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Aqua Sana launches forest-inspired spa at Sherwood Forest

Aqua Sana today unveils its brand-new Forest Spa concept at Sherwood Forest. 

Having undergone the biggest refurbishment in the spa’s history, it has been completely transformed into a forest escape inspired by its beautiful natural setting. The project represents an investment of around £3m and work began in June 2016.

Aqua Sana, created by Center Parcs, has taken inspiration from the beautiful Sherwood Forest setting of the spa for this new design, alongside influence from some of the most spectacular forests around the world - from icy Nordic landscapes, to the high-altitude Chilean Arenal forest. Innovation has been at the core of Center Parcs' success for almost 30 years and this new spa concept marks a significant move forward for the award-winning Aqua Sana brand, which emerged from a modest spa offering 14 years ago.

This research has inspired the assortment of heating and cooling rooms available for guests to try. There are 26 experiences in total, which lie within six zones inside the spa and outdoors. These include a heated outdoor pool, foot spas, hot tubs, a variety of steam rooms, saunas, an ice cave and a selection of relaxation rooms.

Inspiration was also drawn from Shinrin-Yoki (Forest Bathing) – the Japanese wellness trend. Outdoor areas and walkways allow guests to reap the benefits of being amongst trees, while a Treetop Sauna, at nearly 10m high, offers stunning views from its vantage point in the forest canopy.

The forest bathing experience goes even further than the outdoor area, bringing the sensation indoors. A range of innovative thermal suites that infuse essential oils, salts and minerals into the air have been created so guests can reap the benefits of forest bathing inside as well as out.

Decléor, ELEMIS and CND provide expert treatments within Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest, with 21 treatment rooms and more than 50 treatments to choose from.

Aqua Sana is also embracing renewable energy by drawing from an anaerobic digestion plant near Sherwood Forest, which will provide almost all the heat and power needed for the spa. This vastly reduces the spa’s carbon footprint and supports the brand’s strong sustainability credentials.

Kay Pennington, Aqua Sana Group Spa Manager, comments: “We’re thrilled to be unveiling Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest after two years of research, planning and renovations. The new Forest Spa concept embraces the power of nature and is set up to allow guests to reap the benefits of our unique forest environment. We look forward to welcoming our loyal spa aficionados and new faces to our gorgeous new spa.”

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Notes to Editors

Deep in the Nottinghamshire countryside is the welcoming Aqua Sana Sherwood Forest, offering spa breaks and spa days to leave you renewed and revitalised. Escape to this spa in the forest, set over two levels, and take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool, work your way around multi-sensory experience rooms and let cares drift away as these spa experiences soothe the body, calm the mind and bring you back to a revitalised, relaxed you. Your time at Aqua Sana is not complete without heading to the open-plan Vitalé Café Bar for delicious food amongst friends.


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Notes to Editors

  • Aqua Sana has five spa locations across the UK: Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire
  • Each spa is nestled in peaceful woodland, making them the perfect escape from the everyday, a place to get close to nature and spend time with someone special. Take in the beauty of the forest and listen to the soothing sounds of nature as you unwind in the outdoor heated pool. Each spa location boasts a variety of at least 15 spa experiences to try
  • Expert treatments are provided by ELEMIS and Decléor, whilst the new ELEMIS Speed Spa will offer fast and effective results in just 20 minutes. Aqua Sana Longleat Forest also boasts its own private group area, The Hideaway, with its own Barrel Sauna, outdoor seating, lounge, dining area and mini treatment zone as well as access to the spa


Simon Kay

Press contact Head of PR 01623 821600

Lizzie Jackson

Press contact PR & Media Relations Officer

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