Upon entering The Felbridge’s lobby, we were met with hotel patrons sauntering around in fluffy white robes, en route to the property’s Chakra Spa. We knew we were in the right place.
Visitors to this quiet part of West Sussex could easily pass this modern brown brick property by, not knowing what hides within. But through the doors lies a particularly good spa and fine dining experience.
We were shown to a slick junior suite, doused in neutral, calming tones, complete with a kingsize bed and large his and hers arm chairs – from which to while away the hours watching the room’s giant flat screen TV.
Lots of pampering happens in the bathroom of a spa hotel, so, naturally, The Felbridge’s are spacious, and come with grand free-standing baths and complimentary Elemis toiletries – not forgetting the all-important fluffy white, hotel-branded robe and slippers, which guests can parade around in to their heart’s content.
On our stay the Chakra Spa proved popular with couples and lunching ladies, who came early to enjoy the sizeable pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym and tennis courts. It’s entirely possible that an A-lister could be hanging out here too – Tom Cruise and John Travolta have both been spotted in the area, due to the town’s mysterious connection with Scientology.
Spa: The signature Elemis treatment is one to try – it comes complete with a feet washing ritual before the main massage. Or spa virgins can ease their way in with a taster facial (25 minutes for £38) or a back, neck and shoulder massage (25 minutes for £45).
Food and drink: The Bay Tree is the hotel’s main eatery – it serves classic British breakfast, lunch and dinner in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Meanwhile, the AA Rosette Anise fine dining restaurant has a more intimate, and dare I say, upmarket feel. The service is excellent yet personable, with dishes that look as good as they taste – from the beautifully presented amuse bouche salmon perched on a slice of cucumber to popping candy passion fruit and basil cheesecake. Most importantly, though, this excellent dining experience won’t have you remortgaging the house (it costs £30 for two courses). Next door, The Qube bar is ideal for a nightcap and there are plenty of deep, comfy seats to sink into before slinking off to your room for a good night’s sleep.
Price: Rooms start at £101 for a standard room.
Address: London Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2BH, felbridgehotel.co.uk
Radio Times Travel rating: 7/10. Perfect for pampering for your mind, body and belly, and within easy reach of a major airport.