Ockendon Manor Spa Sussex

Set against viridescent views of the South Downs, this purpose-built modern spa is surrounded by a 19th century walled garden. Ockenden is a Condé Nast award winner and it shows; walk-through rain shower, acclaimed ila and electric body treatments, and top it off with a swim between the heated indoor and outdoor spring water pools.

Ockenden now offers a 24-hour escape from London, the ultimate pampering package to help you take a break from city life. Start your day with a hot stone massage and lounge poolside until the afternoon. Enjoy dinner at the hotel’s award-winning restaurant and stock up on a solid eight hours sleep before waking up in the morning for a session of Nordic walking. Walk yourself to a Bolney Wine Estate. Your reward? A couple glasses of bubbly. Book your experience here.

NAME: Ockenden Manor Spa

LOCATION: West Sussex, England

TOP TREATMENT SAMPLED: Kundalini back treatment. Named after the goddess of awareness that takes the form of a snake, this ancient technique awakens the dormant energy in the base of the spine with a series of hot stones and massages allowing the energy to travel up the spine to the third eye. Much more than just a simple back massage, it definitely healed our chakra – the bed is even heated, making it easy to drift off mid-treatment.

AVERAGE PEDICURE PRICE: A luxury pedicure is £55. There’s a huge range of beauty treatments and traditional spa therapies, prices from £12.50. Men’s grooming is also available.

ARE YOU REQUIRED TO BE A GUEST OF THE HOTEL? No. Ockenden encourages membership and offers a series of single day retreat packages.

EXTRAS: Steam room, sauna, relaxation room, and light snacks poolside.  Free refreshments, together with a cosy bathrobe and flip flops on arrival. Fitness studio and a floatation tank to really take the weight off your feet.

FUN FACT: At Ockenden, you’ll find Asian-inspired landscape garden and treatments in one of the most quintessentially English villages.

HOW DO I BOOK? Through Pride of Britain Hotels, (prideofbritainhotels.com), a consortium of 49 privately-owned independent British hotels. To book call Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929), and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Words and photos by Lucinda Elliott, @lucinda_elliott

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