10 of Britain’s best spa deals
1. Antara Spa, Fulham
Indulge in a massage, facial and lunch – £82 pp. See details.
2. Rookery Hall, Cheshire
Sip on a glass of champagne and get a 55-minute spa treatment before tucking into afternoon tea – £79 pp. See details.
3. Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa, Kent
Relax in a spa which has a four-bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide and have a 55-minute treatment, access to the facilities, champagne and afternoon tea or lunch – £79 pp. See details.
4. Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds
This four-star hotel and spa won Best Luxury Fitness Spa in the UK at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2018. Enjoy a 55-minute treatment, all-day use of the facilities and a two-course lunch with prosecco – £75 pp . See details.
5. Sirona Wellbeing & Spa, Devon
Save over half price on this spa deal that includes two Elemis treatments, lunch and bubbly – £59 pp . See details.
6. The Oxfordshire Hotel Golf & Spa
Head to the beautiful Chiltern Hills for a spa day and get a 55-minute treatment and lunch – £59 pp. See details.
7. Wynyard Hall, Durham
Indulge with a trip to a grand Georgian country house in County Durham and enjoy a glass of prosecco, a 60-minute treatment with a two-course lunch or afternoon tea. Treatments include a Skin Comfort Facial, a Citrus Essence Facial, a Lomi Juma Full Body Massage or a Sweet Dreams Full Body Massage – £59 pp. See details.
8. Fowey Hall Hotel, Cornwall
Be pampered at a traditional coastal manor with one 55-minute or two 30-minute treatments, cream tea and all-day access to the facilities, for 47% less than usual – £59 pp. See details.
9. North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Cumbria
Get away from it all with a 25-minute treatment, a two-course lunch and all-day use of the facilities – £49 pp. See details.
10. Best Western Lamphey Court Hotel & Spa, Pembrokeshire
Kick back and relax at this impressive Georgian hotel with three bubbles from The Good Spa Guide. Enjoy a 25-minute facial, lunch and a glass of prosecco for half the usual price – £49 pp. See details.
Want more than a day? We’ve handpicked the best UK spa breaks…
1. The seaside one: The Scarlet, Cornwall
If there’s a better introduction to the West Country than sipping wine in a steaming wooden hot tub, overlooking waves, golden gorse and endless sky, we’d like to know about it. These outdoor tubs, with views of rugged Mawgan Porth, are The Scarlet’s signature feature, but every part of this eco lodge’s serene spa is beautiful, from the freshwater pool to the cushioned ‘snooze pods’.
2. The foodie one: Whatley Manor Hotel
Just as serious about your mussels as you are your massages? Try Whatley Manor. This 19th-century hideaway is right in the heart of the Cotswolds and boasts an award-winning sumptuous spa with warm stone recliners as well as The Dining Room, a Michelin star eatery that matches its dishes to the season.
3. The cool crowd one: Soho Farmhouse, Oxon
New members’ club-cum-country-house hotel Soho Farmhouse may be the preferred pampering pad of the likes of Alexa Chung and Eddie Redmayne, but anyone can make the most of its dazzling Cowshed Spa facilities by booking a stay. It offers the perfect blend of active — indoor/outdoor pool, tennis courts — and idling (outdoor hot tubs on an ‘island’ in the lake). Expect pure rustic chic fabulousness, right down to a mani-pedi in a reclaimed armchair.
Travel’s tip: Get the most bang for your buck with the trio of soak, salt scrub and massage.
4. The socialisers’ one: Pennyhill Park, Surrey
Set in a voluptuous complex overlooking Pennyhill Park’s 19th century manor house, the spa here is spacious and open — a perfect place to go with pals. We love the swim through indoor/outdoor pools, the hot tubs and the heated, mosaic’d beds. Don’t miss the ‘ballroom’ pool, which plays classical music underwater.
Travel’s tip: Visit on a week day for the best deals.
5. The herb one: Congham Hall Hotel, Norfolk
It’s back to nature at this Georgian mansion, set in parkland by the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. The Secret Garden Spa makes the most of the hotel’s 400-variety-strong herb garden (an attraction for the green-fingered in its own right). The Herb Garden Signature Treatment features home-grown rosemary, mint and lavender; other massages use geranium, thyme and peppermint. And the jet pools come with garden views.
6. The historic one: Peebles Hydro, Scottish Borders
Ever since this luxury hotel opened in 1881, it’s been all about the fresh local water — drinking it and bathing in it. Treatments are decidedly more sophisticated today — from hot stone massages to men’s facials — but at prices that feel splendidly old fashioned.
Travel’s tip: Hold out for the sales — rooms prices are often majorly discounted.
7. The Romanesque one: The Gainsborough, Bath
This new five star in Bath’s mellow yellow centre is Britain’s only hotel offering the chance to bathe in naturally hot waters — a time tested cure for everything from aching muscles to dry skin. Its spa is a grand nouveau-Romanesque affair — all cool marble, tall columns and vast glass ceiling — dispensing targeted treatments (and warm chocolate shots) on tap. Round off a body boosting circuit of its thermal baths, saunas, steam room and ice alcove with a hydro-jet massage in its colonnaded mineral pool.
Travel’s tip: Guests get free access 7am to 9am and 8pm to 10pm; go at night to bathe beneath the stars.
7. The designer one: Coworth Park, Berkshire
A Bond villain lair monolith tucked among the manicured lawns of this Georgian country house estate, the double-decker whitewashed timber and glass spa complex at Coworth Park is a designer temple to the gods of pampering. The outdoors seems to pour in at every turn — as you splash around in the exquisite 18m pool, as you polish off tea at the Spatisserie, as you wait in the lounge to be collected for a Valmont treatment…
Travel’s tip: Wrinkles need magic-ing away? Book an anti-ageing facial from Carol Joy London.
8. The indulgent one: Dormy House, Worcestershire
The cosy Costwolds ideal — honey tone stone, log fires — Dormy House is just outside postcard pretty Broadway, but light years away from the mobs of tourists. A sumptuous spa lounge (which becomes a cocktail lounge at 6pm) rolls out full on indulgence and fruity sorbets or smoothies pre- or post-pampering. Treatments, too, are luxe: a Diamond Energy Facial strips away skin dulling stress.
Travel’s tip: Avoid the pool 9am to 10.30am and 4pm to 5pm if you want to maintain Zen — those are the kiddie hours.
9. The woodland one: Lime Wood, Hampshire
A grand mansion with cosy interiors, tucked just inside the New Forest, Lime Wood makes you feel instantly at home. But for all out relaxation, the plush drawing rooms can’t compete with its 2,000 square-metre Herb House spa. Huge balmy lap pool? Steaming outdoor whirlpool? All natural rubdowns with herbal Bamford potions? Check, check, check!
Travel’s tip: Lunch in the spa’s raw food cafe is a highlight.
10. The hot and cold one: Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
In brooding Irish landscape (much of Game of Thrones was filmed nearby), Galgorm’s new Thermal Spa Village uses extreme temperatures to stimulate circulation and help boost the immune system. Try the unique Celtic Sauna Ritual, where you’ll inhale scents wafted by a martial artsy performer.
Travel’s tip: Don’t miss the Snow Cabin, with real ice and snow kept at -15°C!