Renovated Monkey Island Estate will feature Floating Spa

A floating spa is set to open on the UK’s River Thames next month.

The spa concept will be part of 800-year-old Monkey Island Estate in Bray-on-Thames, a suburban village west of London.

A YTL Hotels property, the seven-acre renovated Estate is located on a private island and will feature a hotel of 41 boutique bedrooms, plus six individual residences and a restaurant.

The Floating Spa will be housed in a barge on the river, with three treatment rooms, reception area and “Elixir Bar”, where guests can sample ancient herbal tonics that were traditionally brewed by monks in the area.

Designed by YTL Hotels’ Spa Village brand, the spa takes inspiration from the history of the Thames and the journeys that took place on the river, as displayed in the signature treatment – a body ritual called Booze, Botany and Beauty.

The treatment begins with a tasting of the aforementioned Elixirs, followed by a full body massage with herbal oils blended in-house and enhanced with poultices.

New British spa brand Moss of the Isles has created bespoke treatments for the spa, inspired by the Monkey Island’s natural surroundings.

Other product houses include British organic brands ISUN and Haeckles.

Grayshott Health Spa in nearby county Surrey put its own spin on traditional spa and wellness models with new creative wellness retreats