This month has been one of the best months ever for pampering…. love it! So to come out of a body treatment and feel it was the best one I have ever had is quite a big statement….. this is how I felt during and after the Summerdown Awakening Ritual at the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire. Annoyingly, I can’t quite put my finger on what made it so perfect, but it was just that… perfect.
I arrived Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire in 28 degree heat and after being stuck on the M3 in a cheeky little traffic jam situation. Not fun at any time …. miserable in that kind of temperature and when you know you are going to be late for your treatment. Once inside the coolness of the spa building I was greeted by Ahmed, the therapist/guru/skilled individual who was to look after me for the next 90 minutes. The stunning Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is located in an 18th Century stable block and as I was walked to my treatment room I was surprised at the spaciousness of the spa itself . Ahmed, well, he is just amazing. He is the creator of the ritual itself and it made perfect sense for me to be treated by him.
Using Black Mitcham peppermint from Sir Michael Coleman’s Summerdown Hampshire Farm, this is bespoke spa treatment that is heaven sent! The Summerdown Awakening Ritual had a massage oil specially designed for it using high quality single estate peppermint oil. It is not only invigorating, but soothing, relaxing and uplifting.
I got a glimpse of how this treatment was to go when it started off with a wonderful foot massage. I have been prone to ticklish feet but this massage instantly relaxed me. In fact, I didn’t want Ahmed to move from my first foot to my second! Ahmed described his holistic view of the treatment and how starting with the feet helps ground the body. I could have happily enjoyed this part of the treatment for the whole 90 minutes. From the chair I moved to the treatment table where the ritual continued with some stretching out of my body. Given the nature of my life, I am often sat at a PC or in the car, this makes posture one of my failings. It takes no scientist to work out that I often get tight shoulders and lower back. These stretching motions felt like such a relief.
The gorgeous ritual continued with warm Summerdown oil being massaged into my back. The smell was heavenly and unlike the aroma of any other treatment I have ever enjoyed. The pressure of the massage was sublime. My muscles felt released without being sore. Ahmed’s years of experience as a therapist were extremely apparent. He channeled into the areas needing worked on the most. After my back the treatment moved on to my legs and feet before I turned over to lie on my back. From here my shoulders, arms and legs were worked on. Ahmed then performed an Asian Scalp massage and concluded with an awakening facial.
The facial is another area where this treatment stands apart from anything else. Warm stones were massaged on my skin before being followed by cold stones. Wow, this felt amazing. Not only was it reviving after the treatment, it was also incredibly soothing and awesome on my sinuses which were being crucified by the high pollen count!
To be honest I normally go for 60 minute treatments but this 90 minute wonder floated passed to quickly. I could have easily fallen asleep during any point of this ritual, very unlike me, but I was curious to see what came next. Next time I am sure I would fall asleep as soon as my feet were touched.
After my treatment I headed out to the outdoor area of the Spa to take a lounge on one of the beds. I could have easily gone to one of the indoor relaxation rooms but the call of fresh air was too appealing. My immediate thoughts were how well the Pool and Pool Garden were organised. There was a perfect amount of staff. Everyone had a job to do. They all seemed in control of what was going on and everything was tidy. This sounds like a weird explanation , but what I mean is there were no beds left abandoned with crumpled up towels on them. If people using the beds were having a swim in the Vitality Pool, for example, their towels were either replaced or folded neatly. If the beds had been vacated they were quickly refreshed with new towels and liners. This really impressed me. Great 5 star treatment. Staff were efficient, polite and friendly.
The other thing that really impressed me about the pool area was the complimentary sun lotion…… and not just any lotion but Coola Sunscreen! I had been wanting to try this for a while so this was the perfect opportunity as I enjoyed what became the hottest day of the year so far. The Pool Garden also had iced fruit infused water for guests to help themselves to….. I frequented this area a lot.
My Day Spa with the Awakening Summerdown Ritual included full use of the spa facilities and a light two course lunch at Cafe Sante. Given the heat outside I opted to have my food under an umbrella in the Pool Garden. This was not an issue and the staff were really helpful. I had been eyeing up some fruit skewers that other guests were enjoying so I knew that these would definitely be ordered. I also had a customised Chicken Caesar Salad, fresh fruit juice and a coffee. All were excellent. The facilities at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire continued to impress. First there was the fruit that was brought around the Pool area in the mid-afternoon. Then there was the Summerdown Mint products in the showers. There was also the wonderful heat treatment rooms. I was really impressed and all of this before I actually ventured into the magnificent hotel itself.
- Highwire adventure
- Horse Riding
- Canal Boating
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
- Games Room for Teenagers
The Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire has it’s own mascot, of sorts, Oliver the black Labrador. I was delighted to meet him, potentially because I was missing my lovely black lab at home. That being said, I know now that when I return to the hotel Mr Dog can come with me……. dogs are welcomed with comfy dog beds, food, personalised spring water on arrival, dishes, in room pet dining menu and even dog-sitting….. then there is the 500 acre estate to be walked on. Now this is a holiday that my dog would love…. however he currently just exceeds the 30kg weight limit to be accepted. Sorry Mr Dog but #dietstartstomorrow!
Would I return to the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire? 100% yes, no argument… take me and even my family there tomorrow…. Mr Dog might be included if his diet goes well. Would I have the Awakening Summerdown Ritual Again? In a heartbeat. It was so beautiful. Just perfect and I can’t recommend it enough. Seriously the best body treatment I have ever had. The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire is extremely well run. From the minute you enter everyone knows what they are doing, everywhere is impeccably tidy, the pool garden is well managed and the staff cannot do more to help you. Congratulations to the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire you are now a 5* Fifi Friendly location. Thank you especially to Ahmed ….. I have changed your name, I hope you don’t mind, to the Amazing Ahmed.