The mini dressing gowns and slippers for children brought me out in a cold sweat. Kids can (occasionally) be well behaved and (sometimes) quiet, but in my opinion, little people and spas don’t mix.

Hats off, then, to whoever decided to have a separate spa area for adults, with a 20-metre pool you can actually swim laps in. All hotel guests have access to this sleek pool, which is adjacent to some heat rooms, plus another pool where parents with kids can happily splash around (without worrying about disapproving frowns from people like me).

Most guests head here, if only to swim through a door that leads to a bubbling alfresco hydropool area. Open to the elements, come rain, snow or shine, it’s here you’ll find guests discussing their round of golf, game of tennis, or close encounter with one of the hotel’s horses.

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