People often ask me about spas, and how to find the best break for them. We all want different things from a spa break, after all. My top tip is - don’t be put off by jargon. All you have to do is decide on your main reason for a spa break, decide on your budget, and roughly where you want to go.
What do you want from your spa break?
It sounds like a daft question but ask yourself whether you’re going for relaxation, beauty treatments, fitness/detox, health reasons or just to find out what it’s all about.
1. Relaxation: ALL spas are geared up to be as relaxing as possible. If you’re looking for something mid-budget, you might want to go for one of the cheaper packages at spas like Ragdale Hall Spa in Leicestershire, Clarice House in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk or Lifehouse Spa in Essex. These are overnight spas, and completely set up for a spa experience rather than an add-on to a hotel where you might have to share pool and leisure facilities with non-spa-going guests too. Look for a break that’s set up for relaxation, lots of them include a massage or relaxing body treatment and are specially designed for that purpose.
Top Tip: Keep an eye on our Spa deals for special ‘relaxation’ themed breaks.
2. Beauty and pampering: Again, all spas will have a beauty menu but you can cut costs by having your treatment at a spa within a hotel. Most hotel spas use premium beauty brands like Decleor, Elemis, Clarins, and Espa, and there will be tanning and nail facilities in most. Therapists in hotel spas are just as good as you’ll find in other spas, and you can also use the break to explore the local area, or just make the most of being in a posh hotel for a day or two.
Top Tip: Check out our spa descriptions to find out about the beauty treatments on offer.
3. Fitness/detox/health: This is where the spa resorts come into their own. Most of these are HUGE and so they get to put on fantastic retreats, weekend and special events that smaller spas and day spas just can’t do. The Champneys group are a good place to start if you want to visit a spa for medical reasons; they have fit camps, medical services and a whole range of holistic therapies that you’ve quite possibly never even heard of! Champneys Tring has medical and health screening services, Well Woman, Lifestyle and even Sports Injury clinics.
For mainly fitness, opt for a larger spa, one of the health farms like Hoar Cross Hall and Grayshott Spa, or a large hotel - although you will still find a gym at smaller spas, you might not find such an extensive range of fitness classes or facilities.
Top Tip: For specific types of break search for ‘Health farms’ and look for the special types of deals available.
Top Tip: Look at the spa description to find out about the gym and any classes on offer.