European Spa magazine - Summer 2022 Issue

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Industry Intelligence Top 10 UK spa gardens

Top 10 UK spa gardens European Spa highlights ten standout UK spa gardens, where innovative design and the wellness benefits of nature provide businesses with an extra dimension

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s the wellness industry increasingly embraces the recognised health benefits of nature as well as a growing focus on sustainability and green living, a significant number of operators are taking key elements of the spa outside. The outdoor trend is being serviced by more creative nature-based wellness programming such as wild swimming, forest bathing or outdoor meditation, as well as al fresco treatments and, most prolific, the creation of many stunning spa gardens. Whether it’s harvesting produce in a kitchen garden to provide plot-to-plate options in the

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spa restaurant, using the garden’s offerings in treatments, adding forest bathing and mindfulness walks to the treatment menu, or simply developing rejuvenating green spaces in which guests can be at peace, the spa garden is no longer just a nice-to-have accessory. Many modern spa gardens offer breathtaking outdoor poolscapes and unique hot and cold thermal journeys to add an extra dimension to their offer. We’ve delved into ten truly innovative UK spa gardens to ask those in charge about the experiences they were trying to create and how the addition of a dedicated outdoor space has impacted their business.

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