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The Spa at Five Lakes

Colchester Road, Tolleshunt Knights, Maldon, CM9 8HX

From £65.00 per person

Our customer rating: 5/5

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Nothing beats an all-inclusive holiday for relaxation, indulgence and fun. But what if we told you there was a way to get that same luxurious feeling without setting foot on a plane - or spending hours in passport control? Nestled in the Essex countryside, the blissfully adults-only Potters Resorts Five Lakes is the UK’s only all-inclusive (barring its sister site in Norfolk). And the even better news? It’s crammed with more superb facilities than you can wave your snazzy pink wristband at. 

Recently voted Britain’s best holiday park by Which?, Five Lakes scored five out of five stars in all categories - and it’s so easy to see why. The family-owned resort is set against a picture-perfect backdrop of glorious grounds. At 320 acres, and with its own 18-hole golf course, Five Lakes resort is so huge you’ll need a map to explore everything that’s on offer. 

There’s a leisure club, thrilling activities, West-End-style evening entertainment, delicious food and branded drinks, all included in the price. Head to the state-of-the-art evening venue to see Potters’ own professional theatre company put on a different show every night, or get competitive over shuffleboard, darts and table tennis in the indoor sports arena. Outdoors there’s tennis, disc golf, archery, pickleball and even a lake complete with rowing boats. 

Luckily, the wristband-wearers at Five Lakes don’t keep their stunning facilities all to themselves. Even if you're not booked into Potters Resort Five Lakes for an adults-only short break, you can still indulge in a luxurious spa package at its super-swish spa. 

Dive into pure relaxation at the warm indoor pool with its sauna, steam room and spa bath. Enjoy top-tier rituals from Elemis and Mii in one of 12 sumptuous treatment rooms, or kick back in the serene relaxation suite encased in your plush robe. Some packages even include delicious afternoon teas or a glass of bubbly for occasions when you really want to spoil yourself.

Close to the towns of Maldon, Tiptree and Colchester and just a stone’s throw from the stunning Blackwater Estuary, guests eager to spread their wings have plenty of options nearby. Take a relaxing stroll through the Dengie National Nature Reserve. Spend a little time at the world-famous Colchester Zoo, or check out the Roman history in Colchester itself. You’ll also be within easy reach of a number of celebrated waterfront locations, such as Clacton-on-Sea and Burnham-on-Crouch.

But when you’ve finished exploring, The Spa at Five Lakes awaits. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the resort, its pin-drop peaceful setting provides an idyllic venue in which to unwind. So whether you have a morning, an afternoon or a whole day of pampering planned, you can check-in, chill-out and let your journey to bliss begin.

Popular Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa Bath
  • 18 hole golf course
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Free weights gym
  • Cardio gym
  • Flood lit driving range
  • Chipping and practice area
  • Golf shop
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Winter Warmer Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, 55 minutes
  • Afternoon tea
  • Glass of Prosecco
  • Full use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrival from 9am
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From £90.00 per person

Pick Me Up Morning Half Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, up to 40 minutes
  • Light refreshments
  • Four hours use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrive at 9am
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Pick Me Up Afternoon Half Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, up to 40 minutes
  • Light refreshments
  • Four hours use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robe and slippers
  • Arrive at 1pm
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Refreshing Spa Day

  • 2 treatments, 50 minutes
  • Afternoon tea
  • Full use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robes and slippers
  • Arrival from 9am
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Calming Spa Day

  • 2 treatments, up to 80 minutes
  • Afternoon tea
  • Full use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robes and slippers
  • Arrival from 9am
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Indulgence Spa Day

  • 1 treatment, 110 minutes
  • Afternoon tea
  • Full use of the leisure facilities
  • Complimentary use of towels, robes and slippers
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Details

Towel and robes providedYes
Length of pool15m
No. of treatment rooms12
Max no. in group6
Lockers availableYes
Product houseElemis and Mii
Dress for lunchNo
Minimum age16
Local attractionsColchester Zoo, Colchester Castle, Tiptree Jam Factory and Maldon Promenade
No. of bedrooms194
Check-in time15:00
Use facilities before check in timeNo
Dress codeSmart/casual
Hotel Accessible accessYes
Car parkingComplimentary

Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Spa Bath
  • 18 hole golf course
  • Outdoor tennis courts
  • Free weights gym
  • Cardio gym
  • Flood lit driving range
  • Chipping and practice area
  • Golf shop

The Spa & Wellness at The Spa at Five Lakes

Take a break from the everyday in the sumptuous sanctuary that is The Spa at Five Lakes. A haven of luxury tucked away from the main resort, it offers so many ways to spoil yourself, from the stunning relaxation room to indulgent body wraps and massages. Whether you have just an afternoon to spare or an entire day to do as you please, The Spa at Five Lakes has you covered.

Step inside, and feel your shoulders drop, cocooned in your plush robe and slippers. Spa packages here let you access the warm indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi for hours of enjoyment. So let the soothing bubbles work their magic on your tired muscles, or just put your feet up on a lounger and read your book.

Away from the pool, the spa has dedicated spaces in which to relax and socialise, complete with complimentary light bites and refreshments. Some packages even let you enjoy Prosecco and afternoon tea to ensure your spa day really sparkles.

Tip-toe to a treatment room where experienced therapists work their magic with massages, wraps, facials and holistic rituals designed to re-balance your mind, body and spirit. Then all that’s left is to head to the relaxation room, lay back on the comfortable lounge chairs and let the calming music soothe you as you drift into bliss.

The Gym & Fitness at The Spa at Five Lakes

Like to crunch before brunch? The fitness facilities on offer at The Spa at Five Lakes make being active feel like a breeze.

The fully-equipped, state-of-the-art gym will see you sculpting and toning like never before. Sweat it out on the Technogym resistance and cardiovascular machines, or lift free weights and make up your own routine. Just remember that, however hard you work out, the sauna, steam room and pool are ready and waiting to boost your recovery.

Bring your trainers for a run, stroll or power-walk around the grounds while you spot the wildlife, from swans to squirrels. Or, pack your clubs in the car and play a round on the stunning 6,267-yard, 18-hole Lakes Course. But if you’re here on an all-inclusive break at Potters Resorts Five Lakes, you’ll find more inventive ways to keep fit than jogging or golf.

Each day a packed itinerary brings a variety of fun ways to break a sweat, from a morning stretch in the dance studio to welly-wanging and table tennis tournaments in the afternoon. Outside there’s disc golf, tennis or archery, or you can take a rowing boat out for a spin.

Adventurous types will love to try their hands at something new, like pickleball or laser clays. Who knows? You could leave Five Lakes with a brand new hobby, feeling fitter than ever before. 

Restaurants & Food at The Spa at Five Lakes

Here on a spa break? Many pamper packages to The Spa at Five Lakes include a scrummy afternoon tea or light morning refreshments such as pastries and fruit. These can all be eaten without leaving the comfort of your plush robe and slippers - just watch out for crumbs!

But for those lucky enough to be staying at Five Lakes for an adults-only short break, incredible eating and drinking opportunities abound. The resort wins raves reviews for its all-inclusive food and drink offering, with many praising its incredible value for money - and saying that it has exactly the same feel as a luxurious holiday abroad.

From huge cooked breakfasts to a tasty midnight snack, guests can eat up to four meals a day, including two three-course meals. And, in addition to the plentiful amounts of food, drinks are unlimited with as many teas, coffees, hot chocolates, soft drinks you like, plus brand-name beers, wines, spirits, and liqueurs included in the price.

The Eden restaurant is huge, but because it’s split into three areas, it retains a cosy intimacy. Tables are allocated so you always sit in the same place, and many boast stunning views over the gardens or golf course. Meal times are set and dinner finishes at 8pm to allow you to party the night away at the evening entertainment.

Spa Location

The Spa at Five Lakes

The Spa at Five Lakes

Colchester Road
Tolleshunt Knights
Maldon
CM9 8HX
01621 862 324

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How to get to the Spa?

By train: The nearest rail stations to Potters Resorts Five Lakes are in Kelvedon, Witham or Colchester, and are all a 15 to 20-minute taxi ride away.

By bus: The number 92 bus goes from Colchester and stops a ten-minute walk from Potters Resorts Five Lakes.

By car: The Spa at Five Lakes is set within Potters Resorts Five Lakes, in the village of Tolleshunt Knights. It’s just a 20-minute drive from Colchester and 40 minutes from Chelmsford. If you’re using satnav or Google maps, enter the postcode CM9 8HX before you leave home as the signal can be patchy as you get close to the resort.

Parking: There is free and plentiful parking on-site, along with six EV charging points, found in the middle of the car park. You will need to bring and connect your own cable to the charger. 

Reviews

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Very chilled
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

Lovely afternoon spent with my aunt at five lakes. Great quality products used during our facials which was beautifully delivered. Nice robes and towels which were included. Only slight negative was the pool was closed until 2pm. Pastries and fruit also included were lovely. Very friendly staff throughout.

Julie Martin, Chelmsford

Lovely spa
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

Spa venue was lovely. Laura was very welcoming, thank you. Pool facilities clean and changing facilities. Offers blankets in the relaxation. Treatment was very relaxing.

Lauren Coles, Witham

Lovely treatments
  • 5 Service
  • 4 Quality
  • 4 Satisfaction

This was a belated birthday treat for my daughter, our first time at Five Lakes and we chose the back & scalp massage option. We were both very pleased with our treatments, my massage was one of the best I've had in a long time. My only gripe was the pool area was very chilly and the steam room was cold. Communication about food was also misleading as onsite it states light bites available but in the email it indicates there is no food for spa guests, however we received a fruit and pastry platter, so that was lovely! :)

Jenni Smyth, Essex

Brilliant spa afternoon
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

Excellent service. The receptionist was outstanding. Really helpful and polite and went out of her way to make the visit really special.

Helen Shine, Southend- On- Sea

Excellent totally recommend
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Quality
  • 5 Satisfaction

Had a lovely time. The pool area was lovely and quiet and the pool temperature was warm. Sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi was great. Afternoon tea was delicious, lots to choose from and very filling. Was able to have a bottle of wine with this (chargeable) very good value for money. Treatments were amazing had a facial and back, neck, shoulder massage. Totally recommend the facial the therapist recommended what products needed to be used. Free tea and coffee and water all day.

Michelle Yapp, Benfleet

Relax
  • 3 Service
  • 3 Quality
  • 3 Satisfaction

Lovely welcome from well-being staff, delicious tea and soothing treatments. Shame that the Jacuzzi wasn’t working and no explanatory notice or apology from pool staff, especially as one guest had driven for 3 hours to enjoy a spa day.

Elizabeth Foss-Smith, Essex

Could do a little better
4 / 5

Staff very friendly & welcoming, big shout to Gary & Andy for the bowling absolute fantastic never picked a ball up in our lives but their patience & support really spurred us on, we paid for a suite...... Read more

A huge let down
3 / 5

Such a huge let down, especially having read the reviews. When we arrived we were given our robe and towel and shown to the changing rooms. They were very run down, showers were dirty and all...... Read more

Fabulous Christmas and new year five lakes.
5 / 5

Excellent resort, so much to do , such fun to be had, fantastic shows to watch I could go on. Went for mid week Christmas break and was brilliant no complaints whatsoever stayed in the hotel room...... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Does The Spa at Five Lakes do afternoon tea?

It sure does, and there’s no better way to round off your pampering spa package. Stretchy waistbands at the ready because the afternoon teas at The Spa at Five Lakes are filling. Enjoy your dainty sandwiches and dinky cakes in the serene surroundings of the spa - there’s even a glass of bubbly to wash it down.

Is there a swimming pool at The Spa at Five Lakes?

There is, so don’t forget to pack your cossie. You’ll dive into luxury at this 15m indoor pool, plus there’s a sauna, steam room and spa bath to relax in afterwards. Perfect for an early morning or twilight dip, the swimming pool at Five Lakes opens from 7:45am to 7:30pm every day except for Mondays and Fridays, when it opens at 9am.

Is there accommodation at The Spa at Five Lakes?

Of course! And after a day being pampered, there’s no better feeling than your head hitting a comfy pillow. Luckily, Potters Resorts Five Lakes has doubles, twins and suites that blend contemporary comfort with life’s little luxuries, and many come with beautiful views. 

Choose from hotel rooms in the resort itself to be near all the action, or go for peace and quiet with Village rooms set slightly further away in the grounds. Upgrading to a Village Deluxe room means you get your own balcony, offering you stunning views, and additional space for extra comfort.

What time is check-in and check-out at The Spa at Five Lakes?

For overnight stays, you can arrive from 12 noon, but the all-inclusive offer begins at 3pm and it’s at this time you can collect your keys. When your break ends, you’ll need to vacate your room by 10am and leave the resort by 12 noon on your day of departure. 

For spa days, arrival times are usually 9am, while spa afternoons begin at 1pm, but please do check your booking confirmation for full details.

Where is The Spa at Five Lakes?

Nestled amidst the tranquil Essex countryside, The Spa at Five Lakes is set on the doorstep of the Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve and just a short drive from Colchester and Chelmsford.

Who owns Potters Resorts?

It’s still owned by the Potter family, and headed up by John Potter. Potters Resorts started out in 1920 in Hemsby in Norfolk after solicitors' clerk Herbert Potter won £500 in a newspaper competition. In 1924 Potters moved to Hopton-on-Sea where it remains to this day. The Hopton site is the sister site to Five Lakes and it’s where you’ll find Potters HQ. In 2021, Potters Resorts acquired Five Lakes and in 2023, it was recognised by VisitEngland as a Five-Star Holiday Village.

Is The Spa at Five Lakes family-friendly?

Sorry. Spa packages at The Spa at Five Lakes are only for those aged 16 and over. The Five Lakes resort itself is adults only, and its fabulous all-inclusive short breaks only available for those over the age of 18 only.

Is The Spa at Five Lakes accessible?

Yes it is. The hotel has lifts, ramps, disabled parking and accessible rooms with walk-in showers and shower trays. If mobility is an issue for you, ask for rooms in the hotel rather than in the Village as these are a five minute walk from all the main facilities.

Is The Spa at Five Lakes pet-friendly?

Sorry, it isn’t. No pets allowed, except for registered assistance dogs.

Does The Spa at Five Lakes have a golf course?

It does! The 18-hole course is one of the finest in Essex, being designed by European Tour legend Neil Coles and having hosted the prestigious Nick Faldo Challenge, as well as regional PGA events over the years. The gentle undulation of the course makes walking easy and it features lakes and well-placed bunkers along with mature and new trees, with hedgerows.

A round of golf is not included in the all-inclusive offer, and prices vary according to the date and time you wish to tee off.