Breathe, lie back, and take a dip. Fluffy robes and fabulous food. Is there anything better than a sumptuous morning of pampering followed by lunch in front of a roaring log fire or under the summer sun?
For the ultimate weekend of unwinding, the following eight amazing UK spas should be your first port of call.
1. Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, Bath
Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AZ
Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa in Bath has always been renowned for doing things differently. Home to thermal cabins, a saltwater plunge pool and a herb garden (which grows the herbs that are used in their treatments), this venue is somewhat alternative.
The newest string to their bow is a collection of cutting-edge therapies, which include Haslauer Sunlight Therapy sessions and dry flotation.
Maternity, manicures, pedicures, facials, body therapies, reiki, body envelopment, and refining contour treatments.
All-day restaurant, swimming pool, ice bar, social lounge, hydrotherapy pools, football pitch, woodland, fitness gym, experience showers and eight state-of-the-art treatment rooms.
Treatments from: £16
2. Kings Head, Cirencester
24 Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NR
Located in picturesque Cirencester, this luxuriously rustic abode is set within the walls of a 14th century coaching inn. If you’re looking for a traditional, classic spa with price points that are easy on the pocket, the King’s Head won’t disappoint.
Massages, nails, aromatherapy, and beauty treatments (including waxing, brow shaping, eye lash tints, and more).
Jacuzzi, infra-red sauna, steam room and a cosy relaxation room.
Treatments from: £12
3. Lion Quays Spa, Shropshire
Lion Quays Resort, Weston Rhyn, Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3EN
This spa certainly offers something different! Featuring a ‘snow cave’, this dramatic otherworldly room invites you to take a dip in a pool of -10 degrees. This unique treatment, inspired by the Finns, is said to boost blood circulation and the respiratory system.
Everything from massages to facials, onto pedis and specialist skin treatments; there are few spa services that aren’t provided here.
12 treatment rooms, snow cave, Rasul Mud Chamber, dry flotation bed, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, steam room and sauna.
Treatments from: £15
4. The Principal, Edinburgh
38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ, UK
The Principal in Edinburgh is where tradition meets glamour (with Scottish vibes through and through).
We love the fact that this spa uses soothing, all-natural treatments from the finest quality products (such as seaweed-infused creams and exfoliants from Ishga).
Another feature that makes this venue unique is the distinctive (and delicious) Scottish/Middle Eastern hybrid restaurant which serves up mezze, Scottish lamb, beef, and seafood - all cooked over a charcoal grill.
Massages, manicures, OSKIA glow facials, Ishga skin treatments, tinting, and OPI Prospa Nails Manicures and Pedicures.
Relaxation rooms, pool, sauna, steam room and fitness centre.
Treatments from: £12
5. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Lake District
Crook Road, Windermere, The English Lake District, LA23 3NF
The pinnacle of luxury, this spa provides all you’d expect, and so much more besides. There are treatment rooms with lakeside views and cosy wood stoves, but there’s also your very own lakeside ‘spa lodge’ for accommodation, which has a private steam room, hydrotherapy hot tub and sauna (all for your use only!) And that’s before we’ve even told you about the 100 acres of grounds to be explored.
Alternatively, for a more affordable stay, you can book in at the beautiful Giplin Lake House.
Massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures.
Large gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and fitness centre.
Treatments from: Included in the price of a private lodge booking.
6. Minster Mill, Oxfordshire
Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire, Cotswolds, OX29 0RN
A glorious and glamorous spa break on the banks of the River Windrush, this venue features sleek, ‘Skandi’ style inspiration and a unique ‘Garden Spa’ (a must-visit for those warmer months!).
RASUL mud therapy, facials, maternity treatments, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, and beauty treatments.
Plunge pool, rock sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain, and tropical rain forest showers.
Treatments from: £15 | £25 for spa entry
7. Grayshott Spa, Surrey
Headley Road, Grayshott, Near Hindhead, Surrey, GU26 6JJ
This award-winning wellness retreat offers many different health programmes, health stays and enrichment breaks. Perhaps among their most well-known is the 7-day Grayshott Health Regime, which focuses on well-being and weight-loss.
This programme is perfect for anyone who’s seeking a gut overhaul, such as IBS sufferers, slow digestive systems, or people who just want to feel lighter and less bloated.
Fitness assessments, personal training, holistic exercise classes, massages, dry flotation, pedicures, facials, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, physiotherapy, nutritional evaluation, aromatherapy, hot stone therapy… the list goes on (and on!).
Fitness centre, swimming pool, clothes boutique, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, 9-hole par 3 golf course, cinema, lunch-time talks and evening films, separate gender steam and sauna rooms.
Treatments from: £40 | 7-day stay starts from £1,950
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