• Ten Spa Retreats for the Truly Deserving

    Beyond cucumbers and mudbaths, here are ten top getaways for those wanting to get over the hills and spa away.

The Bath House Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Nestled in the hotel’s secret garden behind Bath’s famous Georgian crescent, the experience to be had at the Royal Crescent counts as one of Bath’s little known gems. Explore the historic town and nearby Roman baths before treating yourself to treatments influenced by the surrounding ancient and modern spa culture.

Find out more: www.royalcrescent.co.uk/spa

Pennyhill Park Bagshot, Surrey

Nominated for the World Travel Awards as England’s leading Spa Resort, PennyhillPark offers the ultimate escape from everyday life. Their spa includes their ‘thermal heaven’ offering a range of different heat experiences including Canadian hot tubs to help you relax and unwind. The luxury extends from the spa to the hotel and facilities with a Michelin star restaurant and oversized bathrooms, complete with television sets at the end of the baths.

Find out more: www.pennyhillpark.co.uk

Middle Piccadilly Sherbourne, Dorset

This rural retreat in the heart of Dorset offers a spa experience with a ‘home from home’ feel. Their bespoke spa packages allow a choice of diet options including vegetarian cuisine, cleansing raw food or detox menus. Described as ‘a small place with a big heart’, Middle Piccadilly’s holistic environment is an ideal place to relax and restore your wellbeing.

Find out more: www.middlepiccadilly.com


Wake up feeling brand new in Bath – Stewart Black

Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat Stone, Staffordshire

Set in 70 acres of woodland and park, Moddershall Oaks has plenty of outdoor activities to complement its spa packages. Tennis courts, a gym plus indoor and outdoor pools offer a chance to work out before sampling their Neom and Elemis treatments. Pamper yourself with a beauty or grooming treatment in their new chic beauty sanctuary – The Snug.

Find out more: www.moddershalloaks.com/spa

Bamford Haybarn Day Spa Daylesford, Gloucestershire

Part of the Daylesford organic farm complex in the stunning Cotswold countryside, Bamford Haybarn works with leading practitioners in shiatsu, homeopathy, Reiki and other therapies to offer specialised treatments to rejuvenate body and mind. Stay in the luxury Daylesford ‘Wood Store’ cottage where you can even hire a private chef to make this spa trip the ultimate relaxing break.

Find out more: www.bamford.co.uk/haybarn


Bathe in luxury in Bamford‘s Haybarn Day Spa

Rockliffe Hall County Durham

This elegant luxury hotel and spa combines the ‘old hall’ dating back to the 1860s with the ‘new hall’ – a modern extension housing the spa area. The treatments and facilities on offer mix the old and new too. Relax by the modern indoor pool, enjoying the light from the stained glass windows (moved from the old chapel) while a ‘spa butler’ serves you champagne and freshly squeezed orange juice. Or perhaps try a Tibetan sound massage inspired by an ancient Tibetan medical ritual, Ku Nye.

Find out more: www.rockliffehall.com/spa


The Scarlet Mawgan Porth, Cornwall

Scarlet mixes 4000 year old Ayurveda holistic treatments with a local Cornish twist to redress emotional, spiritual and physiological balances. The focus is on relaxation, meditation and massage: All part of the ‘Scarlet Journey’ which begins with individual consultations. As well as stunning Atlantic ocean views, you can unwind in the lantern lit, tented treatment rooms, with some yoga, taking advantage of the body-tingling scrubs or taking a dip in the eco-friendly, chemical-free pool (treated and cleaned by reeds).

Find out more: www.scarlethotel.co.uk/spa

A wonderfully welcoming treatment room in Rudding Park‘s Harrogate Spa 

Rudding Park Hotel Follifoot, Harrogate

Named the best hotel outside London in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards, Rudding Park is a magnificent hotel set in landscaped gardens and woodland near Harrogate. As well as a gym, golf course and private cinema, their spa has an extensive range of treatments including a hammam: A heated treatment table which allows you to reach the deepest levels of relaxation, maximising the effects of exfoliation and massage.

Find out more: www.ruddingpark.co.uk/spa


Well Spa Retreat Bluestone National Park Resort, Pembrokeshire, Wales

500 acres of Welsh countryside surround this spa in Pembrokeshire. Part of a large holiday complex including a water park, adventure centre and restaurants, this is a spa destination which can cater for the whole family. In the spa itself, their Celtic Spa Experience takes your body on a journey from wet to dry and warm to cold – relaxing your body by warming muscles and cleansing open pores in your skin.

Find out more: www.bluestonewales.com/the-well-spa

Stobo Castle Health Spa Peebles, Scotland

A castle stay in Scotland complete with picturesque loch, rolling countryside and beautiful trees is magical enough; add a luxury spa into the mix and you have the recipe for a perfect break. Heat experiences such as saunas, steam rooms and laconium are complemented by an ice fountain to cool down between treatments. Mud treatments, Reiki, aromatherapy and reflexology are all available alongside beauty and massage therapies.

Find out more: www.stobocastle.co.uk

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