Leanne BayleyLooking for a luxury spa break in the UK? Champneys, Carden Park and Chewton Glen are just some of the places you can visit for a relaxing getaway. See the list...
After months of waiting, 17 May is finally here, meaning that spas, saunas and steam room facilities are officially open, and we cannot wait to treat ourselves!
Whether you're looking for some girly time with your best friends or a romantic break with your beloved, we've rounded up the best luxuryspa breaksin the UK – including one with the Duchess of Sussex's seal of approval. Let's face it, after a strange and challenging year, we all deserve pampering – here's where to head for the ultimate relaxation…
Mottram Hall Spa, Cheshire
The first Champneys Spa in the north of England opened last year at Mottram Hall. A cool £15 million has been invested by Champneys to modernise the Cheshire estate whilst retaining the buildings original charm, with £10 million being spent solely on the 33,000 sqft spa. The new facilities include: 20m swimming pool, poolside cabanas, Brechel sauna, salt steam room, spin studio and so much more.
This stylish and sophisticated retreat boasts impressive eco credentials, including a wild swimming pool and heated outdoor pond complete with reeds and moss. Set into the natural contours of the land, the spa has been specially designed to showcase the natural beauty of the South Downs.
Hidden in a gorgeous Mews house in the heart of Notting Hill, the Cloud Twelve Spa offers many exquisite treatments – including their Signature Deep Relief CBD Oil Massage.
This massage soothes the body, mind and soul with the help of CBD oil – which is known for its myriad of health benefits including pain relief, reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing process.
Other treatments available at the spa include high-tech treatments such as Softmesology, body rituals, facials and an Ayurvedic massage, which is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems.
The Quad Wellness & Spa is the ideal place to unwind. With a 19m indoor pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, sauna and steam room, aerobics studio, extensive Life Fitness Gym and three spa treatment rooms, you'll have all the essentials for a well deserved day of self-care.
Plus, Virgin has an incredible deal on right now. They are offering a one-night stay for two people at Crowne Plaza Marlow with a three-course dinner, spa access, breakfast, a bottle of prosecco and a 25-minute treatment each!
New in 2020 is the Spa at Carden, a £10 million wellness facility that offers the ultimate luxurious experience in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. With a heated relaxation bed, a Finnish sauna, an ice fountain and a salt steam room, the thermal suite alone is enough to keep you busy all day. After experiencing the themed relaxation rooms – which include Panoramic, Deep relaxation and Sensory relaxation – you can enjoy a light meal with garden-sourced ingredients at the restaurant Elements, which overlooks the countryside.
The award-winning Spa Village nods to the city's thermal water heritage, honouring the healing traditions of the region with its wide selection of treatments. Set beneath a glass atrium within the Gainsborough Hotel, guests are invited to 'take the waters' at the Bath House, as well as enjoying the spa's natural thermal pools, saunas, steam room and ice alcove.
If it's good enough for the Duchess of Sussex, then Cliveden House deserves a spot on our list of luxury spa breaks. Meghan and her mother Doria Ragland spent the night here on the eve of the royal wedding in May 2018, and it's a fabulous spot for a spa day or retreat. With seven treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, outdoor hot tubs and a tennis centre, you'll be feeling relaxed and revitalised after a stay here.
It's been voted the number one hotel in the UK by hoteliers and counts Tess Daly and Mollie King among its celebrity fans, so Chewton Glen is well worth considering for an indulgent spa break. You'll find a 17-metre swimming pool, hydrotherapy spa pool, outdoor whirlpool, saunas and steam rooms, as well as treatment rooms offering everything from manicures to massages. If you're up for something more active, there's also a gym, indoor and outdoor tennis centre, golf course and acres of country trails for walking or jogging.
Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall are said to be regular visitors at this Cotswold manor house, so who knows who you might spot on a break here. The spa includes a Natura Bisse Bubble Suite which features a purifying and detoxing bubble treatment as well as a hydrotherapy pool, thermal cabins, salt scrub showers, a gym and a workout studio.
You can't go wrong with a weekend getaway to Eastwell Manor, located in the breathtaking English countryside. Not only are the rooms and suites spacious, but the elegant décor and luxurious furnishings promise to give you a good night's sleep. The Champneys spa also offers a wide range of health and beauty treatments, including massages and facials that you could enjoy as part of a relaxing spa day or treat yourself to a relaxing weekend break. You'll be able to make use of the facilities such as a 3000 square foot gym, all-weather tennis court, golf course, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, steam room and sauna! Once you've worked up an appetite you can treat yourself to a range of dining options, which use fresh local and seasonal ingredients to celebrate British heritage with an international influence. Work off your meal by exploring Eastwell Manor's 3,000 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
If Kent isn't your thing, Champneys also have four spa resorts across England so chances are you won't have to travel too far to find your nearest Champneys health spa.
Offering fabulous views over the Cotswolds, you won't regret a stay at Dormy House Hotel & Spa, which is home to an award-winning spa complete with pool, terrace hot tub, Scandi-style thermal suite, a fitness suite and a number of treatment rooms.
Prince Harry chose this luxury hotel to spend his last night before the royal wedding in May 2018, alongside his brother and best man Prince William. As well as providing a relaxing break, the hotel has a spa with indoor pool, treatment rooms, a gym, and a private sun terrace.
Located just outside Birmingham is The Belfry Hotel & Resort, which is home to 319 luxurious guest bedrooms and suites as well as The Belfry Spa. Offering a range of relaxing treatments, you can enhance your mood with the famous Fire & Ice 90 minute relaxation experience that uses a selection of bio thermal rooms.
If you're a Londoner who can't get away for the weekend, then head to The Athenaeum hotel in Mayfair for the ultimate pampering day out with a loved one. You'll start your visit with an hour-long downtime at the five-star hotel's REN spa where you can soak in the cedar wood hot tub and feel your stress evaporate in the sauna and steam room, all whilst sipping on a chilled glass of bubbly.
If you are looking to unwind in the Lake District, why not incorporate stunning scenery with a spa trip? The North Lakes Hotel & Spa is a delightful haven in the heart of Penrith, located moments away from the local train station. Just a stone's throw car journey from the most picturesque area of Ullswater, the hotel boasts comfortable, spacious rooms and a fabulous spa. The huge pool area, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi is the perfect place to unwind and there's even a timetable of classes for fitness fanatics.
This stunning luxurious hotel located in Cheltenham is a top option if you're in need of a relaxing weekend away from the big city. It not only offers unparalleled comfort and a truly unforgettable experience, but Ellenborough Park boasts lavish bedrooms, a serene spa, a small fitness suite, a relaxed pub and bar, fine dining restaurant and bespoke service; everything you could possibly need for a relaxing getaway in the Cotswolds.
This cosy yet luxurious spa is the perfect way to spend an afternoon recharging your batteries and relaxing. Located on the tenth floor of the lavish hotel, the views from the spa are spectacular and can be admired through the window of the sauna. The treatments are also delightful, and we would recommend the 60-minute massage to truly switch off.
You can tie in some rest and relaxation with a visit to the charming city of Cambridge with a stay at The Varsity Hotel and Spa. Although it has a prime location in the city, you can escape the hustle and bustle at the onsite spa, which overlooks the River Cam and offers a wide range of Elemis treatments, a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and studio classes.
This five-star hotel, located on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, is nothing short of stunning, with an array of facilities within its country club and spa. There are several spa day packages on offer too, whether you just have a few hours to spare on a Sunday afternoon or want to indulge yourself.
Venture just 90 minutes out of London and you'll find Lime Wood Hotel, an idyllic hideaway in the New Forest. The spa here has its own rooftop herb garden where morning yoga and meditation classes are hosted, as well as a hydro-pool, steam room and sauna. Spa days include unlimited access to all facilities as well as a set lunch menu.
This country house hotel is located just two miles away from the centre of York, yet you'll feel like it's much further away once you enter this 20-acre estate with beautiful gardens and parkland. The spa here is located in its own secluded garden and includes treatments like facials, massages and holistic treatments.
Set in 300 acres of beautiful countryside, this is the place to go to escape from it all – but only 18 miles away from London! The award-winning spa offers a number of different treatments and packages, all designed to offer the ultimate indulgence and relaxation.
Situated in idyllic Bedfordshire, the Bannatyne Spa Fairfield provides a beautiful setting for escaping the stresses and strains of everyday life. Get your groove back with a deluxe 'Skin & Tension Soother' pamper package for two.
You'll enjoy three treatments as part of your luxury escape, choose from a mini back massage, Swedish leg massage, foot massage and more - all whilst slipping into relaxation in the pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Bliss.
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