Spa hotels really are one of the best things on Earth; massages, facials, steam rooms and cosy robes, complete with sumptuous rooms so you barely have to move a muscle after you’ve been pampered and pummelled from head to toe. Because everyone deserves an incredible spa break, especially if you’ve been feeling a little frazzled of late, we’ve decided to let you in on a little secret: Some of the best spa hotels out there are right here in the UK! Nestled among lush forestry, sitting atop rugged clifftops, and hiding among scenic hills, a few of our favourite British spa hotels are rounded up here, and they all offer a glorious treatment menu along with something special that really sets them apart from your average overnighter. If you need a spa break, keep scrolling for our take on where to go.
Soho Farm House
Why: For a rustic countryside break with all the mod cons of a luxury hotel, this is the place. The boathouse swimming pool at the Cowshed spa, aka the Farmhouse Parlour, is as dreamy as the treatment menu, and there’s even a fully kitted gym and Spin studio if you feel so inclined. It being a Soho House property, the dining options are of course to die for while acres of farmland make for quite the fresh-air ramble.
Why: The UK’s first eco spa, the Titanic spa hotel is housed in a converted textile mill—and it’s pretty huge. Sitting on the edge of West Yorkshire’s Pennine Hills, you’ll get incredible views from the cosy rooms while the spa is just as impressive thanks to a salt-regulated swimming pool, herbal infusion room, crystal steam bath, aromatherapy room, plunge pool, Egyptian mud chamber, saunarium and more. This is a spa experience quite like no other.
Why: If total R&R is in order, The Scarlet has you covered. The Ayurvedic-inspired spa has an outdoors clifftop hot tub where you can stargaze, storm-watch or just gaze out to sea, along with a chemical-free swimming pool (it’s cleaned by reeds), a rhassoul mineral mud experience, plus a relaxation room filled with cocoon-like pods where you can gently rock your stresses away. There are yoga and meditation classes, too, for total mind and body relaxation.
Where: Lake District
Why: An escape to the Lake District will never be the same after a stay in one of the Gilpin’s cabins, complete with its own outdoor cedarwood hot tub. For a truly VIP experience, however, book a fancy Spa Lodge for your own private ensuite spa—we’re talking rainmaker showers and steam rooms right inside your cabin, with hydrotherapy hot tubs and saunas just outside your door.
Lime Wood Hotel
Why: Aromatherapy lovers will adore the three-storey Herb House Spa, which has botanical treatments inspired by the hotel’s New Forest surroundings. Hit the huge sauna with its tree-lined view, take a dip in the hydro pool overlooking the forest, try the Mud House, and get super zen with a rooftop yoga session.
St Brides Spa Hotel
Why: Love an infinity pool? St Brides has a thermal suite and outdoor hydrotherapy pool with views right across the Welsh coastline, along with treatment rooms that’ll give you a calming glimpse of Saundersfoot bay as you relax and enjoy a good pampering.