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A heated indoor swimming pool remains one of the most popular leisure facilities available at spas and hotels. Indeed, as the days grow colder, a warm and inviting indoor pool allows you to harness all the health and wellness benefits of swimming without having to venture outside. So, for this guide, we’ve chosen 10 of our favourite luxury spa hotels with indoor swimming pools, each of which offers the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy a few leisurely lengths, whatever the weather.
The first of our fine luxury spa hotels is Holmer Park Health Club and Spa, which promises an extra special spa day experience. This award-winning venue features lots of wonderful facilities, including a state-of-the-art gym, exercise classes, and a thermal suite with a mineral mud chamber. However, our favourite way to spend an hour here has to be the magnificent 20-metre indoor Roman swimming pool. Book now.
Housed in a magnificent 17th century manor house, Crabwall Manor and Spa provides a serene country retreat. Among the leisure facilities you can enjoy is a wonderful 18-metre indoor heated pool with lovely views of the adjacent woodland. The spa also offers a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and well-equipped fitness studio. Book now.
Boasting an enviable harbourside location, HarSPA at the boutique Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to relax during a fun-filled staycation in Dorset. Enjoy some well-deserved downtime in the restful 15-metre indoor swimming pool. You can also enjoy the other spa leisure facilities, which include a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite. Book now.
A true Eastbourne landmark, the five-star Grand Hotel is a stunning luxury property situated right on the seafront. The hotel may look imposing but offers a warm welcome, along with excellent spa facilities at the Health Club at the Grand. These include the lovely (pre-bookable) 12-metre indoor swimming pool bathed in calming mood-lighting. Book now.
Set within 18 acres of tranquil Essex countryside, Lifehouse Spa & Hotel is a welcome haven, offering total rest and relaxation, especially for guests living with cancer, stress or bereavement. In addition to a hydrotherapy pool and thermal suite, you will find an inviting 18-metre indoor pool that harnesses the abundant natural light that floods this restful space. Book now.
Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House is a lovely Georgian country house hotel, which boasts extensive leisure facilities and beautiful grounds. The main Cottonmill spa facilities include a sauna, steam room and fitness suite. You can also relax in the wonderful 15-metre indoor swimming pool, which is bathed in natural light. All our packages offer access to the Cottonmill facilities (including the pool), while some also include use of The Club at Cottonmill, an exclusive private members area. Book now.
Luton Hoo is a five-star country house hotel and spa that certainly embraces its rich history. Set within over 1,000 acres, the grand estate comprises the main Mansion House, exclusive Country Club, and a lovely lakeside venue, the Warren Weir. Among the many facilities and activities you can enjoy during your escape to the relaxing Bedfordshire countryside is the stunning 18-metre infinity-style indoor pool. Bathed in natural light, it’s the perfect spot in which to swim and relax in style. Book now.
Set in an imposing 16th century Elizabethan manor house, The Greenway Hotel and Spa is a superb luxury property that provides an ideal backdrop to your next rural escape. The spa features an array of relaxing thermal facilities, including an outdoor hot tub and sanarium. When it’s time for a gentle dip, the welcoming 11-metre indoor hydro-pool is waiting. Set in a cosy space, the area further benefits from Cotswold stone laden walls that add extra warmth to the room, providing a comfortable and calming experience. Book now.
While it’s famous for its world-class golf courses, there is far more to enjoy at The Belfry, with great dining and leisure facilities. The luxurious spa features the fabulous fire and ice experience, which includes 12 biothermal rooms that are sure to leave you feeling thoroughly invigorated. However, you should still make time for a few laps of the lovely modern 13-metre indoor swimming pool. Book now.
A member of the Alexander family of country house hotels, the beautiful Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa promises a truly memorable weekend getaway. At the tranquil Utopia Spa, you can enjoy the Jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool, plus get a little active in the well-equipped gym. Be sure to enhance your time here with a dip in the irresistible 11-metre pool, which is surrounded by Romanesque columns and offers a calming ambience. Book now.
As well as being lots of fun and a great way to relax, swimming has plenty of benefits for your health and wellbeing. For example:
Cardio exercise: Swimming is a great cardio exercise. It increases the heart rate, gets the cardiovascular system buzzing, and works the whole body. The water adds resistance, making you work harder, building strength and resistance. It’s also easy on the joints, speaking of which...
Easing joint pain: Hydro (or water) therapies are often recommended as part of the rehabilitation process following injury. The combination of targeted movement and warm water can work wonders. Whether you have joint issues or just want a form of exercise that’s gentle on the body, swimming is a great choice.
Promoting positive mental health: Swimming has been shown to help alleviate low mood and can help you to manage stress. While not a substitute for professional advice, incorporating a session of swimming into your weekly routine can give your mental wellbeing a boost and encourage more restful sleep.
So, on your next spa day or overnight spa break, be sure to spend some time in the venue’s indoor swimming pool – you’ll be glad you took the plunge!
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