Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa tranquil relaxation in a luxury spa
February 5, 2018
The Bedford Lodge Hotel is a beautiful Georgian-built property situated in the heart of Newmarket. Generally, the hotel has a contemporary feel, however certain aspects, such as the decorative paintings reflect the buildings history, which dates back to the 1830’s, when the hotel use to form part of an estate owned by an old Duke of Bedford.
An apparent theme throughout the hotel is horseracing; from large murals to old paintings, the interior design of the hotel proudly showcases the traditional sport which seems to be at the very centre of the community here in Newmarket.
The award-winning Spa at the Bedford Lodge Hotel opened in 2013 and is the perfect addition to the luxury hotel. Offering a wide range of treatments and a variety of different spa packages, it is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway.
We arrived at the spa on Friday morning and were greeted by the lovely Hannah on reception, who checked us in and took us through to the lounge where we had tea and cake whilst we filled out the spa forms.
Shortly after, we were called for our treatments. My therapist Fiona escorted me to the therapy suite, which was superb and very spacious; I was particularly impressed by the extra-large electric bed which moved to conform to your body shape.
I had a 50-minute ESPA Aromatherapy Facial complemented by a neck and scalp massage which was divine! After feeling completely relaxed from my treatment, Fiona then escorted me to the Relax Room, where I could sit back, unwind and read a magazine.
It was then time for lunch so we made our way back down to the lounge. The food was delicious and served very quickly after ordering! I had the soup of the day, carrot and orange which was exquisite.
We spent the rest of the afternoon using the spa facilities. As well as the sauna and steam rooms, the Spa also offered a tropical rain shower, hydrotherapy pool experience and a stunning rooftop hot tub; this was particularly luxurious and something I have never seen at any other spa!
There was also an inviting seating area above the hydrotherapy pool, which offered space to sit or lay down on the loungers, relax, read a book or help yourself to the complementary lemon and lime infused water.
We finished the day off with coffee and cake in the lounge served by the lovely Anna-Marie who was exceptionally polite and helpful.
We made our way over to the hotel and checked in for the night. After a long day at the spa we were so tired and didn’t feel like getting dressed up for dinner however this wasn’t a problem as Rebecca at reception kindly informed us that we could order dinner to the room for no additional charge!
The standard room was very cosy yet surprisingly spacious with a King size bed and the bathroom was complete with complimentary Molton Brown products.
When dinner arrived, I was very impressed with the service and the food was absolutely to die for; especially dessert!!!
The next morning, after having breakfast in bed, we went for a look around the hotel and ran into Robert (the concierge) in the lobby. He kindly took us on a tour of the hotel and was very informative into the history of the hotel itself!
Along the tour we saw the function rooms, health club, suites and grounds.
Robert, a local to Newmarket himself, was extremely passionate about horseracing and highly recommended a trip to Palace House, which is the only horseracing museum in the country and to book onto the behind the scenes at the ‘Retraining of Racehorses Centre’ that they offer.
Following his recommendation on Saturday morning after his tour, we did just that and it was a fabulous experience! I even got to ride on the racehorse simulator, which is the only one for the public to use in the country!
After a fascinating day out, we returned to the hotel and chilled out poolside and used rest of the health club facilities; sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
Later we freshened up in the room before heading down to the Squire’s Restaurant for our last dinner! From food to service and even down to the dining atmosphere, everything was of exceptional standard and couldn’t be faulted!
Dinner began in the bar where we tasted the local Newmarket Gin, served delicately with a bay leaf and a slice of lemon. Once seated at the table we were brought a spectacular amuse-bouche of smoked cod loin, sweet potato puree and a beetroot crisp finish. The duck for my starter was cooked to perfection the salmon for my main was served on a bed of cabbage and pancetta and dauphinoise potatoes with which altogether was delicious. For dessert I had lime meringue tarte served with a scrumptious homemade lemon curd.
Written by Chloe Tyler for Luxuria Lifestyle