Champneys Springs, Leicestershire – Review
Champneys Springs, Leicestershire
by Duncan Thorne
As you travel down the long country driveway towards Champneys Springs spa resort in rural Leicestershire you can almost feel your stresses and concerns ease away. This, despite a ridiculously long 50mph restriction on the M1, which added a good 30 minutes to our journey from Yorkshire.
We are met by very friendly, helpful and accommodating staff and although seeing most of the visitors wandering about in complimentary slippers and robes takes some getting used to at first, we soon immerse in to the tranquillity of the place. This is helped by a mobile phone ban in communal areas. Before long, those robes become the norm.
After a tour around the facilities it is easy to see why the likes of Mr and Mrs Beckham, Joan Collins and Ronaldo are just some of the guest Champneys resorts can boast about.
“You feel completely removed from the world”
The rooms are very spacious, with French doors opening onto private patios or balconies and the contemporary bathrooms adding to the luxury feel. With a 25-metre swimming pool, a well-stocked Cybex-equipped gym, 55 treatment rooms, sauna, steam rooms, two fitness studios, a Thalassotherapy pool, a three hole golf course, bikes and expansive grounds – which make you feel completely removed from the outside world – it’s got everything for the most active people or those just wanting to unwind.
Food is of the quality and substance befitting such a luxurious, health-focused retreat. The menu changes each night offering delicately served starters, tasty fish and meat options for mains and healthy but tasty desserts. The food is complemented by a selection of fine wines all at reasonable prices. The breakfast and lunch buffets feature a wide-variety of healthy food to sample and the service from the staff is always impeccable.
“Helps you reflect and prioritise the important things in life”
Keen to try out some of the treatments and sessions on offer I book myself onto an aqua circuit class. The contagiously energetic instructor puts us through our paces. Those of you who think aqua fitness is just a bit of splashing around, think again. It is seriously hard work if you put the effort in. Afterwards I feel more than ready for a brand new experience – meditation! It lasts 45 minutes but feels like no time at all as you are guided through the steps by the guru. I approach it with an open mind and I am really surprised just how calming it is. It helps you reflect and prioritise the important things in life and really focuses the mind.
However, if you do visit Champneys, the one thing you can’t afford to miss is the ultimate indulgence body massage. This really is ‘the ultimate’ in relaxation. I challenge anyone to visit Champneys and not come away feeling completely relaxed and refreshed. It really is that good. And as far away as you could possibly hope from the stresses and strains of the rat race.
Champneys Springs, Ashby de la Zouche, Leicestershire, LE65 1TG. 0843 316 22 22
Day prices start at £65 for a Relax Day. Residential breaks at £229.95 per person for a 1 night break. All packages include all meals and unlimited use of the facilities. Treatment packages vary depending on day or stay chosen.