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.
10. Feversham Arms, Helmsley
Indulge in the Heat Experience Spa at The Feversham Arms featuring a full-length, outdoor heated pool, hot tub and treatments from one of the first small, luxury spa hotel’s in Yorkshire.
9. Cary Arms, Babbacombe Bay
Nestled along the coastline of the English Riviera, on the clifftops of Babbacombe Bay, The Cary Arms oozes in coastal-chic beauty with an award-winning spa featuring a waterfall hydro-therapy pool, sea-mineral-harnessing treatments, relaxation area, steam room, sauna, exotic experience shower with exclusive American art decor throughout.
8. The Europe Hotel, Killarney
Situated beside the picturesque Lough Leanne Lake, surrounded with awe-inspiring Irish mountains, The Europe Hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows in their award-winning spa soak in all the natural beauty surrounding the hotel with exquisitely contemporary decor.
7. Rothay Garden, Grasmere
Soak away the daily stresses with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the outstanding Lake District landscapes and fells. Rothay Garden’s spa brings the fresh ambience of nature into their spa with a wide range of invigorating treatments, hydro-therapy pool and other excellent facilities to explore.
6. The Elms, Worcestershire
Relax, Unwind and Refresh. The Elms infuses the period drama of our Queen Anne manor house with the mood-lit, contemporary ambience of their stylishly refurbished spa. Indulge in a little luxury with their heated indoor pool, outdoor hydro-therapy pool, Thermal Suite, ice fountain and cedar-clad sauna. If you fancy a treatment or two, The Elms have provided an array of tempting treatments and an extensive list of Spa Packages to choose between.
5. Dormy House, Broadway
‘Walk In, Float Out.’ Dormy House have payed extra special attention to providing the upmost luxurious spa in The Cotswolds with a philosophy of being spoilt rotted. Featuring a 16m Infinity Pool, a Thermal Suite, inspired by Scandinavian influences, hydro-therapy hot tub, and treatment rooms, every inch of Dormy House’s Spa promises to soothe away the daily stresses and strains.
4. Moddershall Oaks, Near Stone
Specialising in rejuvenation, Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat pursues the art of relaxation with a fully fitted spa with luxurious facilities such as the steam room with high humidity steam and infused with Eucalyptus Milk, heated outdoor Vitality Pool, indoor Hydro-Therapy pool, Experience Showers, Reflexology Foot Baths, a list of seasonal treatments and Wellness Centre.
3. Seaham Hall, Country Durham
A winding, wooden, hovering pathway leads down a spot-lit hallway with the tranquil babbling of the river below, setting the scene for the serenity ahead. From the Thai influences of the treatment rooms to the outdoor hydrotherapy pool and hot tub, Seaham Hall have payed a close attention to detail to make sure every feature of their Serenity Spa feels sumptuous and luxurious.
2. Carey’s Manor & SenSpa, The New Forest
From the award-winning restaurants to the sumptuous spa, everything about Carey’s Manor oozes in exotic luxury with Middle Eastern influences and surprises. Boasting incredible spa facilities, Carey’s Manor features a hot tub, indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, treatments and other rejuvenating amenities.
1. The Brimstone, The Lake District
Being our number 1 spa retreat in the UK, The Brimstone’s infamous spa facilities are an establishment to behold. Boasting seven Thermal Experience’s, five indoor relaxation areas, indoor pool, Finnish influenced sauna and outdoor heated pool with jets and fountains to massage and stimulate, The Brimstone’s outstanding spa promises perfection with a stylish design throughout this boutique retreat.
- 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.