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27th November 2007

The Good Spa Spies travel the world reviewing spas for The Good Spa Guide, constantly being scrubbed, polished and covered in seaweed. They try out all sorts of spa experiences - sometimes, so you don't have to. They'll tell you which spas are pagodas of pleasure, and which ones will appeal to microbiologists keen to examine the fauna in the sauna. You will recognise them in the wild because of the way they dip their toes in every pool, sniff the moisturiser, and shout out marks out of ten mid-way through an algae wrap.

Read their full round-up of UK spas in The Good Spa Guide 2008 book or visit their website.

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Good Spa Spy's activity

  1. January 2008
  2. Good Spa Spy rated Tate Modern

  3. December 2007
  4. Good Spa Spy rated Arundel Castle

  5. Good Spa Spy rated Wisley Garden

  6. Good Spa Spy rated Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, Climping

  7. Good Spa Spy reviewed Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa, Climping in South East England, United Kingdom

    The setting has to be the special feature of this hotel and spa. From their website, you don't get the full picture of how special it is: the number of separate barns that are actually rooms, in the grounds, the relaxed and unpretentious grounds, and its…"

  8. Good Spa Spy reviewed SenSpa at Careys Manor in Southampton, United Kingdom

    A Thai-inspired spa in the heart of the New Forest with a variety of excellent treatments and therapists and a great hydrotherapy and thermal treatment area. Careys Manor is a big Tudor mansion set among the trees, real picture-postcard stuff, hazy, pret…"

  9. Good Spa Spy rated SenSpa at Careys Manor

  10. November 2007
  11. Good Spa Spy reviewed Middle Piccadilly Spa Retreat in West Country, United Kingdom

    This very peaceful, very nurturing retreat, is based in a beautiful old thatched cottage, nestled in the Dorset countryside. From the home cooking, to the hand-made face masks, the place is full of simple pleasures served up with a lot of love and care. …"

  12. Good Spa Spy rated Middle Piccadilly Spa Retreat

  13. Good Spa Spy rated Waterfall Spa

  14. Good Spa Spy reviewed Waterfall Spa in Leeds, United Kingdom

    Waterfall is a stylish, professional city spa with great treatments and facilities. Fantastic relaxation areas, with two circular beds and two semi-circular ones, were surrounded by hanging curtains of metal chains that were distinctive, shielded and gav…"

  15. Good Spa Spy reviewed Titanic Spa in North East England, United Kingdom

    Once home to the Titanic textile mill, the huge industrial building is now a revitalised spa and apartments that share the same name. Titanic is the UK's first eco-spa. It aims to have little impact on the environment so you can pamper yourself without c…"

  16. Good Spa Spy rated Titanic Spa

  17. Good Spa Spy rated The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey

  18. Good Spa Spy reviewed The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey in The United Kingdom

    This top-notch town house hotel is in the centre of St Helier, so very handy for the shops just round the corner. The entrance is none too imposing from the outside, with steps up from the small car park, but the atmosphere gets better as soon as you wal…"

  19. Good Spa Spy reviewed Earthspa, London in London, United Kingdom

    These beautiful treatment rooms are the perfect way to round off a day out in London – they’re situated a mere dash across the road from Victoria station. There’s no changing rooms, so for my Luxuriously Stoned "back to nature massage and facial", I need…"

  20. Good Spa Spy rated Earthspa, London

  21. Good Spa Spy rated C Side Spa, Cowley Manor

  22. Good Spa Spy reviewed C Side Spa, Cowley Manor in Gloucester, United Kingdom

    Cowley Manor’s spa is tucked away in a sunken courtyard, to the side of the very impressive classic country hotel. It's a modern, glass-fronted building beside an inviting, steamy outdoor pool. A lot of thought has gone into the design, and customer com…"

  23. Good Spa Spy reviewed The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    The Cowshed spa's special feature is their 16-metre stainless steel, oxygenated pool set in slate. It's amazing, the only one of its kind in Scotland. I had booked a 55-minute, whole-body Pampered Cow massage. No-one was there to welcome me when I came …"

  24. Good Spa Spy rated The Scotsman Hotel

  25. Good Spa Spy rated St David's Hotel and Spa

  26. Good Spa Spy reviewed Fredrick's Hotel in Cotswolds, United Kingdom

    With a definite nod to the eighties, Fredrick's is not to everyone's taste, but there's something refreshing about this hotel's individuality and confidence. Their spa has a great indoor/outdoor pool - heated to a cosy 38 degrees. I visited in late summe…"

  27. Good Spa Spy rated Fredrick's Hotel

  28. Good Spa Spy reviewed Chewton Glen in South East England, United Kingdom

    Chewton Glen isn't a traditional spa where you could book in for a few days on your own and expect to come away thinner; the food is simply too good. It's a place for lavishing and pampering; if that's what you're after, you know where to go. I enjoyed e…"

  29. Good Spa Spy rated Chewton Glen

  30. Good Spa Spy rated KuBu Spa

  31. Good Spa Spy reviewed KuBu Spa in Reading, United Kingdom

    This gorgeous spa in Henley on Thames has just enough touches to make it feel special, without it ever being overdone. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the Balinese themed decoration and they have got it spot on. KuBu has a treatment-focused, holis…"

  32. Good Spa Spy reviewed The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, United Kingdom

    The spa is in the basement of the Knightsbridge hotel. It's cool, spare, and has flowers and pebbles and water displayed “rooted in the principles of Zen”, apparently, but even if you know nothing of this, it is an elegant atmosphere. Alongside all sort…"

  33. Good Spa Spy reviewed Le Kalon Spa at The Bentley Hotel London in London, United Kingdom

    Le Kalon spa features the only authentic hammam within a 5-star luxury hotel in London. The hammam is large, all in white marble with benches to sit on around the edge - in the middle is a large knee-height marble slab where you lie for your massage afte…"

  34. Good Spa Spy reviewed The Spa at County Hall in London, United Kingdom

    The location of Marriott County Hall hotel is unbeatable: Right on the Thames overlooking Big Ben. This glamorous but demure grand hotel has a beautifully presented, hushed and ambient spa area with friendly and welcoming staff. It's cool and classic but…"

  35. Good Spa Spy reviewed Eastthorpe Hall Health and Beauty Spa in Leeds, United Kingdom

    This small, specialised and homely day spa in the Yorkshire village of Mirfield offers a range of holistic and therapeutic treatments. Many of the visitors - all women on the day we were there - seem to have therapy rather than beautification in mind. Th…"

  36. Good Spa Spy reviewed Ayush Spa in The United Kingdom

    The Ayush Spa in the Hotel de France in St Helier is the first completely Ayurvedic hotel spa in the UK. And they're committed to doing it properly, too: My treatment started with a consultation by a trained Ayurvedic consultant, Dr Prasanna. If well-bei…"

  37. July 2007
  38. Good Spa Spy reviewed St David's Hotel and Spa in Cardiff, United Kingdom

    St David's is no longer a Rocco Forte hotel but owned by Principal Hotels now. Flooded with light and Welsh wonder and dedicated to your comfort, this dramatic, modern hotel built right on the waterfront on Cardiff Bay place is something else. The hotel …"