Fans of Germaine de Capuccini who are wondering where to get Germaine de Capuccini spa treatments in the UK, will be delighted to hear that award-winning hotel Park House hotel and spa in West Sussex is the latest hotel to offer the skin care specialist products.
Founded in Spain in 1964, Germaine de Capuccini offers beauty and spa treatments suitable for cancer patients and people on intensive medication – which might lead to skin-related side effects – as well as anyone in need of a de-stressing spa experience.
Germaine de Capuccini treatments in the UK
The spa at Park House has already been attracting attention, having been garlanded with awards from the likes of Conde Nast Johansens and The Good Spa Guide and the new treatments offered by Park House – the only hotel in Sussex to provide Germaine de Capuccini – will reach a new audience which have greater need than most of some serious pampering. There are four treatments available, including a facial, a body and scalp massage, a full body exfoliation, massage and scalp massage and and intense nourishment and hydration option (more information and full list of treatments here)
During my recent visit – my second stay at Park House, read my first review here – I opted for the Phytocare Baobab Body Ritual which was 90 mins of full-body exfoliation, massage and scalp massage with Baobab oil, which is supposed to revitalise the hair and soothe the scalp. It certainly did the trick: I emerged glowing, de-stressed and thoroughly relaxed.
Staying at Park House hotel
In fact, the relaxation process had started the moment I arrived at Park House hotel in West Sussex south of Midhurst and can be reached by a variety of pretty, winding country lanes. The hotel is small ish – with 21 rooms and suites in the main building and adjacent cottages – but perfectly formed, with a a lounge, bar and restaurant downstairs in the main hotel.
The deceptively large spa, with a gym, treatment rooms and both an indoor and outdoor pool, is just next door across its gravel drive. Surrounding the hotel and spa are acres of beautiful grounds containing quintessentially British country house attributes: grass tennis courts, croquet and bowls lawns, a six-hole golf course and a beautiful ivy-covered walkway.
The bedrooms at Park House hotel
Having stayed in the separate South Down cottage during my previous visit, this time we were upstairs in the main house in a beautiful corner room which overlooked the grass tennis court. From my chaise-longue window seat I could be thoroughly lazy while watching a Wimbledon-inspired group hit balls back and forth over the net, and enjoy a drink while enjoying the superb views across West Sussex. The decent-sized bathroom was immaculate and there were all the towels and fluffy robes you could wish for, plus a kettle, TV, table and chairs and absolutely no traffic noise whatsoever.
Park House hotel spa
Reluctant as I was to leave the room, the spa was calling, and I enjoyed a small but tasty Caesar salad in the poolside cafe before heading indoors for my massage. The changing rooms at Park House spa are pretty compact but manage to fit a lot in, including a foot spa, sauna and plenty of showers (and tonnes of fluffy towels).
My massage was as relaxing and soothing as I’d hoped, with a thorough exfoliation, tension-relieving massage and very indulgent scalp massage – and I felt very looked after by my therapist from the start to when I was shown to the relaxation room afterwards. In fact the staff were excellent throughout the hotel; efficient, friendly and able to deal with some pretty demanding guests.
Dinner in the hotel restaurant
Dinner was served in the hotel restaurant which has a lovely conservatory overlooking the croquet lawn. The menu was clearly laid out and offered a great selection of modern British cooking on the page but disappointingly didn’t really live up to expectation on the plate and didn’t seem to be up to the standard of my previous visit.
My choices – peppered beef carpaccio and lamb rump – looked pretty but lacked taste and my dining companion wasn’t wowed by her guinea fowl main course either, or the overpoweringly minty chocolate and mint souffle, but fared better with the starter of handpicked crab and crevettes and I enjoyed the cheese selection to finish off the meal. However the wine was excellent and the service quick and flawless.
Things vastly improved at breakfast time with excellent Eggs Florentine and Eggs Benedict to complement the large buffet selection and we felt we’d earned a blow-out after an early-morning swim in the deserted indoor pool (though lots of day guests were arriving for the morning yoga class).
Well-rested from a night in the quietness of the West Sussex countryside we went for a post-breakfast amble and even managed a rather inept game of croquet before departing. Park House hotel and spa is fast-becoming one of my favourite country house hotels and several people have gone now on my recommendation. Let me know your thoughts if you pay it a visit!
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Park House hotel is a member of Pride of Britain Hotels, a group of 50 of the UK’s top hotels.
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