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As you know we like to give a shout out to local businesses that we love and with whom we share values. That couldn’t be more true of The Rye Retreat. If Swallowtail Hill really knows how to treat guests on holiday, then the Rye Retreat really knows how to treat their clients for a bit of pampering. 

Throughout the year we have plenty of guests who come and stay for celebratory breaks – birthdays, anniversaries, girls’ weekends – that kind of thing, and we’re often asked where the best place is for treatments and massage, or even for a haircut (and at the current time – did a haircut ever feel more indulgent and luxurious and needed as right now?  Never again will we take them for granted!). Well, we have the Rye Retreat on speed dial so we’re always happy to recommend. In fact now the shops, cafes and restaurants are beginning to re-open –  why not make a day of it in Rye  – it’s the perfect place for a mooch about, followed by a massage and then maybe a leisurely lunch al fresco.

Situated on Cinque Ports Street the Rye Retreat is a beautiful building which is every bit as welcoming inside as it looks on the outside. The team are the friendliest bunch of folks you’ll find. On the ground floor is the hair salon – always buzzy and busy, but if you sneak downstairs, you’ll find the most wonderfully calm and relaxing space for treatments. They have a gorgeous courtyard garden too – which really comes into its own in the summertime.  

 The Rye Retreat is an Aveda spa – using Aveda’s naturally derived products which are sourced without harming the environment. This is another reason we love them and why they sit so well with Swallowtail Hill’s focus on sustainability.  If you’re new to Aveda it’s inspired by various plant-based traditions from around the world. Its philosophy is grounded in the belief that everything in the universe is composed of 5 elements; infinity, air, fire, water and earth. Environmental and emotional factors like stress, or toxicity can cause these elements to shift out of balance, affecting our skin, body and emotions. Aveda believes in holistically restoring balance by engaging all five senses through their pure aroma, plant-based products, nurturing treatments and unique sensory experiences. I mean really? What’s not to love!

Just like us, our friends at the Rye Retreat have only just been allowed to reopen their doors after a long while closed. They too have your safety and comfort in mind – so you can absolutely be assured that their COVID19 regimes are exemplary.  It’s testament to their skill and professionalism that they’ve managed to put everything in place to ensure clients stay safe but at the same time maintain the same luxurious, nurturing experience that they’ve long been known for. You won’t be disappointed! Visit their website here for more details.

Think I’ve just talked myself into a post lockdown pampering now…!

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