Now that summer is in full swing, the clever folk at The Spa at Rockliffe Hall have launched what we think is a rather brilliant idea – a brand new spa experience that will make you feel like you’ve just arrived at the chicest, most chilled-out pool party in the Med.
The new Spa Garden Summer Sessions take place in the hotel’s state-of-the-art Spa Garden – an exclusive space made for lazy loungers, quiet dippers and those who believe there is no better way to spend a couple of hours than cosying up with a frosty bucket of bubbly. You’ll enjoy total privacy here, in the company of your fellow Summer Sessions VIPs.
The Ibiza-inspired evenings provide the perfect balance of party vibes and laid-back lusciousness. Slip into a fresh robe and a pair of fluffy slippers and start with a welcome drink (we tried a gin cocktail), before mingling with your mates and kicking back to a musical mix of classic summer tunes – the kind that instantly get you in the holiday mood and provide the perfect backing track to your evening.
As for the rest of the evening, you’re free to do as you please. Sip and bubble away in the outdoor infinity pool, whirl and gossip away in the hot tubs, park your bum in the large, glass-fronted sauna cabin, chill by the fire pit or or surrender to a five-star snooze on the heated relaxation loungers as the sun begins to set (blankets are provided if things get chilly).
And if you find yourself becoming peckish, just ask your butler, who is on hand throughout your stay. We enjoyed a mouth-watering range of gourmet canapés – things like parma ham, parmesan and pesto palmiers, ‘cucumber cups’, with Moroccan-spiced cous cous and minted yoghurt and Rockliffe’s own oak-smoked salmon blinis with cool, herby creme fraiche and the best caviar we’d tasted in ages. Great for nibbling, while you look out over the hotel’s gorgeous landscaped gardens.
As 9pm draws in, you’re welcome to make your way indoors to the hotel’s indoor spa to continue the party for another hour, or depart at your leisure. Or, like us, you can also upgrade your experience to include a meal in the Brasserie to finish off your night in style. We picked two courses each from the spa menu, which serves up plenty of light and perky plates for stomachs already full of bubbles.
Spa Garden Summer Sessions, £65 per person. Available on August 5, 12, 19, 26 and September 2, 2016. 6pm-until 9pm (Spa Garden only) and until 10pm (main spa). For more information, visit rockliffehall.com