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PUBLISHED: 20:30 06 September 2007 | UPDATED: 14:50 20 February 2013



As it celebrates it's 30th anniversary, Fredrick's Hotel & Spa in Maidenhead has introduced a new spa package based not on treatments, but on time...

These days it seems to be one of our most precious commodities. We're talking about time and it's something that most of us don't like to take for granted. That could be one of the reasons why the vast majority of Fredrick's guests over the last Bank Holiday weekend lived within a 20-mile radius.

"We had some people who came from Reading and some from Chiswick. They come here because it's just a half hour's drive away and they can spend more time relaxing," explains Thomas Huber, Fredrick's general manager.

The main attraction of this luxury Maidenhead hotel is its spa. It first opened its doors in June 2004 and is one of the best in the UK. Treatments are designed to ease everyday stress, fatigue and tension and the atmosphere is, indeed, extremely calming.

Several high-profile clients, who just nip down the road from nearby Pinewood Studios, take advantage of the spa facilities but, says Thomas: "Fredrick's is a place where people come not to be seen."

Indeed, the spa prides itself on the fact that no more than fifteen guests at a time are allowed into the spa. "It's a very tranquil place," says Thomas.

So, for the ultimate relaxation you can indulge in a spot of flotation therapy. Indeed, Fredrick's Spa is the first in the UK to be equipped with a sound-proofed private Dead Sea Flotarium, which allows you to float weightlessly on a 24 per cent salt content, natural mineral water solution maintained at body temperature. This treatment is reportedly as rejuvenating as several hours of deep sleep. It also helps to reduce stress, relieve joint pains and skin conditions. It also features underwater music and changeable lighting to be enjoyed solely by one person.

Or what about a Hydro Massage with powerful underwater massage jets that help improve circulation, or an intimate Dream Bath which can be calming or uplifting with added luxuries such as scented oils and flowers? Gentle background music, special lighting, colours and sound options all match the treatment to help you experience complete mental and physical relaxation. Afterwards you can unwind even further with champagne and strawberries or fruits and herbal teas.

Add to these delights, the Multi Therapy Classic Sauna, the Rasul Skin Care Suite and the Oriental Steam Grotto where you can relax in the opulent surroundings of a lapis lazuli mosaic with touches of gold and the moulded ceramic seats, under a domed ceiling that replicates the night sky with twinkling 'star' lights, and you could be forgiven for not wanting to return to work on Monday.

You can even listen to music on an iPod, that thoughtfully comes courtesy of Fredricks. With well over two thousand tracks, there's bound to be something to suit your mood.

What's also different about the treatments on offer is that you book the length of time you choose, not the treatment, from an extensive spa menu, which ranges from 90 minutes to three hour sessions. So for example, if you would like an hour in the Dead Sea Flotarium or a Micronised Marine Algae Wrap, teamed with a half hour Foot Treatment or Purity Express facial it comes in the with price of the weekend package, which starts at £3 ???, per person, based on two people sharing, and includes a glass of champagne on arrival, treatments, lunch, a three course dinner.

It's the same with the menu Fredrick's restaurant where chef Brian Cutler annually achieves the AA Three Rosette Award for his classic cuisine. The Dining Delights package allows you to experience the Gourmet Menu, which showcases Brian's finest signature dishes, and includes a glass of champagne on arrival, one night's accommodation in an executive double with breakfast and the complimentary use of the spa for £185 based on two sharing.

Each of the hotel's 34 bedrooms are individually furnished in a classic style and many are undergoing refurbishment this autumn, with a proposed finishing date of January. The suites are large and luxurious and some, like the Ascot, have a balcony with parkland views.

Owner Fredrick Losel and his family bought the hotel thirty years ago when it was a run down pub and have slowly transformed it into one of the AA's top 200 hotels. It's taken a great deal of care and attention to detail - and of course time.


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