The new Cottonmill Spa is housed in a three-storey glass-fronted extension
SOPWELL HOUSE A three-storey glass-fronted extension was added to the 112-bed Sopwell House Hotel in St Albans in June 2019 to host a new spa. The £14m (US$17.6m, €15.4m) Cottonmill Spa was created by Sparcstudio and themed around barefoot luxury – spacious rooms are flooded with natural light to accentuate the warm palette of natural tones and accents of turquoise marble. At the heart of the spa is the Garden Relaxation Room which connects guests to both the indoors and outdoors through thermal hydropools that flow into a garden imagined by an RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer. There are also multiple thermal experiences, a cocoon-like Deep Relaxation Room with softlyvibrating Four Seasons loungers and herbal oil aromas, a gym and the Pantry spa restaurant. Cottonmill Spa is billed as the UK’s first private member’s spa and it offers two tiers of membership starting at £1,800 (€2,033, US$2,217) a year. Sopwell House Hotel guests also have complimentary day access. Suppliers include Elemis, ESPA, iS Clinical, Aromatherapy Associates, Gharieni and Dornbracht.
54 spabusiness.com issue 3 2020
Sparcstudio designed the spa around the theme of ‘barefoot luxury’