While we might all be dreaming of white sandy beaches now that the summer’s rolling in, don’t underestimate the joys of a city spa break. From London to Brighton, Newcastle to Birmingham, here are some of the cities you have to visit this summer…
While luxury reigns supreme in this city, London spas do not always have to be restricted to special occasions. The beautiful Spa at InterContinental London has some wonderful packages that allow you an impromptu treat on a budget. Where London really excels however, is in offering the most cutting edge of spa treatments, no matter how much time you have. For those looking for a luxurious and targeted facial, few places beat The House of Elemis in Mayfair or the idyllic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in King’s Cross, the most magical way to start a trip to Paris before hopping on the Eurostar or doing a little dance on THAT Wannabe staircase made famous by the Spice Girls.
The buzz of Brighton is well known for attracting hen parties and groups of friends looking for a fantastic night out. Hilton Brighton Metropole is all too happy to oblige on a city spa break. Meanwhile, couples or friends looking to feel like a starlet by the sea at The Grand. High tea and Champagne never go amiss in this charmed part of the world.
In Scotland, spas can range from the exceptional grandeur of Dalhousie Castle on the outskirts of Edinburgh, to cosmopolitan urban retreats like the Spa at Charlotte Square in the city centre. A cosmopolitan clubhouse with a strong sense of history, it’s a beautiful building amidst a beautiful private garden square.
Cork that has the highest density of luxury spa hotels in Ireland. From the five star country manor house, Hayfield Manor Hotel, to the contemporary beauty of the Montenotte Hotel, with its unique sunken Victorian garden. Fota Island Resort must also never be ignored. Offering beautiful prenatal treatments as well as a wealth of facilities, it sits on a small island in Cork Harbour and is home to Ireland’s only wildlife park. So in addition to its many facilities, it also provides entertainment and space for family breaks or groups of friends on a city spa break.
Peppered with historic landmarks and a scenic network of canals, spa hotels in Birmingham range from cheap spa days that are perfect for last minute escapes to luxurious spa breaks in the surrounding countryside. The Belfry is one of the best-known spa hotels in the UK. A destination that really does offer something for everyone, Hotel Du Vin Birmingham is a naughty-but-nice destination that tantalises couples as well as hen parties. And New Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield is surrounded by a picturesque landscape that’s ideal for walking and cycling.
Award-winning architecture on the banks of Newcastle upon Tyne and enchanting and metropolitan vistas. These are particularly apparent from the romantic spa hotel Malmaison Newcastle, famed for its seductive style. That said, those who fancy a trip out of the city, Tyne and Wear is home to spas including Seaham Hall. The one time home of Lord Byron combines exceptional modern style with historic charm. It is a superb collection of modern art, exquisite food and drink as well as a highly specialised spa experience.
This dynamic and creative city is perfect for nights out with friends. For those who want to relax a little however, one of the most popular destinations is QHotels – Oulton Hall Hotel and Spa. The country house hotel offer everything from twilight packages to weekend mini breaks, and has been a longstanding favourite at Spabreaks.com since the start.
Manchester is no stranger to specialised wellbeing and beauty, as those who have had the pleasure of visiting The Lowry will know. This uniquely splendid hotel in Salford is home to a superb spa, where skincare is taken to a whole new level of excellence. It’s perfect for a visit before a special occasion or a night out. Perhaps one of the city’s most renowned destinations however is The Spa at The Midland. Located in one of the most beautiful historic buildings, it has everything a guest could ask for. A surprisingly large spa area is equipped with all the facilities for a truly relaxing day of pampering and relaxation.
One of the best selling new additions to Merseyside spa hotels is Maya Blue Wellness. Located on the docks in Liverpool, this former rum factory retains its industrial style. However, it has also transformed a functional building into a haven of luxe tranquility complete with a subterranean spa. An ideal spot to preen and pamper before exploring the city – it’s perfect for small groups of friends heading to The Cavern afterwards to party like the Beatles.
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