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Lifehouse is a Spafinder Award Winner!

We are absolutely delighted to have won the Spafinder award for Favourite Wellness Travel Property in the United Kingdom’.

The Spafinder Awards recognise destination spas, hotels, resorts and retreats around the world that are dedicated to offering experiences and environments that leave visitors healthier when they check out than when they checked in.    

At the inaugural Spafinder Wellness 365 ‘Wellness Travel Awards’, an elite panel of 26 travel and wellness industry journalists and experts nominated 373 locations for the awards; consumers across the globe then voted to decide the winners…and thanks to you, we won!! 

We were awarded the UK top spot for exceptional wellness experiences alongside the likes of Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental and Banyan Tree that also scooped Spafinder awards. We’re over the moon to have been recognised for our experience and dedication to wellness.  This blog post explains a little more about our incredible team and innovative wellness breaks.

Living well

At Lifehouse Spa & Hotel we know that your wellness and wellbeing is unique and very personal to you.  So we have a range of Wellness breaks designed to target different aspects of wellness. We encourage guests to personalise their wellness stays so they give you exactly what you need.  Our approach is nurturing, friendly, relaxed -  we believe that the best expert on your health is you!    


However, if you want to learn more about taking really good care of yourself, we have a team of highly qualified health, spa and fitness practitioners to help you.  Sue, our esteemed resident Naturopath leads a team that includes our Holistic Therapist Michael Barthaud (Sue met Michael when they both worked at Chiva-Som in Thailand), our Physiotherapist Natasha and our Life Coach Rebecca.

Our Wellness breaks start from 2 nights’ minimum stay and all of our breaks can be extended night by night.  You can also mix and match the Wellness breaks – you might want to do a two night Juice Cleanse followed by a 5 night Weight Loss Work Out or perhaps a Healthy Life followed by a 3 night Nifty at Fifty Break.  You choose!    (And if you want to come and share a room with a friend, family member or partner, you can both choose different packages!)  All the Lifehouse Wellness stays are inclusive of full board menus that have been specifically tailored to suit the break you have chosen.


So, what area of your wellness do you want to focus on?  

Lifehouse has an array of wellness programmes which are split into four key areas;

* General health and relaxation

* Detox

* Recovery and Recuperation

* Losing Weight and improving your fitness

General health and relaxation

NEW!!!   We have just launched a new 2 night Healthy Life Stay which is perfect if you are new to wellness breaks and curious to find out more about healthy eating and the health-giving properties of freshly pressed juices and smoothies. You kick start your healthy lifestyle with a welcome consultation with Sue our Naturopath and then enjoy the delicious full board Healthy Menu, 2 freshly pressed juices or smoothies, a detoxifying ishga Salt & Oil Scrub and a Lifehouse Massage – all combined with the time and space to just relax…..  



Even the healthiest among us will have toxins residing in our bodies which are taken in from food, drink and the environment.  These toxins can compromise our body’s ability to function at optimal levels. A cleanse is a strategy that helps your body get rid of these toxins and leaves you feeling great!  However cleansing can take time and is best started under the supervision of a health professional.  We’re experts at cleansing and have developed two residential detox programmes that take away all the hard work and distractions associated with trying to do this at home.

NEW!!!   We have a new 2 night Juice Cleanse which is perfect for cleansing and detoxing in a relaxing environment.  You will get cleansing hot water and lemon delivered to your room every morning, a carefully designed daily menu of freshly pressed juices to enjoy and some well deserved peace & quiet!  Simple!

Or you might prefer our more indulgent Lifehouse Detox which is a minimum three night break featuring structured dietary cleansing for improved energy, vitality and improved digestive health.  Enjoy a daily regime of cleansing juices, smoothies, soups, broths and salads as well as a personal wellness consultation with Sue our Naturopath, a detox kit, spa detox treatments along with unlimited use of the spa thermal area, gym and fitness classes . Make way for a healthier, leaner, more sparkly you!


Recovery and Recuperation

As a progressive spa, we welcome guests recovering from illness, cancer treatment, stress burnout or bereavement.  You will be in safe hands with our spa therapists - they have been specially trained by the NHS Christie Trust to personalise treatments specifically for people with cancer or in post cancer recovery.  The Recovery Treatment features a technique called HEARTS which stands for ‘Hands On, Empathy, Aromatherapy, Textures and Sound’ – it’s especially beneficial if you are feeling anxious and stressed.  This Recovery Treatment is all about adapting traditional spa treatments to suit your individual needs so there is no set format.  In the allotted treatment time it is quite possible to enjoy a mini-facial, scalp massage and relaxing foot massage.  Or you may choose to have a deeply relaxing back massage with some Reiki to balance your energy.  Any combination is possible and the treatment can include oils or be performed whilst you remain fully clothed. 


Sometimes we can’t use essential oils during massage for cancer patients because the oils can be too taxing on the liver and lymphatic system.  But the wonderful essential oils’ scents can still be very therapeutic.  So we can use an NLP Anchoring technique utilising Aroma Sticks saturated in different essential oils, including rosewood and lavender so that you can inhale the wonderful scents.

The beauty of the Recovery Treatment is that you don’t have to decide what you fancy until you are in the Treatment Room.  Your spa therapist will talk to you about how you are feeling and then perform a truly holistic and personalized treatment that responds to all of your senses so you feel truly nurtured. So, if you are recovering from cancer, cancer treatment or just want to feel better, our Recovery Break may be perfect for you.   

Losing Weight and improving your fitness

We’re dedicated to helping our guests achieve their weight-loss goals but most importantly we want to give you the knowledge and experience you need to continue your healthy diet and fitness routine when you return home.  

We offer two weight loss programmes based on intermittent calorie restriction - better known as the 5.2 diet - which has been proved to normalise weight, correct blood pressure and cholesterol levels, provide protection against diabetes and alzheimers and promote healthy ageing! Both our 5:2 Fast Break  and Nifty at Fifty Stay include welcome consultations with Sue, tailored spa treatments, unlimited green tea, exercise routines and full board menu with 1 or 2 days intermittent calorie restriction.  We’ll show you that healthy eating doesn’t need to be bland or boring and will give you the tools and advice to help you incorporate intermittent calorie restriction into your day to day life. Who’s ready to look and feel fantastic?!


We also offer a Weight-Loss Work-out Week which is a results-driven 5 night stay with a tailored weight loss menu, mid-morning and afternoon snacks, twice daily personal training and luxurious massages to soothe tired muscles. It’s your own personal bootcamp but without all the shouting!

Whatever the reason for your visit, our aim is to help you achieve a sense of harmony and wellbeing so that you leave Lifehouse equipped with new knowledge and techniques that give you control over your own wellbeing and health.   

It’s your life – enjoy living well!

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