Spa Days in Essex – Lifehouse Spa Day Review

Lifehouse Spa & Hotel


Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Frinton on Sea offers complete tranquillity surrounded by beautiful water features and gardens. Our Lifehouse Spa Day review includes Lifehouse Spa deals for treatments and special offers on spa days for 2 people.

For serenity, tranquillity, rest and relaxation, a spa day at the contemporary Lifehouse Spa & Hotel has it all. If you’re looking for spa days in Essex, this is the place to go.

Don’t delay, book a special offer spa day or special offer spa break as soon as you can (scroll down for all the deals).

Positioned in the picturesque Frinton on Sea, surrounded by beautiful Essex coastal countryside, the location is perfect for a peaceful getaway. Set in 130 acres of grounds with 12 acres of listed gardens, Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is an award winning spa.

In 2017, the Good Spa Guide awarded the spa a 5 bubbles rating for its extensive treatment menu, modern design, delicious food and friendly customer care.

Lifehouse was also shortlisted as a finalist in the South East Spa of the Year at the Professional Beauty Regional Awards in 2017.

Lifehouse Spa Bar Terrace

Lifehouse Spa Deals and Special Offers – 5 websites for deals

These Lifehouse Spa deals and Lifehouse Spa special offers were valid when this review was published.

Hurry and book your spa day or spa break using one of these deals now – they don’t last long when bookings fill up!


Spabreaks have lots of exclusive Lifehouse Spa special offers.

If you’re looking for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts or Black Friday gifts for spa days in Essex, take a look now.

Spa vouchers (a great gift) are also on offer.

Choose the spa deal to suit your budget.

Spa Breaks

  • Best Friends Break – from £69.50 per person
  • One Night LOVE Life – from £139.50 per person
  • Pamper and Prosecco Spa Break – from £154.50 per person
  • Soulmates Spa Break – from £229.50 per person
  • Your Health Your Way – from £319 per person (35% off)

Spa Days

  • Spa Day – from £79 per person
  • Pamper and Prosecco Spa Day – from £109 per person


Treatwell usually have more than five Lifehouse Spa Day deals and Lifehouse Spa Break deals running.

The spa deals on Treatwell for Lifehouse range from £49 to £159 per person. Some great days for one of the best spa days in Essex.

These deals can include:

  • Sunset Spa Evening Experience (includes 25 minute treatment) – WAS £89 now £49
  • Refresh Spa Day (includes 2 x 20 minute treatments) – from £89 saving up to 44%
  • Revive Spa Day (includes 55 minute treatment + manicure or pedicure) – from £149 saving up to 36%
  • 1 night stay midweek spa saver break (with treatments + food) – £119 per person
  • 1 night stay sweet serenity spa break (with treatments + food) – from £139 per person
  • 2 night stay time to unwind spa break (with treatments + food) – from £159 per person

BuyaGift have three Lifehouse Spa deals with and without treatments.

  • 2 for 1 spa deal with afternoon tea (no treatments) – WAS £149 now £73.50 so just £36.75 per person!
  • Spa day with light lunch for 2 people (includes 25 minute treatment each) – WAS £205 now £137
  • Ultimate spa day with afternoon tea for 2 people (includes 55 minute treatment each) – WAS £265 now £199

Browse the spa day deals and spa break deals at Select your region for the list of latest deals and special offers.


Wowcher have lots of spa deals across the UK and spa deals in Essex too.

Right now they have 2 treatments for the price of 1 at Bannatyne Spa in Colchester for example. See if you can find one that suits your needs.

Lifehouse Spa Day



We booked a Lifehouse spa day with afternoon tea and 2 x treatments each on a special offer for around £160.

Treatment shops line the entrance, displaying an impressive array of bottles, lotions, face masks and more.

The friendly reception staff are on hand to present you with a fresh white towel, robe, flip flops (which you can keep), and explain how the locker system works. They also explain the times of your treatments and where to go.

You’re then left to your own devices to wonder off and enjoy your day at Lifehouse Spa.

Arriving at 10:15am, treatments were at 12:15pm so we had a couple hours to enjoy the pool and spa facilities.

The impressive 18m heated pool was the perfect temperature to jump straight in for a lengthy dip.

Lifehouse Spa Swimming Pool

Plenty of chairs were available to lie on around the main pool and Jacuzzi (HydroPool). The Jacuzzi room was very humid so we settled into the main pool area with towels, magazines and nibbles from home.

Alongside the main pool and Jacuzzi, there was a plunge pool, salt room, relaxation room, steam room, sauna and aromatic showers (experience showers) giving you the choice of cold or hot water.

It wasn’t a gym day today but there is a well equipped gym if you fancy it. For us, it was all about phones off and relaxation.



The afternoon started with two treatments in a 40 minute time slot (so both lasting 20 minutes). First up was a back massage, followed by a facial.

Both spa treatments were incredibly relaxing. One critique was a lack of calming music in the room so you could hear the masseur’s breathing. However they were very attentive, took their time, asked what pressure I wanted the massage and gave plenty of time to get in position.

The masseur also didn’t engage in conversation which was a positive. I wanted to shut my eyes and relax, not chat about my upcoming holidays.

After 40-45 minutes, the treatments were complete. I’d highly recommend having both if you can.

The oils and lotions with Rice Bran Oil (also called Rice Kernel Oil) had fantastic scents and come with many skin benefits (see below).

Both treatments were well worth the money spent.

Afterwards we retreated back to the main pool then sat outside with a beer before having a quick walk round the grounds before afternoon tea, scheduled for 2pm.

Lifehouse Spa treatment rooms

Best skincare products for young, clear, smooth, spot free skin

My masseur used the following products for the facial – Gel Cleanser (Illuminate), Toner (Illuminate), Moisturiser (Illuminate) and Invigorating Body Oil.

They’re suitable for men and women.

The masseur will ask what your cleansing routine is like – don’t be embarrassed to say soap and water (if it is) – they won’t judge!

If you get to experience a product with rice bran oil – prepare to be wowed by the gorgeous scent and invigorating skin benefits that will leave your skin glowing.

Skincare benefits of Rice Bran Oil

One of the main ingredients in Illuminate Gel Cleanser is OryzaSativa (Rice) Bran Oil.

Illuminate Facial Toner has Rice Powder in the ingredients and Illuminate Moisturiser has Bran Oil. The common ingredient in all these products is clearly the skincare powerhouse – Rice Bran Oil.

Oryzanol, a powerful antioxidant, is taken out of rice bran oil and is used in skincare products to help skin look young and stay smooth & supple, as well as clear acne spots and age spots.

Rice Bran Oil hydrates deep into the skin so is a popular ingredient in anti ageing creams, hand creams, shampoo, creams which reduce eye bags / puffiness and face cleansers.

Rice Bran Oil is similar to Peanut Oil because it has a lot of fatty acids which makes it a fantastic moisturiser for the body and face.

Thorpe Hall Gardens

We only spent around 20 minutes walking round some of the gardens but if you can, spend a good hour at least enjoying all the plants, gardens and wildlife. The reception staff also provide you were a leaflet detailing some walks around the grounds that you can do. We just didn’t have time in our day to do these.

There’s an interesting display near the restaurant giving you a history of Thorpe Hall Gardens. Well worth a read.

Afternoon Tea

For afternoon tea there was plenty of coffee (free refill), cake and sandwiches. Book a spa day with afternoon tea to enjoy eating tasty food in your glistening white robe.

Three sandwich fillings were served including my favourite, salmon and cream cheese. Honey roasted ham and cucumber were also available. The other tiers had scones, french fancies and macaroons.

Lifehouse Spa Bar

At 6pm the spa day came to an end. I felt relaxed and like a changed man!

With our visit being a spa day, we didn’t get to see the hotel or stay for the night so I can’t comment on the hotel facilities. However it does get a Very Good rating and is listed as a four star hotel on

Facials, Massages and Scrub Treatments

Lifehouse Spa offer a wide range of treatments by highly qualified therapists.

Many treatments are 55 minutes or more. Drift off and experience pure bliss.

These treatments are available in June 2018 so may be subject to change.

5 most popular treatments

  1. DECLÉOR Ultimate Vitamin Glow Facial (£80 for 70 minutes) – award winning facial.
  2. Thalgo 3 Algae Detox Wrap (£75 for 55 minutes) – detox shot, marine scrub and seaweed body wrap.
  3. Clarins Chill Out Massage (£85 for 70 minutes) – deep full body massage.
  4. DECLÉOR Aromatic Balm Massage with Warm Stones (£80 for 55 minutes) – body massage with warm stones and aromatic balms.
  5. Luxury Spa Pedicure (£55) – cuticle and nail care with foot and lower leg exfoliation, massage and polish.

Massage treatments

Massage £70 or under

Castor Oil Abdominal Massage and Heat Pack (£60 for 50 minutes).
Indian Head Massage (£65 for 50 minutes).

Massage £70 – £90

Lifehouse Swedish Full Body Massage (£75 for 55 minutes).
Massage For Two (£80 pp for 2 hours).
Himalayan Salt Stone Full Body Massage (£80 for 55 minutes).
Warm Oil Full Body Bamboo Massage (£80 for 55 minutes).
Pause:Me (£85 for 55 minutes).
Lava Shell Full Body Massage (£80 for 55 minutes).
Spiezia De-stress Head in Heaven (£90 for 85 minutes).
Spiezia Mindful Moments (£75 for 55 minutes).
Clarins Hot Stone Massage (£80 for 55 minutes or £90 for 70 minutes).
Clarins Chill Out Massage (£85 for 70 minutes).
Clarins Contour Shaper Massage (£85 for 70 minutes).
Clarins Moisture Quencher Massage (£85 for 70 minutes).
Decleor Aromatherapy Massage (£75 for 55 minutes).
Decleor Aromatic Balm Massage with Warm Stones (£80 for 55 minutes).
Aromatherapy Face and Body Re-Energiser (£80 for 55 minutes or £90 for 70 minutes).

Massage over £90

Merveille Arctique Spa Ritual (£125 for 105 minutes).

Romantic spa day for 2 at the hidden sanctuary

Romantic spa day at Lifehouse Spa

Take your partner to the hidden sanctuary and enjoy a romantic 2 hours 55 minutes in your own private spa.

Enter the candle lit spa with your own pool, then visit the private body scrub room for a full body scrub and hair treatment.

You’ll then be taken to your private warm pool for refreshments.

Afterwards, you’ll go to the double treatment room for a full body massage, facial and head massage.

The journey ends with an hour of sleep in the private sleep retreat.

This 2 hour 55 minute spa experience for 2 costs just £110pp.

Treatments for men

These are the treatments at Lifehouse popular with male visitors.

Prices range from £40 to £80.

  • Decleor Intensive Energising Face Treatment
  • Clarins Skin Blitz Facial
  • Lifehouse Full Body Massage
  • Energising Back Treatment
  • Himalayan Salt Stone Full Body Massage
  • The Men’s Hand & Nail Grooming Treatment
  • Warm Oil Full Body Bamboo Massage
  • Men’s Power Pedicure

Spa treatments for pregnant women

Pregnant women 12 weeks pregnant or over (or if you’ve had your first scan) can enjoy the spa experience at Lifehouse Spa with the Little Butterfly London Dreamy Maternity Massage.

Using Little London’s organic ‘Fall Into Dreams’ Massage Oil, you’ll experience soothing calmness to relieve the strains of pregnancy.

60 minutes costs £80 and includes an arms, back, legs and foot massage with gentle massage of the abdomen.
90 minutes costs £90 and includes an extra hands, neck, shoulders and head massage.

How To Get There

If you want a spa day near to London, but not in the capital, Lifehouse Hotel & Spa is just 90 minutes way.

Train – get off at Frinton and take a taxi. Or arrange in advance for someone at the spa to pick you up for a small fee.

Car – the car park is completely free, secure and well lit.

You can find Lifehouse at post code CO16 0JF.

Take the A12 to Chelmsford and Colchester then join the A120 directing to Harwich and Clacton.

From the A120 join the A133 for Clacton / Weeley (which has a great pub called The Black Boy) / Frinton / Walton then the B1033.

The brown signs will be visible once you get to Thorpe le Soken.

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