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We hinted at it the other day, but now we are excited to announce the launch of a new Deluxe facial ritual using amazing Kelsey skincare products…


Kelsey Farm is a Kent based producer of some of the country’s finest raspberries and strawberries, and is now a leader within the natural skin care market. Kelsey has created a ground breaking formula that harnesses the powerful actives from the raspberries that they grow. These high-performance actives aid with regenerating the skin, improving its texture and tone, as well as promoting a healthy glow: bringing luminosity to every complexion.

And now you can experience these benefits first hand at TOR Spa Retreat with the Deluxe Facial Ritual:

The 55 minute ritual starts with a heavenly back massage to soothe and relax the facial muscles, before a combination of cleansing, 2 high performance masks and 2 specialised facial massages, followed by a blissful hand and foot massage.

Vickie, our facial therapist, is an industry veteran with an impressive 25 years of experience. She has worked with numerous high-profile clients, including celebrities and society figures. Vickie received her training from Jo Malone in her own specific facial ritual, to help her VIP clients from around the globe. During that time, Vickie had the opportunity to provide regular facials to Jo herself as they travelled together across the UK, Ireland, and America.

Give back to your skin and get the #KELSEYglow with our brand new facial, featuring holistic, vegan and Kelsey Skincare products, £85 a session.

Call TOR Spa Retreat on 01227 728500 to book.

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Do you feel like you have just lived the exact same year twice?

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Do you feel like you have just lived the exact same year twice? And, while not unhappy with your life, you feel like something is missing or that it is not quite right?
Maybe your body feels sluggish and you’re not sure why. Maybe what you need is a break from it all. A chance to reset and realign your body and mind with your purpose. Maybe you need a retreat.
TOR Spa is located in the countryside near the ancient city of Canterbury and as one of the UK’s leading Ayurvedic Spas, we are perfectly placed to offer Panchakarma retreats.
During your retreat you will:
🌱 Have an exclusive one hour Ayurvedic health consultation with our qualified Ayurvedic doctor
🌱 Complete use of all of our spa facilities
🌱 One Ayurvedic treatment per day as recommended by our Ayurvedic doctor
🌱 En suite accommodation
🌱 Home-cooked vegetarian meals
🌱 The option to add Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness/Life Coaching sessions at an extra cost.
If you feel that Ayurvedic living may be the direction your life needs, this could be the perfect start, in a wonderfully secluded location to allow your mind to rest and focus on what you want to happen next. You can spend anything from three days to a month on-site, under the guidance of our Ayurvedic practitioners in the wonderful surrounds of the spa. A truly India in England experience.
See our website for more information on our Panchakarma retreats or give us a call for an informal chat.

Special Offer – The Duke William

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We are delighted to share that we have teamed up with our neighbours at The Duke William to offer spa room guests the opportunity to benefit further with 15% OFF food and drink at The Duke William when visiting Monday to Friday.

The Duke William is a quintessential Kentish pub, with an open cosy fire, stunning garden to the reat plus four beautifully furnished guest rooms above, located in the village of Ickham just 5 minutes walk from the spa.

Open 7 days a week serving seasonal local food and drink, built around the best local produce and suppliers the surrounding countryside and coastline has to offer.

To make a booking and benefit from your 15% discount, simply show the staff at The Duke William your booking confirmation and quote Tor Spa when booking direct.

Discount applies only during your booked visit and stay at TOR Spa Retreat and is only available for TOR spa accommodation guests.

Our Santhosham Facial…

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We all know that true beauty comes from health and happiness.

Both of which are difficult to achieve when you are plagued by headaches, anxiety and fatigue. Our Santhosham face massage helps to target these, while relaxing you and caring for your skin.

Combining a gentle upper body and facial massage, and using coconut oil, you can be sure to come away with super nourished skin and a sense of calm like never before.

If this sounds like something you need, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01227 728500 and book your massage today.


What’s on your mood board for 2024?… and how can we help?

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So, January was just a free trial of 2024, right?

Whatever your goals are, here at TOR Spa would love to help you achieve them with Ayurvedic living offering up a template to work from.

By following the principles of Ayurveda, you can achieve your goals by promoting overall health and well-being, which can lead to increased energy, improved focus and concentration, and a greater sense of purpose. Ayurveda offers personalised recommendations for diet, lifestyle, and self-care practices based on your unique constitution or “dosha.” By aligning your habits with your dosha, you can optimise your physical and mental health, and achieve your goals with greater ease and efficiency.

Whether you need a treatment to help ease an ailment, as a way to reset and relax, or simply want a break from it all with good, nourishing food and the peace of the countryside to soothe your soul – we are here for you.


TOR Spa Retreat – Selfcare…

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With the weather remaining a tad on the colder side, we thought we’d share this beautiful photo of the Spa in the snow from a few years back, and post it with a reminder that goals can be set at any time of the year.

There is something to be said for the winter and its ability to force us to slow down and reflect, both on the days that have passed but also the year that lays ahead. As we head into the third week of January, talk already begins to turn to the idea that we have already failed our new year’s resolutions.

But maybe we are looking at it wrong. Maybe it is not a winning or failing, black or white scenario. Maybe the cold, short days of winter are here to make us sit back and contemplate what shape we want our lives to take once the sun comes back and the world springs back to life. The all or nothing approach combined with a punishment narrative can only lead to failure, especially in days that are harsher and more contemplative than most. As local writer Katherine May says in her book ‘Wintering’ “We have seasons when we flourish and seasons when the leaves fall from us, revealing our bare bones. Given time, they grow again.”

Remember, there is nothing magical about January first. You can begin again whenever you choose. But when you do, make sure you do it with kindness.

Here at TOR Spa Retreat, we have spa packages to suit all of your needs. Time in our beautiful spa starts from as little as £35.00 and treatments at £30.00. Why not treat your self to a little selfcare this January.

Please see our website for our full range of packages packages/ Ayurveda Retreat UK | Kent Detox Spa | TOR Spa Retreat and call 01227 728500 to book.

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Ayurveda and Healing Herbs

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“May all be happy, may all be free from disabilities, may all look to the good of others, may none suffer from sorrow” Ayurvedic Stanza

As with all holistic methods of healing, Ayurveda looks to treat the individual as a whole.  The mind, body and spirit are all linked and for true healing to take place all of these elements must be considered together and never separated.  Emotions and thoughts have a powerful impact on the way our body is expressed and the higher levels of our spirit must also be in alignment for a healthy life.  Herbs work well within this holistic system as they treat all levels of the self and create balance with natural healing elements, rather than man-made chemicals.  Ayureda contains many different methods and forms of herbal preparation which are all designed for different therapeutic effects.  This ancient method of healing uses infusions, decoctions, powders, poultices, pastes, oils and liniments in a great variety to support healing.  The herbs used will depend on the person’s dosha, their presenting symptoms and the weather.

Here at TOR Spa Retreat different oils, teas and foods are used to balance and relax our guests and give their whole system support before they return to their busy lives.


Tip: The easiest way to bring herbal remedies into your own life is to try herbal teas.  You can buy prepared blends from good health food shops which have Ayurvedic herbs such as fennel, tulsi and liquorice.  If you are feeling creative you can make your own teas with household and garden herbs.  Lavender and rosemary both make lovely blends from your own garden or cinnamon and clove combinations can be made from your kitchen supplies.  Be creative and try different blends and if you want to invest in a tea strainer or herbal tea pot then you can create lovely smooth teas with no bits!

To book contact us on: 01227 728500

Ayurvedic Approach to Life

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“The beauty of plants, especially of flowers, uplifts our emotions, we recognise the masterly touch of creation in them” Vaidya Bhagwan Dash

Ayurveda is both a science of life and a system of medicine.  It aims to treat the person as a whole so will take into account your lifestyle, diet, mental disposition and exercise routine. Therefore even in wellness you can take measures to bring the Ayurvedic teachings into your own Western lifestyle easily on an everyday basis.  Herbs, oils and diet play a big part in Ayurvedic health programmes and these can easily be practiced at home.  These days we are always rushing, never focussing on the moment and constantly worrying about situations that may never occur.  Letting go of these modern day traditions and allowing life to flow easily in the direction it is leading you is a valuable tool for dealing with the natural changes in our path.   By bringing healing herbs, simple rituals and foods into your day, you can support your body and mind through the challenges modern life brings.

By visiting an Ayurvedic retreat like TOR Spa Retreat you can learn how to ‘release’, ‘relax’ and ‘let go’ in true Ayurvedic style and learn ways of incorporating that peace into your own routine.  Here at TOR Spa Retreat we combine all the teachings and principles of Ayurveda in a simple and relaxing way by bringing nature, rejuvenating treatments and stillness together in spa day or retreat experiences.


Tip:  If you want to bring a little Ayurveda into your own life then you can take some simple first steps by being aware of the way you use your home.  Do you have papers and clutter lying around?  Do you have old clothes which you never wear at the back of your cupboard?  Is there dust collecting on your bookshelves?  Think of your home as your own spiritual retreat. Make an effort to burn oils, keep it tidy and tend to your plants.  You can even make an area focussed on relaxation and put flowers, ornaments and candles in that corner.  Each day spend 5 minutes in this area breathing deeply and focussing on the things you are grateful for in your life.  If you can’t manage 5 then do 2 minutes, every little helps!

Ayurvedic Foods

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It is easy to bring ancient healing methods into our modern busy world with simple cooking styles and techniques. Ayurveda uses food as a healing art and uses certain herbs and spices to support good health and balance the 3 doshas.


In Ayurvedic medicine doctors consider the three doshas and attempt to keep them in a good balance to maintain health or repair illness.  These doshas can become imbalanced when the lifestyle and emotions become damaging.  They are balanced with different foods depending on the property of that food (bitter, sweet, salty, sour, astringent, pungent).  Ayurveda works to restore harmony and balance in the body by using herbs, exercises, foods and treatments.  Here at TOR Spa Retreat we combine all these practices which creates a truly relaxing and restoring sanctuary to balance modern life and focus on vegetarian dosha neutral food which nourishes and cleanses the body.

Tip: Herbs can rejuvenate the body and help to keep it in balance.  Try using cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric and cloves in your cooking.  They can help to stimulate the system and keep you feeling vital and strong.  Each herb has its own individual properties for supporting health and by combining them in meals you can help to support your whole system (always check for contraindications to medications/illnesses/pregnancy)



Ayurveda and Connecting to Nature

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 “The best reflections are there when the wind, water and you are quite still.”

It is very rare in modern lives that we make the time to walk in nature and appreciate its simplicity.  Ayurvedic principles show that the elements in nature (air, fire, water, earth and space) are also within us.  Therefore when connecting to nature, we are also developing our deeper knowing and connecting to the world around us. Ayurvedic medicine takes this further and shows how certain weathers and seasons can affect the way we feel and respond to events in our lives.  Those who practice Ayurveda create unique connections to each season and increase certain foods to balance the elements that time of year brings.

So to allow a little Ayurvedic enlightenment into your day, feel at one with nature and enjoy the fresh air on your skin.  The garden here at TOR Spa Retreat is a source of constant joy for us and our guests throughout the seasons.


Tip: Next time you decide to put the TV on or pick up your book, consider going outside for a stroll instead.  You don’t have to go on long walks to connect to nature and feel the air on your skin.  Even when you live in the city you can admire the way the trees take over the pavement as they stretch their roots and how small wall flowers find their way through the nooks and crannies to make their claim on the concrete.  It can also be very healing to have plants in your home, try herbs which you can grow and use in your cooking; take care of them and they will take care of you!  Having plants in your home which you care for and tend to is a spiritual practice which allows you to nurture and share your own energy with nature.