Select the perfect spa break this Mother's Day

15 March 2019

April French Furnell

Every mum is wonderfully different, so a one-size-fits-all approach to spa-ing just won’t do. This Mother’s Day make sure that your spa gift matches her personality. Whether you have a grand dame of a mother (or mother-in-law) that you want to impress, or a shy and retiring type who yearns for somewhere calm, there’s a pampering weekend to suit. So embrace your adventurous mum who loves outdoor pursuits, your gourmand who thrives in a cookery school, or your grounded Earth Mother - they can all be treated to their perfect retreat.

Here is the Good Spa Guide’s to a few mother ‘types’ and the perfect spas to suit them this Mother’s Day.


For Grande Dames try...Cliveden House, Berkshire

If your mum knows more of society than Tatler’s bystander pages, had her tickets to Joyce DiDonato at Grange Park Opera before they went on sale and spends August in Deauville, you may be stumped on where to take her that won’t cost the earth. Cliveden is a wonderful solution. Their new spa will win you plenty of brownie points as she reminisces over the Profumo pool and discovers the lifting prowess of Sarah Chapman facials. Make time for a boating picnic on a lovingly restored Belmont launch.


For Adventurous Mums try...The Coniston Hotel Spa, North Yorkshire

If your mother loves outdoor pursuits, then just about every eventually is covered on this stunning estate on the Yorkshire dales, including falconry, shooting and fishing. If she likes a bit of Top Gear with her pale ale, take her to the Coniston Off Road Centre where she can either buckle up for a bumpy ride across hills and dales or grab the wheel herself. After, enjoy admiring the spectacular views from the Coniston Spa’s outdoor infinity pool, deliciously bubbly and warm, but bracing enough for your spirited parent.

For Gourmet Mums try...Lucknam Park, Wiltshire

Perhaps your mum is a star baker, or uses her statement kitchen to heat pizzas, but if she has any interest in good food, Lucknam Park is the place.  You can both sign up for the cookery school and rustle up something spectacular with expert tuition. Courses range from ‘Michelin Starred Cooking at Home’ to ‘Go Vegan!’ or ‘Discover Thai’. If all that seems like too much effort, head to the bright and beautiful indoor/outdoor spa, then enjoy Michelin-starred dining at the Restaurant Hywell Jones or a stylishly seasonal post-spa lunch at The Brasserie. There’s no dining in robes here – this is the kind of food worth getting dressed for.


For Ab Fab Mums try...C-Spa at Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire

Cowley Manor is so ‘fashion dahling’, and perfect for swanning about after a day at Cheltenham. Your Ab Fab mum can rock up in her Manolos, hobnob with the Gloucester set and feel perfectly at home among the bold contemporary fabrics and art pieces in this splendid Italianate country pile. The chic modern spa has a large outdoor pool lined with loungers and bright designer ‘leaf’ umbrellas, which demands lounging beneath a statement hat – very La Dolce Vita. Encourage her to rebalance her Qi energy with a Cloud 9 holistic massage (105 minutes £110), then celebrate with an artisanal cocktail before an outdoor cinema or theatre event.


For Earth Mothers try...The Scarlet Hotel Spa, Cornwall

Perhaps your mother was the type to carry you in a hemp sling as she trekked the Himalayas in search of enlightenment. Or perhaps she only dreamed of such freedom as she reared you on organic wholefoods and baby yoga in Basildon. The Scarlet Spa is an Ayurvedic retreat on a Cornish cliff with spectacular ocean views. Scarlet Journeys include bathing rituals with ocean views from clifftop hot tubs, rhassouls, meditation and traditional Ayurvedic treatments and consultations. There’s an indoor pool cleansed by low dosage bromine, an outdoor pool and barrel sauna with inspiring sea views, a meditation room and relaxation room with hanging pods to curl up in. Book a yoga, self-care or daydream workshop and help your earth mama find her om.


For Traditional Mums try...PH20 at Park House Hotel & Spa, Sussex

This is a classy and petite spa attached to a characterful Country House hotel that wouldn’t look out of place in an Agatha Christie film – twee-chic wallpaper, rolling lawns for tennis and croquet, and an honesty bar where you can help yourself to G&Ts. The outdoor spa area has seats for lunching (order from the pool bar) and loungers to fight over: it can be a glorious sun trap on a bright day. Indoors there’s a luxurious pool area with glittering tiles and a mezzanine with comfy chairs and well-stocked tea station.


For Quiet and Cosy Mums try...Weavers’ House Spa, Suffolk

The Medieval wool town of Lavenham is picture-book quaint, with sagging timber framed shops and cafes surrounded by beautiful countryside. You will find Weavers’ House Spa tucked away in a secret walled garden at the back of The Swan Hotel. Petite but beautiful, Weavers’ doesn’t shout about its charms, although it has plenty: a secluded patio garden with a small warm bubbly vitality pool, a snug hot stone sauna and steam room, and two relaxation suites - one for a post-treatment snooze, the other a bright conservatory to relax and read. Temple Spa treatments are delicious, but there are also Touch Therapies for those living with and beyond cancer.

For Aquatic Mums, try... Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa, Surrey

For some mums, the thought of lying on a lounger just makes them twitchy and irritable. If your mum would rather be swimming proper lengths in her swim hat and goggles, then have plenty to keep her entertained, then Pennyhill covers a lot of bases. The vast Ozone treated indoor pool might be a little warm after a few lengths, but she will love the large and cool Riviera-style outdoor pool. She might even allow herself to be briefly contained in one of the many hydro pools so long as she can dip in and out.


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