A destination spa spread across four floors of complete wellbeing, the Solas Croi Spa has everything you could possibly want for health and wellbeing. There’s a Jacuzzi, a eucalyptus steam room, a sauna, a sanarium, alphasphere beds, a plunge pool, eight treatment rooms, a unique reflexology walk for the hands and feet, and a relaxation area as well as a leisure centre and the first ever hydrotherapy grotto in Ireland.
In beautiful grounds in the Leicestershire countryside, Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa has a wealth of knowledge and facilities to its name. Chief amongst them are the Candle Pool, Indoor/Outdoor Waterfall Pool, graphics enhanced Thought Zone, aromatherapy scented Colourflow Cave, Volcanic Salt Bath, Scented Room, Rose Sauna, Cave Shower complete with its own thunderstorm, and experience showers…. And that’s before you get to the spa treatments!
A five star hotel surrounded by beautiful countryside, Chewton Glen is a luxury country house hotel with all the spa trimmings. Known for its luxurious approach to health, they offer decadent treatments, an array of classes including yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and Physio-Flex, and facilities include a Romanesque ozone treated pool, hydrotherapy spa, saunas, steam rooms, an outdoor whirlpool, drench showers, a relaxation room, and 10 treatment rooms.
Reigning supreme amongst health spas in the UK, Lifehouse Spa and Hotel is light, bright, contemporary and brimming with options. It is hard to separate the hotel and the spa – they have all been designed with user friendly cohesion in mind, and there are a number of specialist practitioners at Lifehouse offering shiatsu, reflexology, physiotherapy and consultations for nutrition, smoking cessation and weight loss.
The original health spa in the UK, Grayshott has welcomed celebrities since its doors first opened. Their knowledge is extensive, and there is no phone signal anywhere, which is a serendipitous accident. The sole purpose of Grayshott is to help improve the health of its guests, so facilities and treatments are unparalleled. In addition to the host of massages and facials, more specialised offerings include Reiki, dietary evaluation and food intolerance and vitamin/mineral analysis.
Located on Evoia, the second biggest island of Greece, Thermae Sylla Spa Wellness Hotel is famed for its thermal waters which spring naturally from the underground at an already hot temperature of 80-85 degrees Celsius, carrying with it minerals like radon – a powerful therapeutic element with healing properties. In addition there are treatments and fitness facilities, and when it comes to dining there’s a homegrown emphasis, even the olive oil is made close by!
Scenic locations and an abundance of activities including horse riding, nature trails, biking trails, archery and water sports set the tone for Aphrodite Hills. Meanwhile, the Retreat Spa is located on an elevated part of the resort above the Mediterranean with fitness classes, separate male and female saunas and steam rooms, a hair salon, a 20-metre infinity pool, and an outdoor hydro pool all inspired by the ancient Greeks readily available, while the rest of the resort caters to the kids.
Offering the complete spa experience, if anyone knows what they’re doing when it comes to wellbeing, it’s Champneys. Alcohol is rarely served and diet is part of the stay, so no need to worry about temptation. Guests can wear robes to lunch and breakfast as if they choose – always the mark of a good health spa, and facilities in the 170-acre estate include two fitness studios, tennis courts, a medical centre, a mixed sauna and steam room, ladies laconium, men’s steam room, an infrared booth, a whirlpool, a 25-metre swimming pool and a whopping 65 treatment rooms.
Set amongst 50 acres of grounds and landscaped gardens, Hoar Cross is a venue for total relaxation where you can wear your robe throughout the day in any area of the hotel and spa, (although at dinner there is a dress code). This is an adult only spa for those age of 18 and over, with everything from tennis and Tai Chi to a 26-metre saltwater vitality pool, flanked by two whirlpools available. There’s even a Snooze Room to relax in after all that excitement.
A fabulous mix of luxury and wellbeing, Seaham Hall was once the home of Lord Byron and his wife. Moments from the sea, their award winning Serenity Spa has a fitness suite, 20-metre pool with massage stations, sanarium with crystal light therapy, sauna, snail showers, hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, plunge pools, hammam, steam room, outdoor hot tubs and a roof garden, all attesting to Byron’s longstanding belief that “the great art of life is sensation”.
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