The most romantic gift you can give this Valentine’s Day? Serious quality time together, and nothing gives you the space to simply focus on being in the moment together as much as a spa day or break. Here are some of the most spectacular, romantic hotels and spas in the UK for the most meaningful of Valentine’s Day gifts…
Just off Regent’s Street, The Corinthia in London is about as decadent and central as a hotel spa gets. The hotel has recently added to its already illustrious fame by featuring on BBC One’s A Hotel for the Super Rich and Famous. However, it is the spa that is the bucket list destination’s most romantic gem. A subterranean haven, it’s like being wrapped up in the world’s finest cotton wool. All white and flowing curves, there are no hard edges and the seductive light is brought to you by fire torches throughout. The expertise of therapists is second to none, and treatments are the kind that make you believe in magic. Perfect for a day spa experience designed to impress your other half.
You can’t go wrong with a classic like Gleneagles. The hotel has a historic reputation for excellence, located in a building designed as an homage to the French aristocratic chateaux tradition. Meanwhile, it is surrounded by a world-class golf course and views of the idyllic glens of Perthshire. The spa is a fusion of pampering and health focused therapies, brought to you with the expertise of ESPA Life. In recent years they added Bob & Cloche as a superb beauty offering reminiscent of the Jazz age. It is complete with gold mirrors and a roaring fire, perfect for getting ready before a Michelin Star dinner.
Famed in large part for its extensive wine offering, The Vineyard is unsurprisingly and aptly named. Hinging on superb food and wine, the five star hotel offers everything from red grape treatments in its decadent spa, to tasting menus in the restaurant. Rooms and suites are named for wines, and wine tours and tastings introduce you to the 30,000 bottles in its exquisite cellar.
Widely reputed to be one of the largest and best spas in the UK, Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa has two distinct sides to it that operate beautifully both on their own and in tandem. The hotel is a five star destination in a historic building dating back to 1609. Sympathetically updated over the years, everything is sumptuously furnished to the highest standards. While all the food is superb, it is the award-winning Latymer that garners the most pronounced reputation for dining. Meanwhile, the spa sits just a short walk from the hotel, within the grounds, and is a destination in its own right. With every conceivable facility available both indoors and out, a £1.2 million refurbishment a couple of years ago has kept it at the forefront of the industry. Enjoy the ballroom pool with underwater music, the 11 heat experiences and the two level floating DROM saunas. One of the chief attractions is the Natura Bissé ‘bubble’, one of only 24 in the world. Here you can indulge in treatments that feature crushed diamonds and rose essence. What more could you want on Valentine’s Day?
This 18th century Georgian country house is a real treat of a hotel. Surrounded by a superb location complete with ornamental lakes and countryside views, it is an idyllic combination of elegant hospitality and contemporary spa facilities. In the hotel you will find timeless style, while in the spa you can indulge in unique experiences such as an innovative Alfresco Thermospace for outdoor treatments, a Brechlebath and a Mineral Stonebath. There are also leisure facilities for working out. It’s a complete escape where couples can relax together.
A longstanding favourite of the Spabreaks.com team, Lifehouse Spa and Hotel is a favourite for couples. It combines health, wellbeing, pampering and a contemporary style that’s enjoyed by both men and women in equal measure. Architecture is like modern art here – sculpted stairwells, Scandi-style rooms, glass walls and polished concrete floors. It all looks out onto beautiful gardens and a lake, and feels both open and intimate at the same time. Food can be indulgent, healthy or both, and the spa facilities are super. It is very much an adult experience rather than one for families, and on Valentine’s Day in particular their Soulmates Spa Break includes 2 hours and 55 minutes of treatment time in their exclusive (and private) Hidden Sanctuary Experience. It’s all topped off with Champagne and chocolates to enjoy at your leisure.
A historic hotel known in particular for its outstanding golf course, Old Course Hotel Golf and Spa has won multiple awards for its service, its food and its romantic credentials. A chance to relax and unwind surrounded by beautiful Scottish scenery, you can be casual in the hotel’s own pub or stylish in the main restaurant in the evening. Meanwhile, its Kohler Waters Spa is unique outside the United States and has won Best Hotel Spa at the Good Spa Awards for its thermal suite and its beautiful treatments. It’s an all round beautiful experience for both him and her.
With consistently superb reviews, this adult-only spa has made a name for itself as one of the foremost spa destinations in the north. In 350 acres of grounds, the hotel is superb at every turn, but it is the spa that really turns heads with its sumptuous hydrotherapy pool and elegant spa garden. The way they curate their spa packages also shows a keen understanding for the value of experience. For Valentine’s Day in particular that is evident in their Two Peas in a Pod spa day. It includes a 45-minute back, neck and shoulder massage, a choice of one hour use of the private infinity pool or a 45-minute mud rasul ritual (perfect for couples, a two-course lunch and use of a robe, towel and slippers.
A charming and unimposing hotel and spa, the Elan Spa at Mallory Court is intrinsically British. Think croquet in the garden and home grown veg in the kitchen, all the details are beautifully considered at this country house hotel. Children are permitted in the pool, but only over the age of four and at restricted times, so it is peaceful and quiet for the most part but also helpful for parents spending Valentine’s Day with the kids in tow. The spa itself is nestled into a sheltered wooded area in the hotel grounds, screened by trees and very private. It is complete with an outdoor vitality pool so you can bathe surrounded by nature, and a thermal suite.
An unashamedly decadent country house hotel, Down Hall Hotel and Spa dates back to 1322 and is all Italianate details, ornate ceilings and space to feel like royalty. Very much a hotel with spa facilities rather than a destination spa, treatments here are all about enjoying yourself and feeling totally pampered. No need to expend energy on exercise, just relax and unwind. Maybe even play a game of giant chess in the grounds for good measure. Take a stroll in 110 acres of surrounding woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens and tuck into a traditional afternoon tea. It’s a chance to spoil yourself, and someone you love.
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