Revitalise with a winter spa break

Caroline Cassidy

No matter how much you enjoy the festive season itself, all that rushing around can leave you feeling a little frazzled and in need of some down time. A spa break is perfect for easing away all the tension and stress lingering from the run-up to Christmas, so why not get away from it all and relax at one of these fabulous UK spas?

Winter spa breaks in the UK
Winter spa breaks in the UK

Grayshott Spa, Surrey
Situated within 47 acres of gardens, woodland and sweeping lawns, with 700 acres of National Trust land just next door, Grayshott is a true getaway, despite being only an hour from London. As well as relaxation rooms, heat treatments, a hydrotherapy suite and a whole host of sumptuous natural therapies, there are luxury bedrooms, exercise classes and personal training available, as well as indoor tennis, golf and a cinema.

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A three night 'De-Stress' spa break at Grayshott, costs £686 (based on two sharing) and includes three treatments, a health consultation, exercise and relaxation classes, and meals including complimentary canapes and fruit cocktails before dinner. Spa days for two are available from £50 if you're still feeling the pinch after Christmas.

Bowood Hotel, Wiltshire
A purpose-built hotel and spa close to the stunning city of Bath, Bowood is a hidden jewel amidst 2,000 acres of rolling parkland, and offers state of the art facilities that include aromatherapy showers, a crystal steam room, infinity pool, plus a wide range of beauty treatments, with a little Ayruvedic technique thrown in. Plus you'll be treated to fabulous food using local, regional and even home-grown produce.

Winter is when you'll get the best prices too - from £330, you can enjoy a two-night stay (twin or double room) with dinner in the brasserie, a full English each morning, and 180 minutes of treatments of your choice, or choose the same package with 120 minutes worth of treatments from £280.

Redworth Hall, Durham
The breathtaking views, luxury accommodation and award-winning Health & Leisure Club are just some of the reasons that a break at Redworth Hall is worth taking. Professional therapists are on hand to revitalise you with facials, pedicures, Decleor aromatherapy treatments and full body massages, not to mention the heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room.
For a much-needed two-night revitalise stay this winter, prices start from £154, and include a choice of two treatments, dinner, breakfast and lunch, plus champagne and chocolates if you feel like indulging a little.

The Ruxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh
If you prefer to do a little sight-seeing or are ready for a night out on your break, you can't go far wrong with Edinburgh's elegant Roxburghe Hotel. Situated in the heart of the city, guests can use the leisure facilities, which include indoor pool, gym, sauna and steam room, free of charge, and there's a wide range of beauty treatments available for both men and women. For those feeling the effects of a hectic festive period, a one-night 'Revitalise' package, which includes two treatments, a two-course lunch and three-course dinner, will set you back £179.
Ruthin Castle Hotel
To truly get away from it all, a stay at Ruthin Castle, just 20 miles from Chester, is hard to beat. The likes of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I count among the previous owners, but they won't have been lucky enough to experience The Moat - an indoor and outdoor spa experience that you won't find just anywhere. If the hot outdoor sauna and hot tubs set amongst this stunning area of natural beauty don't take your fancy, an evening on one of the Castle's kingsize loungers in front of an open fire certainly will.

Try the romantic 'Just the Two of Us' spa break and enjoy a VIP couples room, use of the thermal suite, a bottle of Champers, lunch, breakfast and dinner, as well as a 60-minute treatment for each person from £370 for a one-night stay.

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