TOR Spa Retreat

Wickham Lane, Ickham, Canterbury, CT3 1RD

From £107.50 per person

About

Dreaming of a deeply nurturing wellbeing boost? You’ll find it at TOR, an Ayurvedic spa retreat deep in leafy Kent. Just five miles from Canterbury in the pretty village of Ickham, it’s surrounded by pin-drop peaceful gardens. And, with its own tranquil lake, this is a place to relax and re-energise. 

Not heard of Ayurveda? Where have you been hiding? It may sound like a hyped-up wellness trend, but this Indian system of holistic medicine has stood the test of time (some 5,000 years to be precise). Based on the delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit, Ayurveda’s soul-soothing treatments have a long list of health benefits. But beyond the next-level massages and facials, Ayurveda is a lifestyle - and it’s one you’ll fully embrace during your time here.

Sun yourself on the lakeside decking. Sip on Ayurvedic infusions and soak up the soul-soothing views from the lakeside conservatory. Wallow in the blissfully warm indoor pool. It’s oxygenated, so no chemical nasties will spoil your zen. Open pores in the sauna and breathe deeply in the stone steam room. Even the two-course vegetarian or vegan lunch embraces Ayurvedic principles - it’s a communal affair using locally-sourced or home-grown vegetables.

Spa days at TOR Spa Retreat may feel as relaxing as a holiday, but if you did want to make a longer break of it, six bright and modern bedrooms await. There’s plenty to do, thanks to a dream location that leaves you well-placed to explore the Kent coastline. Deal, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate and Ramsgate are all within easy reach.Or make a pilgrimage to Canterbury to see the world-famous Cathedral and indulge in a spot of retail therapy.

Whether you seek a serene sanctuary, a holistic oasis, or a group getaway with friends, TOR Spa Retreat delivers an experience that’s far beyond the ordinary. More than just a spa, it's an Ayurvedic retreat that wholly embraces the healthy ethos - and it’s one that’s sure to wow you.

Popular Facilities

  • Super-heated indoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Stone steam room
  • Lounges
  • Relaxation room in Lakeside Conservatory
  • Wellness room
  • Garden
  • Healthy vegetarian and vegan lunches

Packages

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1 Night Solo Spa Break

  • 1 treatment, up to 30 minutes
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Light healthy breakfast
  • Two course set Keralan style vegetarian lunch
  • Complimentary herbal infusion teas
  • Arrive at 9.30am to use the leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, relaxation lounges, sauna, steam room, gardens and lake
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Check in from 2pm - Room departure 10am
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From £107.50 per person

Unwind Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, up to 30 minutes
  • Two course set Keralan style vegetarian lunch
  • Complimentary herbal infusion teas
  • Full use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrive at 9.30am (Weds arrive at 2pm)
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From £120.00 per person

1 Night Spa Break for Two

  • 1 treatment, up to 30 minutes
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Light healthy breakfast
  • Two course set Keralan style vegetarian lunch
  • Complimentary herbal infusion teas
  • Arrive at 9.30am to use the leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, relaxation lounges, sauna, steam room, gardens and lake
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Check in from 2pm - Room departure 10am
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From £169.50 per person

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Details

Towel and robes providedYes
Length of pool10m
No. of treatment rooms4
Dual treatment roomsNo
Spa Accessible accessYes
Max no. in group18
Dress for lunchNo
Minimum age16
Local attractionsHerne Bay Pier, Deal Castle, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Canterbury Cathedral, Howletts Wild Animal Park, Wingham Wildlife Park, Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve
No. of bedrooms6
Check-in time14:00
Use facilities before check in timeYes, chargeable and pre-booking required
Hotel Accessible accessYes
Electric car charging pointNo
Car parkingComplimentary
Pets welcomeNo

Facilities

  • Super-heated indoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Stone steam room
  • Lounges
  • Relaxation room in Lakeside Conservatory
  • Wellness room
  • Garden
  • Healthy vegetarian and vegan lunches

The Spa & Wellness at TOR Spa Retreat

Knotted shoulders and an aching neck? A trip to the sublime TOR Spa Retreat is just what the doctor ordered. The perfect antidote to life’s stresses and strains, its Ayurvedic treatments, thermal facilities and tranquil spa garden are just what you need to relax, refresh and recuperate. 

First stop on your journey to holistic wellness? It has to be a treatment. Pick from an encyclopaedia of Ayurvedic delights that include energising facials and oil-drenched massages. Your pampering will take place in one of four zen-like spa treatment rooms, and there are even eye-brightening rituals to help you float out looking as good as you feel.

Post-massage, the deep sofas in one of the comfortable lounges beckon. Help yourself to hot and cold drinks, including herbal teas, chai and Ayurvedic infusions. Browse the eclectic collection of books and magazines. If the weather’s fine you can sun yourself beside the lake, enjoying the natural beauty. With a maximum of only 18 day guests, you won’t have to fight over the last lounger! 

But your feel-good journey doesn’t end here! Relax and swim in the super-heated pool. Its warm waters use oxygen and ultraviolet light instead of chemicals. Then slowly unwind in the sauna and stone steam room, as you drift even deeper into bliss.

The Gym & Fitness at TOR Spa Retreat

There’s no gym at TOR Spa Retreat, but that doesn’t mean you should leave your fitness goals at home. Its wellness room plays host to weekly classes like Pilates and yoga. These cost extra - and they’re popular, so you’ll need to call ahead to book your space.

The Ayurveda lifestyle encompasses exercise and spending time in nature, so why not do both at the same time? Located in the quaint village of Ickham, this is the place for picturesque walks and fresh country air. Bring your Fitbit and your trainers because it’s the ideal location for a hike in beautiful surroundings. 

For a long-distance stroll, you can take a 9.5 mile circular walk which takes you from Ickham, and passes through the pretty villages of Patrixbourne, Bekesbourne, Littlebourne and Wickhambreaux, taking in five churches and many converted watermills. It also features orchards and watercourses.

Restaurants & Food at TOR Spa Retreat

How often have you wolfed down your lunch without really thinking about it? Or watched TV while having dinner, distracted from the taste and texture of the food you are eating? Ayurvedic practices emphasise eating mindfully and savouring each bite - and it’s something you’ll be doing on your TOR Spa Retreat.

Its healthy lunches aren’t just delicious, all-vegetarian (or vegan) affairs. Eaten communally with your fellow spa goers, they promote the practice of mindful eating, encouraging you to slow down and fully experience the sensational flavours. Included with spa day packages, enjoy steaming hot bowls of food, home cooked on the day, using locally-sourced or home-grown vegetables.

Here on an overnight stay that includes breakfast? Lucky you! Delivered to your door in a hamper, it’s continental-style, delicious and light. You can even eat it in bed if you wish.

Although TOR Spa Retreat doesn’t serve dinner, it has a trick up its sleeve to ensure you won’t go hungry. It’s teamed up with its neighbour, The Duke William, to offer spa room guests 15% off food and drink when visiting Monday to Friday. Cosy and quintessentially Kent, enjoy pub classics made from the best of the Garden of England.

Spa Location

TOR Spa Retreat

TOR Spa Retreat

Wickham Lane
Ickham
Canterbury
CT3 1RD
01227 728500

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How to get to the Spa?

By train: TOR Spa Retreat is five miles from Canterbury. Canterbury East has connections to Dover Priory and London Victory. At Canterbury West you’ll find trains to Margate, Ramsgate, London Charing Cross and London St Pancras. Taxis are available outside both stations, and the spa is a 15 to 20 minute-drive away.

By bus: The number 11 bus goes from Canterbury to Ickham.

By car: Take the M2/A2 to Canterbury. Continue on the A2, leaving at the exit for Bridge. You will pass a white Mill before you come to a right turn sign posted Drill lane. Turn right into it, go up it and turn left at the top. After 20 metres you will see the TOR sign on the right. Turn right into it and go down the gravel driveway to the left-hand side of the entrance. The postcode for your sat nav is CT3 1RD.

Parking: Free parking is available on-site

Reviews

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Pretty garden area, did think it was expensive for what it was.
3 / 5

I did a half day spa with friends, felt it wasn't enough of a ' pampering experience ' for the price tag of £105 for 3 hour spa use, lunch and 30 minute treatment. Negatives- massage was ok, not much...... Read more

Really disappointed, won’t be returning
2 / 5

Really disappointed that a lot of what I’m about to say has been said by others over the last few years. Such a shame these issues haven’t being resolved! The staff were lovely. Garden was...... Read more

A very special place
5 / 5

When my sister mentioned a trip to a strange sounding spa in a village I have never heard of I wasn’t sure? 
I read a few reviews, felt disheartened and wasn’t looking forward to going at all. 
My...... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Does TOR Spa Retreat serve afternoon tea?

Sorry, it doesn’t, just lunch and complimentary teas, coffees and Ayurvedic infusions. Spa overnight guests also have a continental breakfast hamper to enjoy in their room.

Is there a swimming pool at TOR Spa Retreat?

Yes there is, so come on in, the water’s lovely! The indoor pool is 10m long and blissfully heated to 35-degrees so there’s no excuse not to get your shoulders wet. Finish your swim with a trip to the sauna and stone steam bath. 

Does TOR Spa Retreat have accommodation?

It does! Spoil yourself after your indulgent spa day by booking into one of the six bright and modern rooms on-site. Featuring en-suites with powerful showers, WiFi and tea-making facilities, all come with gorgeous views over the beautiful gardens, lake or the surrounding fields. There’s even the gorgeous Garden Suite which has self-catering facilities for two people. 

What are check-in and check-out times at TOR Spa Retreat?

For overnight stays, your room will be available from 2pm on your day of arrival, and you need to vacate by 10am on your day of departure. The spa is open between 9.30am and 4.30pm. You’ll be allocated your treatment time on the day.

Is TOR Spa Retreat accessible?

Yes it is. Wheelchair-friendly, the complex is spread over one floor. There are two accessible rooms without any steps.

Where is TOR Spa Retreat?

TOR Spa Retreat is situated in Ickham, a leafy East Kent village just five miles from Canterbury. With an enviable position between pretty villages, it makes a great base from which to explore the coast, with Deal, Ramsgate and Margate all close-by.

Is TOR Spa Retreat family-friendly?

TOR Spa Retreat welcomes adults and teens over the age of 16.

Is TOR Spa Retreat dog-friendly?

Sorry, no it isn’t dog-friendly. No pets allowed here.

Does TOR Spa Retreat have a golf course?

No, but there is one within striking distance. Canterbury Golf Club is less than a 10-minute drive away, and it’s a Harry Colt-designed, 18-hole course that welcomes visiting golfers of all abilities.