Britain's best spa hotels

Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa

Whether escaping for some romance, indulging in 'me-time' on a solo trip or treating a friend or family member to a day of bliss, spa breaks in the UK are perfect for getting away from it all and relaxing in gorgeous surroundings.

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Britain's top-notch spa hotels offer a sanctuary from the stresses of daily life, boasting state-of-the-art facilities, bubbling hot tubs and calming relaxation spaces - with glorious views to match the heavenly retreats. Whatever you're after for a spa weekend in the UK, there are spa hotels in the city, overlooking the sea and nestled in beautiful woodland for you to truly feel a world away during a holiday at home in Britain.

Spa breaks don't have to cost the Earth either as most hotels provide free access for guests to use the superb facilities which include infinity pools, hot tubs and aromatherapy steam rooms. And for those who want to truly indulge, you'll find an impressive range of spa treatments and rituals to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

At a UK spa hotel, it's as much about the location as it is the spa, where you can make the most of your surroundings and enjoy local ingredients in your treatments. At The Gainsborough Bath Spa, for instance, you can reap the benefits of Bath's natural mineral-rich water at the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in Britain. Spa lovers in the Lake District can feel at one with nature as they unwind with a treatment in a glass-fronted and lake-facing room at the Gilpin Hotel & Lake House.

Explore the best spa hotels in the UK for blissful breaks in Britain.

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Head to the Lake District's Gilpin Hotel & Lake House and you can indulge in a wonderful spa experience in a splendid setting. The hotel’s luxurious detached Spa Lodges are set in 20 acres and feature king-sized beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and your own treatment area, steam room, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub in a tranquil walled garden. In-room spa treatments range from holistic facials to Swedish massages. The hotel also boasts a Jetty Spa, where treatments can be taken outside or in the glass-fronted and lake-facing treatment room. Spa Lodges cost from £635 per night including a four-course dinner.

Located in the centre of Edinburgh overlooking the city's iconic castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa makes for a blissful spa break, where you can leave the buzz of the capital behind and head straight for the fifth floor to relax in the serene One Spa. The light-filled urban spa provides an uplifting balance of energy, water and heat, offering both rejuvenating experiences in the pools and Thermal Suite and a variety of indulgent treatments. Highlights include the outdoor rooftop Hydropool, the 19-metre pool and the range of hammam, sauna and steam facilities. Rooms from £220 per night.

Five-star boutique hotel Seaham Hall provides an idyllic getaway in a glorious cliff-top setting on Durham’s Heritage Coast and is home to the huge Serenity Spa, a 44,000 square feet space with a 20-metre pool, 17 therapy rooms, a hammam with walk-in snail showers and an ice fountain, as well as a sanarium with crystal light therapy, a black granite steam room with amethyst crystal and outdoor hot tubs. Suites cost from £195 per night.
This outstanding spa hotel in Northern Ireland boasts a luxurious Thermal Spa Village on the banks of the River Maine which offers guests the serenity of the natural landscape and pure relaxation with riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas. Galgorm Resort & Spa, near Ballymena, is a spa haven with its own Snow Paradise, a scented Sanarium, a Celtic Sauna and signature spa treatments for utter bliss in a countryside setting. Rooms start from £145 per night.
Part of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is one of the hottest new hotels to hit the UK spa scene. It is the only natural thermal spa within a hotel in Britain and is powered by a reserve from nearby Hetling Spring – the source which served the ancient Roman baths. With a rich natural mineral water bubbling at 47C, the water’s restorative powers are used in the spa’s treatments. The spa village includes three thermal pools of varying temperatures, 11 treatment rooms, infrared and traditional saunas, an ice fountain and eucalyptus steam room. Rooms cost from £285 a night.
The Utopia Spa at Alexander House offers a world of pampering with its Grecian-inspired interiors designed to take you on an intimate spa journey to relieve everyday stresses and strains. As you lounge by the pool, melt away under the monsoon showers or plunge into the hydrotherapy pool, you can feel a world away from the buzz of the city. Offering 25 treatment rooms including three double rooms, a handful of relaxation lounges, a wealth of spa treatments and a private Zen garden with a barrel sauna and outdoor hot tub, this fabulous spa hotel in East Grinstead is just the place for escaping on a relaxing break in the South of England.

If enjoying the tranquillity of the New Forest wasn’t enough, then a visit to Chewton Glen’s amazing spa and country club should really help you to unwind and re-energise. It can be as full on or laidback as you like. For the energetic there are tennis courts, a dance studio, gymnasium, nine hole golf course and a 17-metre ozone treated pool, and if replenishing the mind and body is more your thing, you'll love the hydrotherapy spa pool, aromatherapy saunas, crystal steam rooms and 12 individual treatment rooms offering no fewer than 50 different treatments and holistic therapies.

Within Glasgow’s five-star Blythswood Square lies The Spa which combines nine luxury treatment rooms, a thermal suite offering a range of experiences, two relaxation pools and a lounge and café area, as well as additional calm and tranquil areas. The Spa has a wide variety of treatments that use world-class products including ila Spa Organic Skincare, ishga Scottish Seaweed Skincare and Elemis Skincare. Spa guests can unwind in the Crystal steam room, the Bath House, the vitality pool with its massage fountains and swimming jets, before taking some more me-time in the tepidarium.

Set in the courtyard of this honey-coloured Cotswold manor house hotel, Whatley Manor's Aquarias Spa is the first in the UK to have a permanent Natura Bissé Pure Air Bubble. To house the bubble, a Bubble Suite has been created, where you can indulge in Natura Bissé face and body treatments, including the Aquarias Diamond Ritual, a bespoke face and body ritual. In addition, the spa offers European–style facilities, including a magnificent hydrotherapy pool that extends outside, salt scrub showers, a thermal suite, and a gym and studio. Delicious juices and smoothies are served in the stylish spa lounge overlooking the hydrotherapy pool, with views to the Spa Garden and woodland beyond.
Nestled in rolling countryside, The Spa at Coworth Park is built over two floors and offers a range of treatments within eight treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure salon, a heated indoor swimming pool, relaxation room and The Spatisserie, which serves light meals and afternoon tea. One of its most unique features is the indoor pool, which plays music underwater for guests to truly feel relaxed as they swim. Rooms from £320 per night.

Stoke Park's fantastic spa is not just a haven of luxury featuring an indoor heated swimming pool, a tropical aquarium and Italian marble steam rooms. The sprawling country club, spa and hotel boasts its own Spa Gardens overlooking the beautiful grounds and offers guests a hot tub, Scandinavian sauna, luxurious day beds and a Manu Nest that hands from the yew tree. Aromatherapy Associates products are used in the spa treatments and those looking for top-to-toe pampering can enjoy manicures and pedicures. Rooms from £250 per night.

Set within 110 acres of calming woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens on the Hertfordshire/Essex border, Down Hall is home to the Eden Spa, an oasis of tranquillity in a stunning rural location. Featuring a hydrotherapy pool, a mood-lit sauna, state-of-the-art steam room and a wellness power shower alongside spacious changing rooms, the Eden Spa also has treatment rooms filled with ESPA natural skin and spa products for luxury facials, body treatments and waxing. Rooms start from £120 per night.

Set within a Grade 1 listed Georgian townhouse on the world-famous Royal Crescent, Bath's Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa cleverly contrasts the traditional with the modern in its state-of-the-art spa. The Spa & Bath House provides a relaxation pool, vitality pool with massage jets, a Himalayan salt-infused sauna and a blossom steam inhalation room for guests. The Tattinger Spa Garden is an outside space offering peace and tranquillity, and the locally produced brands Bath Spa Skincare and Elemental Herbology allow you to experience high quality ingredients in your spa treatments. Rooms start from £295 per night.

On a headland overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour with spectacular elevated views of Carmarthen Bay, St Brides Spa Hotel's wonderful spa boasts the only infinity edge pool in the UK with a sea view. The outdoor pool is heated to body temperature for the perfect year-round retreat and when the tide is in the pool blends seamlessly with the ocean. Alongside the adjacent thermal suite it offers a unique marine spa experience in Wales. Perched on a cliff top, the spa also features a double treatment room and wet relaxation lounge with floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking Carmarthen Bay. Rooms from £170 per night.
One of London's top spa hotels, The Dorchester is home to a glamorous spa that exudes 1930s Art Deco style and features nine treatment rooms with two double suites, a manicure and pedicure room, a striking blue relaxation room and The Spatisserie, which serves light meals and afternoon tea. The spa offers a Carol Joy London Hair Salon and its own barber shop. It's so luxurious that it has a chandelier in the reception area made of 72,000 real Pacific pearls. Rooms from £459 per night.

Sitting in 30 acres of gracious parkland, bordering the Queen’s beloved Sandringham Estate, Congham Hall Hotel provides a marvellous spa retreat in the North Norfolk countryside, with the state-of-the-art Secret Garden Spa set in its Herb Garden. The spacious spa includes a fabulous 12-metre swimming pool with views over the surrounding parkland and a refreshing outdoor hot tub on the terrace that brings guests close to nature. There is a thermal suite containing a sauna, bio sauna, steam room, relaxing footbaths and experience showers, where guests can embark on a journey of the senses, while the four treatment rooms and relaxation room complete your spa journey. Rooms from £135 per night.

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