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  • Lounging by the pool
  • The heated pool
  • Massages

Amy Watkins checks out the sleek and swanky Homewood Park Spa

With summer finally here (between the rain showers!) we’re getting ourselves preened and pampered ready for the hot weather. Where to start?

One of our favourite spas – small and perfectly formed – is at Homewood Park near Bath, where guests can stretch out around a wonderful heated outdoor pool sheltered by tall trees. This plush boutique hotel also has rolling gardens and a score of recently refurbished rooms with bold wallcoverings and gorgeous bathrooms.

We quizzed Lily Selvaggio, Senior Spa Therapist at Homewood Park, to find out more about the hotel’s exclusive signature spa treatments...

What does your signature facial involve?
The Serenity Garden Facial lasts 60 minutes and blends rose and trehalose with honey. Your face is prepared with a calcium-rich exfoliator, before applying a super antioxidant cream, which is packed with blackcurrant seed oil. Then a veil of hydrating mask is applied, to leave your skin looking fresh, smooth and hydrated, before you settle down to a drink of jasmine flower tea.

Sounds great. What about body treatments?
Another part of our Signature collection is the 60-minute Serenity Garden Cocoon body wrap. Using rose and palmarosa, this body ritual is designed to totally relax your mind and limbic system. Your therapist will begin with a deep body exfoliation before the body is cocooned in fragrant oil. While you take a gentle snooze you’ll be wrapped in cosy blankets. This Homewood Park signature ritual will conclude with a deep and slow massage using a rich body cream before you drink a refreshing jasmine flower tea.

What are the top 2012 treatments?
Gel manicures and pedicures are hot and trending as we speak! They are going to get even bigger, as is nail art. Spa wise, it's any treatment that is different, for example Vinotherapy – a body treatment which uses wine to help with skin vitality. The anti-oxidants help to plump skin and keep it radiant.

What's a typical Homewood Park spa experience?
We try to promote a holistic mind, body and soul philosophy. The Spa at Homewood Park  is in the original walled garden, with its herbs and honey bees, so it’s a really relaxing setting. We have a champagne nail bar as well as a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and outside swimming pool heated to 28-30 degrees all year round come rain, shine and snow! Clients love all that.

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