Those beautiful grounds, meanwhile, provide an endless source of inspiration. “Garden elements can be found throughout the hotel, from the botanical wallcovering in the entry hall to the Brasserie,” says Andrew Jordan, vice president of YTL Hotels. And it’s not just the grounds — the surrounding river provides its own inspiration, too. Moored on the banks of the island is a luxurious floating spa, the very first of its kind. “We couldn’t actually build on the island,” says Andrew, “so we took the spa
to the waters instead and commissioned a custom-made barge.”
The spa menu pays tribute to Monkey Island’s past — don’t miss The Monks’ Elixir, which promises to deliver booze, botany and beauty in a 90-minute treatment that takes its inspiration from the 12th-century Augustinian monks who settled along the river at Bray Lock. Meanwhile, herbal tinctures that are crafted on board by the team of beauty experts dressed in nautically themed uniforms merely add to the desire to slip into that white fluffy robe.
And if the lure of the river continues, while away an hour or so on a gentle cruise, with locally made Harrow and Hope fizz and canapés to add to the decadent delight.