Some days I really love my job. And while it is always a pleasure to visit the 5* Stoke Park Hotel in Buckinghamshire, my recent visit was made extra special. I woke up the next morning feeling completely invigorated, having had the most beautifully sound night sleep (the first I’d had in a while).

The brand new Mandala Flow massage, an exclusive to Stoke Park, was being introduced ready for launch. Candice Pennington who developed the treatment in collaboration with Sensory Retreats had just completed her training with Stoke Park’s team of highly experienced therapists – and they were as excited about it as I was.

The Mandala Flow massage is the first treatment to be rolled out from the new range of Holistic Treatments focussing on evoking serenity and mindfulness. It was wonderful! Candice used natural ingredients, unique massage techniques and mindful experiences that helped me to relax, rebalance and reset. 

Sensory Retreats vision for the brand is to offer innovative and deeply restorative massage treatments, retail products and personal experiences, which will help to elevate personal wellbeing and bring an increased balance and enjoyment to people’s lives, across the globe, achieved through the power of the 5 senses: sight, sound, smell, taste and expert touch. 

Clare Anderson, the founder of Sensory Retreats and successful entrepreneur behind Lava Shells has over 25 years’ experience in the luxury spa and skincare industry. Clare and Candice first met when working together on British Virgin’s Necker Island, now both based in the UK their paths have crossed again at a perfect time. With Candice’s 18 years experience in yoga, massage and meditation together they make a highly dynamic duo in the health and wellbeing industry.

Known as the Wellness Specialist to the stars, Candice has blended together Eastern and Western techniques to create this world-class holistic massage treatment. And it is true – it takes you into a heightened state of tranquillity touching upon each of your senses. The use of advanced massage techniques, deep yet gentle strokes – harness the power of flowing as your mind, body and spirit are guided into a meditative state of relaxation.

Anna Thomas, Spa Director explains “I am so excited to be welcoming Sensory Retreats into Stoke Park Spa. A spa experience should awaken all of your senses and ensure you take a moment to stop and refresh and I feel that the new oils and treatments from Sensory Retreats deliver this perfectly. The Mandala flow massage is pure heaven and really delivers what a spa experience should for you. We are delighted to be having the treatment exclusively at Stoke Park and are excited to welcome our spa guests to enjoy it with us.”

Exceptional attention to detail has gone into ensuring the Mandala Flow massage stimulates all 5 senses, to include the use of a luxurious fusion of Argan, Shea, Coconut oil and delicately balanced aromatherapy oils, combined with carefully curated advanced massage techniques and additional touches. The treatments have been designed to restore your spirit and settle your emotions, revive and energise body and mind, and empower you to feel stronger. Not only this but the therapies also help to invigorate circulation, ease muscle tension and leave your skin silky soft. 

Announcing the launch of Sensory Retreats, Founder, Clare Anderson says “The need to retreat from daily life, if even for a moment has become increasingly important and necessary for our emotional and mental self-care. From my own experience working with over 2,000 UK spas and developing product lines, I didn’t feel that traditional spa massage treatments and aftercare which work on just one or two of the senses were fully providing this solution. As a result Sensory Retreats was born, a collection of holistic wellbeing treatments, products and experiences from around the world which envelops all 5 of our senses, cocooning the user into their own mini retreat whether this is in spa, at home or on location.”

The Sensory Retreats experience starts in spa but extends to a range of retail products including Sensory Retreats wellbeing oil blends. Gift sets incorporating a treat size wellbeing oil, massage candle, chakra diffuser bracelet, crystal, lavender eye mask and herbal tea along with wellbeing advice and tips enable our spa and salon guests to continue enjoying the benefits of their Sensory Retreats journey at home or on their travels. Providing the ability to take some much needed “me” time every day.

And their plans don’t stop there – The company aim to expand to full experience retreats with a team of wellbeing experts in the UK and abroad, bringing its community together for further personal enrichment – so watch this space! They are taking the spa experience to the next level and I will be following them every step of the way.

To find out more or to book the Mandala Flow massage visit or call 01753 717171.