For some, half term is a chance to spend time with family, for some it’s a time to escape and have some adult-only me time. For those looking to escape half term, here’s the top 10 spas for you!
It’s a tale of two halves at Gaia Spa, where the hotel is a rich tapestry of Elizabethan architecture and history that’s perfect for a romantic getaway, and the spa is a contemporary haven enjoyed by both couples and groups of friends. Overlooking the dramatic vistas of Dartmoor, it’s a luxurious getaway complete with a goodie bag of macaroon treats when you leave.
With views of the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Wicklow hills, Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa is an awe inspiring place to escape for half term, and when films like PS. I Love You have been filmed nearby, there’s a sense of romance in the air. The spa here was designed by famed brand ESPA for ultimate enjoyment, and is complete with a 20-metre Swarovski Crystal-lit pool, a thermal suite, a serenity room, and a cutting edge fitness studio – it’s really incredibly special.
Close to Cambridge in the historic town of Newmarket, Bedford Lodge is a four star hotel that was once a Georgian hunting lodge owned by the Duke of Bedford. Surrounded by rose gardens and paddocks, as befits its location in the famed home of horse racing, the hotel’s spa is in an adjacent building, and is a spacious environment where everything is done to perfection.
Small and perfectly formed, Bannatyne Charlton House is all about personal touches and modern amenities, combined with a touch of old school elegance. To ramp up the luxury over half term, opt for a four poster bed, then potter along to the spa where it’s rich in facilities and treatments alike, all surrounded by Somerset countryside.
While the hotel at The Waterfront welcomes everybody, the spa is strictly for those ages 18 and over. It’s an oasis of calm and unique details, offering the best in 21st century spa facilities. Alongside the hydrotherapy and thermal facilities, there are 11 treatment rooms, and two relaxation areas, tellingly named, Big Sleep and Time Out. For that extra level of indulgence, there is also a private treatment suite, and of course, a full range of treatments and therapies available using Elemis, Murad, and OPI product lines.
In the heart of Manchester, this historic hotel has been given a miraculous makeover, and as such it can now boast a place amongst the finest hotel spas. Having played host in its time to kings, queens, presidents, prime ministers and rock stars alike, the hotel definitely has a sense of grandeur. The spa itself is for those aged 18 and over only (although the pool does have some children’s swimming times). It has four thermal areas, four dedicated relaxation area and three sleep chambers as well as eight treatment rooms amongst its prize possessions, making it an enchanting place to spend lots of time making it all about you.
In one of England’s historic spa towns, famed for its natural spring waters, The Malvern takes its name and cue from history, but with all the modern touches you could want. There is a 20 metre indoor/outdoor pool that remains at a constant and optimum (by hydrotherapy standards) 35⁰ C, a thermal suite (that is to say herb sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and ice fountain) and a gym. The hotel itself claims to have been the first spa in Malvern in 1910, and is very much a destination designed for ‘grown-ups’ – that will explain the predominantly off-white soft furnishings.
A day spa where everything is done to perfection, from a menu that caters to every dietary requirement to treatments that really make a profound difference to your wellbeing, Eden Hall Day Spa is a complete gem. It is home to a salt-water vitality pool, outdoor hot tubs, a rose infused steam room, an herbal caldarium, salt inhalation room, a sauna, fitness equipment, and a range of specialist showers and water therapies. There are classes to join, beautiful treatments to try, and for those who want to add a little decadence to the occasion, Champagne is available too.
Surrounded by the most spectacular grounds and golf course, Ramside Hall Hotel is an expansive destination that’s really designed to spend a proper amount of time exploring. The spa is adult only with a 25-metre pool, a gym, a thermal experience with a herbal sauna, Himalayan salt steam, aroma steam, tepidarium, sunken amphitheatre, sauna and drench showers. There is also a hydrotherapy pool, a bubble pool, a spa garden, and an outdoor vitality pool. There is even an outstanding balcony infinity pool in the first floor treatment suite for private use.
If you’re looking for a spa day amidst the chaos, or perhaps before hopping on the Eurostar to Paris, St Pancras Spa is a subterranean idyll. Seductive and romantic, there’s a small but perfectly formed hydrotherapy pool to relax in before indulging in a lengthy treatment on heated beds. Then make time to relax in the relaxation room with beautiful herbal teas, and if you’re feeling particularly decadent, head to the lounge afterwards for afternoon tea.
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