Set in 300 acres of rolling green Hertfordshire countryside, The Grove offers a five-star retreat sheltered within the restored former home of the Earls of Clarendon, with a rich history dating back to the 1500s. In addition to 215 luxurious guestrooms, The Grove features the award-winning Sequoia spa, a championship golf course, unique restaurants, an original Walled Garden which is home to a kitchen garden, a heated outdoor pool and ‘beach’ area, along with a wide selection of meeting and event spaces.
With the entire hotel having recently undergone a complete renovation, it was only a matter of time before the Sequoia Spa followed suit. The latest refurbishment allows for guests to embark on an all-encompassing spa journey, which starts from the moment they arrive at reception. Following their arrival, guests will make their way into the newly-created relaxation space, while following treatments, guests are invited to unwind in the new relaxation room with a refreshing herbal tea, where couples can also unwind and relax together. Guests can enjoy a variety of healthy dishes from the new Sequoia Kitchen menu, the perfect way to energise before using other experiences or taking a dip in the pool.
“The refurbishment of Sequoia Spa is extremely exciting and will continue to enhance the experience for both spa members and guests of The Grove,” said Debbie Rogers, the Spa Director at Sequoia Spa. “Throughout the spa, warm earthy tones will be used, contributing to the peaceful, nature-inspired ambience. Natural materials will be used as part of The Grove’s ongoing goal to bring together the beautiful gardens and its outstanding interiors and facilities. We look forward to welcoming guests to the beautifully enhanced Sequoia Spa in June.”
Alongside the renovation, The Grove is also unveiling a selection of new treatments, offering a variety of facials, massages and luxurious body treatments. All treatments are designed to relax, rejuvenate and replenish, from drench wraps to bamboo massages with the interior design by the StudioJill team created to enhance the experiences. As well as reviving treatments, guests can also spend time together in the extended heat experience area where a Japanese bath spa will be added. The heat experience includes the spa bath set within the walls and floors with back-illuminated onyx panels, along with a stylish upgraded sauna and modern steam room. The new heat experiences elevate the way in which guests can experience the spa together, moving from their treatment to the pool, before embracing the new heat spaces.
Elsewhere, the men’s changing rooms will also benefit from exciting additions with a new heat experience, complete with sauna and steam room, both of which will be sleek and stylish. The poolside steam room, available to both men and women, will be replaced with a more spacious and modern room, designed with a polished black, white and marble colour scheme in order to match the Sequoia Spa’s iconic black mosaic-tiled swimming pool.
Similar to the recent renovation of The Grove’s West Wing bedrooms, which took place in 2021, the dining areas will also be given a makeover, using warm, earthy tones in order to contribute to the peaceful and natural ambience. With orange and yellow shades, along with splashes of fresh greens, these spaces will breathe in the elements of the natural world. Low-level, soft lighting will also be used to create a gentle glow through the space.
The dining spaces will be redecorated both inside and outside, where guests will be able to choose from a range of fresh and seasonal dishes. During the summer months, the area between the two indoor dining spaces will be opened up to create an al-fresco dining feel – once again, bringing the outdoors in. The Spa Terrace will also be renovated, and will be an enviable location from which to enjoy a refreshing beverage from the comfort of a sun bed.
As part of the renovation, a brand new members’ lounge has been opened to allow an area for socialising and relaxation. The lounge will be a comfortable and welcoming space for Sequoia Spa members to socialise and unwind. In the summer months, the doors from the lounge will be opened up onto a private terrace, set to be adorned with lush planters, where guests can take advantage of the warm weather and calming surroundings.
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