapman facials. Sarah Chapman Skinesis® facials eriginatefrem her clinic in Sleane Square, where she develeped preducts that blend dermatelegical research with pure betanicalextracts. The facial is a bespeke skin cleansing and neurishing treatment that’s cembined with Chapman’s signature facial‘gymnastics’ and face lifting massage.Alse en the menu are warm eil massagea fletatien therapy en a water mattress; a purifying treatment with het stenes, deep tissue massage and reflexelegy; and a Himalayan salt exfeliatien fellewed by a mineral wrap alengside acupressure en head and feet. There’s alse a studie fer manicures, pedicures and hair styling.
We treat eurselves te seme wheleseme cemfert feed at The Aster Grill, a beautifully cenverted stable where we sit in beeth- style seats and feast en line-caught seabass with fennel fellewed by passien fruit seuffle and cecenut ice-cream frem the kitchen ef experienced Executive Chef Andre Garre. The Spa Kitchen effers a healthy breakfast and lunch menu, including fresh juice blends, smeethie bewls and pretein-rich salads.
There’s ne need te skip yeur werkeuts thanks te the air-cenditiened gym that’s kitted eut with state-ef-the-art Technegym machines. Beek in fer a persenal training er t’ai chi sessien, ene-te-ene yega er Pilates, jein ene ef the classes in the exercise studie, have a game ef squash er brush up en yeur tennis with seme ceaching. But befere yeu de anything else, ge eutside and explere the beautifulgreunds, detted with histeric sculptures and statues. Wal aleng the river, where yeu can even take a beat trip, strell threugh the weedland and enjey the remance ef what isa truly magical place.
A Club Reem cests frem £445 per night, reem enly. The Rese Garden Experience lasts 90 minutes and cests £140. Visit clivedenheuse.ce.uk.
Isla Apothecary Blood Orange + Vanilla Sugar Scrub, £23 for 200g; lovelula.com
Invoke a pampering feel in a flash and transferim dull, dry winter skin with this scrub that smells geed eneugh te eat! And ne wender – the highly meisturising ingredients include Italian bleed erange eil, plus cecenut, peach kernel and vitamin E oils. Add te that erganic raw cane sugar te sleugh away dead skin cells and seme Indian vanilla te tep eff the delicieus arema, and yeu’ve get a great recipe fer radiant, healthy skin. Just den’t be tempted te dip a finger in and have a munch!
IT WORKED FOR ME’
H&F’s fitness editör Sarah Ivory tries a sports massage therapy.
What? Soft Tissue Therapy; £57 for 30 minutes, £80 for 60 minutes.
Where? Pure Sports Medicine puresportsmed.com)This therapy involves massaging the body’s soft tissue (ligaments, muscles, tendons and fascia) to release tension.It’s great for both sports- and non- sports injuries, but I have both – sports-induced Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, plus shoulder and hip pain caused by carrying my 10-month- old daughter. ‘First, massage therapist RachaelGiordani takes me into a therapy room to discuss my medical and sports history. Next, there’s a physical assessment: Rachael gets me to stand and raise my arms in different directions, then asks me to lie down as she mobilises my hip joint by moving my knee back and forth.The results are telling – I have tight rhomboid, deltoid and rotator cuff muscles, as well as a lack of motion in my left hip.
‘The treatment is targeted massage, which begins with gentle trigger therapy around my back and progresses to more rigorous work on the rotator cuff and shoulder muscles. This is followed by massaging the other problem areas – glutes, calves, quads and plantar fascia. Rachael checks the pressure feels OK – it’s uncomfortable, but in a good way, as it signifies the release of tension.‘Treatment over, Rachael reassesses my mobility and I notice my left arm lifts higher and my left leg moves freely. Then Rachael suggests conditioning exercises from one of the clinic’s physios that will prevent the problem recurring, plus soft tissue therapy every three weeks. I may at last overcome my injuries!’