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My husband and I had decided, rather last minute, to indulge in a Sunday spa day at Rowhill, having heard wonderful things about it and given it is only a stone’s throw away from our London home. As our little hybrid rolled into the car park we were met with the vision of a quaint 19th century manor house atop a hill and what seemed to be a celebrity party leaving in an entourage of sports cars. It was as though Chelsea had just discovered the countryside…

Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange Hotel.

Once inside, we checked in, confirmed our treatments, slipped into our robes and enjoyed a hearty English breakfast. Soon after, we began our Luxury Replenishing Pedicures, followed by a light two-course lunch. In between appointments there is access to both heated pools, the steam room, sauna and jacuzzi; allowing us to fit in a few lengths (and poolside mocktails) and some meditation in the heat before heading back to our pampering sessions.

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We chose our oils to reflect our moods before enjoying a full body, face and scalp massage treatment – balancing the mind, reviving the body and nurturing the soul. It is said to be the perfect answer to help sluggish souls and dull skin. This ritual is crafted to deliver energy and glow to your body – and a get-up-and-go to your spirits, which it absolutely achieved in our case.

Utopia Spa at Rowhill Grange Hotel.

As if we hadn’t already melted into our beds, this was shortly followed by our facials. The therapists analyse your skin and prepare a wonderful menu of Temple Spa products to either moisturise and nourish, soothe and calm, rebalance and hydrate, deep cleanse and purify, or simply protect.  It is designed to leave you looking radiant and fresh by combining powerful anti-oxidants which help fight the ageing process with nourishing ingredients to replace lost elasticity in the skin. This is followed by a mukhabhyanga face massage, using dosha specific oils to replenish moisture, luminosity and health to your complexion – and a big smile on your face.

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