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Careys Manor

Careys Manor blends just the right fusion of relaxed informality and stylish refinement that will make you feel wonderfully pampered. Nestled between the New Forest National Park and the Solent, Careys Manor Hotel provides the perfect base to escape and discover.

outsideThe friendly and efficient staff offer attentive service ensuring you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a tranquil and relaxing break. And you can enjoy something truly unique with SenSpa, the award-winning luxury Thai spa. The state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facilities, combined with world-class treatments performed by the UK’s top Thai and Western therapists, offer you an experience that is out of this world.

With three restaurants, there is plenty to choose from – whether you prefer fine dining in the hotel’s award-winning Cambium restaurant, a relaxed atmosphere in the Le Blaireau’s French Bistro or a taste of the exotic with authentic Thai cuisine in the Zen Garden restaurant.

Careys Manor - Cambium (86) midRelaxed refinement is the name of the game at Cambium where you can unwind in chic yet comfy surroundings & experience delicious cuisine inspired by the enchanted New Forest. The hotel also offers a mouth-watering traditional afternoon tea which is an indulgence not to be missed!

Le Blaireau’s Bistro and Bar offers a relaxed French dining experience. You can drop in for a pert café latte in the morning, a lazy lunch before a stroll in the New Forest or enjoy dinner in its vibrant yet informal atmosphere. The French chef offers a range of classic regional dishes to tantalise your taste buds.

Fresh, aromatic and delicious are the words to describe the authentic Thai cuisine offered in the Zen Garden restaurant. Our Thai chefs will expertly prepare a feast of flavours for you to enjoy, whether you are fresh from the spa in your gown, or dressed up and gorgeous for an evening of delight. Guests can also enjoy fresh and fruity smoothies, frothy cappuccinos and a range of herbal teas any time at the Zen Garden.

3 therapistsSenSpa is the hotel’s Thai spa located at Careys Manor where guests can enjoy some truly indulgent relaxation and pampering. From the luxurious hydrotherapy pool, soothing thermal rooms and revitalising sensory showers, to the gentle Thai-trained therapists, indulgent treatments and exquisite Thai food… SenSpa is one of a kind.

Many of SenSpa’s therapists are from Thailand and bring with them the experience and knowledge to help create an authentic Thai spa. The fusion of Eastern and Western philosophies is reflected throughout SenSpa’s world-class treatments, sumptuous surroundings and service of the highest quality. The spa has 19 treatment rooms, including two double rooms and offers a range of therapies including facials, massage, body scrubs, body wraps and more.

For more information about what to see, where to stay and what to do in the New Forest, please visit the New Forest Tourism Association website www.thenewforest.co.uk.

Manor Suite 6The SLOAN! Review

Upon arrival the concierge was extremely attentive, taking our luggage, valet parking our car then returning the keys to our room with a tag showing the location of our car. They also gave us a tour around the hotel, gym, restaurants and spar area eventually returning to our room settling us in and pointing out how to use the aircon. The reception staff are upbeat and friendly which helps make the hotel feel less formal and more homely.

The room was a decent size with bath products from the White Company. The shower over the bath was adequate but not extraordinary, however the bathroom is less of  a necessity when you have a spa a stones through away from your door. The spa is a haven of tranquility. When entering you are greeted calmly and professionally by staff who put your relaxation above all else. We were offered peppermint tea while we filled in our consultation forms and one of the male members of staff had an informal chat with us until our initial member of staff brought us our robes, poolside shoes and explained the facilities. There are quite a few areas to choose from and Sen Spa provides a map for you so you don’t miss anything. The standout features for me were the hydrotherapy pool, the health showers, and the tepinarium room which had fire stone beds in the shape of a Le Corbusier chair that were a delightful way to unwind. For the brave their is a ice shower room which come complete with ice chips and ice buckets. I did dare red to endure the room and he actually went back for more! For people who want to unwind there is a relaxation room with complementary teas, juices and water. You can also phone down to reception and for an additional charge you can order healthy food and smoothies from the Zen Garden. The spa also has a standard sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and has the added benefit of providing aqua aerobics, mind and body and yoga classes some of which take place in their on site studio.

pool (640x427)We also indulged in treatments, inclusive of a facial and full body massage. They are well worth trying. The facial was more than just an ordinary experience giving hand, arm, shoulder and neck massage over 75 minutes, not only did i feel revitalized and glowing the knots of the day had melted away. Red’s massage also exceeded expectation giving the treatment area a definite thumbs up. We also suggest the mud treatment as we heard a couple of guests raving about it, unfortunately we did not have the time to indulge but we hope to be back one day soon. For those wanting a light lunch the Zen Garden offers a light lunch menu  offering thai food or there is a french bistro menu for those who fancy something different. The Zen Garden does let people dine in robes.

We decided to try out Cambium the new on site restaurant which has been open a couple of months. We indulged in the tasting menu Careys manor sister hotel holds a Michelin star however their food rivals their “friendly” competition. The culinary artistry is meticulously planned from the textures on the plate to the complementing and contrasting flavours and of course the colours and presentation all the food was cooked to perfection with the kitchen going out of the way to accommodate the dietary requirements mentioned. The food speaks for itself do see the pictorial representation of the menu below.

Careys Manor and SenSpa
Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7RH
Reservations: 01590 624467
www.careysmanor.com

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