Hotel review: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa, Kent

Staying at Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa, you’ll forget that the 15 acres of lush landscape surrounding it are fringed with suburban houses and that, just a few miles to the west, lie Dartford and London’s beating heart. You find yourself enveloped in a peaceful and inviting corner of the world, ideal for a long weekend break out of the city, for much-needed rest and relaxation, some tender TLC, and fanciful food.

Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa

Starting off as a hotel and restaurant in 1987 before introducing a fabulous spa in the 90s, Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa has been expanding comfortably and delivering quality service for decades. Whether you’re after a romantic mini spa break with your significant other, or planning a larger event like a wedding (there’s a beautiful venue to the right of the main building, with a thatched roof and dreamy-white exterior), this flagship Alexander Hotel can cater effortlessly for any occasion. After driving through the stately red-brick entrance and up the winding, white-stoned driveway, you’ll clap your eyes on a charmingly handsome country manor. Walking into the duck-egg blue lobby, with a staircase leading to the rooms on the left, you’re greeted with a warm smile and helpful instructions, as well as a friendly tour of the hotel to get you started.

Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa

The main attraction is, of course, Utopia Spa. This haven is a true escape into another time – once you’ve made your way through the changing rooms, a Roman oasis awaits: the sapphire waters from the cool plunge pool glow, illuminating the mock-Roman arch that frames the hot tub underneath. A small steam room sits at the base of some honey-coloured stairs, with slats emulating marble columns, and at the top, you’ll find a larger, heated indoor pool fringed with seats – perfect for slow-sipping a refreshing drink. Spaces can be limited in the spa, which makes for a more intimate experience among the ambient chambers. A selection of tempting treatments are on offer for men, women and couples: from a bamboo stick massage to head-to-toe chakra well-being, both your body and spirit will leave feeling refreshed and realigned.

Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa

It’ll then be time to rehydrate and refuel – and what better way than with a quick cocktail at the Elements Bar & Lounge. Think splashes of bright teal blended with slate greys as the primary décor, setting the mood for a sophisticated meal over at RG’s restaurant. With two AA Rosettes to its name, expect top-quality food, the finest service and excellent presentation. Evening cuisine ranges from seared scallops and chicken terrine served with freshly baked sourdough, to delicately sliced veal with creamy seasoned mash. Pair this with a crisp white or a full-bodied red, before rounding off the evening with a delectable panna cotta or a delightful cheesecake.

Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa
Image: Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa

Retiring to your room will be pure bliss: spread over two floors and individually named after flowers, these offer a restful retreat after a tiring day spa-ing yourself out. Their chic hues and minimalist décor exude country refinement with a hint of modernity. Thick throws and large, chunky cushions add warming, homely touches that make you eager to hunker down for the night – not before, of course, taking a satisfying soak in the oversized tub and sampling the L’Occitane toiletries provided in your bathroom. Room service is available for that cheeky but not-so-cheap bottle of wine late into the evening, or a relaxed breakfast the next day, if a lie-in is what you fancy.

Words by Peter Croucher

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