Relax - the UK's most luxurious spas

Caroline Cassidy

There's nothing quite like a day of pampering, rejuvenation and revitalisation. If you're reaching the end of your tether and need a moment of deep relaxation, here are five luxurious spas that should be on your wish list.

UK luxury spas
UK luxury spas

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Turkish Baths & Health Spa - Harrogate
A glorious Victorian tribute to all things Moorish, the Turkish Baths and Health Spa allows you and your body to unwind amidst coloured tiles and beneath curling Moorish arches.

Begin in the eucalyptus-scented steam room then head straight to the invigorating (and very bracing) plunge pool, before working your way through the three Hot Room Chambers and cooling off in the frigidarium. It's recommended that you take at least one and a half hours (if not more) to reap the full rewards.

Thermae Bath Spa - Bath
The Romans and the Celts were enjoying Britain's only natural thermal waters over 2,000 years ago and with good reason. Today the Thermae Bath Spa is set within a blend of the historic buildings and a stunning contemporary design.

Along with the full range of massage, facials, body wraps, take advantage of the natural thermal waters and all their associated health benefits with a soothing Watsu therapy.

Try and visit during off-peak times to fully enjoy the views of the historic city from the Spa's rooftop pool.

Gleneagles Hotel - Perthshire
Never mind the golf, the spa at the famous Gleneagles Hotel oozes luxury. Within the hotel and its 850 acres of stunning Scottish countryside, the spa has been designed as a 'unique and tranquil' space - it's not just facials and massage... it's a journey.

Customers are advised to arrive an hour prior to treatment in order to explore all the pre-treatment experiences, such as the crystal steam room or the Arctic mist shower. As you would expect, from the decor to the treatments, Gleneagles offers the ultimate in luxury.

St Brides Spa Hotel - Pembrokeshire
This clifftop spa overlooking Carmarthen Bay was designed with the view in mind. Offering treatments that harness the natural healing properties of the sea, you can follow mud, clay or seaweed with a trip to the thermal suite.

Enjoy a series of cabins at varying temperatures to detoxify the body before taking in that incredible view in the marine hydro pool, perched on the cliff edge.

Ushvani - Knightsbridge, London
If you've got plenty of cash to spare and a desperate need to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital, you can't go wrong with Ushvani. Step behind the vast wooden door in Cadogan Gardens and you'll be transported to an entirely indulgent but supremely relaxing environment.

Dark wooden floors, Malaysian artworks, the 'aroma of ginger, nutmeg and pandan leaves'... choose from massage therapies unique to four cultures, facials that smell simply heavenly and unwind in the ladies only relaxation room. You'll never want to leave.