The Woodland Spa
When you think of luxury destinations, Burnley in Lancashire might not immediately spring to mind, but The Woodland Spa, based in 100-acres of woodland on the edge of the town, has been winning award after award; UK Day Spa of the Year 2014, Best Spa in the North 2014/15, Leisure & Tourism Business of the Year 2015, Global Spa of the Year 2015 and Luxury Emerging Spa 2015.
I was invited to review the spa and it couldn’t have come at a better time, I was running on empty and needed some peace and quiet and pampering! My expectations were very high. It was very easy to find and I loved the fact that you drive down a long sweeping drive, making it very secluded. There was lots of parking and I immediately noticed more than one building, this was also a private health club and there seemed to be lots of activities going on.
Initially I was a little confused as to which building to go to, and typically went into the wrong one(!), so quickly left and went to the correct one. On entering, again I was confused as I was in the gym, however I was immediately acknowledged by a member of the reception team and they offered to take me through to the spa. On a first visit the lack of direction could be a little off putting, but once in the spa I was met by a lovely tranquil atmosphere, completely different to the bustling energetic gym I had walked into.
I was greeted and checked in, then shown to a lovely comfy area where I was served complimentary coffee and pastries. I was very early so the spa was pretty quiet and this gave me the opportunity to start to unwind and take in the facilities. It was a beautiful day and I had my eye on one of the sun loungers around the outside infinity pool; my treatment was after lunch so it gave me chance to look around and really relax for a while. After my arrival refreshments, I was taken into the changing area, assigned a locker and taken on a tour of the facilities. We started with the Thermal
Experience which comprised of a number of heat and ice experiences through the sauna, saunarium, steam, salt steam, ice fountain, experience showers and Rasul, the thermal mud chamber suite. Then there was the Hydrotherapy Pool with its powerful massage jets, the Serenity Pool in a low lit relaxation room and the outdoor Infinity Pool and outdoor hot tubs.The facilities are beautiful but to be honest I just wanted to jump on a sun bed, read a book and do nothing but chill and that’s exactly what I did. I noticed quite a few groups of friends arriving, however there were also people on their own who presumably like me, just wanted to escape and enjoy some ‘me time’.
Suddenly I had a tummy rumble and realised it was time for lunch and on the package I was reviewing lunch was also included; three courses from an extensive menu plus a beverage of my choosing. Now this was my first true experience of their excellence, the menu offered lots of choice and I chose a cup of homemade leek and asparagus soup, poached salmon with dill mayo on freshly baked granary bread and then apple sorbet and fresh berries, plus glass of Chardonnay.
I had chance to do a little bit more relaxing before my treatment and took full advantage. The treatment I was reviewing was the Neom Happiness Treatment which lasted one hour and fifteen minutes. My skin was lightly buffed from head to toe using Neom Body Scrub, this is then showered off and is followed by the therapist applying purposeful techniques of shiatsu, cranio, Thai massage and trigger point touch to the back, shoulder, face and scalp working to decrease stress levels and release endorphins, leaving you feeling relaxed and happier. It was a blissful hour and a quarter, my transformation was well and truly underway. I stayed for a couple more hours just chilling, in fact after my treatment I was shown to a relaxation lounge where I slept for an hour!
All too soon it was time to leave, however I felt so much more equipped to hit tomorrow’s deadlines head on. It had been a fabulous experience and one that I will be repeating…often.
Reviewed by Angela Riches, July 2015
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Royle Lane, Burnley BB12 0RT