As Spring bursts into bloom across the sub-tropical gardens of the Budock Vean Hotel on Cornwall’s Helford River, so the seasons are infiltrating the hotel’s Natural Health Spa with a menu of unique new therapies created by the spa’s new manager Martina Crkonova.
Martina’s “Healing with the Seasons” treatments for Spring involve cleansing coconut; super-fruit bilberries and chamomile for repairing skin; red, white and green teas to drain away toxins and mint to spritz the senses.
“We’re looking out from the spa across these amazing gardens with everything coming back to life,” says the former sports physiotherapist who has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine. “It’s logical for us to bring that idea into our spa treatments – regenerating skin, smoothing and refreshing in preparation for the first touch of Spring sunshine.”
Spring in this sheltered part of Cornwall sees magnolias and camellias, azaleas and rhododendron all blooming across the Budock Vean’s 65 acres of organically managed gardens, woodlands and fairways – as well as in the world famous ravine gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan, a ten minute walk from the hotel, where members of the Fox family introduced exotic plants from across the globe into their own valley micro-climates two centuries ago.
As soon as she arrived at the Budock Vean, fresh from setting up a spa in the Maldives, Martina saw the potential to celebrate the hotel’s natural surroundings, the changing seasons, the cycles of nature and incorporate them into the therapies of the spa.
Martina and her team have already taken spa clients through an Autumn filled with scents of figs and coffee, rose-hips and vanilla mingling with the shimmer of gold and fragrant oils. Their Winter therapies featured turmeric and fennel for the feeling of wellbeing, honey and gold for deep nourishment and charcoal and winter berries for vitality.
Spring’s “Healing with the Seasons” treatments – made using sustainably sourced ingredients from around the world – will run from March, complementing the Spa’s enduringly popular range of therapies by Elemis and Spiezia Made for Life.
A Budock Vean Seasonal Spa Day is £57 including lunch, use of the luxurious leisure facilities and a 45 minute treatment dedicated to the particular season. A Spring stay (up until June 7) is from £136 per person per night including dinner, bed and breakfast.
This cool country house hotel on its own private Helford River foreshore offers peaceful luxury in which to relax and unwind in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with great hospitality, amazing food and use of all the facilities the Budock Vean has to offer including river kayaking, golf, tennis, boat trips, swimming – and access from the front door to some of the UK’s best coastal and country walks.
Martina Crkonova is manager of the Natural Health Spa at the Budock Vean Hotel, near Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5LG – 01326 250288 – www.budockvean.co.uk . As Spring approaches she is already formulating her Healing with the Seasons treatments for Summer – just around the corner.
The Budock Vean Hotel is a family run, luxury four star hotel with outstanding leisure facilities including its James Braid golf course, a spectacular indoor swimming pool with log fire, sauna, outdoor hot tub, natural health spa, tennis courts, private foreshore and award winning restaurant specialising in best Cornish produce. The hotel’s 65 acres of sub-tropical gardens running down to the Helford River are set amid some of the most beautiful natural coastal and river scenery in the country.
For more please see www.budockvean.co.uk