Britain’s Finest: top breaks for wedding beauty
After the carnage of a hen do, make sure you book a spa break to whip you into shape and get your skin glowing for the big day. You can also pick up make-up tips and snap up some big name brands to grace your bridal bag. After all, you want to look flawless in photos all day!
Here are five hotels that offer top-to-toe pampering.
Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA
Brides in the capital will love The Lanesborough. Which was crowned Britain’s best spa last year by the World Spa Awards – pretty impressive as it only opened in 2017! Brides can book bespoke treatments – so if you need to lose a couple of inches to slim into your dress, opt for a body wrap. Older brides will love the La Prarie treatments including facials, which have an instant tightening effect. If you want to bring your bridesmaids, they can chill out in the wet areas, including hydropool, sauna, bio-sauna or gym. There are also loungers by the pool for lounging with the latest bridal magazines to book those all important finishing touches.
Christchurch Road, New Milton, Hampshire, BH25 6QS
Chewton Glen is one of Dorset’s most well-revered spas and the addition of Tree Houses to the ground a few years ago add a layer of relaxation and back-to-nature charm that any bride – and her family – will love. Breakfast is delivered fresh in a hamper, through a hatch. Head to the restaurant, Vetiver, to enjoy seasonal dishes using ingredients from head gardener Darren Veneables’s kitchen garden to ensure you can indulge AND eat healthily. Ideal for a meet-the-families, rehearsal dinner.
But back to the spa. It’s five star all the way, with exclusive treatments with products by Natura Bisse, Oskia, and more – plus essential long-lasting Jessica manicures. The Roman-themed pool is all white and you could easily spend all day swimming and lounging, putting all the stress of planning to one side. I recommend the salt scrub – for fresh-faced brides try the oxygen treatments, essential to help you dazzle in photos.
Dartmoor National Park, North Bovey, Dartmoor, Devon, TQ13 8RE
A fairytale venue – after all, who doesn’t want to get married in a castle? – Bovey Castle also boasts a world-class spa so, if this is your venue of choice, book in a day early for top-to-toe pampering. Elan Spa has its own products but for a last-minute body boost, I recommend the ESPA personalised body wrap, 55 minutes, which can be used for skin firming, cleansing or softening, to ‘relax, revive and restore the spirit’. ESPA miniatures are stocked around the spa – encourage your guests to keep their spares, even the travel sized shampoo is a game-changer. And for your nails, ORLY Champagne hands and toes (30 minutes each per treatment) are a must for the last-minute countdown.
For older brides, the SUNDÃRI Age Defying Firming Facial. It gives instant results for tone and texture, with a firm facial massage using oils rather than needles. The treatment also includes the SUNDÃRI instant eye lift, suitable for all skin types. It costs £105 for 75 minutes of pure bliss.
Your guests can keep you company either in the indoor Art Deco pool or buff up their own skin and finish that final detox in the jacuzzi, steam room or sauna.
Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 6LN
Moor Hall, near Birmingham, has spa suite rooms, with separate living room and bedroom, to make your pre-wedding break as private and perfect as possible. Therapists will come to the room to administer all your pre-wedding essentials, such as body scrubs, nails and fake tan. Two bedrooms are connected by a bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and you can all use the indoor pool, gym, spa bath, sauna and steam room.
Or if your budget doesn’t stretch that far, you can use the hotel spa facilities and enjoy afternoon tea for two plus a full english breakfast on a £99 for two break. See Britainsfinest.co.uk and click ‘offers’.
K West Hotel, Richmond Way, London, W14 0AX
Celebrities love K Spa – if you’ve only got time for a quick post-work brush up in the capital, decend into the famous basement pampering haven and get waxed, plucked and polished to perfection the night before the big day. Enjoy off peak prices Monday to Thursday. Before a treatment, get the detox juices flowing with hot-cold experiences including the Snow Paradise and personalised foot bath.
For radiant wedding photos, the cryo-oxygen facial (£110 off peak) is recommended. Cryo-Oxygen cools and oxygenates the skin – worth having a sauna first to flush out all the nasties – then a roller opens pores for a deep anti-ageing result.
A topical infusion of powerful skin rejuvenation ingredients are then driven into the skin alongside cold oxygen and stimulate collagen production. A final Crystal Clear face mask giving you an extra hit of hydration, firming and lifting.
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