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Spa 6 and Leisure Club

Lake 6, Spine Road East, South Cerney, GL7 5FP | (01285) 864000

Spa 6 and Leisure Club at De Vere Cotswold Water Park is a luxurious haven for the body and mind, set among lakes, woodland and 55 acres of parkland in the Gloucestershire countryside, near Cirencester.

Spa 6 review

SoGlos beat the January blues with a Winter Warmer Spa Day at Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel, complete with indulgent treatments, lunch and use of its luxurious facilities – including ice-cold bucket showers and Caribbean rain.

While Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel is the destination of choice for fun-seeking families, businessmen looking to impress and brides dreaming of a waterside wedding, SoGlos headed to the South Cerney-based Spa 6 to beat the January blues with its purse-friendly Winter Warmer Spa Day.

Housed in a honey-coloured Cotswold stone building surrounded by lakes, rivers and wetlands, the spa and hotel ooze country charm, complemented by contemporary touches befitting a luxury venue, with sterling staff to match – who presented us with fluffy robes, towels, slippers and itineraries immediately upon arrival.

We had an hour or so to spare before our treatments, so took full advantage of the spa facilities; pampering ourselves into near slumber in the hydrotherapy pool, with its contoured Jacuzzis, jets and massaging shower heads; cleansing the pores in the spacious sauna and steam room; and rejuvenating in the experience shower, varying in strength and heat from a cool mist to warm Caribbean rain.

I braved the ice-cold bucket shower only once, which is highly recommended after using the sauna, but even the ladies in the pool shuddered at the sight, and no promises of improved immunity and circulation, or even weight loss, would make me pull that chain again.

After drying off in the swish hot pink and wood changing rooms, kitted out with hairdryers and GHDs no less, we ventured upstairs where we were blown away by the Champagne nail bar, bathed in soft pink lighting and filled with indulgent Decléor products and plenty of wood and white leather. We completed the obligatory health questionnaires before being whisked off to the individual treatment rooms; mum for her stimulating Time Precious facial, and myself for an Indian Sandalwood Scalp Massage.

I was secretly hoping for a more intense version of the sublime service my hairdresser provides, but the reality was somewhat different. Following a mini facial, my therapist expertly rubbed my chest, shoulders, neck and face using spicy sandalwood aromatherapy oils and oriental massage techniques, instantly relieving any stress. Mum’s treatment also got a glowing review, with top notch products helping leave her skin silky soft.

Following another dip and steam, the rather lavish lunch of soup, open sandwiches, salad, cheese, fruits, yoghurts and zesty lemon tart was served in the Spa Lounge, which, while being exclusive in the sense that only members and those enjoying spa days can use it, is situated in plain view above the hotel reception, quite a way from the spa. We felt a little self-conscious sat there in our robes, as curious hotel guests walked past looking in, but it was comfortable enough and we were surprised by just what was on offer to members – a snazzy coffee machine and unlimited water, juice, tea and fruit.

The only other thing stopping Spa 6 getting top marks was the hydrotherapy pool could have been a little warmer. The fact we’re already looking forward to returning for another day of pampering and to give the Champagne nail bar, dry floatation room and rasul mud therapy a whirl speaks volumes.

Indeed, for a spa of this standard you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal than the Winter Warmer Spa Day in the Cotswolds – costing just £129 for two people, including treatments, lunch and use of the facilities all day.

By Shelly McCatty

© SoGlos
Friday 07 February 2014

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