At Tao Retreat we specialise in holistic treatments to revive the body and cleanse the soul. Treatments designed to rejuvenate your body and calm your mind, our wide range of luxury treatments include spa therapies, wellbeing skincare treatments from our specialists and heavenly massages from Elemental Herbology and many more top brands. We work to achieve the core principles of Tao : ‘to create the ultimate in relaxation and bring about pure equilibrium’ Our luxury Retreat, soft linen and heated couches are ready for you.

Time to Retreat…

Meet the Team



Joanne trained in Beauty Therapy at South East Essex College and has over 20 years experience.

Jo has owned Tao Retreat for almost 10 years. Previously having worked at Five Lakes Beauty Spa and setting up Serenity at the Black-Water Leisure Centre back in 2001, in the nearby area Jo wanted expand and open the holistic Retreat putting relaxation and well-being at the forefront of treatments being offered.

Joanne’s passion is for holistic treatments including Tao’s most popular signature ‘Five Element’ selection for the Body and Skin. Where the main focus is to instill calm, serenity and natural well-being, helping trigger a myriad of healing benefits for the mind and body. She believes that the natural way is always the best way. She also specialises in skincare working with clients to address either mild or more serious skincare concerns. Introducing the amazing Alift and Dermalux has been the most successful method for Tao as they are working in harmony with clients skincare and bodies, increasing cell-regeneration and increasing the rate that the body produces collagen, to restore and naturally recharge the skin. She loves clients walking in as one person and walking out feeling revived and brand new!

Sophie has over 10years experience and trained at colchester institute. She is always happy, very positive and takes everything in her stride, playing close attention to detail in every treatment she carries out. Her passion is massage and she has the ability to release deep muscle tension, leaving clients walking out saying “that was the best massage treatment ive ever experiened” She is also our social media expert!

Louise takes real pride in her job and is very meticulous in all aspects of beauty therapy. She has been in the industry for over 12years and is our hot peron rigot wax expert. Her enthusiasm for our signature ‘Five Elemental Treatments’ is great to see and she really thrives on all the science based theory that go hand in hand with our extensive product ranges.

Jenny specilalises in skincare and has such a real passion in getting results, she trained in her mid twenties at the courtyard clinic and played a big part in the success to Spa Noele. She is friendly and always goes the extra mile when performing a treatment. she has been in the industry over 15years.

More of the team to follow…

Our therapist team has over 20 years’ experience in treating both men and women in the professional spa environment. Our team are dedicated, hardworking have been trained to a high standard. We realise that everyone has individual requirements and for that reason we adapt and customise the treatment solely to suit your every need, making your visit to our Retreat unique in every-way.

Our Products

We have sourced the finest quality products to deliver fabulously opulent spa treatments. The gorgeous aromatics of Elemental Herbology enhance your relaxation with the five elements body oils whilst the natural skincare has been expertly developed to provide the ultimate nutrition for the skin. An abundance of natural actives combined with patented technologies to deliver effective, high-performance and indulgent skincare that will deliver all your radiant skin wants and needs.

Vitage® Advanced Antioxidant Skincare is a superior, high performance antioxidant range created by UK skin professionals. It suits a wide range of skin types and conditions, making it simple yet versatile. The key ingredients use the latest innovations to include advanced broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection and cutting-edge delivery systems and actives that address modern anti-ageing needs.

We stock the British, multi award winning, 100% natural lifestyle brand AromaWorks’ Home Fragrance collection. Their range includes reed diffusers, candles, rooms mists and bath bombs in the sensational Nurture, Inspire, Soulful and Serenity fragrances.

We use the well-known brand GELeration from Jessica to deliver a high gloss longer lasting gel polish, that’s kinder to the natural nail. Also CND for the fast drying longer lasting Vinyl-lux polish and quality foot and nail care products

Directions: From Morrisons car park head straight over the roundabout onto the Maldon Road towards Bicknacre. Immediately after exiting the roundabout take the first turning on the right into Knowles Farm.
If you are travelling from Bicknacre/Danbury take the turning on your left immediately before the Morrisons roundabout.come to my site!