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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?