Champneys has always been the mother of all health spas, and I can say that with conviction as my own mum has been going there since the seventies.

But what I like about it is, Champneys has also moved with the times, and is constantly reinventing itself with new products and therapies.

It is now evident that stress often equals weight gain, and one of the main ingredients of a Champneys break is the focus upon destressing and of course losing weight with the various therapies that are on offer.

I opted to go back to Henlow Grange, one of my favourite beauty spa haunts, which is situated in 150 acres of parkland, and offers over 80 treatments by highly experienced therapists.

It has an indoor heated swimming pool, spa pools and steam rooms. I opted to indulge in the Champneys wax bath, which was glorious.

I also spotted a number of pregnant women who had treated themselves to a spa day or weekend. There are also a number of therapies available for them, and with trained staff for extra confidence.

Whatever your age or life stage, Champneys comes highly recommended, and you will want to go back.


Bedrooms have luxury bathrooms with signature Champneys toiletries. All rooms have a flat-screen TV/DVD, and some have scenic views of the River Hiz, which runs through the tranquil grounds.

The restaurant serves a modern British menu and fine wines. Beverages and healthy snacks can be enjoyed on the garden terrace or in the elegant lounges, where free Wi-Fi access is available.

Champneys is set in a historical country house between Bedford and Luton, and Cambridge is a 40-minute drive. There is free on-site parking, and central London is just an hours’ drive away. 



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