Beauty editor Lisa Durant stayed at Chewton Glen, Hampshire, with son Luca, two
Before having my son, it’s true to say I had visited a fair few spas. But it’s only now my life is now ruled by Thomas The Tank Engine that I truly appreciate those trips. I’ll also now only visit somewhere if it’s acceptable for kids to smear food all over the dining room (and there’s a great crèche, so I can spend some me time bobbing in the Thalassotherapy pool).
And that’s why I loved Chewton Glen. On the surface, it’s like an English country house, but the staff are so welcoming – even to sticky-fingered children. And winter days are made for walking to the windswept beach, exploring the playground or taking a dip in the heated outdoor pool followed by hot chocolate on the terrace.
Once Luca was happily painting at the kids’ club, I put on my bathrobe and padded down to the spa. The menu is a dream – holistic pregnancy massages, hot stone treatments and skin-revitalising facials. The Kundalini Back Treatment sounded too wimpy for my knot-ridden shoulders. But it was so relaxing, I fell fast asleep, only to be woken by the sound of my own snores. And that’s not something that happens very often these days.
Why you’ll love it
With its luxury ambience, fantastic food and five-star services, you’ll feel right at home. If you’re flush, the new Treehouses are the epitome of a luxe family break.
Why your baby will love it
Not only can kids run free in the adjoining forests and beaches, Peppa Pig World is also within easy reach.
A garden room at Chewton Glen, including breakfast and full use of the spa, costs from £325 per night.
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