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. 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.
On Valentine’s Day, why not treat yourselves to an Elysium ESPA Together spa day. Making for the ultimate in quality time with a friend or utterly romantic spa day, enjoy three hours and 30 minutes of rest and relaxation in your own Private Spa Suite, beginning your experience with a Rasul Healing Mud Ritual together. After time relaxing, enjoy an ESPA LifeTime treatment each, before indulging in a one course lunch or afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne. The experience doesn’t stop there though, as you leave with a body and bath oil collection gift to continue the wellbeing at home.
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 the Bob & Cloche beauty salon 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 after wines, and wine tours and tastings introduce you to the 30,000 bottles in its exquisite cellar.
Make the most of this sensory haven on their One Night Romantic Getaway, which includes one night’s bed and breakfast, a seven course dinner, a choice of one 55 minute treatment choosing from a Shimmering Gold Deluxe Facial, Red Grape Blissful Back Treatment, Red Grape Pampering Body Wrap, Full Body Massage or a Red Grape Deluxe Manicure or Pedicure. You can also enjoy a bottle of Champagne and fruit and handmade chocolates in your room.
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 and the 11 heat experiences. One of the chief attractions is the Natura Bissé ‘bubble’ – here you can indulge in treatments that feature crushed diamonds and rose essence.
Experience this celebrated destination in all its glory on the exclusive Signature Elysium Overnight Spa Experience. It includes a three course lunch complete with a glass of sparkling wine from English vineyard, Ridgeview, in the dedicated Themis restaurant in the spa on your day of arrival, as well as full use of the extensive spa facilities between check in and check out. As part of the stay you will experience the Gold Spa Package which features the use of the spa’s unique gold dry oil during your treatments. It is a shimmering dry oil that contains jojoba, apricot kernel and sweet almond oils, all with a gentle amber scent and a subtle golden sparkle that leaves skin radiant. Enjoy this oil with either a 60 Minute Deeply Nourishing Facial or a Gold Ceremony Wrap. As part of your stay, each guest has a £42 dinner allocation to use in the restaurant. After a restful night’s sleep in a Junior Suite, wake to brunch in the spa. As part of each experience, Elysium guests will also receive exclusive gifts in the form of an embroidered PennyHill Park robe.
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.
Take the Elan Spa experience to new heights with their Mind, Body and Soul Elysium Spa Break, which provides guests with an opportunity to experience all of the best things about Mallory Court and the Elan Spa in real depth. The best of both indulgence and wellbeing, the spa break includes a glass of Champagne, overnight accommodation in a superior Master bedroom and a five course tasting menu in the hotel’s triple AA Rosette award-winning dining room. In the morning you can enjoy a full English breakfast. In the spa you will have full use of the facilities, complete with robes, towels and slippers. You will have a one hour personal training session to focus on fitness, lifestyle and nutrition, as well as a mindfulness walk in the grounds, but the cherry on top is a 115 minute treatment. Choose from ILA Chakra Wellbeing (a face and body ritual) or a Nourishing Restore Treatment (a body wrap and massage ritual). Then take a little of the experience home with you in the form of a complimentary ILA spa gift.
This luxury house hotel in the Cotswolds is something of a tale of two halves. The hotel itself is all old world elegance, and is achingly romantic. Meanwhile, the spa is a contemporary retreat, hidden away in the grounds and an experience in its own right. For Valentine’s Day, their One Night Elysium Secret Garden is the perfect treat. An indulgent overnight retreat, it provides the ultimate in relaxation with outdoor bathing, relaxing and private dining enveloped in your own terraced gardens. Making sure your travel is as easy as possible, the hotel will arrange a transfer to and from Kemble Train Station for you, and to settle in, tuck into afternoon tea for two either in your suite or in the garden.
Once ensconced in the beautiful surroundings, the retreat is a feast for the senses, including a complimentary Secret Garden Suite bar and canapés to be enjoyed on each day of your stay. Throughout your stay you will have full use of the spa, as well as after check out on your day of departure. To really make sure you unwind, you will have 1 x 55 minute Elemis facial, choosing from either a Pro-Collagen Age Defy, a Pro-Definition Lift & Contour, a Dynamic Resurfacing Precision Peel or a Superfood Pro-Radiance facial before being given £100 worth of Elemis products recommended by your Barnsley House Spa therapist.
Spend time exploring the grounds and gardens with a private tour with the gardening team. Indulge in a three-course dinner served in the Temple (private dining in the garden) or in The Potager restaurant (wines can be paired with each course if requested). You will also enjoy plenty of seasonal fruit and treats specially prepared by the kitchen team as well as twilight cocktails, followed by use of the private cinema on the night of your stay, complete with popcorn and nibbles – it takes date night to the next level for Valentine’s Day.
In a storybook setting surrounded by immaculate grounds and where everyone greets you with a smile, Rudding Park combines historic charm and modern hospitality. The hotel does everything to five star standards, while the purpose built spa takes luxury wellbeing to new heights with their rooftop spa garden.
It is all brought together in gloriously romantic style on their Spa and Cinema Suite Elysium Escape – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Designed for the ultimate in relaxation experiences, this decadent one night escape combines wellness and indulgence. Enjoy unrestricted access to the Roof Top Spa and Garden (usually restricted to set times) from check-in to check-out and choose from either a Couples Connect treatment (Champagne and chocolates in a shared copper bath in the VIP treatment room, followed with a Garden of England Massage, using a trio of Rose, Camelina and Poppy seed oils) or Duo Masterclass (Champagne and chocolates in a shared copper bath in the VIP treatment room, followed by a soothing side by side back massage where expert therapists will teach you techniques for continuing the deeply therapeutic benefits of massage at home), both an hour and 45 minutes.
Stay in the Cinema Suite and Spa Room, which features private access to a mini cinema with three-metre-wide screen and starlight ceiling so you can watch your favourite movies back to back. The suite will have a super king size bed, a private terrace and either its own spa bath, sauna or steam room. The experience includes dinner at Clocktower or Horto with an allowance of £42 per person, as well as a Yorkshire breakfast in the morning. Popcorn, ice cream and chocolate are also included to complete your cinema experience.
You don’t even have to leave the room on a romantic spa break at Mount Pleasant, thanks to their Spa Suites. A completely unique take on the spa experience, you don’t stay at the spa, you stay in it. Taking the concept of privacy and personalisation to a whole new level, there are no communal spa facilities. Instead, their Spa Suites and Signature Spa Suites are seven individually designed rooms that combine the spa and accommodation experiences, each with their own individual style and in-room spa experiences.
Choose from the Caldaria Suite, Tepidarium Suite, Levitas Suite, Laconium Suite, the Sanctuary, Passaddhi, Thermae or Balnea, all offering their own style. From Venetian elegance to a flotation theme that includes the actual copper bath which featured in the 2004 movie Around the World in 80 Days with Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan, it’s fun, it’s unusual and it’s completely private for time together on Valentine’s Day.
A luxury country house hotel with exceptional views of the South Downs, South Lodge is a stylish and sophisticated retreat where sumptuous soft furnishings meet innovative design. The spa in particular takes inspiration from its surroundings, set into the natural contours of the land with a grass and sedum roof as well as green oak cladding and lots of natural light. The spa has its own product line, inspired by nature, made in the UK from natural ingredients and created exclusively for The Spa at South Lodge and The Spa at Pennyhill Park. It also has the Ridgeview Beauty Bar, teaming up with with award-winning English sparkling wine producers from the South Downs, Ridgeview, to bring pampering and pedicures together.
For Valentine’s Day they have created two beautiful romantic spa experiences including two night over the Valentine’s Weekend. For example, there’s the Valentines Spa Escape, which includes dinner at their celebrated Tom Kemble in The Pass restaurant on the first night, where you will experience a special Valentine’s Day seven course menu. It also includes a bottle of Ridgeview English sparkling wine, a box of chocolates and red rose. Spend time in the spa enjoying a 60 minute treatment each from a selection including The Spa Bamboo Massage, The Spa Pregnancy Massage, The Spa Radiance Facial, The Spa Infused Wrap, The Spa Best of Both, Jessica Deluxe Manicure or Pedicure or the Wild Rose Scrub.
Surrounded by 12 acres of gardens, Whatley Manor is a country estate turned luxury hotel, where historic charm and contemporary hospitality combine with a distinct 1920s charm. The five star hotel and Michelin standard restaurant is accompanied by a world class spa, set within the grounds. It fuses the warm elegance of traditional Cotswold style with the best of modern wellbeing experiences. For example, there is a Natura Bissé Bubble Suite, which is exclusive to the Aquarias Spa and created to house the Natura Bissé Bubble.
Experience this grand spa hotel in all its finery on their Elysium Two Night Spa Break this Valentine’s Day. Start your stay with a bottle of Gusbourne English sparkling wine in your room on arrival, and unwind with full use of the spa facilities. Then enjoy the first spa treatment of your stay, choosing from either a Diamond Life Infusion Facial or a Gaia Bespoke Massage per person. Both treatment options are 90-minutes long. Replenish with afternoon tea, which can be taken in the spa if you want to stay in your robes. Enjoy dinner on both nights, choosing from the Green Room or Grey’s Brasserie with an allocation of £35 per person on one evening. On the other evening you will be treated to a gourmet dinner in the hotel’s two Michelin Starred restaurant, dining from the Experience Menu accompanied by a matching prestige wine flight. On day two you are invited to enjoy your second spa treatment – a 120 minute Gaia Crystal Therapy each, and before you leave you will be given a personalised Chakra Crystal set each, to continue the wellbeing at home.
Grantley Hall is not only a magnificent hotel but also one with a rather wonderful heritage. A 17th century property, it has been home to some of the most characterful aristocrats as well as playing host to their abundant royal and political friends across the years. It has welcomed Dame Vera Lynn to sing, and has been painted by many an artist, including LS Lowry. Today it’s a celebrated hotel with ornamental Japanese gardens, fine dining and Gatsby-style glamour and late night partying at Valeria’s subterranean den. Equally, their Three Graces Spa and Elite Luxury Gym offers indulgence and wellbeing, from the indoor to outdoor hydrotherapy pool to the thermal suite and the Three Graces Spa Lounge for healthy, nutritious drinks and snacks.
A place that’s meant to be enjoyed in unapologetic style, the Extravagant Elysium Spa Break is a treat for all the senses and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Start with a light lunch in the Three Graces Spa Lounge on arrival, followed by full use of the spa and leisure facilities until 12 midday the next day. Indulge in a 90 minute spa treatment, which you can choose from a selection of therapies when you complete your personalised consultation form. Plus, enjoy a specialist treatment in the ELITE health and performance area where you can choose from either a cryotherapy session, Electro Muscle Stimulation training session or a personal consultation including a 3D body composition scan. Luxuriate in the eight course tasting menu, ‘A Taste of Home’, dining experience at Shaun Rankin’s restaurant. Then retire for the night in one of the hotel’s Sumptuous Suites before waking to a delicious cooked breakfast in the morning.
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