A recent sojourn at Lucknam Park in Bath meant a chance to delve into a bygone era, when life was eminently more glamorous… But while the hotel itself refers back to its country house past, this hotel boasts something truly of the 21st century – a state-of-the-art spa. It would have been rude not to try it out…
Every self-respecting country pile has a walled garden, but not many have a state-of-the-art spa hidden within it. Check in to Lucknam Park, a 42 room Palladian mansion on the outskirts of Bath, and you’ll happen upon theirs tucked away behind an impressive line of sculpted yew hedges in a blooming rose garden.
For carefree souls, the hotel itself – think ornate rooms with plump four-poster beds, silk trimmings and elegant fireplaces – is enough to prompt them to start winding down upon check-in. Factor in the quintessential English grounds, with its own equestrian centre, and Michelin-starred dining, and they’ll be well on the way to blissed-out state after just one night’s stay. But, in the desire to help the many others that are feeling the stresses of life (read: most of us), the hotel has gone one step further with the launch of its new Wellbeing Centre.
An add-on to its already impressive spa (which offers Anne Semonin and Carita treatments), the new centre offers an all-rounded holistic approach to modern-day problems. Take the Burn Out Treatment, for instance. Designed to help with stress management, the experience features breathing exercises, reflexology and an herbal body steam massage. It’s a wonderfully sensitive treatment, with time factored in at the end of the session when you are left alone, with herbal compresses applied to your stomach, to snooze for a while (rather than the normal awkward ‘time to go’ moment just as you are beginning to nod off).
Lucknam Park is also the first hotel in the UK to offer Hauslauer Sebbia Med light therapy. The hour-long treatment features special lights to lie under and which tackle the problem of Seasonal Affective Disorder, leaving you with a sunnier disposition.
Due to launch in September, and what promises to be another highlight, are Sleep Retreats and bespoke Nutritional Programmes, the latter run in conjunction with the hotel’s recently opened cookery school. They promise to tackle common-day problems such as insomnia and IBS, and come complete with follow-up consultations once you are back at home.
This article is part of a feature currently published in the July issue of Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, out now.