The Cliveden Spa in Taplow: Spa review

PUBLISHED: 10:39 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:48 31 October 2017

The indoor pool is also a lure (Photo by Maureen McLean)

The indoor pool is also a lure (Photo by Maureen McLean)

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Jan Raycroft and Maureen McLean decide their workload is getting a bit much… so run away for a day at The Cliveden Spa

Time management, that’s what it’s all about. Until the ‘to do’ pile swamps all reasonable thought processes. It’s at moments like this that Maureen and I ‘go over the cliff’ Thelma and Louise-style, but somehow always manage a soft landing. This month we decided the best place to hide out was Cliveden… by chance on the one day when the sun beat down.

“Really shouldn’t be here, so much to do,” I whimpered to Maureen as we entered the spa, hiding the fact that the latest novel keeping me up round the clock was stuffed in my bag (clearly some kind of prioritising mechanism was still functioning).

But that book wasn’t the only secret I had hidden away. Walking around the beautiful National Trust grounds where the prestigious hotel sits at the top of that famous drive, I had my hands stuffed in jacket pockets. The night before I’d tried – and failed – to ruthlessly remove some bright red nail varnish ready for the moisturising manicure that experts in the spa were planning to deliver. Pillar box red chipped and blobby nails, what a mess. “Oh, they will have seen worse, much worse than that,” declared Maureen, a dedicated spa aficianado.

And she was right. During the next few hours of lounging about while catching up on some more chapters (Oscar and Lucinda, Peter Carey’s 1988 Booker Prize winner) my nails were transformed during a break from this lengthy tale of Victorian religion, gambling and other passions.

The old varnish swiftly removed, a base coat and a glass-like clear top coat saw them look better than they had in many, many years. Nearly two weeks of keyboard tapping later I was at an event attended by shiny PR girls from London and two of them pulled me aside to ask where I’d had my nails done. That’s how good the treatment at The Cliveden Spa was.

Meanwhile, back to business, or rather not, for I then made the most of a sunbed overlooking the iconic outdoor pool, pretending to cheer on Maureen as she glided through 100 laps. Well someone had to do it and my nails were now too lovely to do anything other than admire her efforts from dry land!

The spa re-opened in July with a brand new state-of-the-art building linked to the hotel and within a walled garden. It’s part of a multi-million pound restoration of Cliveden House so here we have the ultimate combination of history and modern luxury. There’s a cutting edge gym, complete with the latest Technogym equipment, free weights and stretch area, fabulous indoor heated pool, infrared sauna, aromatherapy steam room, indoor Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tubs, seven treatment rooms, a manicure, pedicure and hair dressing studio.

Spa guests can experience Sarah Chapman Skinesis® facial treatments and the spa has introduced OSKIA facial treatments which boost skin health while improving tone and texture and deliver an immediate natural glow and lasting benefits. Maureen deserved such a treat after all that swimming and looked fabulous following a ‘Glow on the Go’ facial. It’s for those who want great results without all the fuss and includes a micro-derma exfoliant and passion fruit enzyme, Swiss cress liposomes and AHA mask with OSKIA’s signature face and brightening eye massage.

Spa Day Retreats include OSKIA and Sarah Chapman Spa Days, the Quintessentially Cliveden Spa Day and the Eternally Cliveden Spa Day. All include use of spa facilities, access to lifestyle and fitness classes, lunch in The Spa Kitchen, refreshments throughout the day and access to the 376 acres of National Trust gardens.

But sometimes it’s the little things that really make the difference. Maureen highlighted the nice big towels, and plenty of them, some very swish Dyson hair dryers and that having fresh fruit water dotted about for guests was a lovely touch.

So if you need to run away and be rescued, this is the perfect place. Of course a celebration, birthday treat or gathering of friends will do just as well. You don’t need our ridiculous excuse! See for more details, offers and gift voucher choices. 


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