Why Burnley beats Bali and Dubai as a oppulance sauna destination

THINK of oppulance sauna destinations and what springs to mind – Bali, a Maldives, Thailand, a Kensington boutique hotel, a nation residence in a Cotswolds?


How about Burnley?

Yes, Burnley; home of indent chimneys, cobbled streets, windswept hills – and a stylish Woodland Spa, that has won Global Luxury Spa awards for dual years running, violence off foe from Dubai, Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

Located usually outward a Lancashire indent town, a Woodland Spa is nestled within 100 acres of unconditional countryside, formulating a clarity of assent and peace before you’ve even set feet by a door. The landscape is dominated by thespian Pendle Hill, that has a Bronze Age funeral site during a limit and is famous for a links to a 17th century Pendle magician trials.

Globally recognized as a oppulance spa, a Woodland is one of a best versed in northern Europe and has a fibre of awards including Global Luxury Day Spa 2016, Global Spa Of The Year and Best Luxury Emerging Spa 2015 from a World Luxury Spa Awards 2015.

And it’s usually 40 mins or so from a Bradford district.

On arrival, my crony and we were served coffee before streamer off to change into robes. A day sauna allows guest a resting day-long use of a Thermal Experience, that has a hydrotherapy pool, steam and sauna rooms, a peace pool, dual rasuls, an forever corner pool, outside prohibited tubs, exhilarated decrease beds and diagnosis rooms. The outside sections have been upgraded with new retractable potion roofing, infra-red heating, additional outside prohibited cylinder ability for 20 people and a bar and glow pit.

We started off on a sun-drenched terrace, holding a drop in a prohibited cylinder before a boyant in a forever pool, travelling from outside to indoors.

In a indoor sauna area we cold out in a steam room and sauna, holding lovely cold showers in between. A accumulation of showers around a hydro pool operation from ‘soft pleasant rain’ to an ice cold bucket shower. There’s also an ‘ice fountain’, formed on a Finnish judgment of rolling in a sleet after holding a sauna, where we can massage handfuls of dejected ice onto your skin, formulating a acquire chill after a heat.

Roman feet baths offer a reflexology aqua-bubble massage, sensitive vigour points. The hydrotherapy pool contains absolute showers and underwater massage jets to work a whole body, easing flesh tragedy and boosting circulation. It felt heavenly; we could feel myself unwinding as a H2O enthralled me.

By now it was time for lunch, and we headed to a stylish tapas bar unaware a terrace. Dining al fresco, we enjoyed a preference of juicy dishes; Thai salmon and cod fishcakes, honeyed potato bravas, grilled halloumi and uninformed chilli, sun-blushed tomato and feta cheese, tempura prawns and hummus and olives. We’d requisitioned lunch on arrival, any profitable £18 for 3 tapas courses and a cocktail.

Sipping solidified margaritas in a sunshine, in a feathery robes and slippers, looking out to a fantastic farming vista, felt really ‘Joan Collins’.

After lunch we kicked behind in one of a outside forever sauna pools afterwards headed inside to a peace pool, a warm, low-lit decrease room where, recumbent in a H2O or on a lounger, we can feel bland stresses boyant away.

The diagnosis unit offers a operation of physique treatments, facials, manicures and pedicures with Decleor and Carita products. The choice includes an Aroma Blend Refine and Firm Massage; a Warm Stone Massage; a Red Island Exfoliating Ritual, regulating powdered fruit seeds and spices to gloss a skin; Tranquility Scalp, easing tragedy and helping sleep; a Sun-Kissed Mediterranean Glow full physique exfoliation to ready for a sun; Facial Pilates; Moisture Quench low hydrating facial; and Recharge Vitamin Glow.

we had a 30-minute Decleor Glow Power Boost, a power-paced facial designed to “awaken even a many sleepy of complexions in a shortest of times”. Well, each small helps…

Products such as Aurabsolu Intense Glow cream and a Hydra Floral Mask blended with heated massage, revitalising mind and body, while a heady distillate of essential oils left my skin feeling radiant and fresh.

My crony had a Decleor Aroma Back Relief, exfoliating and massaging a back, neck and shoulders with a comfortable savoury balm.

The sauna formidable includes stylish accommodation, including an unit catering for adult to 8 guests. Our twin room was atmospheric with contemporary stylish furnishings.

It was a five-minute travel to a Woodland Spa’s restaurant, Bertram’s, unaware a terrace, pools and rolling hills beyond.

we had juicy garlic mushrooms followed by pan-seared seabass strap with prohibited smoked salmon potato croquettes, immature vegetables and tomato and hop sauce, and my crony tucked into a sirloin beef burger and fries, with peppers sauce. For dessert we indulged in chocolate and berries, with Valrhona mousse, white chocolate brownie, and she had a sundry cheeseboard.

With intense skin and re-charged batteries, we felt flattering ‘zen’ – not a bad approach to finish a Monday. After a robust baked breakfast subsequent morning, we done a approach home, carrying entirely enjoyed a stay during this willing farming retreat.

* The Woodland Spa is during Royle Lane (within Crow Wood Leisure), Burnley, Lancashire

* Spa package options with accommodation embody bed and breakfast and a three-course dinner

* Visit woodlandspa.com or call (01282) 471913

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