Practicing yoga is one of the most rewarding experiences you can do for yourself. It can be done literally anywhere and requires just enough room for a mat. But there’s just something special about practising it in nature. And while this is virtually impossible to do in the UK due to the unpredictability of our weather, Foxhills in Surrey, have come up with the next best solution at its four-star hotel.
The Hayton family-run hotel has just opened the doors of its new yoga cabin as part of a string of new developments at its 400-acre site. And I had the privilege to go along and be one of the first to see and experience it.
Set in the beautiful woodland setting, next to the spa, the cabin cost £500k and is worth every penny of it. It’s a luxurious space, has an incredibly cosy feeling inside and has the power to uplift you from the moment you step in. Credit goes to constructors Blue Forest who used only certified timbers from sustainably-managed forests. To maximise its usage, the building is home to bird boxes with planting in a bit to attract wildlife to the area.
During my stay, I was able to immerse myself in a gentle yet invigorating yoga class led by Sarah. Beginning our practice just before 10am on a Sunday morning, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the day. I absolutely love yoga and try to go along as often as I can whether I’m travelling or not but this class was special. Not only was the cabin one of the most pleasurable indoor/outdoor spaces I have practised yoga in, I also felt really connected to the instructor. And that in my experience makes a huge difference to your practice. I particularly enjoyed our second session of the day which was restorative yoga.
This discipline is comprised of a series of asanas that naturally induce a state of relaxation and restoration. They are an effective way to support the body with the use of props such as oblong pillows, blankets and blocks. Using our breath to guide us, we held each for longer than a conventional class. It sounds like hard work but it was one of the most enjoyable and relaxing classes I have done in a very long time. Just as well I was staying overnight at the hotel. I went straight into my room for some further r&r before peeling myself off the bed to have a massage.
Located in Ottershaw, Surrey within easy reach of the M3 and M25, Foxhills is a 19th century manor house. Today, Foxhills features two Championship golf courses, one par 3 course (the first of its kind in Britain), 70 bedrooms, three restaurants, eleven tennis courts, four squash courts, four swimming pools, and a health spa.
As well as the leisure facilities, food is becoming a focus and Foxhills. The Fox dining rooms are popular for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I indulged in a good breakfast here but ended up having dinner at the more casual Nineteen restaurant popular with golfers wanting a quick bite. It was the lure of halloumi fried that took me there and as luck would have it, their fryer wasn’t working so I was left somewhat mystified. My colleagues then rubbed it in telling me that their dinner in the smart dining room was divine. I guess I just have to go back again and sample it for myself next time.
Where and how?
Foxhills next Yoga Retreat will be on 19 January ‘Warm Up For Winter’ packaged from £149. To get 10 % off use promo code YOGARETREATSP . Foxhlls Golf &Resort is located at Stonehill Road, Ottershaw, Surrey KT16 0EL 01932 872050. For more information visit www.foxhills.co.uk
Disclaimer: I was offered an overnight stay at Foxhills Golf &Resort with breakfast and dinner, two yoga classes, a massage and use of the spa facilities in exchange for a review on the site. All views are my own and reflect my true independent experience of the place.
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