Time to check out Stoke Park Spa

Stoke Park, Country Club, Spa & Hotel
Stoke Park

The Sociable Chatterbox was excited to be invited to experience the exquisite Thalgo Indoceane Spa Ritual at Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel

Stoke Park is the perfect city escape for tired Londoners. It’s a quick 20 minute train ride from Paddington to Slough and just a short taxi journey or for those who drive or like to be driven it is 35 minutes by car from Central London or 20 minutes from London Heathrow.   They even have their very own private Helipad

Set in a 300 acre this one thousand-year old estate of historic gardens, lakes and parkland and sweeping nature provide the perfect place for much-needed restoration

I instantly felt the adrenaline rush of excitement on my arrival and my visit did not disappoint

Stoke Park is rated 5 AA Star Hotel and has 49 luxury rooms split between The Mansion and The Pavilion.  On this trip my mission was to review the Spa and sadly my dears they were fully booked a good complaint of course but I will be back for sure and tell you all about it then

On arrival to The Pavilion which is where the Stoke Park Spa is located I was greeted by a lovely lady called Favita.  She checked me in as offered me a refreshment while I completed a consent treatment form, this allowed my talented therapist Isabelle to prepare and to personalise my chosen treatment my objectives were to relieve tension from my neck and shoulders a popular ailment by all accounts

Nick the powerhouse behind Stoke Park’s Social Media and Communications came to see me and kindly invited me to have lunch at San Marco also located in the Pavilion.  Luckily the weather was kind so I got to sit out on the outdoor terrace and avail of the opportunity to dine al fresco.  Before I knew it Mohamad one of the charming waiters presented me with a Food and Drinks Menu.  I was spoilt for choice but decided to have a Goats Cheese, Pine Nut, Cherry Tomato and Pesto Salad which was both light and delicious and as I was on duty had and it was still daytime I had a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed Orange Juice

During lunch I reminisced about the fantastic times I had sipping Champagne, admiring sumptuous diamonds and watching Djokovic and Murray play at The Boodles.  This is one of my favourite Summer days a quintessentially British affair.  And of course a true treat for the Tennis aficionados amongst us as during the past twelve years has seen Agassi, Henman, Sampras, Murray, Becker, Ivanisevic and De Potro have graced their championship grass courts

Indoor Swimming Pool, Stoke Park
Indoor Swimming Pool at Stoke Park

After lunch I was taken through to the Spa and shown the facilities which are both contemporary and kept in pristine condition by a very attentive team.  There is an indoor heated swimming pool that beckons jump right in which has two hydro seats, an Italian marble steam room that is spacious and not at all claustrophobic, a deep relaxation room where you can switch off, a private relaxation atrium where you can help yourself to nuts, snacks and fresh fruit as well as a selection of specially selected teas By Camellia’s Tea House on Carnaby Street, a slick new nail bar and a well stocked boutique

I was led to the private Ladies changing area which is kept only for those having treatments which is smaller and more exclusive than the main changing area.  Facilities were as you would expect but as well as a fluffy bathrobe and slippers the thoughtful folks at Stoke Park provide both GHD Hair Dryers and GHD Straightening Irons for guests to use

Treatment Room, Stoke Park Spa
Treatment Room, Stoke Park Spa

My Treatment Experience – Thalgo Indoceane Spa Ritual (1 hour 55 minutes, £160)

The opportunity to embark on a journey across four exotic destinations was too alluring to miss so this is why I selected the Thalgo Indoceane Spa Ritual from the extensive Treatment Menu.  Thalgo are French products and they are considered to be leaders in marine beauty.  My therapist Isabelle discussed my priorities and expectations and describe how the experience would involve using age-old traditions and rituals for beautification.  I was going to be transported through 4 Sensory Stopovers an Egyptian, Mediterranean Indian and Chinese and was very excited

It all began with the Egyptian step which was a relaxing and soothing foot ritual using Thalgo Precious Milk Bath, an effervescent bath pebble that turns opalescent in water and emits a powdery aroma of musk, amber and patchouli which left my feet hydrated and smelling divine

From there I retired to the comfy treatment bed and was treated to a Thalgo Sweet and Savoury Body Scrub inspired by the Mediterranean body exfoliation a delightful mix of sea salt, cassonade sugar and lipid replenishing oils of Sweet Almond, Apricot and Jojoba for ultra-soft skin and citrus essential oils to calm and soothe.  I washed off the scrub in a private shower location within the treatment room before the next step of the treatment

This scrub prepared my skin for the third step which was the Indian step and an ancient Ayurvedic inspired massage.  A warm Indoceane Qi-Balm rich in minerals to ease tension and invigorate the body.  Then an Indoceane Massage Oil was applied for an intense form of  ancient deep Indian technique to revitalise the skin and replenish hydration.  Isabelle was both patient and persistent working through my knots and I could feel them melting away with each stroke.  An Indoceane Relaxing Candle was burning in the background and filling the room with an atmospheric hue and the warm and spicy notes of Coriander, Cardamom and Frankincense mixed with a base of Patchouli and Moss

The fourth and final step was the Chinese step the application of Thago Silky Smooth Cream a heavenly rich concoction of Iris and Jasmine reflecting the Asian origin with hydrating Shea Butter, Rice Germ Oil and relaxing Qi-Marine and soothing Sacred Lotus Flower as a Body Wrap which I was enveloped in while I was treated to a Head and Foot Massage and when it all finished I felt nourished and rested

This literally was a top to toe restorative treatment which was completely revitalising and replenishing.  Isabelle recommends that you leave the oil and creams take effect for a while so I retired to the Deep Relaxation Room to chill for a while.

I tried some of the Stoke Park Signature Spa Tea By Camellia’s Tea House which was the most delightful combination of fruit and floral a white tea with apricot pieces, marigold flowers, yellow rose buds and cornflower petals which set me up nicely for my journey back to London

I would highly recommend a trip to Stoke Park Spa the place is amazing but the people are even better and it is so true when they say people make a place!

During my visit I met a group of ladies on a bridal shower who had opted for the Ultimate Spa Retreat which includes either The Thalgo Indoceane Spa Ritual (which I had) or a Thalgo Polynesia Spa Ritual,  a Thalgo Solution Skin Facial (55 minutes) as well as a Jessica Manicure (40 minutes) and Jessica Pedicure (40 minutes) what a lovely idea!

There were also a few Golfers who no doubt getting their tired limbs attended to after a day on the 27 hole Championship Golf course designed by Harry Colt

I noticed a few fit tennis players and with 13 Courts on site that was no surprise of course there were some Yoga Bunnies milling around and an attentive Personal Trainer was present at 4,000 square foot gym just wish I would have had more time to stay

Stoke Park has something for everyone and I am sure I will be back very soon and when I return I promise to tell you more about Stoke Park Hotel, the fabulous rooms and suites, Humphry’s AAA Rosette Fine Dining Restaurant and superstar Executive Chef Chris Wheeler

But for now I must bid you adieu please do let me know your thoughts, what you would like to read more about and how you are doing

And of course please do consider booking the Spa at Stoke Park for your next Spa retreat

Call them directly on + 44 (0)1753 717172

E-mail spa@stokepark.com

Website http://www.stokepark.com

Until next time! xox

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