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A little chilly but I can forgive that

They need to warm up the spa and public areas. Gardens are lovely and the rooms are spacious and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David E
Spa area needs attention!

A return visit and I felt standards had really dropped. Firstly, the positives.. Staff lovely... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Colchester, United Kingdom
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All reviews an overnight stay buffet lunch course dinner salt inhalation room garden room changing rooms relaxation room minute treatment my mum birthday treat food was lovely full english full body massage treatment rooms plunge pool good size sauna and steam room
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They need to warm up the spa and public areas. Gardens are lovely and the rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Just a feeling of them being a little tired and worn out. Cleanliness, exceptional. Would I go back, possibly but will look elsewhere first.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A return visit and I felt standards had really dropped. Firstly, the positives.. Staff lovely, treatment was very good. But.... The majority of the fee for the day spa goes on the spa facilities themselves and these need attention and maintenance. Both the main pool...More

Thank clemk4
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a couples spa day here on a Saturday which included a three course buffet lunch with a glass of prosecco, a full body massage each and time in the sleep retreat. I was pleasantly surprised when arriving as the facilties are very modern...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WWillow12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You need to try this , so relaxing and a great setting , great food and the staff where wonderful , no hint was too much trouble , and they had a good sense of humour

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lesley L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was defiantly an adults only hotel and although we love children it gives a very peaceful relaxing time away from the real world. The large pool is certainly cooler than the hydro pool but defiantly not cold. The hot tube is a wonderful warm...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jennie F
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Went for the day with my sister. The gym was not state of the art (heaviest slam ball was a 5kg, I was looking for a 12kg!) it was very basic. The pool had sand on floor for some reason, the edge of the pool...More

Thank rpeatling
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Wife persuaded me to go, never been to a spa before...can't wait to go again....great food and atmosphere...very relaxi g

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank TJOLondon
Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

The spa at first glance and in the photos looks lovely, but the temperature of the water and bar area is freezing, especially when you have a robe on! The spa and hotel also seems to have an infestation of flies which is very off...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 747jodies
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

My partner and I have just left from a two night visit. I have come away feeling very unimpressed! The spa is quite basic, the pool is like something from a leisure centre. The Salt inhalation and steam room were good and nicely scented. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NinaW93
Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

No response from Management re my trip to Lifehouse, which is really disappointing and just shows that whilst they have a great set-up they are not interested in dealing with any complaints and therefore ignoring the comments re the coldness in the entire Spa, with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Dear Alan, Thank you so much for my mention within your testimonial. It was much appreciated. As you are aware I am a more mature therapist which unfortunately many high street salons, spas and agencies seem to have issues with. What happened to good old fashioned experience, knowledge and wisdom along with the ability to think out side of the tick box. Recently I was rudely asked my age which I am sure you are well aware of The Equality Act 2010 put in place to protect an individuals characteristics, one being ageism.... This local high street spa who carried out an interview in the reception area was more concerned about what products I was trained in as apposed to asking about the range of clientele I have worked with in my 25 year career.... that being all ages, cancer patients and a hospice environment. I was appalled and explained that I was not at liberty to answer that question, however I knew even before that I would not be placed and thank goodness too! I have to say on behalf of Life House Spa they do employ a range of therapists including the more mature. I would have been offered a permanent position if the distance was not an issue. Luckily after being in the industry a very long time I have a good private client base that keeps my ticking along. Thanks Alan. x
16 May 2018|
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Response from alanwestlondon | Reviewed this property |
that's appalling - experience and quality all the time. wish I was closer to your private practise - cannot recommend you enough. Ab Fab
peter r
5 April 2016|
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Response from Carolexis | Reviewed this property |
When I was at Lifehouse Spa in November, the bar area was lovely and clean and the staff were super helpful, unlike Eden Hall Spa where I went in August which was dirty and slovenly in every area; bar, lounge, pool, etc.
Theresa V
11 November 2015|
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Response from EmmaW445 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does, and little wrapped soaps!