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Spa Review: The Malvern, Great Malvern in Worcestershire

The Malvern

Words by Geoff Mills

Great Malvern, situated at the heart of England, is a popular tourist destination thanks to its majestic hills and world famous spring water. It its heyday it was a much sought after health resort and its renowned spa treatments attracted the cream of society. Winner of a plethora of prizes, The Malvern resurrects a hundred years of spa heritage in a multi-million pound facility which offers its clients a hotel, health club, restaurant, as well as the 20 metre 35 °C indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool filled with spring water sourced 200m below ground.

The Malvern
Take a break from every day life and unwind at The Malvern Spa

My spa journey began with a gentle foot spa, followed by a spell in the crystal steam room. As I lay back on the cool tiles, inhaling the cool aromas, I gazed up at the aqua lights peppered across the darkened ceiling and felt myself transported, for surely I was staring into a star speckled sky on the clearest of nights. Time might have dispersed here ad finitum, but I finally managed to sample another of the four ‘thermal rituals’. I don’t tolerate heat very well but a brief visit to the Herb sauna offered a softer, more humid heat and the gently steamed, seasonal herbs invited me to sweat it out for a good few minutes. Next I braved the cold bucket shower, which offered an exhilarating finale to my fire and ice experience.

Around the hydro-spa were arced a number of loungers, one of which amply accommodated my sprawled bulk. Sufficiently restored I lowered myself into the bubbling blue and padded my away towards the threshold. A second later I was outside: the cool night air pressed against my skin and I only had to sink into the water to find warm relief. Immersed comfortably in water, outside, in England’s February weather: this was a rare experience to be relished.

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The Malvern offers an extensive range of luxurious spa treatments delivered in beautiful treatment rooms by experienced therapists

Next I ventured into the Grand Salon, a luxurious Roman affair divided by grand pillars and olive trees. I was disturbed in my contemplation of the trickling water fountain by the beautiful Lian, who guided me through a darkened colonnade into a room immaculately prepared for a personally tailored, aromatherapy body massage. Gentle in touch, and yet powerful in effect, the tension was slaked from my body in sixty minutes of sensual bliss.

From the moment I was seated in the elegant, award winning restaurant I received the attention of the welcoming, impeccably attired waitresses. I was feasting on freshly baked bread and a platter of olives even before the starter, baked camembert served with homemade chutney, curry granola and crackers, arrived at the table. From the à la carte menu I chose the 8oz rump steak with cherry vine tomatoes, grilled flat mushroom, watercress and chips. The meat was succulent and cooked rare to a perfection rarely achieved this side of the English Channel.

The Malvern
The spa boasts a unique 35°c 20 meter, indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pool filled with Malvern Spring water and featuring vigorous bubble massage stations, powerful water jets, gentle hydrotherapy beds, and spacious relaxing booths

Pampered to oblivion and stuffed to satisfaction, I eventually found myself in the sleek, spacious hotel room replete with soft lighting, large flat screen TV and large, ultra-clean, modern en suite. Sated with an evening of undeserved luxury, and feeling like an Emperor, I sank onto the yielding mattress and was soon sleeping the sleep of the dreamless.

Address: The Malvern, Grovewood Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1GD / (+44) 01684 879552