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England rugby star Ben Cohen cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open The Waterfront Spa & Health Club

England rugby star Ben Cohen cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open The Waterfront Spa & Health Club

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England rugby star Ben Cohen cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open The Waterfront Spa & Health Club

England rugby star Ben Cohen cuts the ceremonial ribbon to open The Waterfront Spa & Health Club

The Waterfront Spa & Health Club has opened at the Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel – and Ben Cohen MBE, one of the heroes of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph, was on hand to cut the ribbon.

Cohen – who won a legion of new admirers when he appeared on BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 – joined a host of VIP guests to toast the launch of the luxurious new spa and also the unveiling of four new suites, including a stunning bridal suite.

Another special guest at the opening ceremony was popular Indian singer Vijay Prakash, who is one of the artists credited for the Academy Award-winning song ‘Jai Ho’, which featured in the hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. Vijay delighted guests by performing an impromptu song at the spa opening. 

The 85-bedroom hotel, a grade II-listed Regency crescent terrace with an enviable beach-front location overlooking the harbour with views across the English Channel to France, is now home to one of the most luxurious boutique spas in the region.

More than £1m has been invested to create seven beautifully appointed treatment rooms, new sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, a bigger and more luxurious relaxation area, changing rooms and showers. Extended opening hours are also offered for the convenience of clients.

During the champagne unveiling, therapists demonstrated the Ayurveda treatments available at the spa, which are designed to promote mental and physical wellness.

Award-winning ELEMIS products and treatments are on offer for the first time at The Waterfront and consultants from ELEMIS attended to provide guests with more information and to demonstrate the premium range of products now available there.

Improvements to the gym include new state-of-the-art Technofit equipment, while personal trainers are on hand to assist guests and run fitness classes.

Managing Director Mr Kanagaratnam Rajaseelan said: “Everyone who has been involved in this exciting project deserves huge credit. It has been a labour of love and we are delighted with the results. The Waterfront Spa & Health Club sets new standards and my message today is that if you are looking for the best spa in Kent, you should make us your first port of call.”

He said that the investment had created around 25 jobs, including therapists, gym instructors and receptionists, and all had been appointed from the local area, so providing a major boost to the economy of Dover.

Ben Cohen spoke about the importance of fitness and well-being to him as a professional sportsman and said he was hugely impressed with the new facilities at the spa.

“Like many other people I have perhaps travelled through Dover on my way to Europe not realising just how much the area has to offer visitors. The hotel’s position on the seafront is fabulous while the spa and health club offer facilities which are second to none. I can’t wait to return!” he told guests before cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

In addition to the new spa, the hotel has also created four luxurious new suites after acquiring an adjoining part of the terraced building. These premium rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated and finished, and include a bridal suite which boasts spectacular sea views.

As a special opening offer, there is 30% off all treatments and packages until 28 March 2018, subject to terms and conditions. For full details of the impressive range of spa treatments and products available visit

The Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa re-opened in 2011 after a multi-million-pound renovation. The work was undertaken by award-winning interior design practice NH Interiors. Their brief was to blend the original Regency features with modern day facilities.

It has 85 individually styled en-suite bedrooms, many with sweeping sea views; three conference, function and meetings rooms; The Waterside Brasserie; a stylish bar and a beachfront coffee shop.

The hotel is in Waterloo Crescent, a couple of minutes from the port and cruise terminals. It caters for weddings, meetings and conferences, plus theme nights and fine dining parties, private dining and other functions. A range of special events are held.

For more information, details of special offers or to book, call the hotel on 01304 203633, email or visit

Ayurveda – the Ancient Healing System now available in Dover

Ayurveda medicine is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing programmes. It places emphasis on prevention and encourages the maintenance of health through close attention to balance in one’s life, positive thinking, diet, lifestyle and the use of herbs. Wellness depends upon the delicate balance between the mind, body and spirits.

A one hour Ayurveda consultation at The Waterfront Spa & Health Club includes an assessment of your physical, mental and emotional situation and recommendations for restoring you to your best possible health. The consultation costs just £55.

Treatments include Abhyanga (full body massage, 60 mins for £75); Shirodhara (herbal oil flow over the scalp, 45 mins for £75); Pinda Sweda (herbal bolus treatment, 30 mins for £59); and the Ayurveda pregnancy massage (60 mins for £89).

Ayurveda treatments make great gifts, and gift vouchers are available. For more details of the range of treatments available visit

Dr Deepa Patwal, Spa & Ayurveda Consultant
Dr Deepa Patwal is a qualified Ayurvedic practioner from India. She obtained her Degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Science India after studying for five and half years for her BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery).

BAMS is an authentic degree in Ayurveda, although the curricular is exactly like Western Medicine, covering every aspect of modern medical science including surgery as well as the ancient medical science of Ayurveda. Subsequently she specialised in Masters in Yoga from Manipal University India, following Astanga Yoga.

She is qualified MBA in Health Care Service / Hospital Administration from Sikkim Manipal University India, with a Diploma in Spa Management and Spa Treatments.

Dr Deepa Patwal is expert in Ayurvedic consultation, with vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. She has presented papers and given lectures on Ayurveda. After having run successful practices in India for more than 10 years she brought her skills and expertise to the Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel. The Waterfront Spa & Health Club offers Ayurvedic consultation, Ayurvedic body treatments, yoga sessions and workshops.

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