To us, food is a quintessential part of a spa break, whether you’re looking for the kind of healthy spa food you might find at Lifehouse Spa's restaurant in Essex or the decadent Michelin-starred food of hotels and spas like Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey.
Spa breaks come in all shapes and sizes, from detox breaks to romantic holidays, hen parties and celebrations with friends to solo retreats that allow you to relax and regroup on your own. Spa food is all part of that experience, from exciting afternoon tea at K West, to carefully-crafted book-themed-cuisine at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester's Library.
Part of Spabreaks.com's unique Elysium Collection of gold standard spa destinations, there's Galgorm Hotel in Ireland, or Lodore Falls Hotel in Cumbria with its award-winning pan-Asian restaurant. The Spa at the Midland is also renowned for its acclaimed restaurant, Adam Reid at The French, under the careful guidance of Chef Patron Adam Reid, who was a winner on the BBC's Great British Menu 2016, has four AA Rosettes and was ranked 13th in the Good Food Guide 2019 Best Restaurants in the UK.
Of course, for many spas food is an extension of wellbeing in more ways than one, supporting the health benefits of the treatments and spa facilities, but also part of the destination’s sustainability agenda. For example, a spa lunch at Killeavy Castle Estate in Ireland makes for a uniquely elegant occasion where many of the ingredients are sourced from the estate’s own working farm and walled garden.
Whatever the spa break you’re looking for, food is a joyful and intentional part of it that will help shape your experience, and the wonderful thing is that foodies have so many special places to choose from.