Top 10 spas for afternoon tea

A stylish and elegant afternoon tea is the perfect complement to a relaxing spa experience. Many of our fabulous spas offer an afternoon tea package that you can enjoy as part of your pampering spa day or spa break. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we have picked out ten of the best spa packages that include afternoon tea, plus a few spas that offer the lighter traditional cream tea.

What is an afternoon tea?

Traditionally, an afternoon tea features a selection finger sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and assorted sweet treats, all served with a pot of tea. As the afternoon tea has increased in popularity, you can now find lots of twists, including more creative food choices and the addition of a glass of fizz. Afternoon teas are lighter than a full meal and are synonymous with elegance, making them the perfect accompaniment to a day of relaxation or celebration.

Here is our pick of the best afternoon tea spa packages that offer the perfect blend of pampering, relaxation and classy dining:

1. Afternoon Tea Spa Day at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel, Burton on Trent

Indulge in a full day of pampering at this wonderful Grade II listed stately home. Enjoy a welcome drink, then take full advantage of the leisure and spa facilities, outdoor activities and the relaxation and fitness classes on offer. Adjourn to the Long Gallery for a sumptuous afternoon tea with a choice of premium loose-leaf teas.

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2. Roof Top Spa Experience with Afternoon Tea at Rudding Park, Harrogate

Get away from it all with this wonderful half-day spa break at the glorious Rudding Park hotel and spa. Stroll in the picturesque grounds and enjoy a few hours of pampering in the luxury rooftop spa, with facilities that include an indoor swimming pool and juniper log sauna. Round off your experience with a fabulous afternoon tea, with fresh scones and the pastry chef’s finest treats.

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3. Deluxe Afternoon Tea and Fizz Spa Day at Mercure Sheffield St Pauls Hotel and Spa, Sheffield

Take your pampering to the next level, with a spa day that includes a choice of two treatments and a glass of Prosecco to enjoy with your sumptuous afternoon tea. You also get to enjoy full use of the spa’s leisure facilities. Located in the heart of vibrant Sheffield, this hotel offers the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or just chill out and indulge.

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4. Afternoon Tea Spa Ritual at Best Western Plus Windmill Village Hotel & Spa, Coventry

Spend a relaxing day at the upscale Windmill Village golf club and spa, with a package that includes an inclusive treatment and choice of a second. You also get full use of the leisure facilities and you can even sip on a complimentary fruit smoothie! When it comes to afternoon tea, enjoy a traditional selection of savoury and sweet choices at the fantastic Fairways Restaurant.

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5. Tea and Treats Spa Day at voco St David's Cardiff

Located on lovely Cardiff Bay, this waterfront hotel and award-winning spa has plenty to offer, including this wonderful full-day spa package. Indulge in a luxury 50-minute treatment and enjoy the first-class spa facilities. Then take in the glorious views of the harbour and surrounding area, as you enjoy a stylish afternoon tea that features some traditional favourites and delectable sweet surprises.

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6. Refresh Spa Day at Five Lakes Resort, Maldon

Surrounded by 320 acres of glorious parkland, this spa and golf retreat is ideally located near Colchester. Choose this full-day spa experience and enjoy a pampering 40-minute facial plus full use of the spa facilities. Then take a seat in the contemporary New York-style bar and linger over an upmarket afternoon tea.

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7. Afternoon Tea and Spa Day at Hanbury Manor - A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Ware

Spend a delightful afternoon at this stunning Jacobian-style country retreat that’s just made for an elegant and traditional afternoon tea experience! Before you sit down to dine in the wood-panelled Oak Hall, enjoy a luxury treatment and relax in the first-class spa facilities. Before you leave, be sure to take some time to stroll in the 200-acre historic grounds.

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8. Signature Spa Day at The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield

Get ready for some serious spa indulgence at The Belfry! This full-day package offers a choice of deluxe spa treatments plus use of the facilities, including the fabulous Fire and Ice Experience that promises to leave you in a state of pure bliss. The relaxation continues as you enjoy a leisurely traditional afternoon tea. Perfect!

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9. Classic Spa Day at Best Western Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth

Set in 320 acres of beautiful woodland and glorious Lincolnshire countryside, Kenwick Park is the perfect place to unwind or celebrate a special occasion. Start your day of relaxation with a welcome drink, followed by a choice of spa treatment and full use of the first-class facilities. You can then linger over a delicious afternoon tea served in one of the hotel’s smart dining areas.

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10. Afternoon Tea Spa Day at Mallory Court Hotel, Royal Leamington Spa

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the elegant Mallory Court Hotel, a picture-perfect English country estate set amid 10 acres of stunning grounds. This luxurious package includes a choice of 55-minute treatment and use of the leisure facilities. You can then sit down to a sumptuous afternoon tea served in the most delightful surroundings. The package even includes a glass of champagne, so it’s a perfect choice for a special occasion or private celebration.

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How about a cream tea instead?

Many people think an afternoon tea and a cream tea are the same thing, but they are quite different! A cream tea is lighter than afternoon tea. It traditionally consists of a pot of quality tea served alongside delicious warm scones and lashings of clotted cream and jam.

If you would like an indulgent treat after your spa pampering, but don’t want a full afternoon tea, a spa cream tea may be the perfect choice. Here are a few of our most popular spa cream tea packages:

Cream Tea Spa Day at Mottram Hall Hotel, Prestbury

The Indulgent Spa Day at Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa, Southampton

Cream Tea Spa Day at Birmingham Marriott Hotel, Birmingham

Discover Spa Day at Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford upon Avon

Cream Tea Afternoon at Warbrook House Hotel, Eversley

If you’re ready to book your next spa afternoon tea or cream tea, give our friendly team a call today and ask about our latest spa offers.

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