WHERE: Moddershall Oaks Health Spa, Stone, Staffordshire
THE VIBE: Off-the-beaten track retreat in glorious grounds for get-away-from-it-all style relaxation
BEST BRIDE-TO-BE TREATMENT: From the naughty-but-nice food to the heavenly treatments it’s all about indulgence at this spa so combine the two with a Gerard’s chocolate facial (£55 for 55mins), just don’t be tempted to lick your lips when your therapist isn’t looking! For stressed-out brides the aromatherapy massage is pure heaven (£55 for 55mins) or beat the big day bloat with the non-invasive Gerard’s Green Tea Abdomen treatment (£70 for 55mins).
BEST GROOM-TO-BE TREATMENTS: He’ll love the scientific sound of the male-only IQ facial (£65 for 55 mins) or help take the pre-speech stresses away with a Swedish massage (£55 for 55mins).
BEST AMENITY: Hands down the restaurant. Expecting the customary mung beans and wheatgrass shots that often come hand-in-hand with health spas we were pleasantly surprised to find huge portions of tasty food. I tucked into halloumi flatbreads, a Portobello mushroom burger and triple-fried chips while my other half inhaled steak followed by chocolate cake. Don’t worry there’s a fully equipped gym to work off any extra pounds. In close second comes the romantic hot tub (situated just outside your suite with views over the rolling hills).
MUST DOS WHILE YOU’RE THERE: With such a stunning setting a walk around the gorgeous gardens, woodland trail and a game of tennis on the well-maintained courts is a must. We also loved the fun extras in the spa like the experience shower – kudos if you can last the whole cycle, which ranges from warming Caribbean rain to frozen Atlantic mist. There’s always the heated loungers or underwater Jacuzzi beds for warming up afterwards though.
WHO GOES: This friendly family-run business has a regular and dedicated client base. They keep coming back for more, which was good enough endorsement for us!
THE BEDROOM: The luxury suites are hidden away at the end of the labyrinthine resort (it is built into a hill and navigating the corridors was exercise enough for us!), making them quiet and tranquil. Romantically lit and with Moroccan influenced furnishings it’s impossible not to be relaxed here especially after a night in the supersize bed and half an hour in the hot tub.
DETAILS: We love all the cute packages on offer celebrating everything from Wimbledon with Strawberries and Cream Body Scrubs to the Grand Prix, where your h2b can have a go in a supercar while you have a facial and retox lunches at the end of summer to treat yourself after detoxing your way into that bikini.
Individual treatments are detailed on the website and spa days range from £65 to £200. Classic overnight spa breaks include:
▪ Complimentary drink on arrival
▪ Two-course evening meal in the Lakeside Restaurant and breakfast the next day
▪ Overnight stay in a five-star double luxury suite
▪ Use of all spa facilities from 3pm on day of arrival to 5pm on day of departure
▪ One 25 minute treatment up to the value of £35
From £150 per person
LOCATION: Moddershall Oaks, Moddershall, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8TG
PHONE: 01782 399000