Unless you’re one of the lucky ones, spa days are a rare treat and the perfect way to escape the stresses of everyday routine and enjoy a day of relaxation.

Danesfield House Hotel & Spa is located between Marlow and Henley-on-Thames, nestled away in a secluded and beautiful location surrounded by nature. A Grade II listed house overlooking the River Thames, there is no doubting its grandeur as you come up the driveway through an abundance of trees. Its Spa Illuminata offers a fantastic range of facilities, treatments and products fit for those seeking a real taste of indulgent luxury.

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The spa experience packages on offer start at just £60 and are a great option for a special occasion, celebration or simply as a personal treat! The 20 metre swimming pool is heated to a glorious temperature and the pool room itself is decorated in bold blue mosaic, with delicate pottery and fascinating art lining the walls. Within the same area, the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi can all be enjoyed, as well as a good supply of loungers, newspapers, magazines and even buzzers to order refreshments to be brought to your bedside.

Take a peaceful stroll to the Sanctuary Lounge Relaxation Room, with its dimmed lights and lovely ambience, where guests can relax on comfy beds topped with sumptuous duvets and pillows. There’s also a separate sauna and steam room where you can catch some peace and quiet.

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With a wide range of treatments available, bookable in advance and on the day (subject to availability), my partner and I were lucky enough to enjoy an 80 minute Danesfield Trilogy in the Silver Birch VIP Suite, a really special room that can be booked with a friend or partner to enjoy a dual treatment. The Trilogy involved a back exfoliation, de-stressing back massage and luxury facial with La Vallée Facial products for women and Aromatherapy Associates Refinery products for men. I had read elsewhere that a dual treatment room is the perfect opportunity for a chat, but instead we both drifted into a deep state of sleepy silence.

The spa bar offers a great range of snacks, drinks and meals, where we enjoyed a goat’s cheese salad and duck hoisin wrap, strawberries and cream and a chocolate brownie, a frothy cappuccino and a banana and strawberry smoothie. All of this was well-made and perfect portion sizes for a light lunch.
The grounds of Danesfield are undoubtedly a highlight. Unfortunately, the rainy bank holiday Monday meant we weren’t able to enjoy them, but a spa day in good weather could definitely incorporate a stroll in the outdoors, a lounge on the beds outside or even lunch on the terrace.

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Spa Illuminata also offers a fully equipped Matrix Gym and more than 30 fitness classes per week in the Zen Studio, including Yoga, Pilates and Zumba.

To book your spa experience, call 01628 891881 or email [email protected]

To discuss gym membership, call the above number or email Liz at [email protected]

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