We are often asked what our favourite spa destination is. The truth is that the best spas to go to depend very much on who you’re going with. Across the UK we are blessed with some of the most exceptional hotel and spa experiences. However, each offers something special that is at its finest when visiting for a particular occasion.
A spa break with your partner can be one of the most magical experiences when you find the right place to go. But romance isn’t defined by the same things for everyone. For one couple it might mean time spent quietly together holding hands during a spa treatment. For others it’s a walk in beautiful natural surroundings. Perhaps for you the best spa day means Champagne and a Michelin star meal. Or maybe it’s a little bit of everything all in one place.
Here are some of the most exceptional spa experiences for couples and what makes them uniquely romantic…
A five star country house hotel in East Sussex that once held connections to the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alexander House is a fusion of luxury styles brought together through exemplary hospitality. Walk through the doors of the gothic mansion and you will be led to sumptuous rooms and suites. They are decorated in contemporary style, but befitting the 17th century property’s history. Referencing the location’s presence on a Roman road, the spa has a neoclassical look that exudes decadence. It is a destination favoured by celebrities for its sense of privacy and discretion. It is loved by couples for its intrinsic romance. And it’s adored by those looking to spend quality time with friends for its sheer ability to make you feel indulged.
It is a hotel that’s very much about indulgence. The style of the architecture, the opulence of the food, the privacy, the details. This is the place to tuck into pancakes at brunch and Champagne in the evening. The ‘nothing is too much trouble’ service means you can also add those little extras for special occasions, for example, rose petals on the bed or chocolate-dipped strawberries and bubbles.
A four star country house hotel in Leamington Spa and part of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux group. Mallory Court is a luxurious and quintessentially English hotel. Offering the best of a bygone era, as well as everything you would expect from an exceptional contemporary hotel. Design is understated and sympathetic to the history of the property. Romantic and intimate, it has 43 rooms and suites, while nestled into the grounds is the Elan Spa. It is a private cocoon in a sheltered, wooded area, screened from the hotel by the trees. Bathe surrounded by nature, luxuriate in the peaceful bliss of it all, and return to the main house to dine in style.
Tucked amongst the trees within the picturesque gardens, there is a seductive sense of secrecy to the spa, especially as you relax amongst nature in the outdoor vitality pool. Equally, the Art Deco inspired Brasserie and the rooms in the original manor house offer traditional opulence and a sense of seduction.
Romantic spa breaks are not just about historic country houses. At Rudding Park there is indeed a Regency mansion to stay in. But it is the grounds combined with the exceptional new spa that make it stand out. A contemporary, purpose built and adult-only destination spa, it opened its doors in 2017. To date it has continued to add to its exceptional features to stay at the forefront of luxury wellness destinations.
There are three floors of spa facilities. That includes a rooftop spa garden. It is a blissful retreat from the world offering plenty of meaningful quality time together. Then after all that wellbeing you can head back to the hotel restaurant. There you can dine under a 400 year old Catalonian olive tree which takes centre stage indoors.
Once a royal hunting estate owned by the Duke of Marlborough, the Langley is an exquisite manor house surrounded by acres of formal gardens and bountiful parkland. The hotel offers a real sense of romance and exclusivity. Meanwhile, the brand new, purpose built spa within the grounds delivers an exceptional range of facilities and treatments. You even get your own spa butler to guide you through your day.
The scenic location. The history. And in stark contrast, this magnificently modern spa space. Everything feels expensive and you can be waited on hand and foot. Here, the only finger you should be lifting is the one that beckons your spa butler.
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