Meet the Team


Emma has over ten years of experience in the beauty industry and 14 years in retail management.

Emma's main focus is the running of The Great Bentley Retreat as well as training new staff. Emma holds a Level 3 Award in Education and Training and now also works as an educator with Louella Belle; distributor and educators for Artistic Gel polish, IBX and Foot Logix. as well as training waxing techniques with Outback Organics wax range. 

Emma has a passion for skin and foot care and a keen interest in using natural ingredients and keeping the salon environmentally friendly. She is able to perform all beauty treatments however has had to retire from massage treatments, 


Michaela is our specialist nail technician and brow artist. As an alternative to waxing, Michaela offers threading and also offers hair removal (not intimate).
Michaela has over 10 years experience in the nail and brow industry.



Antony is a qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist, whose primary focus is strength and conditioning, which allows the individual to wake up certain muscle groups to support any problems. As well as offering a range of relaxation massage treatments such as aromatherapy massage, hot stone and warm bamboo massage to help soothe the body and mind.

Antony's services are great for clients who are less mobile, have physical illnesses or are in need of physical rehabilitation. 

Antony can also help with training for marathons or running clubs for pre and post-event management. 


Julia is fully trained in Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki Healing. "I truly believe that complementary therapies can do wonders for anyone with health or emotional concerns. I’m proud to say I have supported many clients over the years to feel healthier, happier and less stressed with these wonderful treatments".
"As a client of the Retreat for over 10 years, I can honestly say there isn’t a better place to work."
Julia is now available at Great Bentley Retreat for Reflexology, Indian Head Massage and Reiki Healing. "I do hope to meet you in the very near future".

Michelle has worked at The Great Bentley Retreat for over 5 years and is our Senior Therapist.

Michelle is able to preform most treatments and has a flair for nail art and massage. Her excellent reviews reflect her passion and expertise. 


The best experience I’ve had with a Hollywood wax, isn’t as painful as I’ve felt in other salons! Emma is always quick and knows what she’s doing.

27/12/2019 Employee: Emma S

Three great treatments. Massage was lovely and relaxing, nails look fab and Christmassy

(love the snowmen nail art), therapist very friendly, welcoming and thorough. Would highly recommend.

15/12/2019 Employee: Michelle S

Julia is brilliant! Professional great at explaining what she is doing. A real pleasure to be treated by her, cannot wait until next visit

22/12/2019 Employee: Julia H

What a wonderful pre seasonal treat spending the afternoon at the retreat. I came away feeling truly spoilt. All the treatments were perfect, I even have Christmas trees on my fingers, really sparkly. Thank you all for your care over the past year, so glad I discovered you. All booked for the new year. Thanks again. 

21/12/2019 Employee: Michaela W

Once again Antony was brilliant, hit all the right spots. Thank you. The retreat always leaves me feeling relaxed and even though every one is always busy you are never rushed and the place is always spotless. How they all manage it is a wonder.

14/12/2019 Employee: Antony D

Contact Us

Telephone: 01206 255 108

We are also available to contact via our Facebook page. Please leave us a message and a member of our team will try and reply to you as soon as possible.


The Great Bentley Retreat

5-7 Beaver House 

Plough Road Centre

Plough Road

Great Bentley 





Beaver House is located on the Plough Road Business Centre, opposite the Great Bentley Village Hall, to the left of the Bentley Fire Shop.

The Retreat is a short walk from the train station and has parking at the front and rear of the building. Disabled access via ramp and wide door access is available at the rear of the building. 

There are hourly trains that go directly to Great Bentley from Colchester Town, Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze.