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May 2018 / Travel / by Liz Skone James

3 of the best: Pre-wedding spa escapes

The Grove (featured image)

The multi-award-winning spa at this 5-star Hertfordshire hotel has glitz by the gallon – think chic white changing rooms, a dramatically lit thermal suite and a stunning black-tiled swimming pool. From the Bridal Bootcamp, combining PT sessions with body firming treatments, to the head-to-toe pampering of the Wedding Radiance spa day, there’s something on the treatment list to tempt every bride-to-be. And with no fewer than 18 treatment rooms, it’s also the perfect spot for stylish hens to head for the ultimate group spa day, not least because it’s no more than 30 minutes in the car from north London. (thegrove.co.uk)

The Grove - wedding spa escape

Soho Farmhouse

It’s rumoured that Meghan gathered her girl pals and headed to this members’ club-cum-country house hotel for a spot of pre-wedding pampering. And who can blame her? Set in 100 acres of Oxfordshire farmland, the Farmhouse is the first resort to come from the Soho House group, offering guests a country weekend with all the creature comforts. Namely the on-site Cowshed Spa (which should need no introduction), where the steam room, sauna, ice room and hot tubs offer glorious real-world respite and are complemented by a divine menu of manicures, pedicures, massages and body therapies. Bliss. (sohofarmhouse.com)

wedding spa escape - Lucknam park

Lucknam Park

With a Michelin-starred restaurant, a cookery school, a 500-acre equestrian centre, tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a football pitch (yes, you read that right) this grand hotel set in a 17th century Palladian mansion six miles from Bath, presents the ultimate weekend escape. And for blushing brides looking for a pre-wedding de-stress, or a final fling with girlfriends, the tranquil spa is hard to beat. Set in a walled garden, it boasts thermal facilities including a Japanese salt room, aromatherapy room, salt-water pool and hydrotherapy pool, as well as an indulgent menu of treatments. (lucknampark.co.uk)