A great golf course is one thing, comfortable accommodation is another, but to have access to a spa is the icing on the cake and the making of a relaxing break. Take a look at some of Women & Golf’s picks…
STOKE BY NAYLAND HOTEL, GOLF & SPA
Considered by many to be the finest venue of its kind in East Anglia on the Essex/Suffolk border, the award-winning, family-owned Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa is set in 300 acres of rolling countryside in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The hotel features a
2 AA Rosette restaurant, 80 contemporary styled bedrooms, along with five luxurious country lodges that are perfect for groups of different sizes.
The Gainsborough and Constable courses, named after the two famous local artists, have hosted women’s events on the LETAS Tour and International WPGA, as well as men’s Senior, European Challenge, EuroPro Tour events, and the English Disability Open. Four substantial lakes, undulating fairways and testing greens provide a different challenge whichever course you play, while ensuring you’re able to take in the natural beauty of the picturesque surrounding area.
Central to the hotel’s Peake Spa is the 18.3 metre indoor swimming pool, or you can relax and unwind in the steam room, sanarium, Jacuzzi, or take a concept shower. From manicures and pedicures to waxing and tanning - or exotic Rasul and Hammam experiences - there’s a vast selection of beauty treatments on offer.
UFFORD PARK HOTEL, GOLF & SPA
Within easy access of the A12, the family and friendly run Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa is set in 120 acres of woodland with glorious views across the Deben Valley and just two miles from the charming village of Woodbridge in Suffolk. The hotel has 90 en-suite bedrooms, many with balconies offering panoramic views over the golf course and a relaxed restaurant and bar.
The course at 5,243 yards from the forward tees presents an enjoyable and interesting 18 holes where good club selection and course management is required to ensure you score well and overcome the strategically placed bunkers, numerous water hazards and some devilish greens. Other facilities include a 24-bay, two storey driving range, an American Golf shop, and adults and children alike will enjoy the Congo Rapids Adventure Golf that’s located at the entrance to the hotel.
The spa is the perfect environment in which to chill out with a range of beauty treatments to choose from. Based on the ancient ritual of bathing, the Thermal Suite treats the body to a variety of heat and cooling experiences, or you might prefer to join your partner or a friend in a private chamber for a mud Serail Bath. The pool area also features a sauna, steam room and whirlpool spa bath.