Riverside relaxation, Runnymede style
To most Londoners, the Thames is a cold, dark-looking barrier between the North and the South – used primarily by tourists travelling in giant yellow duck-boats or noisy open-top barges. But venture a few miles outside of London and the Thames takes on a whole new personality. It is serene, clean and even relaxing – especially if you are gazing out at it from the comfort of a riverside spa.
Runnymede Spa in Surrey has some of the most beautiful views of the Thames that you will see outside London. Just a few miles from Heathrow Airport, it’s not too far from West London and the city centre, yet reassuringly rural at the same time.
The spa uses its location to create a uniquely relaxing environment for its guests with oversized pools (both indoor and outdoor), eucalyptus steam rooms, tennis courts, dance studios and a huge range of spa treatments.
Runnymede Spa stocks leading brand names such as ESPA, Guinot and Jessica; and offers treatments ranging from anti-aging (ESPA Advanced Cellular Renewal Enzyme), to slimming (Guinot Aromatic Contouring) and beauty (Jessica Gel Nails). It has a dedicated range for teenagers, and a series of mother and daughter packages, which are a great introduction to skincare and wellness.
For men, there is an excellent range of treatments including facials, massages and waxes. For instant relaxation, try the anti-tension scalp massage – in just 25 minutes you will forget the stresses of the city. At least until you start heading upstream again.