Donnington Valley Hotel, Golf & Spa - Berkshire

Tailor-made spa – pick your perfect spa treatment

Posted on 3rd August, 2014

In this busy world it’s important to take time out. Relax, rejuvenate and recharge your batteries. Our luxury Spa hotels present the opportunity to do just that, offering an extensive range of bespoke and signature treatments featuring the finest spa and beauty products. Your spa experience begins with a consultation from a highly trained spa therapist to tailor your treatment to your needs. The rest of your time in the spa revolves around unhurried pampering focussed on you.

It is a good idea to decide on the purpose of the spa treatment before you go. Is it strictly for relaxation or is there something specific you’d like to accomplish? If you just want to relax and let your cares melt away, a luxurious treatment such a hot stone massage may be perfect. However, for sore muscles, a Swedish massage focussed on problem areas might be more appropriate.

If you want a couples massage many of our spa hotels offer dual treatment suites and companion treatments. For something a little more adventurous, the exotic rhassoul ritual is a great choice. If a hands-on treatment is not for you, enjoy the spa wet areas – including saunas, steam rooms and spa baths and pools – with heated-tile lounge chairs or relaxation beds available in relaxation areas at our spa hotels.

Whether your spa visit is to celebrate a special occasion, to get rid of aches and pains, or just a chance to unwind and indulge, our spa hotels offer a tranquil, relaxing haven and excellent health spa facilities.

A range of spa breaks are available to book online. We can also tailor a break to your specific requirements – call our Reservations team on 0845 0 70 70 90 or email us for further details.

Spa treatments unwrapped

A vast array of reviving and refreshing spa treatments are available across our spa hotels. Most spas also offer a ‘signature treatment’. Below is a guide to help choose your perfect type of spa treatment from those most commonly available:

Dry Flotation consists of lying on a relaxing water bed as aqua jets shoot up the back of the body, providing a wonderful massage.

Ayurvedic Shirodhara includes the steady streaming of warm, fragrant oil onto the forehead (‘third eye’), followed by a scalp massage and depending on the treatment, another body massage.

Aromotherapy Massage relies on a blend of individually chosen concentrated plant oils called essential oils that are added to the massage oil or lotion.

Deep Tissue Massage is a blanket term that describes a number of different therapies typically used medically by chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists. Similar to Swedish massage, it uses slower and firmer strokes than other treatments and follows muscle and tendon fibres.

Hammam, also known as the Turkish bath, is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna.

Head Massage, often referred to as an Indian head massage, focusses on the head, neck and shoulders. The technique uses a variety of pressure that tap into the seven chakras, encouraging healing and balance throughout the body. Good for relieving tension, headaches, neck and back pain.

Hot Stone Massage uses smooth, heated stones of varying sizes that are placed on parts of the body – from the forehead to between the toes – creating a sensation of warmth and comfort. The heat from the stones is wholly therapeutic – helping detox the body and relaxing the nervous system. A deeply soothing form of massage.

Hydrotherm Body Massage involves the immersion of the body into warm and supportive water filled cushions, as you escape and unwind during this full body massage.

Indoceance Spa Treatment commences with a Mediterranean body exfoliation, softening the skin in preparation for an Ayurvedic massage using warmed oils. The final step is a sublime body wrap.

Polynesia Massage is where a Mahani massage incorporates a rhythmic lomi lomi massage and warm sand pouches to loosen muscles and nourish the skin. Finally Polynesian Sacred Oil from Raiatea, the sacred island, is swept over the skin, its subtle golden pearls leaving a sunkissed glow and a delicate scent of flowers and monoi.

Rhassoul Mud Therapy is a traditional Arabian cleansing ritual which allows for rhassoul mud to be lavished over your face and body, drawing out toxins from your skin and exfoliating it to leave it soft and glowing.

Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet and hands which corresponds with all the organs, glands, tissues and muscles in your body. Pressure on your hands or feet can effect a physical change elsewhere in the body. 



Swedish Massage is referred to as the ‘classic massage’ which represents the western standard for massage. Normal Swedish massage techniques are specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Increases the oxygen flow in the blood releases toxins from the muscles.

Wraps are designed to provide therapeutic and cosmetic benefits by cleansing the body of toxins, firming the skin, and relaxing the muscles. Those who experience joint pain will benefit from the therapeutic effects. Seaweed wraps are especially good – the skin absorbs minerals that are essential for restoring its tone.

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