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he exciting city of Manchester in the northwest of England is the perfect choice for a weekend getaway or day of leisure. With a rich heritage, excellent shopping, and vibrant culture, there is plenty to enjoy. If you want to explore further, or take things at a slower pace, Manchester borders lovely Cheshire and diverse Lancashire.
Manchester and its surrounding areas are home to some fabulous afternoon tea options, so you can complement your time here with a sumptuous spread. An afternoon tea consists of a selection of sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, and an array of cakes and sweet pastries. Choose a pot of traditional tea or upgrade to add a glass of chilled bubbly. Many venues now offer a special twist on the classic afternoon tea, with more creative sweet and savoury options, herbal teas, and even a cocktail!
Delightfully decadent, but lighter than a full meal, an afternoon tea is perfect for a special occasion or simply to add an extra touch of elegance to your day. It is also the ideal companion to a relaxing spa experience.
For this guide, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite afternoon tea spa packages in and near Manchester to give you some inspiration for planning your next relaxing escape to this wonderful part of the country.
Located in the very heart of the city, The Midland Hotel is an imposing historic landmark that provides the perfect backdrop for a pampering spa experience and an elegant afternoon tea. The Rasul Spa Day for Two package is a wonderful way to unwind with a loved one. You will enjoy an inclusive 50-minute (non-therapist) traditional Arabian Rasul mineral mud treatment, plus use of the spa’s thermal suite and poolside areas. The package also includes a glass of Champagne as part of your afternoon dining experience at the Spa Café.
Book the Rasul Spa Day for Two at Rena Spa at The Midland Hotel
To escape the bustle of the city, or to enjoy some much-needed relaxation before or after a flight, the Marriott Manchester Airport Hotel in Cheshire offers a welcome haven. The Refresh and Revive Spa Day is the perfect pick-me-up. Enjoy a welcome drink followed by a 60-minute (pre-bookable) swim in the inviting 20-metre pool. The package also includes two fabulous inclusive treatments, a 55-minute vitamin glow facial and 25-minute back, neck and shoulders massage. Round off your experience with a classy afternoon tea.
Book the Refresh and Revive Spa Day at The Marriott Manchester Airport Hotel
With its wonderful rural setting, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa is a superb Cheshire retreat, yet is within easy reach of Manchester. The Serenity Spa Day package features the choice of two 25-minute Aromatherapy Associates’ treatments from a menu that includes a de-stress back, neck and shoulders massage, discovery facial, intense scalp and hair treatment, and leg and foot revival. You will also enjoy full access to the leisure facilities, which include a swimming pool, aroma steam room and thermal zone. Adjourn to the contemporary Spa Lounge and Bar for a sumptuous afternoon tea.
Book the Serenity Spa Day at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
Tucked away in a quiet rural location, Cottons Hotel & Spa is a great choice for passing a few leisurely hours or for a relaxing overnight escape. The Something Special Spa Day features the choice of two 25-minute treatments from options that include an Xpress D-Vine facial, lifting and firming eye treatment and hand or foot ritual. You also enjoy two hours pre-bookable use of the leisure facilities, which include a swimming pool, steam room and state-of-the-art-gym. Complement your spa experience with a delightful afternoon tea.
Book the Something Special Spa Day at Cottons Hotel & Spa
Housed in a beautiful 14th-century country manor house and set amid a lovely park and garden, the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa is a stunning spot for celebrating that special occasion or to enjoy a few hours of well-deserved pampering. The Deluxe Afternoon Tea and Fizz Spa Day package features the choice of two 40-minute treatments chosen from a menu that includes an aromatherapy back, neck and shoulders massage, Decléor aromatherapy facial, full body exfoliation and body polish, and Indian head massage. You also enjoy a 60-minute (pre-bookable) swim. Round things off with a delicious afternoon tea, served with a glass of Prosecco.
Book the Deluxe Afternoon Tea and Fizz Spa Day at Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa