June 2, 2023


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Spas open in Suffolk from May 17

Stressed? Need to relax and get away from it all? Well, as of Monday, May 17, you can do just that, as spas and saunas reopen in the latest phase out of lockdown.

A number of Suffolk spas have explained how excited they are to run at full capacity again, helping people unwind and feel their best selves ahead of summer.  

All facilities will have a number of Covid-safe protocols in place, in line with government requirements. To find out specific measures, get in touch with the spas directly.  

Bedford Lodge's relaxation room

Bedford Lodge’s relaxation room

– Credit: Bedford Lodge

Bedford Lodge, Newmarket 

This four-star hotel and purpose-built spa is set in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. While both its spa and health and fitness club reopened last month providing a limited range of treatments, as of this Monday, it will be able to offer spa days and breaks in line with the hotel reopening.  

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A number of treatments will be available, including facials, body treatments, massages, manicures, pedicures and advanced treatments. One of the spa’s latest offerings is a ‘Maskne’ treatment – a 45-minute microdermabrasion session and a LiteFusion LED facemask which helps brighten the skin and tackle the side effects of mask-wearing. 

Delighted at the prospect of next Monday is spa manager Rebecca Randell, who says: “We’re so excited to be able to reopen our spa fully – especially having our steam room and sauna open which adds to the overall experience. Our therapists and spa team have been busy behind the scenes getting ready for our reopening, and we can’t wait to return to doing what we love and welcome our customers back.” 

The pool at Bedford Lodge

The pool at Bedford Lodge

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Facilities such as the hot tub and hydrotherapy pool will also be opening on Monday. 

For anyone looking to indulge in an overnight stay in the coming weeks, the spa has just introduced its ‘Our Private Spa Escape’ package, which accommodates a group of six guests. For £1,650 per night for six people, your group will have exclusive use of The Mews, full breakfast and dinner, and exclusive use of the spa for three and a half hours. Alternatively, there is also the ‘All About Me’ spa day, which includes lunch, a private thermal journey experience, a seven-hour spa day, and a 30-minute treatment.  

Riverhills Spa

Riverhills Spa

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Riverhills, Ipswich 

The health club and boutique spa is reopening all of its facilities on Monday, and managing director Stuart says he’s incredibly excited:  “We can’t wait to reopen. Since the government announced the roadmap to reopening, we have been overwhelmed by the response from our customers who have clearly missed us so much.”

Treatments on offer include facials, massage therapies, body wraps, body exfoliations, wellness therapies, holistic treatments, hair removal, manicures and pedicures. 

A range of day spa packages are also now available, including its ‘Relax and Revive for Two People’. Starting at £85 per person, it includes a two-course lunch, a facial, a manicure, and use of the swimming pool, spa bath and steam rooms.  

Kesgrave Hall's sauna

Kesgrave Hall’s sauna

– Credit: Charlotte Bond

Kesgrave Hall, Kesgrave 

Following its grand opening last summer, the luxurious Milsoms Kesgrave Hall is ready to welcome back its loyal clientele once again in a full capacity. Set amongst sprawling, stunning woodland surroundings, you really can leave it all behind as you step into tranquility this spring. 

“We were lucky enough to be able to open our spa on the April 12, but we are really excited to be able to open our sauna on the May 17, as it completes our guests’ experience here at the spa,” explains spa manager Katie Baker. 

“We have a wide range of treatments on offer that will leave everyone feeling pampered and relaxed, and all of our facilities will be open which includes a large outdoor hot tub, sauna, large sundeck with loungers and a lovely outdoor seating area with sofas surrounding a fireplace,” she adds.  

A full day at Kesgrave Hall costs £175 per person, and includes use of all facilities, alongside a range of treatments including an Elemis body polish, a 25-minute facial, and a head, back, neck and shoulder massage. Half days and tailored spa days are also available.  

A hot stone massage at Belstead Brook

A hot stone massage at Belstead Brook

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Belstead Brook, Ipswich 

The Muthu Belstead Brook Hotel is built around a 16th century hunting lodge, and surrounded by extensive lawned gardens – making it the ideal place for a relaxing getaway. “We are very excited to be reopening on Monday May 17 – it’s been a tough year for everyone and we can’t wait to welcome all of our customers back to help them relax and unwind,” says sales manager Simon Golding.  

“We offer a variety of spa days, pamper packages and memberships for people who wish to make use of our facilities on a regular basis.” 

As of Monday, the spa’s main swimming pool and children’s splash pool will be open, alongside the recently refurbished gym. Its sauna and steam room will be available for use from Monday, June 21.  

“We offer a range of different massages, including full body, back, neck and shoulders, and Indian head massages. We also offer relaxing facials, manicures, pedicures and gel nail treatments,” he adds.  

Pamper day packages start from £55 per person, with the Blissful Moment package including use of all leisure facilities and a 30-minute treatment. 

Weaver's House Spa at The Swan at Lavenham

Weaver’s House Spa at The Swan at Lavenham

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Weavers’ House Spa, Lavenham 

The Swan Hotel will be reopening the rest of its Weavers’ House Spa facilities alongside its hotel rooms, providing visitors with an idyllic escape in the heart of the Suffolk countryside. “We opened our doors back on Monday, April 26, however the final part of the puzzle will be complete when our beautiful hotel opens,” explains spa director Alex Hurt.  

All hotel stays and spa days for 90 minutes or more will include complimentary use of the spa’s outdoor heated pool, steam room, sauna and relaxation rooms.  

“We will continue to offer our Re-Invention Menu, which is an edited, exclusive spa menu to ensure we provide large doses of relaxation in 90-minute timings. This way we provide the calm that’s needed, in an unrushed, distanced and safe environment.” 

Treatments start from £100, with some of the options available including Revive, a sugar scrub and aromatherapy massage that will leave you feeling smooth and revived; and Reboot, a circulatory boosting massages that targets the glutes, thighs, back and scalp. 

“We launched this new menu upon reopening last year, and it has been incredibly popular. We really feel our clients enjoy relaxing for longer,” adds Alex. 

Ufford Park's Thermal Suite spa

Ufford Park’s Thermal Suite spa

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Ufford Park, Woodbridge 

Set among 120 acres of historic parkland this hotel, golf club and spa is just a short drive from Woodbridge.  

Both its hotel and spa are reopening on Monday, May 17, with the Thermal Suite Spa ready to help guests find inner peace.  

Starting from £45 per person, the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ Mud Serail treatment provides head-to-toe indulgence. The treatment begins with a full body natural salt scrub,. You’ll then enjoy a mud treatment designed to revitalise the skin, followed by a nourishing hair mask before finishing off in the tropical raindrop shower.  

For any expectant mothers, the spa also offers a ‘Mummy To Be Massage’. Priced from £35, you can enjoy a full body massage while laying on your back, accompanied by a face and scalp massage for instant relaxation.   

A Hammam massage - one of the treatments available at Stoke by Nayland's Peake Spa

A Hammam massage – one of the treatments available at Stoke by Nayland’s Peake Spa

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Peake Spa, Stoke by Nayland 

Following a refurbishment and expansion, Stoke by Nayland’s Peake Spa will be reopening on Monday – alongside the hotel – offering visitors a range of indulgent spa days and breaks in the heart of Constable Country.  

“We are so looking forward to seeing our spa day and spa break guests again, and having established our Covid secure practices throughout our facilities over the last few months we are confident that we can offer our guests an enjoyable, safe and relaxing experience during their time here,” says head of spa and wellness Alex Collins. 

Facilities that will be fully operational again include the pool, hammam, rasul mud experience, steam room and sanarium. A number of luxurious treats for the face and body will also be on offer, such as Decelor facials and Neom wellness treatments.

For £75, visitors can feel like royalty by indulging in the spa’s Cleopatra and Frankincense Serenity milk wrap. Combining an ancient infusion of milk and essential oils, feel your skin instantly smoothed and nourished. As the envelopment takes effect, the therapist’s hands then will melt away any tensions you may be feeling.