Ensana makes UK market debut with Buxton Crescent

By Sarah Todd


By Sarah Todd

21 November 2020

The Buxton Crescent Ensana Spa opened on October 1 following a £70 million [€77 million] restoration of the property’s hotel and spa.

Located in the historic spa town of Buxton in the Peak District, Buxton Crescent is the first UK property from Ensana Health Spa Hotels and its multi-million pound renovation was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other stakeholders.

The rooftop pool at Buxton Crescent

Buxton Crescent’s Georgian building has been sensitively restored to offer 81 bedrooms and suites as well as a 1,858sqm spa that utilises the therapeutic, mineral-rich waters that run through the town.

The spa offers eight treatment rooms including one dual room, some of which feature the building’s original stained-glass windows.

“The therapeutic quality of Buxton’s mineral rich water is unparalleled anywhere in the UK and hydrotherapy will be at the forefront of Buxton Crescent’s spa offering.”

Mark Hennebry

Chairman, Ensana Hotels

There are also three pools: a fully refurbished Victorian-era thermal pool that is chemical-free and filled with heated, mineral-rich water; a relaxation pool that is covered by a dark ceiling pierced by shafts of light; and an indoor-outdoor rooftop pool.

Other facilities include a bio-thermal sauna, an infra-red sauna and a Salt Cave supplied by Milk Leisure. The spa’s gym is equipped by Technogym.

Buxton Crescent's atmospheric heated relax room

Speaking exclusively to European Spa, Mark Hennebry, chairman of Ensana Hotels said: “We are thrilled to bring our brand to the UK for the first time and look forward to reviving the wellness traditions of this historic spa town. The hotel first opened 230 years ago for notable visitors to ‘take the waters’ of Buxton, and we are proud to be revitalising this centuries-old tradition.”

Launched in 2019, the Ensana group now manages 26 spa hotels in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia and the UK. These are located in some of Europe’s most historic spa towns, which are renowned for their natural healing resources and restorative properties.

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