Relax, rejuvenate and indulge your senses at one of the UK’s finest spas. We’ve found some of the best venues to try for a luxury spa break this January.
1 Feversham Arms Hotel, York
Surrounded by countryside, this award-winning hotel and spa makes for an idyllic retreat. Cosy yet contemporary, the hotel boasts fabulous artwork, open fires and elegant rooms. Deluxe Suites feature king-size beds and overlook a Mediterranean-style terrace. Book in at The Verbena Spa, where treatments are provided by Temple Spa, a British brand inspired by the healthy Mediterranean lifestyle. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: The spa’s signature Champagne Truffle Facial is the crème de la crème of facials. Including ingredients such as Champagne, silk, diamonds and gold and black truffles, the facial reveals fresher skin via a wrinkle-busting warm mask, a specialist lifting massage, an iced blend to reduce puffiness and cold stone therapy. Finally, Temple Spa’s award-winning Skin Truffle will leave your skin glowing. Then you can sip bubbly, nibble a handmade truffle and admire the new you.
Book it: The Champagne Truffle Facial costs £110 for 90 minutes. Accommodation costs from £120 per room for bed and breakfast in a standard double room.
2 Champneys Tring’s Detox and Wellbeing Spa, Hertfordshire
Since 1925, the Champneys name has been synonymous with health, wellbeing and innovation; leading the way with state-of-the-art facilities, world class therapists, sports science and fitness classes and pioneering spa treatments. Champneys strive to make a difference and the new and exclusive Detox and Wellbeing spa, sits at the epicentre of this focus. Find out more here.
The very first of its kind in the UK, this new sea and mineral treatment detox spa offers a selection of unique, water-based personalised treatments in a smart, ultra-modern environment.
Favourite treatment: The Thalassotherapy Pool provides a soak in a warm, mineral rich pool with hydrotherapy jets that stimulate and tone tired, aching muscles. Infused with sea salt and magnesium, sodium, potassium, silicon, copper, iron and iodine minerals, the pools works to help heal the skin, re-mineralise, aid purification and detoxify the body.
Book it: Detox Days at Tring start from £149pp.
3 The Belfry, Warwickshire
From the moment you set foot in this five-star hotel in the heart of the West Midlands, you’ll feel relaxed and ready for pampering. Alongside its iconic golfing greens and unrivalled service, The Belfry’s sumptuous bedrooms and award-winning spa make it the perfect weekend retreat. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: The Fire & Ice Experience is something special. A 90-minute journey through 12 bio-thermal rooms, it begins with a foot spa then a choice of Ice Drench Shower or warm Tropical Rain Shower. Next up is the Roman-inspired Caldarium, followed by the Aroma Cave – designed to act as a decongestant. The 100°C dry heat of the Sauna stimulates circulation before you brave the chilly Igloo then relax in the Sanarium. The Shower Grotto has three types of refreshing cold showers before the revitalising Crystal Steam Room and the Tranquility Room and Conservatory, where the journey ends.
Book it: The Fire & Ice Experience costs from £39. The Belfry’s one night Lazy Sundays package costs £138 per person (based on two sharing) and includes breakfast, Sunday lunch and a Fire & Ice Experience.
4 Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth, County Durham
Nestled on the North Yorkshire and County Durham borders, this AA five-star hotel offers a host of indulgent breaks for spa-lovers, golfers and foodies. While away the hours in the hotel’s leisure pool and thermal bathing suite, where you’ll find signature treatments using luxurious products from Neom, Comfort Zone and ORLY. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: The Signature Tibetan Sound Ritual takes inspiration from ancient medicine practice, Ku Nye, and is beneficial for those suffering from stress, insomnia and joint and muscle pains. The treatment starts with a relaxing foot soak before pressure is applied to your feet, hands and head. Next, nourishing therapeutic oils are applied – ‘Ku’ means ‘apply’ or ‘butter’. ‘Nye’ refers to the massage itself, which includes kneading and friction. To finish, healing bowls are placed on your body and struck in turn.
Book it: The Signature Tibetan Sound Ritual costs £120 for a 90-minute treatment. A spa day, including this treatment, a two-course lunch and use of all the wellness and bathing facilities costs £180.
5 Chewton Glen, Hampshire
With its picturesque surrounds, this 130-acre luxury hotel and spa is ideal for a break from modern life. Stay in one of the new tree houses on stilts, where floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic forest views and soft, warm colours and natural materials provide a calm, comfortable setting. Daily breakfast hampers are delivered direct to your room. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: The Tree Top Tranquility treatment is unforgettable. Available exclusively to guests staying in the tree houses, the treatment is delivered in the comfort of your suite. Following an exfoliating full-body brush, you’ll enjoy a nourishing body treatment ritual involving a sensual hot oil candle infused with rose, from which the aromatic oil is poured directly onto your skin, cocooning you in warmth and heady aromas. Deeply nourishing, this treatment leaves you relaxed and soothed.
Book it: Tree Top Tranquility costs £149 for 90 minutes. A Treehouse Studio Suite with outdoor hot tub starts from £800 per night.
6 K West Hotel & Spa, London
Amongst the hustle and bustle of the city, discover an oasis of calm at K West. Named ‘Best UK luxury Hotel Spa’ at the World Spa Awards, it’s the epitome of luxury and relaxation, and prides itself on its rock ‘n’ roll essence. The rooms were once BBC offices and recording studios and the mood is cosmopolitan combined with elegant interiors. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: Enjoy a 70-minute Baobab Ritual, from which £2 is donated to the Aduna Foundation, supporting small-scale producers in Africa, where Baobob trees have long been used as a source of wellbeing and beauty. Feel the benefits of an all-over baobab scrub, massage and leg therapy, finished off with a fresh baobab smoothie. Plus don’t miss the spa’s Scandinavian Sauna and Steam Room, aroma-filled Sanarium and London’s first -15°C Snow Paradise. The sudden and extreme change in temperature can bring great body benefits.
Book it: The Baobab Ritual costs £110 for 70 minutes. Double rooms start at £115 per night.
7 Fonab Castle, Scotland
Where better to escape your everyday life than this fairytale castle? Stay in a luxury Castle Signature Room and you’ll enjoy a large, spacious room with a stunning feature fireplace and spectacular views over Loch Faskally and Highland scenery. Furnished with Smart TVs, Nespresso coffee machines and The White Company Egyptian Cotton bedding, the charming rooms certainly live up to the hotel’s AA five-star rating. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: The Spa at Fonab is the perfect place to unwind. Indulge in the Activ Kaviar Treatment. Caviar is renowned for being extremely rich in nutrients and this facial employs caviar extract to facilitate skin-cell renewal, as well as revitalising the complexion and boosting and replenishing the skin’s minerals. Elsewhere, immerse yourself in the Thermal Suite’s steam room, sauna and lavender-or eucalyptus-scented aroma relaxation room. Or just while away the hours lazily lapping the 15-metre indoor pool.
Book it: The Activ Kaviar Treatment costs £95 for 90 minutes. Double rooms start from £180.
8 Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa, West Sussex
A fifteenth century oak door welcomes you into the historic Bailiffscourt Spa and Hotel. Everything around is green and luscious, with the Climping Beach only a short, leisurely walk away. With 39 bedrooms set in 30 acres of parkland – and originally built in the 1920s as a seaside home for the Guinness family – Bailiffscourt is the perfect place to unwind. Everything from the fireplace to the four-poster bed invites you to relax and sleep in. Find out more here.
Favourite treatment: The award-winning spa offers Temple Spa treatments, steam rooms, heated pools and a Californian style hot tub. All built in the style of a Sussex barn with exposed timber frames and dramatic glass doors. The Mediterranean Sea Hydrotherm, a full body massage on a warm floatation bed, lulls you into sleep and ensures that no part of your body is forgotten during the hour long treatment. Or opt for the Mud Wrap – a top to toe conditioning and detoxifying treatment packed with purifying seaweed for remineralisation.
Book it: The Mediterranean Sea Hydrotherm massage costs £100 for 60 minutes. Double rooms start from £289.