On 1st October 2020, the Buxton Crescent hotel opens its doors following an extensive refurbishment of one of England’s most significant Georgian architectural buildings. This is the first UK property from the Ensana Hotels brand, which is a custodian of European thermal spas utilising powerful natural resources. The hotel opening will revive the wellness traditions of this historic Spa town.
Thanks to The Fifth Duke of Devonshire, who developed the town with grand architecture, the 19th century was a golden age for Buxton when ‘taking the waters’ was a fashionable pastime for notable high-society visitors. Now, guests can experience the therapeutic qualities of the water for themselves as water wellness is at the forefront of Buxton Crescent’s spa offering.
The hotel is home to three pools – the Thermal Pool which is a fully refurbished Victorian pool boasting the unique feature of having Buxton mineral rich water flowing into it, which is heated and left chemically untreated; a relaxation pool with an atmospheric dark ceiling pierced with shafts of light and an impressive indoor-outdoor rooftop pool. Signature spa treatments include the Thermal Mud Pack using mineral rich mud sourced from Heviz in Hungary and the Co2 Infusion Mineral Bath. The spa is home to eight treatment rooms, one of which has been custom built for dual treatments. A number of the treatment rooms feature original stained-glass windows.
High up on the edge of The Peak District National Park, Buxton is a gateway to this area of outstanding natural beauty, contrasting rolling farmland, forests and deep valleys with high stony plateaus. The hotel is putting Buxton, a place with a thriving cultural scene, incredible architecture and a hidden historical gem of the UK, firmly back onto the tourist map. The property comprises 81 rooms and suites.
Following a multi-million-pound renovation and thanks to significant support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other stakeholders, it blends the outstanding history of the 18th century exterior and features reminiscent of this era, such as chandeliers, painted ceilings and stained-glass windows complimented with stylish furniture and modern comforts. The rooms are steeped in more than 200 years history, with some of the suites boasting four-poster beds, freestanding baths and views through wooden sash windows over the slate roofs of the historic town.
Launched in 2019, Ensana is the leading health spa brand in Europe. The group currently manages 26 spa hotels across Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and the UK and has a wide collection of spa hotels located in Europe’s most historic spa towns – renowned for their natural healing resources and restorative properties. Ensana has developed a unique innovative integrative health concept, which combines healing natural resources with medical expertise and modern diagnostic methods, to help guests achieve their personal health goals. The group is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all its guests by providing a diverse range of spas to suit every budget.
HOW: Buxton Crescent opens on 1st October 2020. Rates start from £125 per night based on two people sharing an Attic Room on a B&B basis. www.ensanahotels.com/buxton/en