Prince Charles has officially opened a luxury spa in Poundbury.

Set in the Royal Pavilion in Queen Mother Square, the multi-million-pound spa is the first UK adventure for Monart Destination Spa, Ireland, one of the top spa groups in the world and privately owned by brothers Michael and Liam Anthony Griffin.

At the opening ceremony Ben Murphy, Estate Director of The Duchy of Cornwall, described it as ‘the jewel in the crown’ of Queen Mother Square.

The spa’s stated aim is to create an environment where you can ‘truly rest, relax and rejuvenate’.

It was designed by architect Stephen Carr Construction and fit out work was carried out by C.G Fry & Son.

The day spa is open to all with no membership required offering curated half/full day and evening spa experiences, including treatments and access to the world-class facilities.

Liam Anthony Griffin said: “We are highly experienced at running destination spas with accommodation, but this is a new concept; a luxury day spa where we see Dorset residents as our guests.

“We have focused on creating an environment of pure relaxation where wellbeing is the centre of everything we do.

“We have researched the very best of traditional techniques combined with state-of-the-art technologies to give our guests a health and wellbeing enhancing spa experience.

“Our purpose is to ensure every guest leaves us feeling nurtured, de-stressed and rejuvenated.’

The owners say they are committed to high environmental responsibility with ethically sourced cruelty free ingredients for their treatments.

Food and drinks, using produce from local Dorset producers, Brace of Butchers and plant-based sweet treats from Feed the Soul, will be served during the day at the spa lounge. Sparkling wines are provided by Dorchester’s Langham wine estate.