At a glittering awards ceremony held on the 6th November at the May Fair Hotel, London, the newly restored Cliveden Spa was awarded the accolade of ‘Best New or Back on the Scene Luxury Spa’ in the 36th annual Condé Nast Johansens 2018 Awards for Excellence.
The opening of The Cliveden Spa in July 2017 marked the completion of a remarkable multi-million pound restoration of Cliveden House in Berkshire, which has seen the total transformation of this iconic luxury country house hotel. Honouring the illustrious 350-year history of this remarkable house, The Cliveden Spa has been revamped and has re-opened alongside a brand new state-of-the-art building which links the house to the spa within the walled garden. Hidden in the beautiful garden setting, guests experience a tranquil oasis offering a real sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
Combining quintessentially British treatments and products in an exclusive partnership with global beauty influencer Sarah Chapman, renowned for her unique, award-winning facials, and OSKIA whose treatments are designed to complement and accentuate their multi-award-winning nutritional skincare range, the Cliveden Spa creates a rejuvenating environment of unparalleled luxury in a setting that is rich in heritage. The holistic nature of the spa extends beyond treatments to the retail products and the Spa Kitchen, all of which meet the same exceptional standards of service, hospitality and attention to detail.
The centrepiece of the spa is the ‘listed’ outdoor swimming pool, beside which the now infamous Christine Keeler first met John Profumo. However, the spa itself is the epitome of modern luxury, from the cutting edge gym, complete with the latest Technogym equipment, free weights and stretch area, to the indoor heated pool, infrared sauna, aromatherapy steam room, indoor Jacuzzi, outdoor hot tubs, seven treatment rooms, a manicure, pedicure and hair dressing studio.
For the hungry, yet health conscious, The Spa Kitchen with views over the walled garden and the option of ‘al fresco’ dining has an all-day salad and juice menu. Another welcome addition is a cleverly concealed glazed walkway, which brings hotel guests directly into the sanctuary of the spa without having to venture outside, except to dip their top into that famous outdoor pool! On site there is also indoor and outdoor tennis courts. The spa studio offers luxury manicure and pedicure treatments, enhanced with a nod to our noble and unique heritage, by our own signature range of nail polishes with names and colours selected to reflect moments in our history, including ‘1666’, ‘Scandal’ ‘Intrigue’ and ‘Astor.
In making the award, Condé Nast Johansens stated that the Cliveden Spa was: “Reborn further to a full restoration, the epic Cliveden House is reliving its glory days. So grand, opulent and downright English it seems too fantastic to believe, but here it is, in Berkshire beside the River Thames.”
Cliveden’s General Manager, Kevin Brooke said: We are delighted to have received this award, and it is a great tribute to the whole team who have worked so hard to make the Spa a success. With such a wonderful and unique facility, we look forward to continuously evolving the guest experience in the Spa, and indeed the whole House, during this really exciting time at Cliveden. We are thrilled that our sister-hotel, Chewton Glen in the New Forest also won two special Condé Nast Johansens 2018 Awards for Excellence last night, firstly for ‘Best Service’ and secondly for its ‘Most Innovative Wine List’, definitely time to raise a glass in celebration.”
Cliveden House is a five-star luxury hotel; the building is owned by the National Trust and operated under a long lease arrangement by the owners of Chewton Glen, Iconic Luxury Hotels. Less than 45 minutes west of London and 20 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, the hotel has 47 spacious rooms and suites in the main mansion plus Spring Cottage, a summerhouse on the banks of the River Thames, together with boathouse and boats, newly opened luxurious spa and a range of sporting and leisure facilities. The André Garrett Restaurant is complemented by the relaxed informality of The Astor Grill, together with a range of private dining, banqueting and meeting facilities. Cliveden is unique, the setting, architecture and interiors all speak eloquently of extraordinary extravagance and remarkable refinement. There is a palpable sense of history for this is a house that for over 350 years has been dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, power and politics.
Cliveden House is a member of Iconic Luxury Hotels, a collection of England’s finest iconic hotels which also includes Chewton Glen in the New Forest, 11 Cadogan Gardens in the heart of Chelsea, and The Lygon Arms in the Cotswolds. Each property has its own character but they a share a common commitment to delivering outstanding experiences.
Condé Nast Johansens Awards of Excellence 2018 – The Awards are based on responses from online voting, guest feedback and Local Expert reports drawn from the hotels featured in our most recent Guides together with those featured online. Condé Nast Johansens, from the publishers of Vogue, GQ, Condé Nast Traveller and Vanity Fair, is the premier reference guide for independent travellers. Condé Nast Johansens remains the most comprehensive illustrated reference to independently owned hotels inspected annually. With dedicated and highly trained Local Experts, almost 10 times as many properties have been assessed as appear online or in the Guides, in order to narrow the final selection down to the best selection of accommodation for independent travellers. With a readership of 5.5 million, the Guides’ distribution now totals 25,250 worldwide.