Muddy reviews: The Bedford Lodge Hotel Spa, Newmarket
Oh we do love a wellbeing treatment here at Muddy especially after the excesses of Christmas. I checked in for a couple of hours of bliss at Newmarket's super Bedford Lodge Spa.
It’s January. The days are long, dark and quite frankly rather depressing. So in an attempt to rid myself of the mid-winter blues, I headed to The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket and hid away in the tranquil and uplifting wellness space. After one of the best facials of my life (and I’ve had a few in an attempt to keep these toddler-induced wrinkles at bay) I left with a spring in my step ready to take on anything January has to throw at me.
Bedford Lodge Hotel and its separate super spa (which opened in 2013 and has since been awarded a coveted 5-bubble rating from the Good Spa Guide), are located in Newmarket. The former hunting lodge is near the Gallops and the smart Godolphin Stud along Bury Road, so it’s extremely easy to get to and there’s plenty of parking. The Spa has its own entrance (or so I realised after meandering round the hotel’s car park going against all the arrows) and is set apart from the hotel in its own gorgeous gardens. The building is a converted Victorian house with a large modern extension made up almost entirely of windows and, despite the different styles, somehow it all works perfectly together.
The serenity envelops you as soon as you enter the building. The colours are all all soft muted greys and creams with some subtle gilded touches, there are sumptuous sink-your-feet-into carpets that create a hushed vibe and huge sit-in-me-now seats in the stylish spa lounge. I was relaxed just filling in my consultation form!
We love that there’s a limit on how many guests can access the spa at one time, too, so there’s no queuing for the sauna, and you can bob around the large hydrotherapy pool and enjoy the different jets and massage areas without bumping into other Zenned-out guests.
Everything is designed to make you comfortable with a capital C: leave your robes on the heated mosaic benches that line the side of the pool for toasty towelling when you get out; the relaxation beds are on an upper level so you don’t get disturbed by people in the pool; and the hot tub is outside on the roof top, a perfectly private place to enjoy a girly chat and glass of champers.
It’s no secret that I love a facial, and Bedford Lodge has many idyllic sounding varieties to choose from. I opt for the ESPA Natural Facelift Facial because it promises to leave me with “visibly resilient, healthy-looking and youthful skin” and I’m too scared of actual facelifts so this is as close as I’ll get! Also, it’s 80 minutes and the longer the facial the better in my mind.
My therapist Emma, talks me through the treatment in the large and serene treatment room and then I get to choose the oils she’ll use. I love being warm and toasty during a treatment so I am delighted when she asks if I want the warming blanket on and starts moving the electric bed around to ensure I’m in the most comfortable position possible. It’s the little touches like these that make a spa treatment really stand out, I find. After cleansing, Emma looks closely at my skin using a SkinVision lamp (yikes!). The results aren’t as bad as I’d feared. I’m dehydrated (well it has just been December and I’ve been drinking more wine than water of late) and the sun damage is confined to my nose (figures, it does rather stick out!).
Then it’s on with the heavenly treatment to try and rectify the findings and detoxify, invigorate and sculpt my skin using ESPA’s ProBiome range. A double cleanse, followed by a Japanese Kobido massage where Emma moves my head from side to side, along with stimulation from Jade rollers (a particular highlight as the cooling feeling was heavenly against my warm toasty skin) and a firming mask were enough to send me to sleep. The cherry on the top was a wonderful scalp massage using scalp mud that made my hair very shiny the next day.
The verdict? Ok so I did look like I’d jumped into a vat of oil as I drove through Newmarket in a post facial haze that night, but who cares because my skin was glowing and I did actually look younger! In fact, unlike other facials where the glow disappears after a day to be replaced by breakouts, my super soft skin remained for over a week and still feels more hydrated than it ever has. Plus, it was our heaven having Emma’s super skilled hands massaging my face, head and neck for 80 minutes so even just for the relaxation potential I’d highly recommend this treatment. Afterwards you can sit in the dark and atmospheric relaxation room.
ESPA Natural Facelift Facial, £110 for 80 mins. For spa days and break prices please click here.
Fancy enjoying all this too? We’ve got an awesome spa break to be won here. Or if you can’t wait to find out if you’ve won we’re also giving our readers the chance to make the most of a Truly Radiant Spa Day at Bedford Lodge Spa, which costs £109 – £129. When you book, simply quote ‘MUDDY’ and you’ll receive a complimentary foot treatment, which includes a mini foot massage, foot exfoliation and warm booties. Enjoy!