In need of a little pampering? Katie Reich-Storer rounds up 10 of the best UK spas that’ll have you feeling completely blissed out
1. The Spa at Coworth Park, Ascot
Very much the epitome of a modern country house hotel — there’s no chinzy furnishings or cosy nooks here. Instead, you get cool sophistication and a stunning spa, with floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of the rolling countryside views. Treatments are to die for and the pool, relaxation area and Spatisserie café are the icing on the cake.
2. Verbena Spa, Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley
If a glass of bubbly sitting in the outdoor hot tub isn’t enough to win you over, then the Elemis and Anne Semonin treatments at the Verbena Spa are sure to. Add to that an aromatherapy room, foot spa, monsoon shower and ice fountain and you’ll not want to leave this excellent spa nestled in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside.
3. Sequoia Spa, The Grove Hotel, Watford
Only a few miles from London, this country retreat is home to stylish suites, fine dining, beautiful grounds and an excellent ESPA spa complete with black tiled, ozone treated swimming pool. Bring the kids and enjoy the family-friendly facilities or leave them at home for some grown up glamour.
4. Thermae Bath Spa, Bath
It might not have the glitz of some of the posh hotel spas, but you can’t beat the history here as you bathe in Britain’s only natural thermal waters just as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. Today, this day spa offers a range of treatments — bathing in the mineral-rich waters, whether you choose the rooftop pool with its views over the city or the Minerva bath with its flowing curves and grand columns.
5. Como Shambhala Urban Escape, Metropolitan Hotel, London
Living up to its name, this day spa really does provide a getaway for stressed out city workers with excellent therapists performing top-notch massages and facials in a calming environment. The Como Shambhala Massage is the signature treatment and the smell of the specially blended oil is enough to relax you in an instant.
6. Thai Square Spa, London
For a slice of Thailand in the heart of Covent Garden, you’re greeted by the fragrance of jasmine and sumptuous red and gold décor. Treatments are carried out by expertly trained Thai therapists – choose from a range of authentic treatments including the herbal compress massage, hot jade stone massage and, of course, the traditional Thai massage which incorporates yoga-like stretching and pulling and is performed on a mat on the floor.
7. The Spa by ESPA at Gleneagles, Perthshire
This award-winning spa prides itself on the quality and range of its treatments as well as its extensive facilities. Unwind on relaxing beds, take a dip in the vitality pool, steam in the crystal steam room or hot sauna cabin and cool down with an Arctic mist shower or ice rub. Then, when you’re feeling suitably relaxed, bask in your chosen treatment, fusing the latest European therapies with ancient Eastern traditions.
8. Calcot Spa, Calcot Manor, Cotswolds
If you prefer your spa to be bright and airy rather than dark and mysterious, this is the one for you. Located in a quiet corner of the hotel’s grounds, the pale Cotswold stone used throughout and floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spa with natural light. Facilities include an indoor pool with small children’s pool, outdoor hot tub with an open fire to stave of the chill, sauna, steam room and seven treatment rooms where massages, facials and manicures are on offer.
9. Cowshed Spa, Babington House, Somerset
Spa like the A-list at this uber-cool hotel where style and substance go hand-in-hand. Think shabby chic, laid-back and effortlessly trendsetting and you get the picture. Treatments are all from the quirky Cowshed stable and include facials, manicures/pedicures, body treatments and hair removal. There are plenty of spa facilities too, with an indoor and outdoor pool, hammam, sauna, steam room and gym for those feeling active.
10. The Scarlet Spa, Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
For anyone really wanting to get away from it all, this eco-friendly Cornish spa is the place to head. From luxury, tented, lantern-lit treatment rooms with views of the beach and wild Atlantic sea, to the cliff-top hot tub, you certainly won’t forget your time here. And, whether you choose one of the fantastic Ayurvedic spa treatments or opt for a yoga session on the beach, your ‘Scarlet journey’ will leave you booking your return trip before you leave.