FOCUS ON: Hawkchurch Resort and Spa

PUBLISHED: 14:45 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 31 August 2016

The hydro-pool at the Hawkchurch Resort and Spa.

The hydro-pool at the Hawkchurch Resort and Spa.


Hidden in the tranquil setting of the Axe Valley countryside lies a unique resort, offering a five star service.

A risotto ball offered by Beeches.A risotto ball offered by Beeches.

The Midweek Herald’s Kay-Marie Johnson visited Hawkchurch Resort and Spa for a relaxing stop-over. Here, she gives her take on it…

This hidden gem is owned by Darwin Escapes, which is known for its luxury lodge accommodation and first-class facilities. The experience I received was second-to-none.

On arrival, you are welcomed in by the indulgent surroundings. The tone is modern, comfortable and relaxed.

The kitchen area of the resort lodge.The kitchen area of the resort lodge.

The resort has been finished to a high standard and has friendly, attentive staff.

Situated on the outskirts of Hawkchurch, the resort was extensively redeveloped in December 2015 and now offers its clientele an exceptional experience that will ensure it will become of the UK’s most sought-after holiday destinations.

The luxury lodge boasts a large open-plan layout, and is fully equipped for a relaxing break. You can take advantage of your own private decking area, where you can sit back and enjoy the lodge’s stunning natural surroundings.

The lounge at one of the resort's lodges.The lounge at one of the resort's lodges.

The lodge we stayed in came with its own private outdoor hot tub, providing guests with the chance to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing evening under the stars.

All of the lodges are equipped with towels and robes, and everything to ensure your needs are met for your self-catering holiday.

The Beeches on-side restaurant, which is open to guests as well as the general public, offers a fabulous menu.

We chose three mouth-watering courses, which were presented with elegance and a touch of finesse – and they had an exquisite taste to match the presentation.

The waiting staff were attentive and friendly, and the outside sun terrace was the perfect setting to enjoy a few drinks and watch the sun set over the resort.

The facilities in the resort’s Ezina Spa provide the ultimate sanctuary.

We chose to make the most of the spa and opted for one the fantastic spa packages on offer. Having chosen one of their aromatherapy back massages, their expert therapists took the time to tailor the treatments to ensure the best personal experience.

Using Aromatherapy Associates, a British brand of oils, and based on my individual need for relaxation, my therapist checked my consultation form and asked me to complete a sensory test.

She invited me to smell the oils and choose the one to which I responded most strongly to. I chose the ‘Light Relax’ scent, a mixture of lavender, ylang-ylang and petit grain. It was a fantastic experience, and one I would love to repeat.

The pool area has its own steam room and sauna, and the heated hydro-pool is instantly soothing – yet at the press of a button, the back jets whir into life and are surprisingly powerful. The lounging bench was also suitably bubbly!

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the little hidden gem in the countryside, and were impressed with the personalised treatment and the friendly, helpful professional team – which provided excellent customer service throughout.

The attention to detail across all aspects of the resort, from the contemporary yet cosy décor, to the cleanliness of the high-spec gym and spa, was exceptional.

The Hawkchurch Resort and Spa is a perfect place for a break in Devon, and the ideal retreat to escape the stress of everyday life. It offered a true five-star experience.

Hawkchurch Resort and Spa

Hawkchurch, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5UL

01297 678402

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