Growing up, Clare Cockell always loved playing with makeup and beauty products. Applying face masks, having makeover sessions with her cousin, and creating a new makeup look on her 'Girls World' doll. She was also always thoughtful and looked out for the well-being of others. This could have been partly due to many hospital visits growing up, with a condition which meant a weak bone in her leg. However, like many life experiences to date, she never let this hold her back.
Beauty therapy seemed the ideal career choice, and Clare was a natural from the start. She had a true passion for the industry, well-being, treatments and her care for her clients. It was a joy to see how relaxed someone could be after taking a little time out for themselves. Clare gained experience working in leading salons and a top destination spa in Hampshire, which saw a luxury offering and included a celebrity clientele, of which Clare was also requested as a therapist to see.
One thing Clare noticed, working in Hampshire, was that many of the clientele would visit from Kent. At the time, there was nothing quite like it back in her home county. It was a dream then to one day offer a relaxing treatment experience back home. Before this happened, Clare was offered a job in a spa of a leading luxury hotel in the Cayman Islands. Due to hurricane Ivan, this was not to be. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as after another 2 year position being part of a team to launch a Kingshill health club, Clare and her mother, Annette, then took on a Maidstone salon on the top two floors of the Gabriel’s Hill building. Leading luxury treatments were introduced. It was all about the experience.
A year later they expanded into the ground floor and relaunched as The Reef with a relaxation room and spa day offering. The Reef was the first beauty salon in Kent to have a relaxation room. This is what The Reef is about. Your time. Not rushing out after your visit. Enjoying a top treatment knowing that you’re in capable, friendly, and expert hands. The little touches. No judgement, simply a welcome with consideration and care from the team for you and your needs.
The Reef is proud of the team it has created. A supportive and kind environment is maintained, with a group of individuals who are each passionate in their own way about the industry and all conscious about helping and providing an excellent service for all they see.
Results-driven and anti-ageing facials, tension-easing and super relaxing massages, nails to show off, comfortable waxing with light-hearted conversation, and a visit with a loved one or group of friends enjoying treatments and afternoon tea; You can rest assured that a top service is what you shall receive.
Clare has gone on to judge in many national and international industry awards, plus be on the board of the UK Spa Association. She is still very much a huge part of The Reef and still enjoys it as much as the day she started. Well-being is still very important, even more so in such a busy World and The Reef ensures this is still a focus today – time out. Time to regroup, refresh, and renew.
The Reef has gone on to win many awards, which we are extremely proud of. Most important are the awards of top client experience, as after all, it’s all about you. We wouldn’t be where we are without you.
Clare then launched The Treatment Room at Barham Court in 2019 to offer expert treatments in peaceful surroundings.
We hope to be pampering you very soon.
With love & gratitude.