BSpa at Brooklands
We don't need any encouragement to strip off, don a fluffy bathrobe and lounge around. Here's our review of BSpa at Brookland's Hotel. Massage anyone?
Nothing I love better than an excuse to stop and make it all about me me me. So it’s hello, how are you and pass me that fluffy towel for a trip to the BSpa at Brookands Hotel.
Just a few miles out of Weybridge, BSpa is at Brooklands Hotel on the historic Brooklands motor racing circuit. The famous Mercedes Benz World is right next door and the Brooklands Museum is five minutes’ walk away or a couple of minutes in the car. It’s easy to get to by car from the M25 and the A3, or if you’re coming via public transport, a 10 minute taxi from Weybridge Station will see you there nicely.
Set inside the modernist glass hotel, BSpa follows the hotel’s super stylish lead with lashings of 1920s and 30s art deco glamour. The spa is tucked away on the third floor with a relaxation rooms and a 12-seater hydotherapy hot tub on a balcony overlooking the track.
There’s a relaxed vibe going on here – and I’m not just talking about the blissed-out post-treatment relaxation. Brooklands ethos is all about being family-friendly and relaxed and that vibe permeates right through. There’s a range of ‘Little Miss’ treatments – so this is a spa where mums and teens could come together.
The spa offers state-of-the-art facilities including that hydrotherapy hot tub with deep tissue massage jets. As well as 11 treatment rooms there are his and hers sauna and steam rooms, a relaxing meditation room with warmed water beds (a space for 4 people to basically zonk out in the dark) and a relaxation area with views out over the race track.
Brand now this year, is a sunlight therapy room which uses full spectrum lighting and infrared heat to mimic the sun’s natural rays offering safe exposure at a steady 28C. Lying back on one of those sun loungers in my bikini with that glorious sunny heat radiating down on me, a Prosecco in hand, I could almost kid myself that I was in the Bahamas. Well, almost!
To the right of the spa’s reception is a comfortable lounge area where lunch and afternoon tea is served. There’s a good choice of light bites including sandwiches, burgers and salads as well as afternoon teas and desserts. I had a lovely wholefood salad here and Mr Muddy had a grilled halloumi and red pepper wrap, which were just right for a spa day: light enough not to leave me feeling sluggish and full, but substantial enough that the Prosecco didn’t go straight to my head.
The gym is in a different part of the hotel, which is kind of how it should be if you ask me – if I’m having an indulgent spa day, I’m not there to workout. And there’s no swimming pool.
Treatments are by Caudalie and Jane Scrivner, with nails by OPI – and there’s plenty on offer. The main treatment offerings here are as you’d expect for a day spa – massage, facials, mani/pedi, waxing, spray tanning, pregnancy massage, men’s treatments, plus body wraps and a range of Little Miss treatments for those aged 13-17. There’s also a range of Jennifer Young treatments – including facials and massages – for cancer patients. The Jennifer Young treatments have been specially designed for people who are undergoing, or have recently had treatment for cancer, and I see this as a real plus.
I did a spa day with Mr Muddy and while I went off for my Caudalie Beauty Elixir Facial, Mr Muddy had the Caudalie Wine Makers Massage.
The Beauty Elixir Facial is a 50-minute treatment that deep cleanses the face and helps to smooth fine lines. It’s an indulgent facial and super relaxing with lots of spritzing and massage including a hand and arm massage while the mask is doing its bit, and a neck, shoulders and head massage. My therapist was Suzie and as well as the most gorgeous skin and the softest hand I’ve ever come across on a therapist, she had a lovely relaxing manner. My skin felt gorgeous afterwards, as I wafted out in that dreamy groggy state.
Mr Muddy was happy with his massage – which re-creates the winemaking process on the entire body using bare hands. He said the massage was firm, and relaxing.
I emerged from my treatment a few minutes ahead of Mr M and was offered skin analysis, and feeling suitably plumped and smooth from my facial I felt brave enough to deal with the results. Turns out it wasn’t that horrific – a few fine lines detected, but under average for my age, pigmentation and pores good, but hydration needed improvement. Someone pass me the ice water.
I met up with Mr Muddy in the relaxation room and from there we drifted into the meditation room where I maintained my bubble of extreme bliss, going from there to the hot tub from where I watched, somewhat mesmerised, as the Mercedes Benz drivers slip-slided on the track across the road.
THE MUDDY VERDICT
Good for: This is a lovely spa, and seriously there’s nothing not to like here.
Not for: There’s no gym, which won’t please serious gym bunnies (though really, is that why you’re there?!), and there’s no swimming pool.
The damage: There are several spa days to tempt you ranging in price from £72 per person for an afternoon in BSpa plus a 25 minute treatment and afternoon tea to the super-luxe BSpa Day, which includes 3hrs and 45mins of treatments and comes in at £329 per person at the weekend and £292 mid week.