There are some 4,000 stars visible from Earth at any time of year and a clear sky at winter shows up some of the brightest on record. Beautiful open skies and rolling countryside hills are the best way to view the stars sparkling in our universe - but imagine doing your sightseeing from a secluded outdoor hot tub or heated swimming pool?
With a growing number of spas offering indulgent twilight packages - you can now enjoy the evening sky in ultimate luxury, with a glass of prosecco in hand. From observatories to telescopes and sunset experiences - these are the best spa venues to stargaze.
Orion, the Mighty Hunter is one of the most famous constellations in the Northern Hemisphere's Winter sky, and can be seen from November to February. And, Sirius, the brightest star in the sky is part of the most prominent winter constellation.
Look skywards from any of these destinations and you’re bound to see stars from the comfort of your own hot tub. We’ve broken down the best regions to view the beautiful winter night sky using the spa observatory facilities and twilight packages.
The UK’s best locations to spagaze
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa in Lothian: Enjoy a star-gazing Twilight Spa Evening, which offers use of facilities that include an outdoor hydro pool.
Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa in County Durham: This luxury spa has facilities including the outdoor heated vitality pool with spa herb garden. For stargazing, choose the Twilight Catch Up package.
Armathwaite Hall Country House and Spa in Cumbria: This luxury spa in the Lake District has facilities including an outdoor hot tub, which you can enjoy as part of the Escape Half Spa Day, with the option of a 4pm arrival.
Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in West Yorkshire: Facilities on offer include an outdoor hot tub, which you can enjoy as part of the Twilight Hideaway evening package.
Gomersal Park Hotel and Dream Spa in West Yorkshire: For stargazing, choose the Twilight Spa package that offers up to four hours use of the leisure facilities (three on Sunday) that include an outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
The Bridge Hotel and Courtyard Spa in West Yorkshire: This spa offers some wonderful facilities, including an outside plunge tub and hot tub, which you can enjoy as part of the Unwind and Dine evening experience.
Rudding Park in North Yorkshire: Inviting outdoor facilities include the rooftop spa and garden. For stargazing, choose the Evening Starlight Rooftop Spa Experience with 6.30pm arrival.
Swinton Park in Yorkshire: Facilities at this luxury spa include a wonderful garden and outdoor natural pool, with the option of a One-Night Relax and Revive Spa Break that offers full use of the leisure facilities during your stay.
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa in Yorkshire: At this luxury spa, you can enjoy facilities that include the outdoor heated courtyard swimming pool. For stargazing, choose the enchanting Spa by Candlelight package.
Ragdale Hall Spa in Leicestershire: This luxury spa offers a Twilight Taster Evening, during which you can enjoy stargazing facilities including a rooftop infinity pool and indoor/outdoor waterfall pool.
Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa in East Anglia: Another luxury spa with some great stargazing facilities including an outdoor rooftop hot tub, which you can enjoy as part of its Sunset and Cocktail Spa Experience package.
Fishmore Hall Hotel in Shropshire: Choose the Twilight Spa Evening package and enjoy outdoor facilities that include a hot tub and bucket and monsoon showers.
Genting Hotel Resorts World in the West Midlands: This city centre luxury spa features an outdoor Jacuzzi from which to enjoy the night sky. Choose the Twilight Spa Experience and complement your evening with a trip to the rooftop bar and restaurant.
Mallory Court Hotel in Warwickshire: At this luxury spa, you can enjoy the Sunset Spa Evening package with full use of the leisure facilities that include an outdoor vitality pool.
Moddershall Oaks Health Spa in Staffordshire: This luxury spa offers a wide selection of facilities, including an outdoor vitality pool and hot tub. Choose between two twilight packages, the Two's Company Spa Evening for Two and Eat or Treat Spa Evening for Two.
The Elms Hotel and Spa in Worcestershire: Choose the Twilight Spa package and enjoy facilities that include a rooftop terrace and indoor/outdoor hydro pool.
The Malvern Spa in Worcestershire: This spa offers a star-gazing Twilight Spa package, which features use of facilities that include an indoor hydrotherapy/outdoor swimming pool.
Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa in West Sussex: This luxury spa offers a Twilight Spa package, during which you can enjoy a glimpse of the night sky from the lovely private outdoor hot tubs.
Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa in West Sussex: This luxury spa offers outdoor facilities including a California-style hot tub and swimming pool. For stargazing, choose the Sunset Special Spa Evening package.
Brooklands Hotel and Spa in Surrey: Choose the Twilight Spa for Two evening package and enjoy stargazing facilities that include the 12-seater outdoor hot tub.
Guildford Harbour Hotel & Spa in Surrey: At this luxury spa, you can indulge in facilities that include the outdoor Champagne pool with relaxing water jets, available to enjoy as part of the Twilight Spa Evening package.
Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa in Berkshire: The Twilight Spa Evening package offers three hours use of the spa’s facilities, which include the outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
Macdonald Elmers Court Hotel & Resort in Hampshire: Enjoy facilities including the heated outdoor pool while stargazing during the Twilight Spa Evening package.
Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa in Berkshire: Opt for the Twilight Spa evening package and enjoy views of the night sky from the spa’s open-air whirlpool.
Sopwell House Hotel Spa in East Anglia: At this luxury spa, you can take part in some star-gazing while enjoying The Sundown and Evening Retreat at The Club at Cottonmill packages. Facilities include the indoor/outdoor hydrotherapy pool, and the spa garden with loungers, cabanas and fire pit.
Ockenden Manor Hotel and Spa in West Sussex: This is a luxury spa that offers facilities including an outdoor hot tub and indoor/outdoor linked swimming pool fed with natural spring water. For star-gazing, choose the Southdowns Sunset Spa Evening package.
Calcot Manor Hotel in Gloucestershire: At this luxury spa, you can enjoy stargazing from the welcoming outdoor hot tub. Choose from the Twilight Spa and Mini Twilight Spa evening packages.
Hotel du Vin Exeter in Devon: Enjoy spa facilities including the indoor/outdoor swimming pool as part of the Twilight Spa evening package.
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel in Somerset: Choose the Twilight Spa Evening package to enjoy facilities that include the outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
Sidmouth Harbour Hotel & Spa in Devon: At this luxury spa, you can enjoy the Twilight Spa Evening package, with the use of facilities that include the heated outdoor swimming pool.
St Michaels Resort in Cornwall: Choose the Twilight Spa or One-Night Twilight Spa Stay package at this luxury spa and you can enjoy facilities including the spa garden with outdoor red cedar hot tub and Finnish barrel sauna.
The Imperial Hotel Torquay in Devon: Enjoy the Twilight Spa package and enjoy facilities that include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.
The Greenway Hotel and Spa in Gloucestershire: Among the packages you can enjoy is the Sunset Spa Experience that gives you the chance to star-gaze from the outdoor hot tub.
Macdonald Resort Plas Talgarth in Powys: Choose a package at this hotel/spa and enjoy a view of the night sky from the edge of the Snowdonia National Park.
Stradey Park Hotel and Spa in Carmarthenshire: Share your star-gazing with a lucky guest with the Twilight Spa for Two packages and enjoy the outdoor hot tub set amid a sensory garden.
Hopefully, this article has inspired you to get outside and enjoy the night sky. We may be biased, but we can’t think of anywhere better to enjoy the view than from one of our ‘star’ spas!
For more information or to book your next twilight spa experience, why not give our team a call today?