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UK’s best Spa breaks for the disabled, less abled and physically impaired.

13 March 2018

The Disability Discrimination Act, also known as the DDA, states that it is unlawful for a provider of services to discriminate against a disabled person meaning access to, and the use of, any place which members of the public are permitted to enter must be considered, accessible and inclusive.

Although many establishments have made significant steps towards this in recently years the term ‘disabled access’ can be misleading. The truth is, by simply making the necessary legal requirements it may not be enough to ensure those with disabilities, problems with mobility or the physically impaired can enjoy all recreational activities the establishment has to offer.

Spas are no different.

Unfortunately Spas are no different. Whereby they may state ‘disabled access’ or ‘accessibility friendly’ this simply means that, as a minimum, they must have a low-level bell at the entrance, a disabled WC and a treatment room at ground floor level.

However with the nature of a spa being healing, well-being and relaxation, there is so much more that can be, and is being, done to ensure the ultimate pamper day, regardless of circumstances; you just need to know where to look and what to look out for...

We’ll come onto our recommendations shortly however if you want to source your own spa break keep an eye out for the following, or contact them prior, to discuss their accessibility criteria in more detail:

  • Hydraulic / rise and fall / accessible treatment beds for easy access.
  • Internal and external ramps at all levels.
  • Lifts between all floors.
  • Hoists at water features – pool side, Jacuzzi and thermal experiences.
  • Specially trained / adaptable therapists.
  • A changing places / fully wheelchair accessible wash room.
  • Any disability focused treatments – typically sensory, although with fully accessible beds all treatments should be achievable.

Our top 3 recommendations.

Based on the above we’ve researched and sourced what we believe to be the UK’s best spa breaks, and why, for the disabled, less abled and physically impaired with regards to inclusive facilities.

So without further ado…

Cowshed Spa, Babington House, Somerset

  • Spa is all on one level.
  • Building entry is flat with no steps through-out.
  • All treatment rooms are accessible with wide frame doors to ensure wheelchairs can fit.
  • All treatment beds can be lowered.
  • The pool offers ‘easy access’ but does not include a hoist system.

Coworth Park Spa, Ascot, Berkshire

  • Wheelchair access through-out with great disabled facilities.
  • No steps into the Spa.
  • Although there are two floor there is a lift to take you between.
  • Fully equipped disabled changing room.
  • All treatment beds are hydraulic.
  • Pool has assisted entry but does not feature a hoist system.

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa, New Forest, Hampshire

  • Multiple levels but does have a lift and chair lift system.
  • Disabled toilet and changing room, inclusive of a wet room.
  • All treatment rooms feature height adjustable beds.
  • Fully accessible pool inclusive of a hoist system – Unfortunately this is only in the main pool area as the hydrotherapy pool is not big enough but does still feature grab bars for assisted access.

As you can see from the small selection of luxury, fully disabled access, spa recommendations above, there are facilities out there for you to wholly enjoy the blissfulness of an all-inclusive spa break, regardless of disability, physical impairment or issues with mobility if you know where to look and what to look out for.

Enjoy.

We encourage you to enjoy and embrace the facilities these places have to offer, similarly if you have some recommendations of your own let you us!

More Ability, part of the Passmore Group, is Yorkshires leading and most experienced bath & shower room specialist for all types of stylish, safe & practical and bespoke solutions. Offering a fully project managed design & installation service we pride ourselves on meeting individual wants, needs and aspirational requirements for both the public & private sector.

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