The 40 best spa holidays in the UK (2023)

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Morritto Spa Garage, County Durham
Double winner atA good guide to spasGarage Spa, the ultimate boutique spa, has been cleverly converted to its original use as a stopover on the way from London and Carlisle. Set against a backdrop of exposed wood and stone, the spa boasts three indoor hot tubs, a steam room and a secret garden with an outdoor hot tub. Take a dip in the car wash - outdoor showers of varying temperatures - before settling into the paint shop for a manicure or the Tune Up Rooms for a hammam or rasul mud treatment. The hotel has 26 comfortable rooms and two restaurants.
Doubles from £75.60 B&B spa treatments from £25; spa and stay experiences from £145pp;

St Mellion Estate, Cornwall
Set in 450 acres of peaceful Cornwall countryside, the St Mellion Estate is ideal for spa lovers and non-spa lovers alike, with two golf courses, tennis courts and three swimming pools, alongside the Elemis Spa. Deep tissue massages and collagen facials can be combined with bike rides or walks around the property, personal training and classes at the studio or spin classes at the fitness studios. Brasserie No 18 serves locally sourced meat and fish, with hearty roasts on Sundays.
One-night spa break from £198 B&B, including one 60-minute spa treatment and spa use;

Hotel Cliff, Cardigan Bay
Family-owned and set in a beautiful position above Cardigan Bay, the Cliff combines spectacular sea views with an elegant, subterranean spa. In keeping with its seaside location, the spa offers Thalgo Marine treatments, from algae wraps that activate circulation and speed up metabolism, to hot stone massages, along with reflexology and Indian head massage. There's a nine-hole golf course for non-spa partners (with Cardigan's 18-hole course next door), excellent sea and river fishing, plus cliffside walks from the door.
A two-night spa break from £240pp half board, including 80 minutes of spa treatment each;

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Shrigley Hall Hotel & Spa, Macclesfield
On the edge of the Peak District National Park, Shrigley's 260 hectares are criss-crossed with walking and jogging paths (alongside an 18-hole golf course), making it easy to combine gentle exercise with indulgent spa treatments. Bazaar Spa has an outdoor infinity pool, heated to 38C, and a steam, sauna and hot tub in a former chapel, with treatments ranging from Ayurvedic rituals to Décleor facials and personalized massages. Dine in style at the Oakridge Restaurant or relax with a pizza and a glass at the Courtyard Bar.
One nightspa vacationfrom £289 B&B, including dinner and one 50-minute treatment;

Rowton Hall Hotel & Spa, Chester
Spend a lazy afternoon at the stylish Rowton Spa, offering Elemis facials and body treatments, along with a selection of treatments for men and mums-to-be. The Lounge & Terrace offers delicious light meals, many of which use fruit and vegetables grown in the hotel's picturesque gardens, which also promises guests a quiet space to stroll, practice yoga or simply curl up on a lounger with a good book. The hotel itself is a classic Georgian villa with 39 individually decorated rooms. The bright lights of Chester are only a 10 minute drive away.
One night winter break from £145 B&B, including £25pp dinner and spa access;

Auchrannie Resort, Arran
Spending time in ASPA's soothing spa is just part of the restorative experience at Auchrannie, which offers timber-clad "retreat" cabins buried deep in the valley alongside luxury cabins and spa bedrooms. Exploring the quiet, unspoiled landscapes of Arran - whether on foot, by bike or Segway (both available to hire) - is invigorating in itself and makes an ideal combination with the therapeutic massages and treatments offered at the spa. There are three restaurants to choose from when it comes to dining and excellent facilities for children, making this a great family choice.
Doubles from £119 B&B treatments from £50;

Mallory Court, Warwickshire
Here is the best of both worlds: a contemporary spa experience with the traditional comfort of a country hotel. Along with oak panelling, manicured gardens and beautiful gabled rooms, there is an impressive Elan Spa with sauna, hydro pool, gym and nail salon, as well as seven treatment rooms. Expect fine cuisine with seasonal menus and ingredients from our own gardens. Stratford is less than half an hour away, as are Warwick and Leamington Spa, but you may want to stay closer to home: sipping mocktails in the heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking the lovely courtyard garden is a definite highlight.
The package for one night includes:treatment, dinner Flavors of the seasonin the dining room of the castle,full englishbreakfast and two hours in the spa, £249pp;

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Monkey Island, Berkshire
Steeped in history, Monkey Island began life as a fishing resort in the 18th century and later became a riverside inn known as a destination for writers, musicians and artists. It reopened in 2019 with a floating spa located on a traditional barge on the river, offering unique treatments including a "floating" massage on a bed of water pillows and a Malay massage that uses long kneading movements. Guests can also enjoy riverside walks or boat trips on the Thames. End the day in the cozy Whiskey Snug, reached by a secret staircase.
From £213 room only; floating spa package from £425;

Scarlet, Cornwall
An adults-only retreat perched on a clifftop above Mawgan Porth Beach, where the sea is a big part of the treatment package and every room overlooks the shimmering Atlantic – including a glass-walled, bromine-filtered indoor pool. The spa is centered on Ayurvedic principles, with tailor-made therapies, all to the natural music of the waves crashing on the shore below. There are outdoor hot tubs for a post-massage dip, and dinners feature locally sourced fish and seafood, paired with slow-aged wines. There are also great vegan options.
Doubles from £290 B&

Stoke by Nayland Resort, Suffolk
The Peake Spa is just part of the appeal of this sprawling resort, which also boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses, 40 weekly exercise classes and a running club. The spa offers a wide range of treatments, including Neum Wellbeing therapies, which combine shiatsu and Thai massage to reduce stress and improve sleep; physiotherapy sessions; and non-surgical treatments aimed at relieving pain and preventing further problems. Accommodation ranges from standard hotel rooms to eco-friendly cabins that are ideal for families or smaller groups.
A one-night spa break from £229 B&B, including one 25-minute treatment and a bottle of prosecco;

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Glass House Retreat, Essex
The Glass House, a purpose-built detox retreat in the heart of the Essex countryside, offers a wide range of treatments, from a cryotherapy chamber to hydrating body wraps and facials. Days are usually structured (although guests can opt in or out of activities), with an early morning walk, time for spa treatments of your choice in the morning and afternoon, and wellness talks or vegan food demonstrations. Rooms have soothing landscape views, vegan spa products and the fluffiest robes.
Spa packages for two nights from £238pp full board, including £60 spa vouchers, courses, talks and spa use;

Spa u Galgormu, Ballymena
Set on the 163-acre Galgorm Estate, this Spa & Thermal Village is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, offering a range of indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms, and even a snow cabin. There are many spa treatments, but the real therapy here is lounging in the warm waters surrounded by the open landscape or under the starry sky (the pools are open until the evening). The rooms have King Koil mattresses and a beautiful view of the garden or the river, and there are three top restaurants to choose from.
Doubles from £205 B&B treatments from £95;

Seaham Hall,County Durham
One of the leading spas in Northern England, the combination of Seaham's striking cliff-top location, crisp sea breezes and its Asian-style spa make for an eclectic stay to remember. The hotel – a Georgian country house that was once the home of poet Lord Byron – is connected to the Serenity Spa by an underground walkway that brings guests into a dimly lit maze of treatment rooms, thermal showers and a Zen garden. The spa offers Temple Spa and Ishga treatments – using Scottish seaweed and spring water – and all the healthy benefits can be balanced with a glass of bubbles at the Taittinger nail bar.
Doubles from £295 B&B treatments from £45;

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Rudding Park, Harrogate
This rooftop spa and garden in Rudding Park takes full advantage of Harrogate's world-famous waters, offering a wide range of hydrotherapy and thermal experiences. In addition to the usual massages and facials, the spa also offers special treatments for expectant mothers, those with dermatological problems and those living with or recovering from cancer. There are also treatments for the mind, with "Energy Healing" sessions that promise increased focus and energy, and less stress and anxiety. The hotel also has its own golf course – ideal for making partners who don't like spas happy.
One night break, including dinnerallowanceand spa treatment, from £224pp;

Ragdale Hall, Leicestershire
One of the UK's leading spas for the past 40 years, Ragdale is a classic spa (rather than a luxury spa hotel). With six pools to choose from, a choice of 18 courses per day and 11 different heat and water experiences, the day can be filled even before you book a treatment. The rooms are comfortable, if a bit bland, and there are plenty of opportunities to indulge at the end of the day in a chic cocktail bar or luxury restaurant.
Two night break from £394pp full board, including one treatment and use of all facilities;

Culloden Estate & Spa, Hollywood
Northern Ireland's premier health resort, Culloden, offers a wide range of Espa treatments alongside private GP appointments, minor surgeries and health services in its MediSpa. Treatments range from cosmetic to physiotherapy, wellness check-ups and laser surgery, with an indoor vital pool for relaxation and a selection of thermal treatments. The hotel – originally built as a bishop's palace – feels beautifully grand, with stained glass windows and sweeping staircases, while Vespers Restaurant and the Cultra Inn offer a choice of formal or more relaxed dining.
Doubles from £225 B&B treatments from £45;

Porta Vadie, Lake Fyne
A big attraction of this modern marina resort is the stunning infinity pool, set on the shores of Loch Fyne and heated to 33C – making it a lovely place to soak up the views, whatever the time of year. The spa has a 16-metre pool, sauna and hot tub, with a good selection of treatments, including Décleor and Ishga products, and a program of yoga and fitness classes. Combine spa treatments with getting out on the water – the hotel offers private boat charters, day trips to private beaches, as well as kayaking and fishing.
Doubles from £164 B&B treatments from £40;

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Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire
Surrounded by 72 hectares of lush, unspoiled nature, Moddershall boasts a superb spa and wellness centre, offering a wide range of courses. Spa treatments are performed in a comfortable, renovated country house, with two indoor pools (one hydrotherapy), a room for rasul treatments and a living room for sleeping, for a nap after therapy. But outside, Moddershall is good, with a thermal pool, a spa deli and an outdoor lounge with a bioethanol fireplace. The suites are elegant and comfortable, with outdoor hot tubs, and dinners at the Oak House restaurant are soothingly indulgent.
A one-night spa break for two, including breakfast and dinner costs from £175pp;

Spa at Carden, near Chester
Whatever the weather, the fantastic Spa at Carden, one of the UK's largest spa gardens, has a beach club atmosphere. The "Garden of Multi-Sensory Wellbeing" is a playground for adults with a hydrotherapy pool, hot tubs, heated floors, a glass-sided sauna, fire pits and a champagne bar; there are further thermal facilities and indoor treatment rooms. Guests can come for the day (half day from £55) or stay at the adjacent Carden Park Hotel (spa stay from £180). The newest package is the Gourmet Spa Stay: a half-day spa stay, a 50-minute treatment, bed and breakfast and dinner at Vines, a new fine dining restaurant serving wine from the hotel's own vineyard.
Half day spa from £55; day spa break from £180;

Whatley Manor Health Resort, Cotswolds
This is a central cast iron country hotel, all honey colored stone, wood paneling and large fireplaces. There are formal gardens and beautiful Wiltshire countryside to explore. The hotel's chic yet state-of-the-art Aquarius Spa includes a large indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, aromatic thermal suites, heated stone loungers and a sauna. Facials and massages with Gaia Skincare are beautiful, products handcrafted in Britain using traditional methods. For complete relaxation, book a floating capsule filled with warm water and 500 kg of Epsom salt. The lights go out and there's nothing left to do but drift away. In the evening, after all that relaxation, a restaurant with a Michelin star is a real treat.
Rooms from £279, spa access included; treatments from £56;
Essential Escape half-day spa for non-residentswith treatment and use of the spa, 140 kn;

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Buxton Crescent, Derbyshire
When Buxton Crescent reopened its doors in 2021, it marked a new beginning for one of the country's most historic spa hotels – which in Georgian times was known as the country's first spa. Its 21st-century incarnation combines touches of the period - fluted columns, glittering chandeliers and stained glass - with a state-of-the-art spa, designed around the city's thermal waters. Laze in the indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, soak in the restored Victorian baths and detox in the salt grotto and aromatherapy steam rooms.
Two-night spa break from £310pp, full board, including facial and hot tub;

Maya Blue Wellness Spa, Titanic Liverpool
Set in vaulted stone cellars beneath Liverpool's historic Stanley Dock, the Maya Blue Wellness Spa has a cocoon feel, with thermal pools shimmering on the exposed brickwork. Espa treatments are offered with the thermal suite, but the real pleasure here is the feeling that you have escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city - the candlelit spaces are wonderfully relaxing. Above the spa, the industrial-style bedrooms have interior plans of the Titanic on the walls, while Stanley's Bar and Grill is a bustling tavern with an open kitchen and waterfront views.
Doubles from £113 B&B treatments from HRK 79, express treatments from HRK 40;

Marin Spa Cardiff, Voco St Davids
Perched above Cardiff Bay, Marin is one of Wales' leading spas, with a focus on organic, raw ingredients; The product range includes La Rue Verte, which uses CBD, and Ishga treatments, created from Scottish seaweed and spring water. The indoor hydrotherapy pools are filled with water that has been treated to replicate mineral and salt-rich seawater, and the dry heat sauna is designed to rejuvenate the skin and muscles and detoxify the body. The rooms are a bit corporate, but they have an impressive panoramic view of the city and the sea.
Doubles from £112 room only; treatments from £80;

Kimpton Blythswood Square, Glasgow
A terrace of classic Georgian townhouses surrounded by pristine private gardens, the Kimpton is one of the city's most stylish addresses, with a whimsically lit, cocooning spa. As well as the hydrotherapy and vitality pools, there is an impressive thermal suite, with a glass of bubbles or coffee in the Spa Café to complement the steam room, sauna and ice rooms. La Rue Verte's CBD treatments are offered alongside Ishga therapies. After feeling thoroughly pampered, indulge in some of Scotland's freshest seafood at the glamorous Iasg Restaurant.
Doubles from £160 room only; treatments from £89;

Sheraton Grand Spa Hotel, Edinburgh
Gaze at Edinburgh's historic skyline from the Sheraton's indoor and outdoor rooftop hydropools, where underwater jets and swan-neck showers relieve stress and tension in the body while you enjoy the view. Afterwards, spend time in the spacious spa suite, which includes everything from a Himalayan salt room to a super-relaxing tepidarium. When you've exhausted the spa, try Ginnasium – the hotel's gin tasting experience.
Doubles from £157 room only; access to the pool and gym is included in the room price; A 90-minute spa session is £25pp;

The Edwardian, Manchester
Housed in the city's imposing Grade II-listed Free Trade Hall, the Edwardian has a comfortable stately feel with a surprisingly reasonable price. The spa channels the building's industrial heritage with an understated, urban feel that boasts oak walls, glass partitions and exposed ceilings – all of which make the 12m pool even more inviting. Espa treatments include everything from Swedish massages to body wraps and therapies for mums-to-be, along with a full program of pampering treatments. By night, Peter Street Kitchen is one of the hippest in town, serving small Japanese and Mexican fare.
Doubles from £117 room only; treatments from £65;

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Boringdon Hall, Dartmoor
Designed to make the magnificent Devon landscape part of your spa experience, the glass-walled Gaia Spa offers outdoor hot tubs, a private relaxation room overlooking flowery meadows and an indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, alongside a thermal suite, indoor pool and Spatisserie restaurant. It makes a striking counterpart to the hotel itself, which dates back to the Domesday Book and has a spectacular hall - an ideal place for afternoon tea. Dogs are welcome, with blankets, beds and treats (check room availability when booking).
Two-night spa break from £230.50pp B&B (£20 per dog per night), including one 45-minute spa treatment;

Hotel Coniston, Skipton
Surrounded by 1,400 acres of rolling Yorkshire Dales, Coniston is as welcoming to four-legged guests as it is to two (be sure to let the hotel know in advance to make sure a dog room is available). Spa Nadarra makes the most of the rural location, with outdoor infinity pools and private garden baths with stunning views of the countryside. Inside, start with a thermal suite or dip in the pool, before a rasul mud treatment or an Aromatherapy Associates facial. Dinners can be Asian flavors at Blossom Kitchen or traditional Yorkshire fare at The View.
Doubles from £169 B&B (£20 per dog); spa stay from £229;

Burley Manor, New Forest
It may seem like a classic English mansion, but the spa exudes a more Mediterranean atmosphere, with treatments based on Temple Spa products that use extracts of herbs, flowers, fruits and olives. Treatments are focused on pampering, with facials with bubbly and truffles and a hands-free "brush massage" offered alongside more traditional options. There are lovely walks from the hotel door to the New Forest, with the picturesque village of Burley just a few minutes' walk away. Dogs are welcomed as part of the family and get their own mats, bowls and treats.
Doubles from £130.50room only(£30 for the first dog, £15 for the second); treatments from £55;

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Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey –
One of the UK's most expansive spas (and home to the England rugby team's training ground), Pennyhill covers 45,000 sq ft, with several indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal sequencing area and 23 treatment rooms. Whether you're after a relaxing weekend, a fitness retreat (there are over 50 courses to choose from) or a complete reset, experienced therapists will put together a treatment package to suit your needs. Along with the spa, the hotel is pleasantly luxurious, from the Michelin-starred Latymer restaurant to the sumptuous suites. It also happens to be one of the most pet-friendly, with 12 rooms reserved for visitors with dogs, complete with beds, bowls and treats, all with direct access to 123 hectares of magnificent parkland. Windsor Great Park is also just a few minutes drive away.
Spa treatments from £80;
Book pet-friendly stays from £455, dogs staying free plus dog benefits;

Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa, Derwentwater
This classic Lakeland hotel got a new lease of life when it opened the Falls Spa, which has 18 bedrooms set above and around a 16m outdoor hot tub, a ramshackle mud chamber for four, a thermal suite and treatment rooms. Treatments on offer include Elemis facials and La Sultana de Saba massages using shea butter and Atlas Mountain clay. Dog-friendly rooms are located in the hotel's main building, which also houses Mizu – a pan-Asian restaurant – and the more traditional Lake View restaurant (with dog-friendly tables).
Doubles from £207 B&B £15 per dog; spa access £25pp;

Ockenden Manor, West Sussex
Contemporary and historical blend beautifully in Ockenden; a charming Elizabethan castle with a superb spa set in a 19th-century walled garden. There are only 28 rooms, giving the hotel a cosy, personal feel, with fire-lit lounges and dining rooms with open views of the gardens. The spa boasts an indoor/outdoor pool, rainforest shower and saltwater flotation tank, offering pilates and yoga classes alongside an outdoor hot tub and relaxation area – perfect for warmer days. Dogs are welcome, but not allowed in the spa or spa suites.
One-night spa holiday from £162pp, including dinner and £50pp spa voucher; £25 per dog;

Bodyscallen Hall, Llandudno
This fine 17th-century country pile, owned by the National Trust, accepts dogs in select cottages in the hotel's magnificent 220-acre park, where you can roam with your pooch (except in the formal gardens). After an invigorating yomp, Fido can snack and relax in the bassinet (everything is included, along with a water bowl and poop bags) while you head to the hotel's spacious spa, which has an impressive 16-meter pool, sauna, steam room, gym , treatment rooms and a relaxation room.
Ccottages from £290 per night (dogs stay free), based on two guests, including breakfast at main hotel and use of spa;

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Thermae Bath Spa, Bath
A spectacular reincarnation of the city's historic Roman baths, Thermae Bath Spa is best known for its rooftop pool, but also offers Roman and Georgian steam rooms and a thermal suite. The Thermae Treat package includes a 2-hour spa session (including use of the rooftop pool and indoor Minerva bath), a Reviver back massage and a facial or head and foot massage (50 minutes in total).
From £85pp;

Limewood, New Forest
The Herb House Spa at Limewood spans three levels, with a rooftop gym, a 16m indoor pool and an outdoor hot tub that steams to its fullest as the sun sets over the New Forest. The Herb House Sundown package includes a 60 minute treatment, full use of the spa facilities and a welcome smoothie upon arrival.
From £120pp;

The Coach House, Beaverbrook, Leatherhead
Stepping into the Coach House (designed by contemporary artist Brian Clarke) is like stepping into a stained glass window: rich colours, Josef Frank-style fabrics and excellent food ensure this is not your average day at the spa. While facials and pedicures are available, beauty offerings are secondary to wellness, with a focus on naturopathy and serious biodynamic massage. Locals arrive early to take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
From £175pp;

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Lucknam Park, Colerne
Soak up the glamor of a serious country house at this magnificent country estate, with a superb Espa spa hidden behind walled gardens. Take a dip in the outdoor seawater pool or immerse yourself in the hydrotherapy waters before your choice of treatment, with private gardens to explore afterwards. The half-day Inner Calm Experience includes one 60-minute Espa treatment and use of spa facilities.
From £155pp;

Spa u Coworth Parku, Ascot
Eco-spa luxury at its best, Coworth's state-of-the-art spa boasts a sculpture-lined pool, a 'living roof' herb garden and a selection of pampering treatments including Valmont's anti-ageing therapies and Ishga massages. The five-hour afternoon spa package includes a 60-minute treatment, afternoon tea in the Spatisserie and use of the spa facilities.
From £195pp;

The Grove, Watford
Set in 300 acres of gardens and woodland, the Grove is perfect for a quick getaway – you could be forgiven for thinking you're deep in a rural fantasy rather than outside Watford. In May, their award-winning Sequoia Spa (featuring a stunning 22-metre pool lined with black mosaics) reopens after a major refurbishment, bringing new dining, relaxation areas and men's hot experiences. The main building dates back to the 18th century and overlooks a championship golf course (Obama was once seen there), and there are numerous bike or walking trails through the woods, with pet sitters available after the walk. And when the wellness business is over, guests can reward themselves with dessert in one of the four restaurants.
From £160pp;

Ancient Baths of Aire, London
This is a piece of ancient Rome buried deep in an underground corner of Covent Garden, housed in a neoclassical town house, once the home of JM Barrie. Inside, you'll find a luxurious cave of candlelit pools, replete with arches and columns. Aire first opened in Seville 20 years ago and now has branches in New York, Chicago and Copenhagen among others. There are pools for all tastes: a salt bath where you can float, one that is very hot and aptly named the Frigidarium, at 14C. There is also a steam bath and a sauna, and in true Roman style, a bath with red wine.
From £90pp;

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