Towns and cities
Thermae Bath Spa, Bath
One of the UK’s most dramatic spas (pictured above), this neo-Georgian constructing is wrapped in angular glass, with entry to 3 naturally heated spring-fed swimming pools. The spa can get busy, so go early and head straight for the rooftop pool for views throughout town. The thermal expertise flooring features a sauna, steam room and a “celestial” rest room. Make the a lot of the waters with a watsu treatment (£67) – a type of shiatsu therapeutic massage in a personal pool.
Book it Spa taster classes, together with use of the spa and lunch or dinner, begin from £48, thermaebathspa.com
Stay The boutique Queensberry Hotel has doubles from £100 room-only, thequeensberry.co.uk
Kings Head, Cirencester
Overlooking Cirencester market, the Kings Head is a training inn relationship from the 14th century, with a contemporary country-chic inside. The spa is within the vaulted cellar, whose tactile limestone provides to the darkish, atmospheric area. The services are small, with a colour-changing Jacuzzi, infra-red sauna, steam room and cosy rest room. Treatments use aromatherapy model Decleor; the tranquillity scalp therapeutic massage (£30) provides you 25 minutes of full switch-off.
Book it The Sunday spa sleepover contains dinner, mattress and breakfast, entry to the spa and a 25-minute treatment. From £99pp for 2, or £149 single occupancy, kingshead-hotel.co.uk
Turkish Baths, Harrogate
One of solely a handful of Victorian Turkish baths nonetheless in use, these are stunning, with Moorish design together with Islamic arches, intricate glazed brickwork and painted ceilings. The bathing journey takes you round a sequence of heated rooms – the most well liked being the laconium and the coldest a freezing plunge pool. Try conventional remedies reminiscent of a hammam (£15), or extra fashionable remedies together with sizzling stone remedy (£70).
Book it Day passes from £18, hammam £15 additional, turkishbathsharrogate.co.uk
Stay Hotel du Vin Harrogate has doubles from £84 room-only, hotelduvin.com
Chapel Spa, Cheltenham
This day spa in a former 19th-century chapel has a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, Arabian mud remedies and candlelit rest space. The lengthy treatment checklist makes use of manufacturers together with La Sultane de Saba and Eminence Organic, in addition to its personal important oil blends. Aromatherapy massages begin at £30 (25 minutes). The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.
Book it A 3-hour spa retreat prices from £30 (remedies additional), half-day from £55 with one treatment. A “romantic hideaway for two” prices £195 and contains therapeutic massage, mud treatment, candlelit spa and half-bottle of champagne, chapelspa.co.uk
Stay The Bradley, a grand, antique-filled Regency home close by, has doubles from £94 B&B, thebradleyhotel.co.uk
Spa at One, Edinburgh
This newly refurbished rooftop spa in Edinburgh’s monetary district has an open-air hydro-pool – so you possibly can watch the solar setting over town skyline from a warm-water cocoon. Facilities embrace a 19-metre pool, seven saunas and steam rooms, and a darkish rest room lit by a flickering fireplace. Try the Mindful Moments therapeutic massage (£82) utilizing 100% natural model Spiezia – a treatment that’s good for you and the planet.
Book it Spa days together with use of the swimming pools and thermal suites begin at £70, onespa.com
Stay 24 Royal Terrace, a Georgian townhouse lodge designed by William Playfair, has doubles from £99 B&B, 24royalterrace.co.uk
The Principal, Edinburgh
Photograph: Tim Winter
This metropolis centre lodge has a model new spa, with pool, rest areas, sauna, steam room, health club and solo or couple’s treatment rooms. The intensive treatment checklist runs from manicures to Hebridean sea salt scrubs with pure and natural merchandise, from the Oskia or Ishga skincare ranges (the latter developed on the Isle of Lewis and seaweed based mostly). Try the signature Oskia glow facial, combining acupressure and lymph drainage (£80).
Book it A double room with spa entry for 2 begins at £119, remedies additional. Spa experiences from £110 with use of spa services, a treatment and lunch or tea in The Garden restaurant, phcompany.com
Spread Eagle Hotel, Midhurst, West Sussex
In a standard market city, the Spread Eagle – which dates from 1430 – is all oak beams, leaded home windows and an inglenook hearth. The spa is to the rear of the lodge, away from the excessive avenue. The vaulted ceiling provides a way of area to the 14-metre pool space with sauna, steam room, sizzling tub and courtyard backyard. It provides Temple Spa remedies: attempt the “in good spirits” therapeutic massage (£74) for a citrussy pick-me-up.
Book it Try a Midweek Spa Escape from £159 B&B for 2, or £139 for single occupancy. The package deal contains spa use and a £50 treatment voucher, hshotels.co.uk
Okay West Hotel, London
Photograph: Anna Batchelor
Okay West could also be a bit bling, however for some inner-city pampering, Okay Spa provides a real cocoon within the capital. Highlights embrace the “snow paradise”, with temperatures of -15C, used for hot-cold remedy, alongside the sauna. The hydrotherapy pool lies beneath a twinkling ceiling, whereas the treatment menu options Aromatherapy Associates and Crystal Clear merchandise (from £30 for a manicure, £90 for a therapeutic massage). Over-18s solely.
Book it A spa day with use of moist spa, health club and light-weight lunch prices £65. The “solo time” break, with spa entry, dinner, breakfast and an evening in a junior-double room prices £135, Okay-west.co.uk
In a redeveloped mill on the sting of the Pennines, Titanic is a vacation spot spa with good eco credentials: it’s powered by photo voltaic panels and the swimming pools use water from a pure spring 100 metres under floor. There’s lodging in spa residences, however loads of individuals come for the day – although it’s common and may really feel very busy. Saunas, a natural infusion room, Turkish bathtub and outside sizzling tub are among the many services, with Decléor and Elemis merchandise used for remedies.
Book it A Heat & Ice expertise day, together with spa entry and lunch, prices from £79. Overnight stays with breakfast, lunch, dinner, Heat & Ice expertise and 55-minute facial value from £129pp, titanicspa.com
Ironmonger Row, London
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Ironmonger Row Baths in Islington is a public health club and swimming pool (refurbished to the tune of £17m in 2012) – however at its coronary heart lie the unique Victorian-style Turkish baths, with historic options rigorously restored. The spa space has steam rooms, sauna, hammam, a sequence of sizzling rooms, plunge pool and ice fountain. The Turkish bathtub spa expertise features a signature wash, scrub and therapeutic massage, entry to the thermal areas, plus a standard full-body black cleaning soap cleanse, ending with a shea butter therapeutic massage (£60, 230 minutes). There’s a protracted checklist of recent remedies too.
Book it The Thermal Spa Experience prices £26 (three hours). Some classes are single intercourse, so test upfront, higher.org.uk
Stay Z Hotel Shoreditch is lower than 10 minutes away, with doubles from £75 room-only, thezhotels.com
Adam & Eve Turkish Bath, Liverpool
This place in Liverpool’s Wavertree district, owned by Turk Adem Durmus and his spouse Carol, is an genuine hammam. Behind an unassuming entrance door lies a full Turkish bathhouse, with remedies involving a sauna, exfoliation on a tiled platform, a foamy wash-down and powerful therapeutic massage. Apple tea is served within the rest space when you’ve been correctly pummelled and moisturised.
Book it The Traditional Hammam expertise prices £47 (together with all phases from sauna to full physique therapeutic massage), turkishbathliverpool.co.uk
Stay Doubles at Hope Street Hotel within the Georgian Quarter, 10 minutes’ away, from £92 room-only, hopestreethotel.co.uk
Bathsheba, Woodbridge, Suffolk
In the centre of fairly Woodbridge, Bathsheba is a contemporary boutique day spa, an all-white oasis with candlelit treatment rooms workers. Natural, natural Ren merchandise are used for personalised facials and physique remedies (“back to life” therapeutic massage from £30, 30 minutes). There are not any hydro services, however there’s a forged iron tub for an fragrant mineral soak (15 minutes, £10 additional).
Book it The spa has teamed up with the close by Crown – a recent inn and restaurant with rooms – to supply a half-day break for £70 that features a physique or facial treatment, manicure or pedicure, and both breakfast with fizz, a two-course lunch, or a champagne cream tea on the lodge, bathshebaspa.co.uk
Stay The Crown has doubles from £115 B&B, thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk
Eden Hall, Nottinghamshire
Dating from 1875, Eden Hall, close to Newark, initially had an enormous chapel at its coronary heart and a formidable conservatory which is now a light-filled rest space and cafe. There are outside sizzling tubs within the backyard, and services vary from a 25-metre swimming pool to a natural caldarium (scented with lavender from the grounds). Clarins and Elemis are amongst manufacturers used for top-notch remedies; attempt a “lava recovery massage” with Kokolokahi oils (£50) or a “foot smoothie” (£28). There are health lessons and a health club, too.
Book it Spa days from £95 (Mon-Fri) with full use of services (together with lessons), plus a three-course lunch, edenspa.co.uk
Stay The Staunton Arms, a standard village pub close by, has doubles from £90 B&B, stauntonarms.co.uk
Garage Spa, Morritt Hotel, County Durham
Photograph: Adrian Ray
The Morritt was a 17th-century teaching inn close to Barnard Castle on the highway from London to Carlisle, and the outdated stone Garage constructing makes a decidedly totally different spa. The decor is uncommon too: the picket, indoor sizzling tubs are lit by low-hanging automotive inspection lamps, whereas the sauna is in a shepherd’s hut. There are manicures within the Paint Room, Car Wash chilly showers, and a Forecourt rest room. Treatments use Spanish model Germaine de Capuccini, identified for its facials – the “Timexpert raise and contour (£75) claims to present seen leads to one session.
Book it A twilight spa break contains dinner, B&B and night spa use, £149 for 2 (Sun-Wed), themorritt.co.uk.
Champneys Eastwell Manor, Kent
Photograph: Steve Lancefield
Eastwell Manor, close to Ashford, is among the latest properties within the Champneys portfolio, and the spa services are trendy and fashionable. There are two 20-metre swimming pools, a hydro-pool, a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, rest room and health lessons – you get loads of spa in your buck. Treatments vary from Clarins facials and Elemis physique remedies to acupuncture. If you have hassle sleeping, the “dry flotation” (from £49) would possibly show you how to drift off.
Book it Spa evenings, together with use of the services, lessons and a three-course meal, begin at £49. Overnight B&B breaks, with three-course dinner, lunch, spa entry and £40 in direction of remedies, from £144pp (till 20 Dec), eastwellmanor.co.uk
The Elms Hotel, Worcestershire
The Elms Hotel is a relatively grand, ivy-clad mansion close to the village of Abberley with Alpine-style interiors (oak panelling, deer heads and fur throws). The spa, in a transformed barn, is rather less luxe, however vibrant and spacious. There’s a swimming pool, indoor/outside Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, rest room and sun-trap terrace. Treatments use Elemis – the Nourishing Frangipani Wrap (£75) is a favorite.
Book it A in a single day spa break (£89pp for 2, or £139 for single occupancy) contains breakfast, cream tea and a 30-minute treatment, theelmshotel.co.uk
Old Swan and Minster Mill, Oxfordshire
The 15th-century timbered Old Swan and Minster Mill sits in 65 acres of grounds, in fairly Minster Lovell village, and has a small however tranquil Garden Spa. There are three treatment rooms (together with a collection for , with double bathe), a heated plunge pool, poolside rock sauna, steam room and ice fountain. Treatments embrace a “skin radiance facial” (£75). There are numerous spa day provides – and in a single day stays. Roaring fires make the beamed eating room and bars cosy in winter.
Book it Midweek spa days begin at £59 for spa entry, a glass of prosecco and a 30-minute treatment. Doubles from £113 B&B, oldswanminstermill.co.uk
Bamford Haybarn, Gloucestershire
If you’re on the lookout for holistic, Bamford Haybarn, a part of the Daylesford Organic group, is a wellness retreat close to Kingham with an emphasis on eco and natural. There are not any swimming services, however the Cotswold limestone, use of wooden and glass, and pure furnishings create an environment of calm. Bamford has its personal natural product vary – the again, neck and shoulder therapeutic massage (£55) makes use of a mixture of Swedish and stress level therapeutic massage. The spa additionally hosts yogis and specialists from across the world to assist enhance your surya namaskara (solar salutation).
Book it Build your personal spa package deal – lessons begin from £15, massages from £55, daylesford.com
Stay There are (costly) self-catering cottages, however the Sheep pub at Stow-on-the-Wold, three miles away, has doubles from £75 room solely, thesheepstow.co.uk
Tor Spa, Kent
Specialising in Ayurveda, Tor Spa provides an genuine Indian therapeutic expertise within the village of Ickham within the Kent countryside. The fairly lakeside setting is peaceable and services embrace a super-heated 35C oxygenated pool, utilizing minimal chemical compounds), steam room, sauna and restaurant serving vegetarian fare. Treatments vary from salt brushing (£15) to a four-handed abhyanga (oil) physique therapeutic massage (£90). Only 18 day guests are allowed, and there are six en-suite bedrooms (doubles from £105).
Book it A spa day with lunch prices £70, with particular person remedies additional. Special Panchakarma cleaning retreats, together with a session with an Ayurvedic physician, remedies, lodging and meals, begin at £165, torsparetreat.com
Galgorm Resort, County Antrim
This spa boasts an enormous quantity to do indoors and out. There are swimming pools, sizzling tubs, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, saunas, a “sanarium” (steam room) and a snow cabin (with actual snow). The spa sits on the banks of the Maine, close to Ballymena, and has non-public riverside sizzling tubs, the place a member of workers will ship a half-bottle of champagne (£40pp). The Paris Suite (£20pp) has a twin treatment room and side-by-side roll-top baths.
Book it A “book early and save” deal (£149 for 2 friends) contains B&B and spa use, galgorm.com
Balmer Lawn Hotel, New Forest
Photograph: Adam Lynk
The red-brick lodge close to Brockenhurst has walks on its doorstep and the Moors Valley nation park close by. Post-adventure, the Saltus Spa has indoor and outside swimming pools, Jacuzzi, sauna, rest room and spa backyard. The spa makes use of Espa merchandise; the again, face and scalp treatment (£90) is a much-loved “hero” remedy. The outside treatment space has two therapeutic massage beds subsequent to one another (to be used in clement climate).
Book it An “early winter” supply (£74.50pp) contains dinner, mattress and breakfast, a glass of prosecco, spa entry and 20% off spa remedies, balmerlawnhotel.com
Lifehouse Spa, Essex
This fashionable, adults-only spa within the countryside close to Frinton-on-Sea has a thermal spa space, a good pool and nice treatment choices, from heat stone massages to seaweed wraps. There is a alternative of longer wellbeing retreats, comfy, up to date rooms and light-weight, ethereal restaurant serving Mediterranean-influenced delicacies.
Book it Spa days begin at £89. The “love life spa break”, with B&B, three-course dinner, use of services and 25-minute treatment, prices from £149.50pp, lifehouse.co.uk
Stay The close by Rose and Crown is a less expensive choice, with rooms from £79 B&B, roseandcrownthorpe.co.uk
The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village, Lancashire
Ribby Hall is a holiday village just a few miles inland from Blackpool the place the services vary from a water park and a petting zoo to a contemporary spa. Its adult-only spa is constructed round a sequence of warmth experiences, together with an enormous hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sanarium, Balinese salt inhalation room, sauna and aroma room, and makes use of Elemis skincare merchandise. There’s additionally a candlelit rest room and a sheltered Zen backyard. Neom physique remedies (£67.90) supply the choice to concentrate on sleep, happiness, destressing or energising.
Book it An “aqua thermal journey” prices from £50pp together with entry to the spa and a two-course lunch. The spa additionally runs The Motel within the village, doubles from £49 room-only, ribbyhall.co.uk
Little White Alice, Cornwall
For one thing a bit totally different, Little White Alice is a 28-acre sanctuary in Carnemenellis, south-west Cornwall, with a choice of eco cottages and picket “eco-arks” – plus a bijou new wild spa. There’s a sizzling tub, sauna (with outside bucket bathe for self-administered hot-cold therapies), and it’s all powered by the solar, wind and pure wooden. There’s a treatment room with therapists from My Personal Sanctuary and a yoga studio, plus lots for kids to do – it’s a nature reserve and smallholding with goats, chickens, Shetland ponies, sheep and alpacas.
Book it From £365 per week self-catering for as much as 4, sauna and sizzling tub additional, hostunusual.co.uk
Esya Spa at Retallack, Cornwall
Great for energetic households, Retallack Resort holiday village, just a few miles inland from the north Cornwall coast, has actions together with wakeboarding, browsing and water zorbing. There are children’ golf equipment, too. The spa – Esya is Cornish for “at ease” – has a 15-metre pool, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam, a darkish rest room and Elemis remedies. The warming “poultice-powered muscle release” (£80) ought to ease any sore spots earned throughout an lively day.
Book it A “sea lavender express” package deal (£55) contains full-day use of the spa, a therapeutic massage and a glass of prosecco. Doubles room-only from £145 (below sixes free), retallackresort.co.uk
Mermaid Spa, Portmeirion, Gwynedd
Photograph: Mieneke Andeweg-van Rijn/Getty Images
The pastel-coloured, Italianate village of Portmeirion provides a fascinating escape from the world – and the Mermaid Spa in Hotel Portmeirion will additional support rest. All merchandise are pure and vegan. Try the fragrant seaweed physique wrap (£65); kids over seven can go for a therapeutic massage or mini-facial or mani/pedi for £35. There’s a heated outside pool, too (May-September).
Book it Massages from £35. Day spa choices embrace a half-day package deal with one treatment and two-course lunch at Castell Deudraeth (£60), one in all two lodges within the grounds. There are additionally holiday cottages and serviced rooms on the piazza, doubles from £99 B&B, portmeirion.wales
Holm House Hotel, Penarth, close to Cardiff
Built within the 1920s, white stucco Holm House seems to be like a basic seaside lodge, with Bristol Channel views and marine-inspired interiors. The fairly, petite spa has a 15-metre hydro-pool, steam room, rest lounge and solar terrace, and options spa model La Sultane de Saba. Inspiration for remedies is drawn from across the world, from Africa to India and Bali. Try the seven-spice facial with a mix of therapeutic components from the Indian spice route (from £45).
Book it The Essential Holm House Escape (£99pp for 2, or £149 for single occupancy) contains in a single day lodging, breakfast, lunch, use of the spa services and a 30-minute treatment, holmhousehotel.co.uk
The Imperial, Torquay, Devon
This white, cliff-top lodge has good entry to the south Devon seashores, Dartmoor nationwide park and crusing on the English Riviera. The spa and leisure membership has indoor and outside swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, sauna and Decleor remedies. The “ultimate vitamin glow” facial (£65) makes use of important oils to steadiness your pores and skin. There’s additionally tennis, pool and billiards, and a children’ membership.
Book it A Sunday saver package deal, with dinner, mattress and breakfast and use of the spa services, prices from £99. Spa remedies from £28, theimperialtorquay.co.uk
St Michaels, Falmouth, Cornwall
Photograph: Elliott White
Reopened in September after a £50m makeover, St Michaels now has a formidable new spa on the bottom flooring. Facilities embrace the most important hydrotherapy pool within the south-west, 10 treatment rooms, a Cornish sea salt steam room, a Finnish natural sauna and Moroccan rhassoul for mud therapies. There’s a backyard with sizzling tub and barrel sauna overlooking the ocean and greater than 60 remedies utilizing merchandise from Made for Life Organics (handmade in Cornwall) and the Natural Spa Factory. A walkway connects the spa to a three-storey health club for the extra energetic.
Book it Three-hour “hydrothermal experience” £35, spa days, with brunch or tea and a 30-minute treatment, from £79. Two nights B&B with one three-course dinner and spa expertise, £145pp. stmichaelshotel.co.uk
On the shores of Loch Fyne, two hours from Glasgow, this £10m spa and leisure complicated opened in 2015 as a part of a state-of-the-art marina improvement. There’s a hydro pool, sauna, steam room and rest space, all with jaw-dropping views in direction of the Isle of Arran – plus outside infinity pool, indoor pool and health club. It’s all very fashionable, with a lot of glass, metal and stone. Seaweed-based Ishga merchandise from the Outer Hebrides characteristic on the treatment menu (the recent poultice therapeutic massage prices £60). Accommodation ranges from Scandi-style lodge rooms to luxurious residences.
Book it Day packages (£91) embrace a concord retreat with spa entry, a bento field lunch, glass of wine and one 55-minute treatment. Doubles or studio for 2 from £99 B&B, portavadie.com
Caitlin Dalton is editor of the Good Spa Guide
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