No flights, no passports, no lost baggage (at least we hope not). Looking to get away this summer? What could be better than an escape to the British seaside with a few spa treatments thrown in for good measure?
For many of us, sun, sea and sand are the core ingredients of a good holiday. The sound of the waves, the feel of the sand, the meditative flow of the water, the warmth of the sun and the fresh air all come together to help us relax in mind and body. It goes further than that though, Richard Shuster, PsyD, clinical psychologist and host of The Daily Helping podcast was quoted on CNN as saying: “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.”
The article went on to say: "The smell of the ocean breeze also contributes to your soothed state, which may have something to do with the negative ions in the air that you’re breathing in. These oxygen atoms have an extra electron and occur in places like waterfalls and the ocean, says Shuster. A study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine suggests that negative ion therapy could be used to treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder."
With that in mind, combining a spa break with a seaside location has to be the perfect combination.
Seaside spa hotels
Eforea spa at Hilton Bournemouth, Dorset
Five minutes from the beach in buzzy Bournemouth, known for its vibrant atmosphere and beautiful beaches, Hilton Bournemouth gives you the chance to have it all on holiday. Have that well-deserved massage in the eforea spa, go surfing in the day, stroll along the beach in the evening and have drinks at LEVEL8IGHT The Sky Bar with panoramic views of the city.
From the moment you wake up, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa invites you to take in views of Cornwall’s rugged coastline, giving you Poldark romance with a good dose of luxury. There’s a wealth of spa facilities and thermal experiences to enjoy, and the treatments use sustainably harvested herbs, oils, and seaweeds to add to the coastal bliss, all the while taking in the ever changing Atlantic and being mere moments from the beach itself.
On the outskirts of Newquay, famed for its surfing pastime, Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa sits high on a clifftop surveying the surrounding landscape. From breakfast, and from your room in the morning, the views are breathtaking, surf lessons are readily available a short distance from your hotel, and then you can potter back to the hotel to warm up in the sauna and steam room and have a massage.
Offering a luxurious and grown up spa experience in a boutique hotel environment, Bailiffscourt really does have it all. It’s romantic and historic in the hotel itself, contemporary and eco friendly in the spa, and to top it all off they are close to the beach where they offer you the chance to work out in the fresh air and then relax with a spa treatment or two. Ever tried a workout on the sand? Now’s your chance!
Surrounded by 80 acres of National Park, as well as beautiful grounds, Raithwaite Sandsend is a welcoming and romantic country house hotel where everything is done to perfection and with just the right level of formality. Rooms are spacious, armchairs are comfortable, and the hotel is not far from Whitby and its famed attractions including the beach!
Stroll to the bottom of the gardens at this charming hotel in the remote and beautiful Scottish countryside, and you will find your way to the shore. Feel the sand between your toes, look out at the Black Isle, and then, when you fancy seeing it all from a different angle, take a dip in the outdoor hot tub overlooking the sea. If you want remote escapism, this is where to find it.
A family-friendly getaway in a magnificent Victorian building, Hythe Imperial is situated right on the seafront, and is a warm and welcoming environment for all guests. The spa allows for a little grown-up me time before taking the kids for a run around the gardens in the bracing sea air, and of course Hythe itself is well worth exploring.
For complete adult escapism, Chewton Glen does it all to perfection. Stay in one of their tree houses with views of passing deer in the early morning, indulge in the hydrotherapy suite, dine in award-winning splendour, take in the New Forest atmosphere and, if after all that you still want more, take a short stroll to the coast.
With views of the sea from the hydrotherapy pool, a trip to The Marine Hotel - Ayrshire can be whatever you want it to be. It’s bracing winds and spectacular coastlines, beautiful spa treatments courtesy of Elemis, and a mere half an hour from Edinburgh for retail therapy. Go alone, go with a partner, or take the children - either way, it’s all a blissful coastal escape.
In the popular sailing town of Salcombe, Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa overhangs a scenic estuary within easy reach of a number of exceptional beaches. Salcombe is a famous holiday destination and the hotel is perfectly placed for enjoying everything it has to offer. Wake to boats bobbing by and spend your day tucking into local seafood. The hotel’s luxury HarSPA features a heated pool, a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and state-of-the-art fitness suite. Treat yourself to an ESPA massage or facial before a sunset drink overlooking the water.
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