REVIEW: Crowne Plaza Beaconsfield and Wave Spa & Wellness
- Location Gerrards Cross in Buckinghamshire. You’ll find the hotel in the middle of the idyllic countryside, and only a 20-minute drive to London
- Bed comfiness 8/10
- Pool A brand new pool overlooking the woods. Relaxing, yet no room to do laps
- WIFI Free – makes up for the lack of signal in the hotel’s spa
- Parking Free
- Best thing? Personal training session
- Worst thing? Hotel rooms lack personality
- The all-important plug by the bed? Yes
Winter can be a drag. The short days, cold weather and miserable looking bank account, all contribute to a sour-looking face. But this January I opted to ditch the dreariness and indulge in a weekend devoted to ridding my body of toxins and feeling brighter.
Previously The Bellhouse Spa and Leisure Club underwent a multi-million pound transformation last year, creating a haven of health and sensory indulgence, which includes a plush gym, ESPA body and skin solution treatment rooms, a dreamy pool accompanied by all your spa mod-cons (sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi) and a bar with a menu brimming full of deliciously healthy snacks and smoothies. What’s more, with the new year in full swing, the hotel has designed a wellness package to set your health and fitness routine for 2016. So, with this in mind, I crammed my bags on a dusky mid-January morning and set off for the spa.
Despite the staff often seeming a little flustered, I felt well looked after. As soon as my bag hit the bed, I was ushered down to Wave (the spa), located downstairs in the hotel. Greeted with a wide grin, my therapist Sarah-Jane kindly showed me around the spa, informing me of my ‘New Year, New You’ package and escorted me to the spa treatment room, where I was to have my first treatment of the day, an ESPA Detox Wrap (£80).
The wrap was thoroughly relaxing and the time to myself was just what I needed. After a scrub down, the therapist applied algae gel to my body and wrapped me up in what can only be described as tin foil, before performing a coma-inducing head, neck and shoulder massage. Once she finished I took myself to the shower for an invigorating wash. The next detox treatment was the Mud Rasul (£60).
Having read the above description after my treatment, I feel the rasul may have been having an off day. The whole treatment wasn’t hugely relaxing or invigorating. My partner and I were given enough mud each to cover our legs (not our full body), so we had to shout down the corridor to a somewhat embarrassed beauty therapist for more tea cup-sized pots of mud. Once covered, we proceeded to move into the steam room, where we sat in a tepid dry chamber for half an hour. It didn’t get steamy once and we both felt a little stupid sitting there. The warm shower finally came, but as the steam never arrived, 90 per cent of the mud was left on our bodies, which meant we had to shower again. Overall, it was novel having a treatment with someone else, but we scuttled out at the end feeling a little disappointed – and a bit muddy.
Luckily, the day finished with a delicious three-course meal in the 1269 Restaurant that draws upon the area’s rich livestock heritage. I started with truffle goat curd with edible flowers, followed by lobster with clams for my main and to finish we shared a made-to-order Apple Tart Tatin. All the food and wine was fantastic and the service was great. I would definitely recommend coupling the house Armagnac with the Tart Tatin for dessert – it is incredible!
After the meal, we headed into the clubroom for a coffee, which gave us time to relax and reflect on the day, before heading up to bed and falling into a deep slumber. The room was spacious; the bed was very comfortable, while the bathroom was packed with extra-special Temple Spa products, which was a really lovely touch.
Sunday (a day I usually schedule to do absolutely nothing) was an active one. As part of the package, I had a personal training session booked in after lunch. So, with this in mind, I decided to utilise the morning and make the most of the surroundings. Though you’ll need to jump in a car, the beautiful countryside bordering the hotel is full of picturesque views, rolling hills and footpaths, which are perfect for a leisurely amble. What’s more, the fields were covered in a light dusting of snow from the night before, which made for a perfect scene.
After our walk, I tucked into a healthy trout and noodle salad from the Juice Bar and donned my exercise gear. A personal trainer greeted me with a diet plan for after my workout and we went through the tasty recipes before heading to the gym. The hour-long session was fantastic. The trainer was extremely friendly and adapted the workout to my abilities. She pushed me, but I didn’t feel unwell, and advised me on what I should continue afterwards to reap the most benefits. I felt the adrenaline pumping through my body as the session finished and left the hotel full of energy – which was exactly what I signed up for.