A guide to the top 10 luxury spas

A guide to the top 10 luxury spas

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Sometimes, we all need a little luxury in our lives. When it comes to spa indulgence, luxury means fabulous facilities, pampering treatments, fine hospitality, and stunning settings. From wonderful country hotels to elegant city retreats, we bring you the finest luxury spa breaks across the UK. To offer you some inspiration, in this guide, we introduce you to 10 of our favourite luxury spas.

Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel: Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

We begin with Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel, a magnificent country hotel housed in an imposing 19th century mansion and set within an estate that dates back to the 1400s. Nestled within 50 acres of lovely woodland and landscaped grounds, the property has been sympathetically converted into a luxurious hotel and spa. Enjoy luxury treatments courtesy of such premium product houses as Elemis and Aromatherapy Associates. You can then enjoy the extensive spa facilities that include the saltwater vitality pool, hydrotherapy pool, and tropical showers. With superb onsite dining, excellent amenities and 90 stylish guest rooms, Hoar Cross Hall is the perfect choice for a weekend escape or for celebrating your next special occasion.

Champneys Henlow Grange Health Spa: Henlow, Bedfordshire

The first property on our list from the renowned Champneys family, Champneys Henlow Grange Health Spa is a superb option if you want to combine spa luxury with a wide choice of indoor and outdoor activities, amenities and fitness classes. The spa offers luxurious treatments from Elemis and Clarins, as well as Champneys own product house. You can enjoy delicious, healthy food in the restaurant and café, while overnight guests can rest in one of the 70 well-appointed rooms. You are also welcome to take a seat in the grand conservatory and enjoy the marvellous views over the lovely River Hiz. Housed in a charming Georgian manor, set amid 150 beautiful acres of grounds, and even boasting its own weir, this luxury property is the ideal country retreat.

Hanbury Manor - A Marriott Hotel & Country Club: Ware, Hertfordshire

Another of our wonderful luxury country hotels, Hanbury Manor is a converted Jacobean-style manor house that is set amid 200 acres of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. Part of the popular Marriott family of properties, this impressive hotel and spa offers a truly restful luxury retreat. The sumptuous spa features treatments from Decléor and Elemis, while the facilities include a fantastic indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. As you might expect, the hotel also features a wonderful bar and restaurant, while golf fans can book a round on the superb course. Overnight guests can relax in one of the comfortable rooms while soaking up the ambience, charm and tranquillity of this lovely rural property, which is conveniently close to the hustle and bustle of London. Speaking of which…

K West Hotel & K Spa: West Kensington, Greater London

Not all our luxury spas are country hotels! K West Hotel & K Spa is a great example of a fabulous city property. Located in upscale West Kensington, this modern boutique hotel is perfect for some chic spa indulgence as part of a day of retail therapy or a wonderful overnight break in the capital. Enjoy luxury treatments from product houses including Ytsara and Aromatherapy Associates before unwinding in the hydrotherapy pool, steam room, and sanarium. You will also find delightful herbal footbaths and the wonderfully invigorating Snow Paradise. The hotel boasts 220 beautiful guest rooms, a sophisticated cocktail bar and an uber-cool restaurant, making it a great choice for some classy downtime with friends. Close to the shops at Westfield London, lovely Holland Park, and excellent public transport links, this hotel and spa is definitely one of our favourite luxury London retreats.

Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa: Keswick, Cumbria

We return to our wonderful luxury country hotels for our next choice, and rural locations don’t come much more spectacular than the Lake District. On the banks of beautiful Bassenthwaite Lake, set amid 400 acres of deer park and woodland, you can find stunning Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa. Enjoy a swim in the lovely indoor heated swimming pool or relax in the steam room and inviting outdoor hot tub, while the pampering treatments come courtesy of the spa’s own range of luxurious products. Soak up the breath-taking surroundings as you stroll in the hotel’s grounds or dine in its lake-side restaurant. Opt for an overnight spa break and you can relax in one of the fine guest rooms. Altogether, this luxury hotel offers a memorable spa experience in uniquely scenic surroundings.

The Belfry: Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

Welcome to The Belfry, an award-winning luxury hotel with a superb spa and world-class golf that enjoys a wonderful rural location amid 500 acres near Royal Sutton Coldfield. Golf lovers probably need no introduction to this property, as its renowned courses have hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup on four occasions. However, there is plenty more to enjoy, with excellent dining and a fantastic onsite leisure club, with a well-equipped gym and fitness classes. The exquisite spa offers a tranquil escape, with ESPA treatments and relaxing facilities that include the invigorating fire and ice experience, with 12 biothermal rooms. Choose an overnight spa break and you can look forward to a night or two in one of the hotel’s 300+ comfortable bedrooms, with ample time to enjoy all this superb luxury resort has to offer.

Champneys Tring Health Spa: Tring, Hertfordshire

Our second Champneys property is another of our fantastic country hotels, and this one holds the claim of being Britain’s original health spa. As such, Champneys Tring Health Spa boasts a rich history dating back to 1925. While the facilities have been modernised, the dedication to wellness remains. Indulge in luxurious Champneys spa treatments and take full advantage of the extensive leisure facilities, fitness classes and activities. Take a dip in the 25-metre pool, relax in the thermal suite, or simply enjoy a tranquil walk in the lovely grounds. Sit down to a delicious nutritionally-balanced meal in the restaurant and, if you opt for an overnight spa break, unwind in one of the charming guest rooms. This luxury health spa enjoys a wonderful rural location yet is only around 45 minutes by train from central London, making it perfect for an anytime luxury escape.

Oulton Hall: Oulton, West Yorkshire

Our next choice takes us north to Leeds and the stunning Oulton Hall. Located a few miles outside the city, this luxury spa hotel is housed in an imposing 18th century Georgian manor and set amid 300 acres of lovely landscaped gardens. Here, you can escape your everyday stresses at the serene spa, while golf fans will enjoy the challenging 27-hole course. Indulge in Elemis spa treatments and enjoy the facilities, which include a swimming pool, sauna and poolside spa Jacuzzi. Afterwards, relax on the chic spa terrace or get active in the gym. Drink and dine in style at the hotel’s many restaurants and bars, then retire to one of the well-appointed guest rooms. After a few hours here, we’re sure you’ll agree with us that this is a wonderfully restful luxury Yorkshire retreat.

Champneys Springs Health Spa: Ashby De la Zouch, Leicestershire

Our third and final Champneys property is yet another example of a luxury health spa that combines the finest in pampering, relaxation and hospitality. Set amid 31 acres of lovely Leicestershire parkland, Champneys Springs Health Spa offers luxurious treatments courtesy of its own product house. As with all the Champneys venues, you can expect a superb range of leisure facilities, including a stunning 25-metre pool, plus a gym and a range of health & wellness classes. There are also outdoor activities, including bicycle trails and two mapped resort walks, so you can enjoy the wonderful grounds. Overnight guests can relax in one of the 87 elegant bedrooms, while the restaurant serves up a tasty and nutritious menu. Whether you’re looking simply to unwind and de-stress or are seeking to kickstart a healthy regime, this luxury resort is a fine choice.

Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa: Wilmington, Kent

Last, but certainly not least, our list wouldn’t be complete without one of our two Utopia Spas. Part of the family of prestigious Alexander country hotels, Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa is housed in a charming 18th century property and set in beautifully landscaped grounds. The stunning spa boasts a grand Roman-inspired interior, with pampering treatments from such leading product houses as Temple Spa. The leisure facilities include a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, hot tub, and monsoon showers. Stay overnight and you can relax in one of the 38 comfortable bedrooms and indulge in fine fare at the double AA rosette-awarded restaurant. If the weather allows, take a seat on the delightful terrace for some al fresco dining. Altogether, this luxury property offers a quintessential English countryside spa escape.

We hope this guide has given you some ideas for your next luxury spa experience. Browse our full range of luxury spas, spa days and overnight spa breaks, and start planning your next escape today.