Every self-respecting luxury hotel should have a proper open fireplace – in New York, The Lowell has them in about half the rooms. In its previous, Taj, days, the now-Newbury Boston had’em.
At Fairmont Windsor Park, 20 minutes’ west of Heathrow, there are prominent log fires, with leather seats, in several public areas. Above, hotel GM Ryan Nicholls holds court. He’s South African, lured into hospitality by an earlier generation of Nicholls who helped make what is now Johannesburg’s Four Seasons Westbury, then Orient-Express, so special. Today Ryan Nicholls is an essential player at Arora Hotels, works closely with Accor around the London area, at Heathrow, O2, Gatwick, Luton Hoo – to be Fairmont – and here, in Windsor Great Park.
This two-year old resort is a hotel for all seasons. It can hold several sizeable events simultaneously (the GM has had to cut, significantly, the tally of 91 weddings a year that happened in 2022). Wellness enthusiasts love the place because of its significantsuper-spa. It’s 2,500sq m spread over two floors, 18 treatment rooms. a 4-D Bodyscan Analytics scanner, a des La Sultane de Saba hammam, a 20m indoor pool (there’s also an outdoor pool), Ashiyu Japanese foot baths and cryotherapy that takes the body from -60 to -120°. And, guys, in the four-chair Truefitt & Hill barber shop there are pictures of royalty. Girls wanting curls can head for Davines, from Rome, and to face the face, there’s Comfort Zone and Facebible and more. Of course there’s a spin room and a pilates studio. Outside, there are endless walks and runs in the 40 acres of land around. Oh yes, and parents know kids will be taken care of at Little Brook Nursery.
And everyone staying over knows they will be taken care of by Housekeeping, and by Guest Services. Girlahead’s requested Financial Times came in the most luxurious ribben-tied card bag. Style, indeed. See suite 1062, below…