A relaxing Sunday Hideaway

Is Sunday the night when treat yourself to a candle-lit bath, apply a cleansing face mask and prepare mind and body for your week ahead? Or are you run ragged catching up with laundry and emails wishing you could simply stop and draw breath? Why not make Sunday night the new Saturday night and slope off to The Grove with a luxury overnight stay designed to put wellbeing at the top of your to-do list…

If you’re in the mood for a break from the norm, it’s time to discover a new way to extend your weekend with our Sunday Hideaway package. This heaven-sent escape includes a choice of complimentary twilight spa treatment, round of golf or private lesson with a pro on our Championship course – and you’ll enjoy full access to our award-wining Sequoia spa. Stay the night in a luxurious room with complimentary breakfast, all for just £145 per person.

Spoil yourself on Sunday

3pm: Check-in
Make your way to your room in the Mansion or West Wing. Unpack, freshen up and get acquainted with your new home for the night!

3.30pm: Ground yourself
What better way to shake off the stress and grind of the city than to pull on comfy walking shoes or wellies and stride out into a pristine slice of English countryside? The beautiful grounds of our 300-acre country estate are at your disposal, with our charming woodland trail begging to be explored. Follow one of three routes along the trail, which winds its way down to the Grand Union Canal. You can go exploring on foot or hire a set of wheels. In addition to a fleet of push bikes, we now also offer guests exciting Segway experiences. (Segway Experience costs £50pp for one hour, tuition included).

4.30pm: R&R or T-time?
Our Twilight package invites you choose from two invigorating ways to enjoy your Sunday afternoon…

Ah, the spa: Having trouble getting some shut-eye? You’re far from alone. As reported by The Guardian, never before have such large numbers of working adults been so sleep deprived. Our long-hours culture has caused an epidemic of sleeplessness that’s damaging our health. Slip into a soft robe and slippers and make your way to our calming treatment rooms to experience the magical healing properties of our Sweet Dreams Massage. Specially created to calm overactive thinking and frazzled nerves, this soothing 55-minute sensory massage uses lavender to destress and sage for clarity of mind, ensuring a wonderfully curative rest. Alternatively, you can also choose from a tempting menu of spa treats, including our signature 55-minute Essential Body Massage, a Personalised Facial, or the Ultimate Body Wrap.

Golf like a champion:  If swinging a club is more your idea of relaxation, then head over to our Golf Shop, where our resident pros are on hand to furnish you with premium quality kit for a 9 or 18-hole adventure through our pristine greens and fairways. You can also book a lesson to hone your golf swing and learn a few tricks guaranteed to raise your game.

Whichever Twilight option you choose, the full run of our fragrant spa , open until 8pm, awaits. Take a dip in our beautiful indoor vitality pool, warm your bones in the heat experiences rooms, or unwind in the bubbling jacuzzi. And feel free to just relax and pad around in your robe and slippers.

8pm: A table for two
Hungry for a delicious, nutritionally-balanced meal that you haven’t had to cook yourself? Your table awaits at The Stables, our laid-back restaurant set in the estate’s original stable block, where simple, home-cooked food is served to perfection in a cosy dining room that exudes country chic.

Start with a tasty vitamin-rich Quinoa salad with pomegranate salsa, beetroot and baby spinach; followed by Seared fillet of sea bass with Jerusalem artichoke, lemon, capers and watercress. Topping up your Omega-3 has never tasted this good! Or, if you’re planning to be a little more relaxed when it comes to counting the calories, indulge in The Stables’ 220g prime beef burger served in a brioche bun with Applewood cheddar and skinny fries or a traditional roast with all the trimmings.

Finish with The Grove’s fruit salad: fresh slices of tropical fruits and ripe berries – heaven in a bowl – or a scoop or two of lush raspberry, mango or blackcurrant sorbet. Then again, you could treat yourself to our mouth-watering iced chocolate and peanut parfait, served in a chocolate sphere with hot caramel sauce.

Drink? Our head barman will help you select the perfect wine or beer to complement your meal – and you can toast to the joys of your Monday morning lie in.

Be mindful on Monday

8am: Wake-up call
As you stir to the sounds of birdsong, relish in the fact that this morning will be light years away from your usual manic Monday. The only pressing decision you need to make is whether you to breakfast like a king or queen at The Glasshouse restaurant or devour warm almond croissants in bed.

Light and airy, The Glasshouse restaurant serves a sumptuous buffet-style breakfast in a relaxed setting, filled with the aroma of freshly-ground coffee. Choose from a smorgasbord of Continental breakfast dishes with the freshest of organic breads, fine meats and cheeses, farm fresh yogurts and fruits, and French pastries that’ll transport you to Provence. Or feast on a power breakfast with eggs and a traditional English spread cooked to your personal satisfaction.

Then again, if a Monday snooze is just too good to miss, plump up your pillows and languish in bed with breakfast delivered to your room. Our extensive room service menu includes healthy options that taste as good as they’ll make you feel.

10am: Power yoga
Joining our Power Yoga class is the perfect way to unravel the knots in your computer-ravaged necks and shoulders, shake up your chakras and start the week feeling energised and refreshed. You’ll be gently put through your paces by our resident yogini, who welcomes guests of all levels of fitness and experience.

11am: Re-hydrate
Replenish your body and refresh your tastebuds at the Sequoia spa juice bar – it’s time to treat yourself to a delicious freshly-made smoothie, mixed with all the fruit and veg your heart desires.

12pm: Checkout
You’ll head for home feeling rejuvenated and rather smug that you’ve now got just a four-day week to look forward to.

For more information visit www.thegrove.co.uk or call our reservations team on 01923 296010

Mini guide to mindfulness

A favourite with celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry, mindfulness has taken the world by storm in recent years. A form of meditation, it’s about focusing the mind on what’s happening in the here and now- for as little as five minutes a day. It sounds like an easy enough task, but our fast-paced modern lives can make it difficult to switch off, even for a few seconds. Mornings are spent scrolling through emails as you gulp down your cereal, while evenings involve endless paperwork and trying to convince the kids to eat their broccoli. Leaving less time to focus on ourselves, our interests and our families, it’s no surprise that burn-out syndrome is causing more stress and anxiety than ever before. But could mindfulness be the ticket to a more peaceful life? Hailed by experts as a great way to boost your mental health, small changes can lead to big results. Get into a positive new mindset for 2018 with our simple guide to mindfulness.

1. How to meditate

Once you get the hang of it, you can meditate anywhere, but it’s best to start in a quiet room with no distractions. Sit in a comfortable spot on the floor and close your eyes, taking in the sounds and smells around you. Thoughts will pop into your head, but as they do try to push them away and bring your concentration back to your breathing. Think about the way your chest moves up and down, the sound of your breath and any sensations you feel in your body.

2. Be inspired by day-to-day life

Improving your focus takes time, so it’s a good idea to practice regularly. Next time you’re eating a sandwich, don’t just wolf it down while you plan for your next meeting. Instead take five minutes out to concentrate on your lunch, thinking about the flavours and the way the textures feel in your mouth. You can do this with almost any day-to-day activity, like brushing your teeth or washing your hair in the shower. The object is to bring your mind’s focus back to what’s happening in that very moment (rather than the broken tumble dryer or kids’ school reports).

3. Go easy on yourself

The mind is a complex thing and it’s difficult to switch off. Don’t beat yourself up if you find your concentration starting to drift. If you’re struggling to keep focused on your meditation, try breaking it down into smaller chunks of one to two minutes. With practice you’ll find your concentration improves and you’re better able to control those pesky, stressful thoughts that pop into your head.

4. Take a break from screens

Whether it’s catching up on Instagram likes or nestling under a duvet for a Netflix marathon, we’re so attached to our screens sometimes we forget about reality. Technology is showing no signs of abating, so it’s time we took matters into our own hands and kicked our addiction. Sleep experts recommend switching off all phones, tablets and televisions at least an hour before bed, to give the brain chance to wind down after a busy day. A better night’s sleep leads to improved concentration and a clearer mind the next day.

5. Listen to ‘focus’ music and try guided meditation

Mindfulness practice can seem intimidating when you start, so it can help to ease yourself in with some music or a guided meditation. If you’re a yoga or pilates fan, try selecting some focus music during your practice- special musical alpha waves that can aid your concentration and help to calm stress. Alternatively try settling down with a guided meditation recording, which you can order online or find on YouTube. The music and gentle instructions will help bring your wandering mind back to your breathing and surroundings.

Our spa offers a range of mindful treatments to help you on your journey to a more peaceful lifestyle. Click here to discover more.