Best Luxury Spa Hotels in the UK
There are many different elements that go together to create a successful spa, surprisingly it’s not all about how big the pool is or how many treatments are available. This top ten of best luxury spa hotels in the UK is all about the ambience, cleanliness, standard of treatments, quality of products and the friendliness of the staff. Most of us visit luxury spa hotels to totally unwind and feel pampered so it’s vital that we are surrounded by professional staff that make us feel at ease.
Then there are the smaller things that many of us take for granted but yet they really make a difference. Little extras such as robes, complimentary toiletries, magazines, drinks, and personal consultation all add value to your spa experience.
If you want to see in the new year with a new you and start 2014 fully detoxed and revitalised, book a spa break at any of these magnificent hotels.
The Aspa at Auchrannie Resort on the Isle of Arran is an elegant and tranquil place where you can experience the ultimate pamper package. As well as offering many of the usual treatments, you can also get complementary therapies, including Reiki and reflexology. The scenery that frames Auchrannie is beautiful and you will find the staff here extremely experienced and professional.
The perfect city retreat, The Spa at the Milestone uses Sothys products. Fiona Keane, Spa Director, has been a therapist at many impressive places, including Kensington Palace, Downing Street and The White House. You can also get a good workout in the resistance pool or book a personal trainer in the gym.
The Cowshed Spa is beautifully designed with a rustic vibe. There are six chic rooms where you can relax with bespoke treatments, and there are even treatments for expectant mums. The botanical products are suitable for vegetarians and contain no artificial colours, fragrances or chemicals, so they are a natural way of pampering yourself.
A sleek sanctuary where you can indulge in a two day package. 100% natural ingredients are used in the treatments. There is also a café where you can buy organic food and drinks. Enjoy hot stone therapies, reflexology, Reiki, and pre and post natal treatments.
Among the lush Cheshire countryside, the Health Club and Spa at The Mere Resort welcomes you to its luxurious haven. Gorgeous pool, steam room, and Rasul room, where you can experience the Arabic cleansing and bathing ritual. After indulging in one of the relaxing treats you can enjoy a spot of socialising in the Spa Lounge and Bar.
As well as the more traditional spa treatments you can choose from sinus drainage massage, pregnancy massage, Indian head and ear candling. The scenic views make this an incredible place where you can revitalise your mind and body.
Overlooking the idyllic Cornish coastline, the Spa at Fowey Hall features a hot tub where you can soak up ocean vistas. The treatment rooms provide a calming environment for you to stimulate your senses with luxury Italian spa products.
The Boudoir is a special place that has a boutique feel and offers a unique spa experience. The space is designed for groups of up to 20, making it ideal for celebrations with friends and family. Or if you’re a couple wanting a romantic spa break, The Paris Suite offers the perfect pamper packages. Two free standing baths are set in front of a tropical aquarium, where you can relax together.
Not only is this hotel in a beautiful location on Guernsey, it has a fabulously stylish spa. The skincare products used in the spa treatments are made from plant extracts and help to soothe away your stresses. Choose from holistic and pregnancy therapies or book an spa day package and enjoy several indulgencies.
The luxury spa is spread over 50,000 square feet and offers a wide range of therapies, including facials, massages, wraps, anti-ageing and detoxes. As well as the hydro pool and swimming pool, there is a bathing suite with four different saunas, ice fountain, and sound wave therapy beds. The Spa at Rockliffe Hall has been nominated as the North of England’s Spa of the year 2013.
- Wondering what to wear in the spa? Take a couple of swimming costumes, one for swimming and one to wear during treatments. I’d also recommend taking some flip flops and a sarong. More often than not the spas will provide robes, towels and slippers but it is always advisable to check beforehand. Most importantly, a spa day is about relaxing, so wear what makes you most comfortable.
- Unless lunch is already organised within a spa package, try and book before you arrive so that you’re not waiting around during treatments. Also mention to them if you have any special dietary requirements.
- Make sure you turn your phone off.
- Don’t arrive late. Usually 20-30 minutes before your appointment is ideal. You may have paperwork to fill in, then you will need time to get changed or even enjoy the steam room and Jacuzzi.
- Shower or freshen up, especially if you have been in the swimming pool as you will need to wash the chemicals off your skin.
- If you want to talk during your treatment, try and speak in a quiet voice.
- If it is necessary for you to cancel your appointment, try and allow 24 hours notice if possible.
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