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There are plenty of wonderful spa hotels located across England, each of which offers superb facilities, first-class service, and excellent dining. They also feature luxurious spas with premium leisure facilities and pampering treatments courtesy of the finest product houses. Add in the great locations in which the best spa hotels can be found and you have all the ingredients for a memorable getaway. In this guide, we take a closer look at what makes a spa hotel extra special. We also introduce you to a few of our best spa hotels in England, so you can start planning your next great escape.
The best spa hotels in England, and indeed anywhere, pride themselves in bringing guests an all-round exceptional experience, and one they will want to repeat. We all know that when we choose a spa hotel for an overnight stay, one negative element can let down the entire visit, whether that’s sub-par food, dated rooms or bad customer service. We also expect the spa to be first-rate, so we can relax, unwind, enjoy our treatments and make the most of the facilities.
So, in short, for a spa hotel to be considered among the best, it should tick all the boxes. This means accommodation that is up-to-date, serviced to a high standard, and contains amenities designed to make our stay extra-comfortable. While the best spa hotels generally feature a range of accommodation options, the standard should remain the same whether you’re booking a basic room or the most lavish suite.
Next on the list of ‘must haves’ is dining and relaxation spaces. Many of the best spa hotels will have award-winning restaurants. However, this isn’t necessarily the only measure of quality. There are plenty of fine hotel restaurants out there serving excellent food in welcoming dining rooms. Equally important, in our view, is choice. After all, we don’t always want formal a la carte dining. Sometimes, we want to sit down to a light snack or traditional hearty fare accompanied by a quiet drink. So, the best spa hotels will offer a choice of fine dining and more casual bars, lounges and eateries to suit guests’ needs.
When it comes to the spa, we would expect the best ones to create that ambience of exclusivity but combined with a relaxed vibe to make us feel comfortable from the moment we walk in to the moment we leave. During our time at the spa, we should look forward to clean and calming treatment rooms, professional therapists who listen to our requests, and some restful communal areas and facilities. Many of the best spa hotels will feature a range of leisure facilities, such as a swimming pool and thermal suite. These facilities should be well-maintained, and numbers should be monitored to ensure guests can enjoy some downtime without feeling crowded.
Aside from accommodation, dining and spa luxury, the best spa hotels will always go a bit further. As we mentioned, service is one of the main features that separates the best from the rest. A concierge or doorperson to welcome you, polite and efficient reception staff, friendly housekeepers, and attentive waiting staff all contribute to a hotel’s overall quality. Likewise, the spa’s employees should be on hand to make sure your experience is first-rate.
Luxury spa hotels in England and elsewhere also often provide extras that enhance your stay. From 24-hour room service to premium toiletries in the bathrooms, these services and little touches can really set a hotel apart from the competition. This is especially important in locations where there is lots of choice.
As you’ll see below, England is home to lots of great spa hotels in some lovely and convenient locations. Whether you’re looking for a romantic country or coastal break or for an exciting city escape, the best spa hotels in England pride themselves in offering the finest hospitality against the backdrop of the finest locations.
For city hotels, the best locations are those that are close to the centre of the action. If you only have a few days in London, Manchester or Birmingham, for example, you want to be within easy reach of all the attractions. You also want to be close to public transport links. For country and coastal locations, the surroundings are equally important. After all, the environment will greatly enhance your stay, whether you want to stroll in stunning grounds, enjoy seafront walks, go out and about to explore the countryside, or just take a seat somewhere out of the way and drink in the superb views.
We have lots of great spa hotels for you that tick all the boxes and boast excellent locations, from exciting cities and rolling countryside to popular seaside destinations. Here is just a brief selection of some of our best luxury spa hotels in England.
Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa, Keswick, Cumbria: Situated close to Bassenthwaite Lake in the stunning Lake District and set in 400 acres of lovely parkland, Armathwaite Hall certainly ticks the ‘location’ box! It ticks all the other boxes, too, with comfortable accommodation, a relaxed bar and brasserie, the more formal Lakeview Restaurant, and a stylish cocktail bar. The tranquil spa features such facilities as a 16-metre infinity edge pool, outdoor hot tub with woodland views, and a reviving thermal suite. Book now.
Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House, St Albans, Hertfordshire: Located in the pretty Hertfordshire countryside, this handsome Georgian mansion hotel offers a lovely rural spa retreat. The hotel features 2 AA rosette dining, a bar, and a cocktail lounge. Meanwhile, the excellent spa facilities extend across two areas, the main Cottonmill spa and The Club at Cottonmill, a private members area. Among the facilities all guests can enjoy include the indoor swimming pool, poolside terrace and the post-treatment rose relaxation room. Book now.
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, Westminster, Greater London: Centrally located in the heart of London’s prestigious Mayfair, this fine luxury spa hotel has a long history of providing a five-star experience. All the attractions of the city are within easy reach by foot or by public transport, while the hotel offers fine dining at the May Fair Kitchen, plus a chic bar and lovely covered terrace. The superb spa features such facilities as an aromatic steam room and a candlelit relaxation room with heated beds. Book now.
The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne, East Sussex: Standing proudly on the lovely Eastbourne seafront, this magnificent Victorian hotel is a real East Sussex landmark. The hotel features comfortable guestrooms, some with sea views, and two fine on-site restaurants. Guests can also relax in the refined lounge, terrace and cocktail bar. The luxury extends to the peaceful spa, which features indoor and (seasonal) outdoor pools and a whirlpool spa. Book now.
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire: Renowned for its world-class golf courses, The Belfry has plenty more to offer. The award-winning hotel features well-appointed rooms and several on-site dining options, including The Ryder Grill and Rocca’s, which serves up Italian favourites. Head to Sam’s Club House or the Brabazon Bar for drinks and light bites. The spa is a serene space with facilities that include a lovely swimming pool and the invigorating Fire & Ice Experience. Book now.