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Tried and tested: Champneys, Ashby de la Zouch, UK

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Tried and tested: Champneys, Ashby de la Zouch, UK

I was mentally and physically drained and hoped Champneys would prove to be the perfect antidote: not too far to drive, great rooms and a well-equipped gym with a power plate — a new obsession of mine.

I had pre-booked a weight-loss treatment, but wasn't able to do it because I was on medication. The therapist offered me hypnotherapy instead, followed by a manicure and pedicure; Champneys are renowned for putting treatments together and presenting them as taster sessions. I felt on such a high after the hypnotherapy session that I wished I lived closer, so I could have regular sessions.

The spa also had a lovely pool and great thalassotherapy area, while offering massages at affordable prices.

Reviewed by Nicola Brookes.

In the know...

  • On the menu: Ionithermie, weight-loss treatments, thalassotherapy treatments and Champneys' own range of specialist programmes.
  • Signature treatment: Ionithermie.
  • Cost: Massages start at £20.
  • Verdict: 9/10
  • Contact: www.champneys.com
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