For the food lover Set in 49 hectares of beautifully manicured gardens, romantic woodlands and picture perfect parkland, Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa offers all the benefits of a chic boutique hotel. It is designed in luxury British countryside style with four-poster beds and oversized baths, and has friendly staff. The award-winning spa has 25 treatment and therapy rooms. If you are looking for something more energetic, the spa also runs daily exercise and yoga classes. There is an exercise pool, complete with Grecian columns, a hydrotherapy pool and a heat treatment suite with a sauna. For a special treat, try the outdoor spa pool situated in the sunken ornamental garden - the perfect place to soak up the stunning countryside views by day. If you are hardy enough to stay out when the sun goes down, cast your eyes heavenwards and stargaze. The Utopia spa's Champagne and Truffles facial is not to be missed. Take advantage of the spa's facilities before booking in for this indulgence. The treatment approach is to focus on relaxation. It starts with a foot massage (the spa also provides pedicures) and a mini massage of your choice. This is designed to settle guests and get them accustomed to the therapist's touch. The facial includes the usual cleanse, tone, scrub and mask. It's combined with a facial massage and an AHA mask that fizzes away on the skin, banishing dullness for some seriously radiant results. The spa stocks the luxury British brand, Temple Spa. Its new Skin Truffle moisturiser, with an A-list of ingredients including black truffle, champagne, diamonds, gold and strawberries, leaves the skin glowing, plumped and refreshed for several days afterwards. For one last luxurious treat, the therapist serves you a glass of champagne and a platter of truffles and chocolate strawberries, a welcome treat and an example of the management's attention to detail. For something more substantial in the cuisine department, new executive chef Mark Budd has devised a mouthwatering spa menu. The afternoon tea is an English classic, including bite-sized cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and a delicious selection of petit fours, served on a tiered stand. ALEXANDER HOUSE HOTEL www.alexanderhotels.co.uk Hotel rooms from GBP185 (HK$2,380) per person per night. Champagne and Truffles facial: GBP110 for 85 minutes. Trains run regularly from London Victoria. Fares from GBP10 return. Visit www.southwesttrains.co.uk for schedules and details. An organic alternative Located in the heart of Ashdown Forest in the Sussex countryside, Ashdown Park is an ideal retreat for the nature loving spa-goer. Stroll around the secret gardens, woodland trails and lake before moving on to the Revitalise spa. The spa has recently taken on a more natural perspective and now carries products and treatments by Kerstin Florian, which contain natural ingredients and thermal mineral oil. Try the Ashdown Pure Organic Moor Mud Experience, which combines an organic mud mask, healing waters and a light massage. The treatment starts with an Alpine foot treatment to smooth rough skin and soften feet before moving on to a luxurious pedicure. Moving up the body, part two consists of a Moor mud wrap and, finally, a slathering of soothing mineral cream and detoxifying essential oils that help to drain impurities and relax the body. If you've had enough pampering, there's an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, a well-stocked gym and an indoor swimming pool to kick-start your natural endorphin high. ASHDOWN PARK www.ashdownpark.com Rooms from GBP199 per night (HK$2,550). Ashdown Pure Organic Moor Mud Experience: GBP95 for 85 minutes. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from East Grinstead station, which is 30 minutes from London Victoria. Fares start from GBP10 return. Visit www.southwesttrains.co.uk for more information. An Ayurvedic hideaway Just 29 kilometres from central London and set in 120 hectares of private parkland, The Grove has won accolades for its luxury service and spa. The Sequoia spa is open to hotel guests and members, and has the usual mix of pools, jacuzzis, steam rooms and saunas. The vitality pool is certainly worth a dip - the saline water is as pure as it comes and there are 11 individual massage jets which will pummel and soothe even the tensest of shoulders. The spa prides itself on taking a holistic body wellness approach and has worked with luxury spa brand ESPA to create an exclusive selection of treatments including the brand's Ayurvedic range, one of 10 sites in the world to offer the service. Treatments are prescribed to suit your physical, emotional and spiritual needs but the Dosha Specific Hot Stone Massage & Body Wrap is an all-rounder, promising to pacify, stimulate and comfort the body. Following an initial consultation and skin smoothing salt and oil body exfoliation, warm oils are poured onto the body and volcanic stones are used to carry out a Dosha specific massage. For further relaxation, the body is then wrapped in warm clay while aromatic oils are wafted and a facial Marma point massage is performed. It's worth extending your treatment with a relaxing Shirobhyanga head massage or Shirodhara third-eye oil massage to really feel the mind and body balancing benefits of ESPA's Ayurvedic programme. THE GROVE www.thegrove.co.uk Superior rooms start at GBP440 (HK$5,650) per night. Dosha Specific Hot Stone Massage & Body Wrap: GBP230 for 140 minutes The Grove is only 30 minutes from Heathrow airport and 60 minutes from Gatwick. Private transfers can be booked on request. For the history buff As you drive up to the Palladian grandeur that is Cliveden, it's hard not to be impressed by its roster of former guests. From Churchill and Chaplin to Roosevelt and every British monarch since George I, this is a country house with a history - and it has seen its fair share of scandal. The Pavilion spa is where the Profumo affair of the 1960s originated. Its salacious details involved members of Parliament, call girls and Russian spies. To mark the 50th anniversary of the affair, Cliveden has devised a unique Profumo break so you can learn more about the extraordinary events that almost brought down a government. You can also use the spa facilities, which include the infamous outdoor swimming pool. Aside from the scandal, the spa offers a tranquil mix of beauty treatments, Canadian hot tubs, whirlpool spas, saunas and steam rooms. The Carita Pro-Lift treatment combines beautiful textures and aromas with effective skincare results, but if you are looking for a more holistic experience, the Thai Yoga massage is a good way to achieve inner peace. Cliveden also offers an array of leisure activities, from quad biking and clay pigeon shooting to wine tasting and rowing. So it's worth taking advantage of the more physical pursuits on offer before making your way to the spa. CLIVEDEN Cliveden www.clivedenhouse.co.uk Club rooms from GBP210 (HK$2,700). Pro-Lift treatment: GBP110 for 85 minutes. Thai Yoga massage: from GBP100 for 90 minutes. Nearest mainline station is Burnham, about 6.5km away. Trains from London Paddington take 30 minutes. Visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for more details. Not-too-shabby chic For a more personal spa experience, Babington House's Cowshed Relax spa offers the ultimate in private pampering. Book into one of just three Walled Garden rooms and indulge in the spa's Cowshed treatments in the comfort of your own personal space. The rooms, which are set away from the main house and hotel, boast a king-sized bed (perfect for a romantic weekend away), wood-burning fire, private terrace and beautiful views of the walled garden where the flowers and herbs are harvested for the brand's products. There is also a bespoke treatment bed where you can enjoy some 'me time'. The decor is an extension of the Cowshed brand values, with a simple, relaxed vibe - think wooden floors and shabby chic interiors. The Scrub treatment is highly recommended. It is an invigorating exfoliation on a sandstone slab which uses the brand's deliciously scented body scrubs. It is followed by a relaxing soak in the spa's signature tin treatment baths. Guests can choose from seven scented bath soaks. BABINGTON HOUSE www.babingtonhouse.co.uk Walled Garden rooms start at GBP400 (HK$5,150) per person. Scrub treatment: GBP85 for 60 minutes. Take the train from London Paddington station to Bath Spa 80 minutes) and the hotel is a short taxi drive away. Visit www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk for more fare information.