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Voted one of the finest spas in the UK, The Grove (Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG, +44 01923 807807, http://www.thegrove.co.uk/spa/) is set within the tranquil surrounds of the Hertfordshire countryside. Perfectly accessible for Londoners seeking a relaxing day trip, The Grove is a great place to while away a quiet February afternoon. 
 
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Located just 45 minutes up the M1 from Central London, The Grove is located within a sprawling estate that stretches for 300 acres, with facilities encircled by olive groves, woodlands, bike paths, and tennis courts. 
 
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But save the sport-filled afternoon for another time: this away day is meant for pampering. Within the historic estate, whose origins date to the 1500s and which once housed the Earls of Clarendon, The Grove’s Sequoia Spa is a world away from the stresses of city life. Following lengthy restoration begun in 1996, the manor’s sense of past glory is now preserved alongside its new, top-of-the-line facilities. Whether you’re looking to dip in for just an hour or two, or plan to indulge in an all-day affair, the wide-ranging treatment menu caters to all kinds of visitors.
 
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Londoners who are eager to take a break from the stresses of the office and the morning commute have a wealth of options to choose from. On Monday through Friday only, The Spa offers special Spa Days packages. The English Rose package is one popular option: inspired by the manor’s walled garden, the offerings include a Signature Rose Ritual alongside an intensive manicure and pedicure. The Take Me Away package, meanwhile, lets guests create their own bespoke itinerary of any two 55-minute treatments. In the interim time, visitors can nibble at the on-site juice and snack bar, go for a few laps in the indoor pool, or sweat out impurities in the sauna.
 
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Several Mini Spa Days are also designed with the overbooked in mind. The Stolen Moments Session is available exclusively on Friday evenings, and lets visitors pick one 55-minute treatment of their choice. For those with a bit more time, the Afternoon Delight menu expands the pampering with a 1 hour 20 minute treatment and time for afternoon tea. And for the exceptionally busy, Sequoia is also accessible for a quick treatment, whether it’s just a facial, a manicure, or a massage.
 
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Of course, the spa can cater just as adeptly to those who after a languorous day away. Its full menu of treatments includes a number of offerings, including three different kinds of facials, five body massages, and specialty advanced treatments. The Chakra balancing with hot stones body treatment incorporates exfoliation, stone massage, and head massage. The specialty Balinese massage is also made for unwinding: the 1 hour and 20 minute session is practically guaranteed to melt away the winter blues.
 
As with any spa trip, it’s best to arrive early: The Grove recommends that guests check in 45 minutes before their first treatment, so they have a chance to get comfortable and slip into a fluffy robe and pair of slippers. Once equipped, ease yourself into some heartily deserved relaxation. 
 
If you fancy a trip to The Grove, let us know below, and book yourself a Zipcar to get there with ease.
 
 
 
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