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Pre-wedding relaxation at UK and Ireland spa hotels

Planning a wedding can leave a couple feeling frazzled. How can Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square provide some much-needed pre-ceremony R&R? 

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Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Lying on my front as warm water washed over my back, I felt my mind relax.

 

After spending the previous few weeks on overdrive as my wedding approached, being gently exfoliated and bathed in the quiet, echoey hammam room of Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square was the retreat I didn’t know I needed.


Ten Trinity Square’s is one of the only hammams in a luxury London hotel, and I chose that treatment because it felt like a two-in-one opportunity to take refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city – and indeed my own overstretched mind – amid the golden and coppery hues of the hotel’s Moroccan-themed subterranean spa, but also to prime my skin for my honeymoon, which would follow my wedding the next weekend.


I had been lucky enough to experience a traditional Turkish hammam a few months previously at the Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, and had learnt all about the health treatment, whereby you are immersed in a room full of steam, exfoliated, massaged and washed.


My London treatment began with an “ultra- purifying” exfoliation using a Miel d’Ambre body scrub by marocMaroc, followed by a soothing cleanse with orange-infused shower milk.


At the end of the ritual, Jardin Mille Roses spray was used to moisturise my skin. It is said to relieve tensions and regulate the body’s energy, and by the time I padded out of the spa I felt revitalised and calm.

Four Seasons Hotel London spa
Four Seasons Hotel London spa

Historic surroundings

 

I had left my fiancé Jamie to swim during my treatment, but the spa does offer clients the opportunity to share a marocMaroc cocooning ritual with a loved one in the privacy of a spa suite.


I changed and headed up to the historic hotel’s Rotunda where I joined Jamie for The Crown Jewels afternoon tea, inspired by the Tower of London, just 200 metres away.

 

We chatted about the Grade II-listed building’s rich history – formerly the Port of London’s grand headquarters, which underwent a six-year renovation into its current form – as we ate traditional finger sandwiches with a twist, such as egg mayonnaise with truffle oil and wholegrain mustard; and beef pastrami with herbs, sauerkraut, mizzuna and English mustard.

 

They were followed by macarons and tartlets, and washed down with a glass of Ruinart champagne.


After a perfect night’s sleep in a legendary Four Seasons bed, we ate a relaxed breakfast and headed back out into the world, rejuvenated and ready to take on the final leg of our wedding preparations.

Hammam room at the Four Seasons Hotel London
Hammam room at the Four Seasons Hotel London

Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House, near St Albans

Cottonmill’s Weekend Club Heaven package offers clients an overnight stay with a spa treatment each to soothe pre-wedding stress; a manicure or pedicure for one of the couple; dinner on the day of arrival and lunch the following day; and access to the Club at Cottonmill including its spa gardens, hydrotherapy pool, indoor swimming pool, panoramic sauna and steam rooms.

 

Prices start from £529pp based on two sharing.

 

www.sopwellhouse.co.uk/

Rudding Park, near Harrogate

With the Time for Two package (£350 per couple), clients can escape to the spa’s VIP room for a bath ritual followed by a massage.

 

Another option is the Mud Rasul Ritual (from £15pp for residents; £30pp for non-residents), which begins with couples applying mud to each other’s face and body.

 

As the chamber fills with steam, the mud dries and draws out impurities, before a rain shower washes the mud away. Room rates start from £217 per room per night.

 

www.ruddingpark.co.uk/

The Spa at Ashford Castle, County Mayo

The spa, which offers views across the tranquil waters of Lough Corrib, has stone-heated seats and walls and an infusion of eucalyptus to improve circulation.

 

Couples can indulge in a private hammam experience (from around £89 per couple) or the Ashford Signature Journey of Relaxation treatment (around £223pp).

 

Double rooms at Ashford Castle are priced from around £290 per night.

 

www.ashfordcastle.com/

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