Spa Illuminata at Danesfield House

If you’re looking for a quintessentially British relaxing country retreat, Spa Illuminata at Danesfield House Hotel perfectly fits the bill. A magnificent mansion perched high in the Chiltern Hills overlooking the river Thames, Danesfield House Hotel and Spa has an air of timeless luxury.

Set aside from the main hotel via a glass walkway (complete with stunning views) Spa Illuminata invites you to relax and escape from the hectic schedules of modern life in its contemporary retreat.

What to expect:

For those looking to chill out, there are plenty of opportunities. Start with the indoor Jacuzzi, sauna or steam rooms., Choose a bespoke pampering session in one of the eight tranquil treatment rooms. If you’re in the mood for a special treat, book into the Silver Birch VIP Suite with its dual treatment couches, private sauna and steam room. Finally, for the ultimate in relaxtion, nestle down in the darkened Sanctuary Lounge.

Anyone feeling a little more energetic might take a dip in the beautiful 20 metre mosaic tiled swimming pool. There is also a fully equipped Matrix gym, aerobics suite with fitness classes and personal training sessions, both run by highly qualified fitness instructors.

Feeling peckish? The informal spa bar in the lounge area serves an array of mouthwatering salads, wraps and sandwiches. On a sunny day guests can sit outside on the terrace and take in the breathtaking views while they eat.

What are the treatments like?

Friendly and highly skilled staff perform relaxing treatments, including luxury Swiss brand, La Vallee, which is offered exclusively at Spa Illuminata. Other treatments include Parisian skincare by Darphin and British brand Aromatherapy Associates.

Thoroughly recommended:

We love La Vallee’s Global Anti Ageing Treatment with Caviar Essence. –The active ingredient, caviar extract, is rich in natural proteins, minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins A and D. La Vallee says that these targeted anti-ageing components combined with their innovative massage technique leaves the skin smoother, plumper and firmer with less visible fine lines and wrinkles

Michele from the team tried the treatment herself – here’s her verdict: “Though pleasantly tingly as the various products worked their magic, the hour long treatment was generally tranquil and dreamy My skin was thoroughly cleansed, revitalized and glowing, feeling considerably smoother and more hydrated”.

Don’t miss:

Beauty Angel Energising Light Therapy – a non-invasive light treatment without UV or lasers that rejuvenates and revitalizes skin. Using technology that stimulates the skin to build collagen and elastin, the light therapy is said to be good for eczema, acne and reducing scarring.

Treat yourself to:

A luxury Jessica manicure or pedicure in the Pommery Pop nail bar with a cheeky glass of bubbles!

Don’t forget:

Your Vevie Pembrey Halter Bikini and Hipster Brief – so you can relax by the pool or laze on the sun terrace in the glamour the spa deserves. However, if you do forget your kit, Spa Illuminata is now stocking a range of fabulous Vevie pieces for you to choose from!