It was my birthday treat from my wife, this visit, and it so didn't disappoint. From the get go, we loved every minute of it. We’d bought a hydro upgrade, so although we couldn't take our room till 3pm, we were in the spa by 10am. There, there’s a great pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room in the non-upgrade area, but for £70 extra, we were able to avail of the really rather gorgeous extra part, where there’s a great bubbling pool, a crystal steam room, an ‘experience shower’ (all sort of storm settings, complete with thunder and lightning), and, upstairs, more relaxing areas. So we spent a few hours there, had a great Thai lunch in the Zen Garden eatery, then had massages and a mind-body class (a mixture of pilates, yoga and Tai Chi). Our room turned out to be gorgeous (with a Happy Birthday balloon and a box of lovely chocs for me!), and later, the restaurant was amazingly good; they had no problem with us having two starters each rather than starters and mains (we weren't massively hungry). The scallop dish especially was superb. Breakfast was great too, and we went off out into the world relaxed and refreshed.
One niggle was the decor in the restaurant; it looked like the sort of room your office would send you for a boring conference, no intimacy, no beauty, just bland pink decor and unsuitable lighting. It didn’t look much better by daylight.
It’s also not massively cheap, Careys; for one night with, admittedly, lunch, dinner and various other extras, it came in at £577...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Careys Manor Hotel and Senspa is a luxury 4 star spa hotel set in the heart of the beautiful New Forest. This highly commended hotel has been voted Hotel Spa of the Year by the British Beauty Awards and awarded Gold by the Green Business Tourism Scheme. With three restaurants, there is plenty to choose from - whether you prefer fine dining in our Cambium restaurant, a relaxed atmosphere in Blaireaus French Bistro or want to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in the Zen Garden Restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Careys Manor Hotel And Senspa
- Careys Manor Hotel & Sen Brockenhurst
- Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa Brockenhurst, New Forest
- Careys Manor Spa Senspa
- Careys Hotel Manor
- Careys Manor Brockenhurst