With staycations booming this year, for obvious reasons, we check out some of the best UK hotel spa breaks, along with the treatments on offer, to help you relax, revive and restore…
Best UK spa break for getting back to nature: Limewood Hotel, New Forest
The New Forest is the star of the show at Lime Wood’s spa, Herb House. You can see the trees from the sauna, relax in the rooftop herb garden and enjoy the all-natural botanical products from Bamford and Voya during your treatment. This Uk spa hotel break is perfect for nature lovers!
Designed over three levels, Herb House has a massive sauna and indoor hydro pool with stunning forest views, a mud house, an outdoor hot pool, eight single treatment rooms and two double treatment rooms.
TRY: Bamford B Silent Ritual. Not sleeping well? This one’s for you. This treatment is devoted to relaxing your body and preparing it for sound, restful sleep.
It begins with a foot ritual, followed by a therapeutic back, neck and shoulder massage using Bamford’s B silent body oil, a blend of roman chamomile, cannabis sativa and lavender flower oils. Finally, the B silent organic temple balm is applied to the forehead and temples to prepare the body and mind for deep sleep.
Cost: £120 for 60 minutes. Visit: limewoodhotel.co.uk
Best UK spa break for getting away from it all: North Lakes Hotel and Spa, Lake District
The Lake District, with its crystal-clear lakes, rugged mountains and wind-swept villages, can often feel like a completely different country, so it’s the place to go for sating your wanderlust this year. North LakesHotel is located on the edge of Penrith, an ideal base for exploring the Lakes.
The ‘country retreat’ feel of the hotel extends to the spa, which features exposed wooden beams, low lighting and comfy seating areas surrounding the 13-metre heated swimming pool and indoor whirlpool. The spa uses Caudalie and treatments include lifting and firming eye therapies, back massages, body scrubs and purifying facials.
TRY: Holistic Heaven. Begin this spa day with a dip in the pool and sampling the rest of the spa facilities, before enjoying a Caudalie D-Vine Back, Face and Scalp Treatment. Alight lunch follows, before heading back to the spa facilities should you wish to.
Cost: £100 Mon-Fri and £105 Sat-Sun. Visit: northlakeshotel.co.uk
Best UK spa break for fitness fanatics: Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa, Surrey
Pennyhill Park is a luxury hotel and spa, set in 120 acres of Surrey parkland. The spa is a destination in its own right and great for those recovering from a workout injury or simply want to relax their hard-working muscles and joints as there is an array of hot and cold therapies to enjoy.
The combination of hot and cold works together to positively affect circulation, strengthening the cardiovascular system and improving overall blood vessel health. You can choose between a bucket shower, infused steam room, dry heat sauna, herbal steam room, ice igloo, plunge pool, tepidarium and sensory room where warm, gel-filled beds aid deep relaxation and sleep.
TRY: Warrior Spa Day. You start your day with a welcome smoothie, before commencing a bespoke 60-minute personal training session with an in-house expert, before restoring mind and body with a 30-minute treatment, followed by a three-course lunch in the hotel’s Themis restaurant. After, you can continue to enjoy the spa facilities, including the steam rooms and plunge pool.
Cost: £185 Mon-Thurs and £205 Fri-Sun. Visit: exclusive.co.uk/the-spa-at-pennyhill-park
Best UK spa hotel for a city break: Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh
Located in the centre of Edinburgh, Kimpton Charlotte Square is part of the New Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This provides a truly awe-inspiring break away.
The new spa includes an indoor pool, sauna and gym. You can choose from a variety of treatments that incorporate natural, organic ingredients, as well as seaweed-based treatments by Ishga and CBD products by La Rue Verte.
TRY: La Rue Verte Renaissance. In between exploring Edinburgh Castle and walking the Royal Mile, relax in style with 60 minutes in the Thermal Experience. Enjoy a 55-minute La Rue Verte specialist treatment, followed by a two-course lunch in the hotel’s grill restaurant, BABA.
Cost: £120 per person Monday to Friday and £130 per person Saturday & Sunday. Visit: kimptoncharlottesquare.com
Best spa break for couples: UK South Lodge, Sussex
Get away from it all at this award-winning spa, which is perched just above the rolling hills of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the spa welcomes the outdoors in. It boasts spectacular South Downs views from many vantage points, including the indoor pool and relaxation space. Outside, there’s an infinity-edge pool, a wild swimming pool, featuring a wooden bathing platform, and a hydrotherapy pool.
Inside, the spa has a superb thermal suite and 14 treatment rooms. Enjoy a massage with your loved one or indulge in a thermal experience in a private mudroom. Then, unwind with heat, light and sound mood pods within the relaxation rooms. There’s also an infused sauna, a marble-lined salt steam and jasmine herbal steam rooms to enjoy.
TRY: The Spa Bamboo Massage. This massage incorporates smooth bamboo sticks to make for a more effective deep-tissue workout. Starting with deep stretches to lengthen your muscles, the therapist then works with the cane to roll and knead the muscle to help alleviate stress, work out tension and relax you completely.
Cost: £105 Mon-Thur and £115 Fri-Sun for 60 minutes. Visit: exclusive.co.uk/the-spa-at-south-lodge
Best spa hotel for the whole family: Solent Hotel & Spa, Fareham
Located between Portsmouth and Southampton, this hotel and spa is a great base for exploring the south coast with the family, while carving out some ‘me time’ at the refurbished spa.
The spa boasts eight treatment rooms including a double treatment room with a private outdoor hot tub. You’ll also find an indoor pool, sauna and steam room. The range of treatments on offer includes the Caudalie Vino Source facial. This is one of the spa’s most popular treatments.
Once you’re feeling fully recharged, why not expend some energy taking the family up Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth? Or, you could all visit the historic dockyard.
TRY: Premier Cru Spa Day. Any ‘me time’ you manage to get, away from family members, needs to deliver results. This is what this spa day promises to do.
Enjoy the spa facilities before receiving a Premier Cru Facial – the ultimate in anti-ageing treatment. Then, unwind with a two-course lunch, before completing your day with a nourishing body wrap.
Cost: £165 Mon-Fri and £180 Sat-Sun. Visit: solenthotel.co.uk