30 of the best spa breaks in the UK for 2022

The best spa breaks in the UK for 2022 range from calming inner-city sanctuaries to rural nature retreats surrounded by stunning countryside

A composite image of four of the best spa breaks in the UK: The Elms Hotel, Barnsley House and Birch.
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We've tested and reviewed the best spa breaks in the UK so that when you plan a break for pampering and relaxation, you know you're picking the perfect place to rest and focus on wellness.

It's been a hard couple of years for us all. And now, more than ever, we need to look after ourselves and take time away from our busy lives to stop and recuperate. Checking into a luxury spa hotel in the UK will allow you to do just that in a stylish sanctuary of calm and tranquility.

There are so many spas dotted around the UK to choose from and all make for some of the best UK staycations you can plan.From pampering retreats in the countryside to calming sanctuaries created in the centre of cities, there's something to suit just about everyone and a whole range of UK weekend getaway ideas below with wellness at their centre.  

Best spa breaks in the UK to book ahead for next year

The best spa breaks in the UK tend to get fully booked quickly. Plan your trip in advance and book ahead to secure the best rates and availability for any one of these brilliant spa breaks.

Barnsley House, Cirencester

Best spa break for: Cosy countryside luxury

There are so many amazing spas in the Cotswolds (many of which are featured in this list) that to be labelled as one of the best in the area a hotel and spa must be truly exceptional.  Enter Barnsley House, a perhaps lesser-known spa hotel near Cirencester, is one such spa hotel and deserving of notoriety and recognition for their truly exceptional spa, restaurant and service. 

This is countryside luxury at its best and most brilliant. Sumptuous bedrooms, decorated in a rustic luxury aesthetic with comfort and relaxation at their heart, are cosseted around the immaculately kept gardens and grounds.  The main house contains cosy and comfortable rooms for relaxation, whether that's sipping a drink by the fire or reading in a large, homely armchair. The Potager, the hotel's fine dining restaurant, serves delicious, seasonal menus crafted from ingredients grown in the grounds. Each course offered is exquisite, and we still let Barnsley House lay claim to the best tiramisu we've ever tasted outside of Italy. 

Tucked away in the secluded grounds, found via a winding garden path, is the Garden Spa. Containing five treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, relaxation room, lounge area and a lovely outside stone terrace and hydrotherapy pool, the spa is finished sympathetically in the surrounding countryside and as with everything at Barnsley House exudes understated luxury. The treatments are divine, all using Elemis products and delivered by a talented and caring team. 

Prices start from £399 per night for a double room with breakfast and access to the spa included. Treatments cost extra. To find out more and book visit barnsleyhouse.com (opens in new tab)

Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, Surrey

Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, Surrey, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: A romantic retreat

Set in the picturesque, spacious and secluded setting of 12 acres of land high on Nutfield Ridge, Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa offers a private spa sanctuary for some quality time à deux. This imposing neo-Gothic country house hotel, inspired by none other than the Palace of Westminster, dates back to 1872 and offers top-notch health facilities alongside jaw-dropping views over the picturesque Surrey Downs. 

Indulge in a romantic staycation, surrounded by stylish interiors hung with fine paintings, unique artwork and a cosy library filled with memorabilia. Partake in fitness classes, a gym workout and game of squash if you’re feeling active, or a tranquil swim, sauna and steam if you just want to wind down. 

Don’t miss out on dinner at the two-AA-Rosette Cloisters restaurant, which offers a delicious three course meal. You’ll be left wanting to book an extra night. 

Prices start from £204 per night in a Classic Double on a B&B basis for two sharing. Treatments cost extra. Book Nutfield Priory Hotel & Spa, Surrey here (opens in new tab)

Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, Newbury, Berkshire

Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: A serene getaway

Settled in the charming town of Newbury, the Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa is just as grand as it sounds. This privately owned 4-star property is surrounded by breathtaking countryside views, and its cosy yet stylish interior features a roaring open fireplace in the bar.

Why not pamper yourself to a serene spa day where you can forget about work stresses with a dreamy Aromatherapy hot stone massage or an equally relaxing Lemon and Mango body wrap? And when you’re not putting your feet up, there’s an 18m swimming pool, sauna, state of the art gym and 18-hole golf-course to enjoy. After a busy day of winding down you’ll be sure to enjoy an incredible three-course meal in the renowned Wine Press Restaurant with a classic menu designed by new Head Chef, Darren Booker-Wilson.

Their full spa days consist of a 25 minute treatment right up to two 55 minute treatments for those in need of a real pampering. Whatever you choose, you will be welcomed with a hot drink or smoothie, a robe, the best slippers and towel and a little Donnington Valley treat to take home!

Prices start from £95pp for a day at the spa. Book Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa here (opens in new tab).

The Lensbury Resort, Teddington

The Lensbury Resort, one of the best spa breaks in the uk 2022

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Best spa break for: An all round health retreat

If you're lucky enough to live on the outskirts of London, you have The Lensbury Resort on your doorstep. Located just 10 minutes’ drive from Hampton Court Palace, the hotel offers modern rooms perfect for a relaxing night away.

The 4-star resort also boasts unrivalled indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, a state of the art health club and an award-winning spa. 

You'll find a relaxation thermal spa area on the poolside with a large mixed sauna and steam rooms. There's also a 100 feet indoor pool, 19 tennis courts, 2 squash courts and an indoor and outdoor children’s play area. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of all of the leisure facilities throughout their stay.

Once you've explored the health centre, head to one of four treatment rooms and choose a treatment of your choice. They even have a room for couples if you'd like a romantic treat for two. 

After a day of relaxation, dine at the ground floor restaurant and bar areas, which offers floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Thames and a bright conservatory and outside eating area if the weather is playing ball. 

Prices start from £145 for a Classic Double or £235 for a Deluxe Twin / Family Room, including breakfast. Treatments cost extra. Book The Lensbury Resort here (opens in new tab).     

The Mandarin Oriental Spa, London

The Mandarin Oriental Spa, one of the best spa breaks in the uk for 2022

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Best spa break for: A swanky city break

Situated in swanky Knightsbridge, this spa is part of the very chichi Mandarin Oriental Hotel and is one of our picks for the best London spa hotels at the moment.

You’ll feel yourself relaxing as soon as you step foot in the zen-like ambience of this orchid filled spa, where you can unwind in the elegantly appointed steam, sauna and therapeutic pool before your treatments.

The Spa offers a diverse range of treatments from traditional Chinese medicine, Bastien Gonzalez renowned manicures and pedicures and anti-ageing Nescens facials. Alongside their 13 luxurious treatment rooms, you’ll find the Oriental Suite, featuring two massage beds and a Rasul water temple – its health-enhancing heat, steam and mud are the ultimate in conditioning treatments.

The Oskia warm oil massage promises “a restorative full body treatment to soothingly release deeply held patterns of stress and anxiety” and, believe us, it does not disappoint. 

Prices start from £85 for a 30-minute treatment. Book The Mandarin Oriental Spa here (opens in new tab) .

The Malvern, Worcestershire

The Malvern Spa, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: Water therapy

Best visited in winter, one of the joys at The Malvern Spa is soaking in the heated outdoor pool, with steam rising off the water around you, and looking out at the snow-capped Malvern Hills beyond. The area is known for its healing, naturally-heated waters, and this was the first spa to be constructed in the area since 1910.

Soak up the spa heritage in the indoor/outdoor pool, which has eight different stations for vigorous water massages, then warm up in the sauna and steam rooms before having an ice bucket shower to wake you up. Enjoy a sublime, healthy dinner in the restaurant before retreating to the modern, stylish rooms. 

Prices start from £287 for overnight accommodation, prosecco afternoon tea, 30-minute spa treatment each, complimentary access to The Malverns award-winning spa and a delicious breakfast. Guests can upgrade their treatments to 60 minutes for just an additional £25pp. Book The Malvern Spa here (opens in new tab)

St Michaels Falmouth, Cornwall

St Michaels Falmouth, Cornwall, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: All day pampering

After a multimillion-pound refurbishment in 2018, St Michaels Falmouth is an incredible spa destination in its own right now. The beautiful hotel sits within a tropical garden, right on the beach at the southernmost tip of mainland England, with sea-view rooms where the sound of waves will lull you to sleep. If a bracing dip in the ocean isn't your style, try their hydrotherapy pool - the largest in the southwest - or the Cornish sea salt steam room.

Sip on champagne or prosecco as you're pampered in the nail spa, and enjoy a selection of massages in the luxurious treatment rooms. You'll also get access to the on-site Health Club should you feel the need to burn some energy too.

Prices start from £130 for a full spa day, including an indulgent glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut with a mouth-watering 2-course lunch, a 3-hour hydrothermal experience and a 60-minute treatment. Book St Michaels Falmouth here (opens in new tab)

Brimstone Hotel & Spa, Lake District

Brimstone Hotel & Spa, Lake District, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: A luxurious break

An idyllic place to retire after a long day walking in the Lake District, the Brimstone Hotel & Spa on the Langdale Estate has plenty to soothe your aching legs. Guests have access to the Boot Room here, which is stocked with top of the range all weather gear, so there's really no excuse for not getting outside - though we wouldn't blame you if you just wanted to stay in the pool. 

But the real star of the show at this hotel is the spa. There's a nine-metre indoor/outdoor heated pool, and six other thermal experiences (think saunas, ice fountains and steam rooms) to try.

Lunch and dinner is served in the Spa Deli, so there's no need to get dressed, and accommodation is in the Spa Suite or at the stylish Langdale Hotel just next door. 

Prices for their Just Relax Spa Break start from £290 per room. Book Brimstone Hotel & Spa here (opens in new tab)

Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa, Hemsley, Yorkshire

Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: A secluded escape

If you're craving some seclusion, away from busy city life, this idyllic corner of the Yorkshire countryside is the place to escape to. The hotel's stand out feature has to be the stylish outdoor pool and terrace area. Sat here, enjoying a spot of lunch and glass of fizz, the surroundings are more French Rivera than North York Moors.

And yet, the property is only a few hours away from northern cities of Leeds and Manchester. Beyond Feversham's stunning grounds, the sleepy town of Hemsley also has plenty to offer, with numerous independent boutiques and cosy tea rooms to while the day away in when you're not relaxing in the spa.

Prices for their ‘classic spa experience’ start from £135 and includes a welcome drink, 90 minute treatment and a 2 hour relaxation pass. Book Feversham Arms & Verbena Spa here (opens in new tab).

The Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

The Kimpton Charlotte Square, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: A stylish spa weekend 

Bridgerton, eat your heart out. The Kimpton Charlotte Square comprises not one but seven elegant Georgian townhouses, displaying all the classical Edinburgh architecture a girl could wish for. 

The Kimpton’s subterranean spa is furnished in natural materials and is moodily lit - think Bali beach club meets Bond villain’s lair. It's too easy to lose an hour or three floating from pool to thermal shower to cosy relaxation snug then back again, but tear yourself away to one of their three treatment rooms. 

With a focus on luxury naturals, The Spa at Charlotte Square offers treatments by seaweed-centric Hebridean brand Ishga and high end CBD specialists La Rue Verte. One of the best spa hotels in Scotland and well worth a trip up to the Scottish capital to visit.

Prices start from £120 per person for their spa day experience, which includes: 60 minutes in the Thermal Experience, a 55-minute treatment or two 25-minute express treatments, and a two-course lunch in BABA. Book The Kimpton Charlotte Square here (opens in new tab).

Ragdale Hall, Melton Mowbray

Ragdale Hall, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: An all inclusive weekend away

Historic Ragdale Hall is an elegant stately home set in impressive manicured grounds with far reaching views of the rolling fields of the picturesque Leicestershire countryside. Inside it is the perfect mix of traditional and modern. The Hall retains a wonderfully informal country house feel complete with comfy lounges and wood panelling, while the welcome addition of the contemporary Art Deco-style Twilight cocktail bar is the perfect for a few stylish drinks before and after dinner.

Arrive at lunchtime and you’ll be whisked into the elegant dining rooms for a perfectly formed three-course lunch. Everything has been crafted to allow for the fussiest of eaters and there is plenty of choice on the mouth-watering menu. You’re even encouraged to wear your Ragdale Hall dressing gown and slippers to all meals. Can it get any better than that?

Start by getting your skin in tip-top condition with an Elemis Intensely Cleansing Salt Scrub. The treatment starts with soothing body brushing to help stimulate blood circulation and aid exfoliation. Then choose your favourite Elemis fragrance and enjoy the gentle salt scrub which sloughs away dead skin cells, eliminates toxins and leaves your skin ready to absorb the deeply nourishing body oil. After the half-hour treatment you’ll leave with baby-soft skin and feeling wonderfully clean head-to-toe.

For the ultimate treat, add a facial and massage to your spa menu. It’s part of the Two Night Taster Break package which includes options to upgrade to more indulgent treatments. Opt for a therapeutic massage like the Elemis Deep Tissue one and you’ll be able to create a bespoke treatment from re-energising to relieving tension.

Prices start from £394 for their two night taster break. As well as a 50 minute treatment, you’ll be treated to breakfast, a three-course evening meal each night from the day of arrival and a three-course healthy lunch on each full day, including the day departure, plus use of all the facilities. Book Ragdale Hall here (opens in new tab)

Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Bishop's Stortford

Down Hall Spa, one of the best UK spa breaks

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Best spa break for: A luxurious city escape

This grand country house hotel lies just 45 minutes from central London making it the ideal spot for an indulgent uk weekend getaway. The recently-opened Eden Spa boasts a relaxing hydrotherapy pool, a sauna and steam room, and offers a range of ESPA treatments – with Jessica Nails for manis and pedis and MII cosmetics for makeovers.

The relaxation starts as you arrive at Down Hall's sweeping driveway, with the impressive 19th-century mansion house waiting at the end. The traditional interiors are decorated with ornate design features and there's over 100 acres of surrounding woodland to explore – as well as two tennis courts, an extensive gym, and the award-winning Grill Room restaurant. Plus, if you have a pooch, dogs are welcome here too!

Prices for their deluxe spa day start from £175pp, which includes 2 hours use of wet spa, a 55 minute wellness message, a 55 minute triactive personalised ESPA facial, a 25 minute body polish and a glass of prosecco. Book Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Bishop's Stortford here (opens in new tab)

Calcot & Spa, Cotswolds