British hotels and country houses have so much to offer to guests, including sprawling grounds to explore, grand interiors to cosy up in, and historical tales to excite the intellect. Now they are at the heart of the latest wellness revolution too.
From open water swimming and Reiki to Forest Bathing and breathwork, these are the British hotels that are taking rest, recuperation, and boosting your wellbeing to the next level.
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There’s magic to be found at Cowdray Estate, where breathwork, sound healing and yoga all take place accompanied by the flowing waters and centuries-old woodlands of the South Downs National Park. It’s so transformative that the main house plays host to the Bodhimaya wellness retreat – a favourite of celebrities including Kate Moss – while Cowdray Hall provides space for emotional and spiritual workshops. Don’t leave without trying Forest Bathing, which, despite the name, doesn’t require a swimsuit. The traditional Japanese awareness meditation utilises the power of the nature and Cowdray’s location supercharges the way it soothes busy minds.
Whether you’re already attuned to spirituality or just curious, you’ll find what you need at The Mandrake Hotel. The boutique hotel in London’s Fitzrovia has unveiled a Spiritual Concierge Menu, running Sunday to Monday, which offers unforgettable healing experiences, including sound healing, tarot card readings, gong baths, and massages. If you’re struggling to unwind, the menu utilises traditional healing techniques from across the world. That includes Shamanic ceremonies where ancient instruments and cleansing tools such as dried flowers & herbs are used around the body; the Japanese technique of Reiki for a gentle way to relieve stress; and the ancient art of Chakra (energy) healing.