Spa tips from our Spa Manager, Danielle

By Steph Jones


23rd February 2023

One of the many benefits of a stay at our luxury retreat is our beautiful spa. We caught up with our spa manager Danielle Hammond to talk about all things spa from the treatments we have on offer to the products we use. Keep reading to discover how you can relax and unwind with a Retreat East spa day, spa break or spa treatment.

So Danielle, what’s on offer at Retreat East for spa guests?

We offer a range of massage, facial, body and nail services at the spa with a fantastic team of therapists that have years of experience between them. All of our therapist team focuses on providing outstanding treatments to each and every guest so they leave feeling like they can take on the world again. We have kept our spa menu simple so it is easy for guests to find the right treatment for them.

What are the most popular treatments in the spa?

Our massages are definitely the most popular treatments on the menu, closely followed by our treatment packages. Spa days are also becoming extremely popular and we have lots of regular guests who come back time and time again.

If you were to recommend one treatment, what would you choose?

It would be our 2 hour retreat. It’s the ultimate treatment which includes a 60 minute massage and a 60 minute facial. I love seeing guests float out the treatment room smiling, relaxed and glowing after our 2 hour retreat.

What can guests expect from a visit to the spa at Retreat East?

We focus 100% on the guest’s experience and service. The whole spa team takes so much pride in ensuring every treatment is absolutely perfect and delivering a great experience to each and every guest. Everyone falls in love with the Elemental Herbology product brand too after treatment with us. We have worked hard and continue to develop great relationships with all our guests.

You mentioned Elemental Herbology, can you tell us a little more about the products you use in the spa?

Of course! Elemental Herbology is a British Brand that believes in ethical and sustainable skincare. They are committed to reducing waste, sourcing responsibly and respecting the world we live in, their ethos goes hand in hand with ours at Retreat East. The brand takes inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine with its products relating to each of the five elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Their unique formulas counteract the skin-damaging effects of ageing, lifestyle and the environment to give you instant, long-lasting results. We are all hooked on their products! My personal favourite is the Cell Nourish Serum as whenever I use this product everyone is always asking me what product it is that has got my skin glowing!

Wow, those products certainly sound amazing! Do you offer couples treatments or in barn treatments at Retreat East?

We don’t currently offer couples treatments as we don’t have a couples suite, however this is something we are looking to offer in the future. We do offer in barn massages (in selected barns) for an additional £25 per person, per treatment. In barn treatments are great for guests who want to maximise their time in their barn and totally chill out.

Well, we definitely need to get booking a spa day! What else should guests look to do during their visit?

Retreat East really is the full package. The spa is close to the restaurant so before or after your relaxing treatments, you can enjoy the delicious food we have on offer. The afternoon tea and Sunday roasts are not to be missed! There are also some beautiful walks to go on including to the nearest village Coddenham or you can enjoy a stroll in the countryside surrounding Retreat East. We are also a great location for days out to places such as Aldeburgh, Southwold and Colchester Zoo.

Thanks, Danielle, finally what’s the best bit about working at Retreat East?

Well, firstly it’s just so beautiful and everyday people including the staff walk into Retreat East and are mesmerized by its beauty. We have a truly wonderful team and we all come together to look after each other and our guests. It’s amazing to be around so many talented individuals across all departments.

If Danielle has inspired you to book a trip to the Retreat East spa, visit our website to view our range of Spa Treatments, Spa Days and Spa Packages.