WHERE: Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Lancashire
THE VIBE: A 17th century manor house turned hotel with stunning views of the Ribble Valley countryside, where you can recharge your batteries in the award-winning new spa.
BEST BRIDE-TO-BE TREATMENT: Everything you could possibly need to prepare for your big day is available here, from lifting facials to bridal-perfect pedicures… but we recommend NATURA BISSÉ Diamond – a beautifully effective facial and body experience. You’ll enjoy a warm, relaxing hydrotherapy bath with Himalayan salts before a Himalayan Salt Foot Ritual, Hydrotherapy Bath, NATURA BISSÉ Diamond Facial and NATURA BISSÉ Magnetic Body Treatment, leaving you feeling amazing and looking your most radiant for those wedding album close ups. Pure indulgence.
HIS ‘N’ HERS TREATMENTS: We opted for the couple’s relaxation and peace massage which was exactly what it says on the tin. Using organic Jojoba oil, the therapists worked all of the tension out of practically every inch of us, and by the end it was safe to say we were almost comatose – and with sumptuously soft skin!
BEST AMENITY: The thermal bathing facilities and hydrotherapy pool are to-die-for. Think sensation showers, a salt infusion room, aroma steam room, herbal and Finnish saunas, an ice fountain and rural hydrotherapy pool to soothe sore muscles and help you switch off from the outside world for the ultimate detox. They even have Rasul, Steam and Hydro Bathing spa suites if you want some privacy
or just to be alone together.
MUST DOS WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Lay back and relax hand in hand in the aroma steam room, which has a huge glass wall that lets you look out onto the landscaped grounds. It was raining while we were in there, which made it extra cosy.
WHO GOES: We were surrounded by couples in the spa (which helped the boyfriend feel more comfortable in his robe). It’s uber-romantic with uninterrupted views of the countryside while you snuggle up next to each other in the hydrotherapy pool.
THE BEDROOM: With 12 large individually designed bedrooms in the Grade II listed house and 18 newly-constructed Woodland Rooms, there’s something for everyone. The manor house rooms ooze character and charm while the more modern accommodation features a walk-in shower and separate double-ended bath, plus a rural theme is reflected in the interior design, bringing the outdoors in.
Individual treatments are detailed on the website and an Escape For The Night package includes…
· One-night stay in the new luxury Woodland Rooms
· Farmhouse breakfast
· Three-course dinner in Mr Fred’s Bar and Lounge
· Full use of the thermal bathing facilities and hydrotherapy pool
· Himalayan Salt Foot Ritual
· Choice of one 30-minute treatment
£135 per person
LOCATION: Stanley House Hotel & Spa, Mellor, Lancashire, BB2 7NP
PHONE: 020 7834 5042