insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 123

HEALTH+WELLNESS Escape, relax and rejuvenate at REYNOLD’S RETREAT WHY IS IT THAT WE ARE ALL SO BUSY? WE SEEM TO INTERCHANGE ‘BEING BUSY’ FROM A STATE OF BEING TO AN EXCUSE AND OFTEN END UP EXASPERATINGLY BUSY SIMPLY BEING BUSY! IT’S BECOME SO EPIDEMIC THAT MOST OF US CAN EASILY END UP NEGLECTING EVERYTHING FROM OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO OUR FRIENDS, AND, AS IMPORTANTLY, OURSELVES. BY SAMANTHA READY Enough was enough, after yet another apologetic ‘busy’ conversation with the bestie, there was a glaringly obvious solution – a get away from it all, gossip catch up and restorative spa day at one of the county’s and indeed one of my own favourite day spas, the Reynolds Retreat at Borough Green. The Reynolds concept of health, wellbeing and fitness is relatively straightforward, but it is the delivery of it that stands it apart. The refurbishment and rebuild of the existing character building, which is surrounded by well manicured gardens and comes into view at the end of the lime tree lined driveway, has created a spa haven with a two-storey gym and fitness centre on one side and a tranquil spa complex on the other. The central areas are home on the ground floor to a welcoming bar and lounge, where we caught up over a cup of herbal tea, and upstairs houses the therapy rooms, lounge and Waterleaf Restaurant. Every space is designed to harness the amazing view to the rear of the property meaning you can run, stand, sit or swim right up to the edge of nature, and during our early winter visit this meant a tranquil mood enhanced by autumnal colours below clear crisp skies – this welcome nod to nature is harnessed further still by the soft décor palate of greens, browns and natural stone throughout. First heading to the pool, we took full advantage of the huge steam room, a modern wood-clad sauna, foot spa benches and monsoon showers complete with a ‘thunderstorm’ setting where hydrotherapy jets and sensory lighting transport you to your own rainforest experience. We chilled out in the relaxation area on solar-heated reclining beds losing ourselves in the vistas of the canopy of trees beyond. And, last but by no means least, we took a dip in the infinity pool, where you can literally swim to the edge of nature. It was hungry work all this relaxing and chatting, so we were both more than ready for one of the Retreat’s generous afternoon teas. Taking a windowside table in the restaurant, we were delighted at the arrival of a heaving platter of finger sandwiches, fresh duck-e gg mayonnaise miniature rolls, hot quail scotch eggs, fresh scones and a trio of desserts: mini brownies, pineapple posset and lemon curd meringue pies. Heaven. Time to digest, relax and unwind yet further came in the form of two treatments each from the day spa menu. My friend looked radiant and relaxed after her facial and gentle massage, while I emerged reinvigorated and revived from my neck, back and shoulder massage and soothing scalp massage. Unable to resist another few lengths of the infinity pool and one last play in the monsoon rainforest shower, my guest and I emerged from the Reynolds Retreat relaxed, refreshed and inspired to book our next escape from simply being busy. Reynolds Retreat Quarry Hill Rd Borough Green TN15 8PB 01732 446051 ReynoldsRetreat 123