Take some time out - and get pampered - at one of Britain's best spas
There’s nothing like a few days away to relax and revive you. A spa break abroad may be an obvious choice, but Britain has some of the best spas in the world – offering the latest treatments in beautifully serene surroundings for less than you might think.
If a weekend away isn’t an option, simply spending a few hours escaping the stress of modern life at a day spa will give you a much-needed boost.
Whether you opt for an afternoon of pampering or pack your overnight bag for a weekend spa break with friends or your partner, click through to discover Britain’s best spas and prepare to fully unwind…
For absolutely relaxtion, the secluded surroundings of Stanley House Hotel and Spa are just perfect. Nestled within 54 acres of sprawling Lancashire countryside, Stanley House is a real retreat – perfect for when you need to escape for a short break.
The spa at Stanley House opened in 2004, following a conversion of the ruins of a 17th century manor house. The Grade II listed building has a thoroughly modern interior, and nothing showcases this better than the hotel’s spa (pictured). Indulge in an afternoon in the thermal bathing suite (with four different saunas, we’re sold!), or opt for a full exfoliating body treatment that will leave your skin squeaky clean, and even a bit sparkly (that’ll be down to the body lotion that includes real diamond dust). Not for you? The Ananda facial uses fabulous organic products, and is a great way to leave feeling and looking fresher, without having to strip down completely.
A full day’s pampering with leave you feeling peckish, and there’s plenty to choose from thanks to the hotel’s two restaurants. Feeling fancy? The Grill on the Hill has the best steak and lobster you’ll find in Lancashire (in our humble opinion!) With extremely attentive staff, a menu that will please even the fussiest of eaters and a beautiful countryside setting, it truly makes for a night to remember. For classic British cuisine and a comfortable, relaxed setting, try Mr. Fred’s.
After that, retire to your luxurious room. For ultimate indulgence, try one of the hotel’s stunning new Woodland rooms. We promise you’ll leave feeling well-rested – and even ready to face a Monday morning!
Spa breaks at Stanley House cost from £135pp. Find out more here.
Manchester’s Midland Hotel isn’t simply a place to stay. The grand old building is steeped in history (Rolls and Royce met here), houses Simon Rogan’s incredible restaurant (the steak comes highly recommended!) and is known by tourists and locals alike. So it’s only fitting that the Midland’s spa is standout too.
The Spa at the Midland opened just two months ago, following an extensive £1.5m renovation. And the facilities are as impressive as you’d expect. The full thermal spa houses a relaxation pool, salt-infusion aromatherapy steam bath, jacuzzi, alder wood Himalayan salt sauna and lifestyle shower. Once you’ve worn yourself out there, slip on your fluffy robe and slippers and retire to the incredible relaxation area (pictured). Climb in to a comforting sleep chamber, grab a complimentary magazine and herbal tea and curl up in a relaxtion pod or spread out in the cosy mini relax zones.
The treatments are out of this world too. We opted for a soothing foot ritual, took our pick of calming music and were transported to a calm, tranquil place by our therapist’s magical hands.
If you’re looking to escape for an hour or overnight, the Spa at the Midland is a must.
Tucked minutes away from the hustle and bustle of London’s shopping heart, the House of Elemis – an impressive townhouse in Mayfair – is the perfect pit-stop for weary bodies. And, as you’d expect from a cult beauty brand, they take their treatments seriously – whether you opt for a speedy 30 minute facial or spend the afternoon being pampered to perfection in their private suite. No wonder it’s become a monthly must for beauty insiders.
A cold glass of white and a soak in the hot tub overlooking 72 acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside – is there a more heavenly way to start the weekend? Turns out that’s just the beginning of Moddershall Oaks’ charm. The charming boutique suites, cosy robes, friendly staff and incredible restaurant are complimented by first class treatments and breathtaking facilities including a 25sqm outdoor heated vitality spa pool, kelo sauna and express beauty bar called The Snug. And if you do want to venture outdoors, there’s woodland trails, tennis courts and complimentary bicycle hire. We want to go back already…
A weekend bolthole for city-weary workers, Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa is perched on the edge of the New Forest. It’s not just the country walks and breathtaking views which will help melt away stress, the indulgent spa boasts a 17-metre swimming pool, hydratherapy spa pool (pictured), aromatherapy saunas, ten treatment rooms and a whole host of luxurious treatments, from pampering facials to holistic body healing. Spend the night in one of the secluded treehouses to really get away from it all.
Somerset’s Roman Baths might be a mecca for tourists, but for out of this world treatments, a weekend at The Royal Crescent Hotel’s Bath House is a must. The multi-award winning hotel alone is breathtaking, occupying two large Grade II-listed Georgian buildings in a charming crescent. Set in a converted coach house and stables, the Bath House itself combines ancient and modern therapies for a truly unique spa experience. Once you tire of the warm relaxation pool, cool and tepid plunge tubs, sauna and steam Karahafus and heavenly treatments, take a wander through the one-acre sculpted gardens. Divine.
A w&h favourite, escape the hub-bub of the capital’s busy streets by spending a tranquil afternoon relaxing in The Spa at the London Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. Treatments are a fusion of eastern and western pampering – the Shiatsu-inspired ginger ritual or Oriental Harmony two therapist massage come highly recommended. Arrive early with your swimming costume and you can make full use of the beautiful vitality pool (pictured), steam room and zen colour therapy room too. The best bit? Rather than being confined to a set treatment, you can simply book time with a therapist and decide on the day…
No trip to Edinburgh would be complete without a pitstop at the wonderful One Spa. Situated within the Sheraton Grand Hotel in the city centre, One Spa is a tranquil haven filled with state-of-the-art facilities and leading therapists who can tailor cutting edge and natural therapies – such as ayurvedic treatments – to your needs. Both spa days and overnight stays include full use of the calming rooftop hydrotherapy pool (pictured), 19 metre low-lit swimming pool, Cleopatra baths, gym and soothing thermal suite. You’ll leave feeling ready to face the world again.
Champneys has built a reputation on providing luxurious yet affordable spa breaks at all four of its UK-based spas. Treat yourself to a relaxing evening of pampering after work from just £35, or book in advance and save on a blissful stay. Each gorgeous spa has tailored packages to tempt you, including the rebalancing ‘Kick the Habit’ 3-day hypnotherapy retreat at the exclusive Forest Mere spa which sits on a tranquil lake, deep in the Hampshire countryside.
The Berkeley is arguably London’s most stylish hotel. Where else are guests able to request a fashion trunk packed with vintage Chanel and Dior accessories be delivered to their room ahead of an evening out? Or banish jet lag with specially designed spa rituals before browsing West London’s finest boutiques? Check in to the hotel’s friendly spa for your own afternoon of unrivalled luxury. All day spa experiences include full-use of the hotel’s roof-top pool and terrace.
Barnsley House’s Garden Spa is a magical place. Your adventure starts by descending the steps to the spa from the gorgeous boutique hotel, elements of the beautiful outdoor gardens (pictured) abound – from the aromatic herbs hanging from wooden beams to the warm, candle-lit, stone walled treatment rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow plenty of natural light from the Cotswolds to drift in while you unwind with a Aromatherapy Associates treatment. Heaven.
A little slice of heaven set amongst the bustle of London’s Southbank, literally a stones throw from the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, The Marriott County Hall Hotel is situated within one of the capital’s most historic buildings – once a seat of government. Now, the fifth floor’s capitivating corridors have been transformed in to a state-of-the-art health club with a fabulous spa offering the finest Murad and Decleor treatments. Ask for the ‘Firm and Tone’ body treatment to sculpt and banish cellulite. We haven’t stopped talking about it!