Carey’s Manor and Thai SenSpa in The New Forest, pure Luxury
August 2, 2017
Careys Manor is a beautiful historic 18th century manor house, surrounded by 14 acres of landscaped gardens. Stylish furnishings are designed to ensure guests feel cosseted and relaxed. There are three fabulous restaurants – including a stunning chic French bistro, fine dining at Cambium, and delicious clean eating at SenSpa’s Zen Garden.
Accommodation includes the extravagant Roof Terrace suite with its own terrace, or Pittefaux Cottage, a luxury holiday home in the quiet corner of the grounds, where guests are welcomed with a hamper packed with New Forest goodies.
SenSpa is a luxurious Thai spa in the heart of the Forest, where guests can wallow in all the exotic sensations of Thailand without going abroad.
The spa features authentic Thai therapies and has its own sensational Thai restaurant overlooking an oriental garden. It’s a luxury spa that’s easy to get to – just 89 minutes from London by train – so why bother flying 13 hours from London to Bangkok when you can be lying back enjoying a super recharging Thai massage just a couple of hours after packing your suitcase?
It had taken us five hours to get to the New Forrest because we had a detour to Eastbourne first, and by the time we arrived at Careys we were pretty tired and hungry, thankfully we had a massage booked, and boy was I looking forward to my treatment. My lovely therapist ushered me into a tranquil and aroma fuelled oasis of calm, and once we’d chatted for five minutes on what my poor old body needed, my massage began. I can always tell right from the start whether the masseuse was going to deliver or not, because a great therapist puts your comfort first, extra support, checking the music was to your liking and making sure you’re warm enough. These are standard questions really, but they are often forgotten. Once she had established I was at ease, she checked the pressure with me and padded around the room quietly and began the massage. I arrived with a mild headache that I had endured for three days on and off and by the time I left the room my headache was completely gone. I’ve had a few massages in my time, but without a doubt and with a hand on my heart, this was the best I’ve ever had, I wish my therapist was closer to home.
The beautiful Careys Manor Hotel in Brockenhurst, is a picture-postcard perfect retreat in the heart of the New Forest combining eastern and western philosophies to create an extraordinary Thai experience, but without the jet lag. With a world-class hydrotherapy pool, a Rhassoul mud room, the UK’s only AlphaSphere Deluxe, experience showers, a crystal steam room and a herbal sauna, SenSpa has everything you need to recharge the body and envigorate the senses.
And the spa’s glorious setting in the heart of the forest means guests can also indulge in the Japanese art of forest bathing, soaking up the healing and relaxing properties of the forest, before returning for a delicious dinner or another pampering treatment.
Delicious, healthy food is at the heart of any fabulous spa experience, and Zen Garden Restaurant offers classical Thai dishes such as Meang Khum – crispy shrimp, dry coconut, cashews, red onion and lime chilli wrapped in bitter nut leaf, or Ped Ob Samunprai – marinated duck roasted in special Thai herbs.
After our massages we retreated to our lovely room, small but pretty, we had a super ground floor room that opened into the garden, we were lucky the sun was shining for us and we enjoyed a bottle of Champagne pre dinner sitting on our little terrace. Our room was comfortable and stylish, including all the usual goodies, luxuries and necessities to ensure our stay was a great one. After a couple of hours rest we ventured to the Thai restaurant.
We enjoyed a fabulously aromatic and totally delicious evening at the SenSpa’s Zen Garden, savouring Thai cuisine at it’s very best, the menu was very typically Thai, but the presentation and flavours were anything but. The dishes were authentic and exquisite, fresh and tasty. The service was top notch with friendly and well informed waiting staff and the atmosphere was relaxed but romantic.
Following dinner we had a stroll around the grounds and went exploring. The hotel has had and is still having extensive work to rejuvenate it to an even higher standard. The hotel has a friendly and relaxed ambience and is a great venue for a wedding, the photos would be wonderful, the gardens were really quite charming.
After our evening walk we returned to our room and had a great nights sleep, we woke up famished, so were excited for breakfast. Again we were lucky the sun was shining on us, so we sat outside in the Thai inspired garden and indulged in the full works – fresh fruit, pastries, yoghurt, eggs benedict, scrambled egg with smoked salmon, all washed down with freshly squeezed orange juice and some fabulous coffee.
We only had one night here, but would recommend a couple of nights as there is really quite a lot to do and see in the area, and of course other restaurants at the hotel to enjoy too.