SenSpa at Careys Manor; A Review
“To bring you the finest therapies the world can offer, SenSpa’s Eastern influences combine with proven techniques and treatments that have long been celebrated in the West. Our natural organic products have been sourced from around the world for their purity and efficacy.
At SenSpa we emphasise inner healing and balance of body, mind and spirit. Our Thai trained therapists bring knowledge and understanding to a wide range of pampering and restorative treatments. Therapies include massage, facials, body polishes, body wraps and unique pure spa treatments.”
- Large Hydrotherapy Pool
- Herbal Sauna
- Crystal Steam Room
- Laconicum – a gentle thermal room
- Tepidarium – a relaxation room with heated loungers
- Experience Showers – Tropical, sea and ice storm showers complete with thunder and lightning
- Health Showers- Stimulating overhead and side water jets with eucalyptus and peppermint scents
- Ice Room Ozone Swimming Pool
- Rhassoul Mud Room
- Hammam Rooms
- Vichy Showers
- Relaxation Rooms
- Thai Temple Studio
- 16 Luxurious treatment rooms including 2 double rooms
- Zen Garden Thai Restaurant
- Spa shop
In the past, whenever I have been in need of really good Thai food, and the therapeutic effects of a really good Thai massage, I have gone to Bangkok. In the future I shall go to Brockenhurst.
The traditional manor house hotel that is Carey’s Manor, on the edge of a quiet New Forest town, seems an unlikely place to find a little piece of Thailand, but as you step into this spa, it is like being transported 6000 miles to Bangkok. The entrance to the spa is not exceptional; from the back car park you seem to pass the bike sheds and storage areas and through a service alley. But once inside you are greeted with a friendly “sa-wat dee kha” and whisked into a jasmine scented world of Thai pyjamas, wooden elephants and silk cushions. The spa is spread over two floors with a slightly sprawling layout, giving a real sense of privacy. There are innumerable options for relaxing in total peace, in comfortable lounges, under starlight on heated beds in the tepidarium and in a quiet relaxation room, and plenty of hydrotherapy and heat options to try out when you have finished relaxing. Some areas, most notably the main pool and the changing rooms, are accessible to hotel guests, but all other areas were very quiet.
The Thai experience continues with an excellent Thai lunch, complete with touchingly authentic spelling errors on the menu. Thai cuisine is naturally healthy, and there are plenty of more substantial options for healthy appetites, including a few British dessert options sneaked onto the menu.
We tried a couple of treatments; the Sen Fusion Signature Massage and the Thai Herbal Poultice Massage, each £95 for 90 minutes. The Thai masseurs were very thorough, and found knots in places I didn’t know I had muscles; don’t expect to doze off! The treatment rooms, as the rest of the spa, are beautifully, tastefully and simply decorated.
Usually we feel that each spa we visit would suit a particular type of person, but this spa really does have universal appeal and is very hard to fault.
Careys Manor & SenSpa
Hampshire, SO42 7RH
Fax: 01590 622799