Sometimes we need to take a little break from the realities of the world around us, and while we’re at home during lockdown, it’s a good opportunity to try to halt the negative thoughts and daydream about positive things like the holidays we would like to work towards. With that in mind, here are a few of our dream spa staycations to think about and look forward to when the time is right…
Few places could be more dreamy than Grantley Hall. This magnificent and historic mansion has all the ingredients to transport you to another world. Here, the style is Gatsby, the history is romantic, the details are immaculate, and the theme throughout is luxury. The gardens are the perfect place to roam and while away the day. The restaurant and nightclub are places that inspire you to go all out glamorous, and the Three Graces Spa is the epitome of modern luxury wellbeing.
Following renovations last year, The Spa at Carden is a real treat for spa staycations, whether you visit for a day or overnight. On a 1,000 acre estate, the adult-only spa itself is huge and has its own gardens, which allows you to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors all year round. State of the art facilities range from a variety of outdoor hot tubs and saunas to panoramic views from the indoor pool, it also has a dedicated Bollinger Champagne bar and its own restaurant. Meanwhile, the wider estate includes details such as its own vineyard producing a Carden Park Estate Reserve sparkling wine.
An insanely beautiful place, where everybody is charming, warm and welcoming, and nothing is too much trouble. Rudding Park is all about making you feel special. It’s luxurious but not elitist, and brings together fantastic grounds, historic elegance and the best of modern hospitality. This is probably at its most evident in its spa – a purpose built, glass paradise with its own restaurant, and a range of facilities and treatments set over three floors. The pinnacle of the experience is the rooftop spa garden with cabanas for groups, a bar so you can have Champagne brought to you in the infinity pool, and a catalogue of saunas, steam rooms and wet facilities, all with marvellous garden views.
A five-star grand mansion combining grand architecture and breathtaking surroundings, Mar Hall is a country house designed in the 19th century for the 11th Lord Blantyre. Surrounded by a 240 acre woodland estate in the Mar area which was once one of the seven kingdoms of ancient Scotland, the hotel is ornate and romantic, taking in views across the River Clyde and Kilpatrick Hills. Walking trails and a tranquil eco pool await in the spa, while there are 11 treatment rooms offering beautiful therapies, so it’s perfect for groups of friends as well.
For a deliciously luxurious spa experience in the heart of a city, Kimpton Blythswood Square is everything. Gorgeous Georgian architecture and a fabulous city location are just the starting points at this exceptional spa hotel. Here, five star luxury includes a 10,000 square foot wellbeing playground in the spa complete with a sensual thermal experience and treatments incorporating Scottish plant life. Meanwhile, the hotel itself is about opulence, elegance, cocktails and all with a view of a beautiful private garden square.
Stylish and sophisticated, Lanelay Hall Hotel and Spa is a Victorian mansion in the heart of South Wales. With 17 bedrooms it’s got a boutique hotel vibe but enough space to offer beautiful experiences to both couples and small groups of friends, but is also a treat to enjoy by yourself. Choose from a Grand Suite where you can relax in a roll-top bath, or a cosy hideaway, nestled in the eaves of the manor house. Then make sure you make time to lounge in the new barn-style spa, where the pool is complete with a waterfall, and there’s a spa garden to enjoy. Paying attention to the details, their spa rituals use the all natural and award-winning Welsh brand, Tribe517. Each treatment room has an open fire and there’s a ‘tribal rite’ sequence for each therapy. In this you have powder dusted to your toes, a chime concludes your treatment and at the very end, a love link ribbon bestowed upon each guest. A love link is where they wrap a ribbon around your ring finger that is dipped in mandarin oil. You take a deep breath in from ribbon and then put your hand on your heart and think of things that are dear to you.
In the heart of the city but with the most inspiring of locations, voco St David’s sits on the waterfront overlooking the Penarth Marina and making it the perfect spot for a contemplative coffee. It is stylish and award-winning, and offers a sense of riviera style in the heart of Wales. Meanwhile, The Marine Spa offers contemporary wellbeing and pampering with a water corridor, swan-neck fountains, hot tub, hydrotherapy pool and sauna, as well as sumptuous treatments from the Hebridean Islands in Scotland.
Definitely a place worth dreaming about, Ruthin Castle Hotel is perched on a hilltop surrounded by acres of woodland and gardens with views stretching to the Welsh coast and Snowdonia. A mixture of Medieval banquets (perfect for a celebration with friends) and historic interiors, alongside vast grounds to roam in, this historic property also has a carefully designed spa that makes the most of its location. Very much a place for disappearing into a fantasy world of your own, The Moat spa combines modern luxury with inspiration from Finnish, Russian and Siberian experiences. It is complete with beautiful details such as a copper bath in a VIP couple’s treatment suite.
Taking you on a journey like no other, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caldedonian is a one of a kind hotel and so too is its spa. Part of Edinburgh’s architectural character since 1903, today it remains a landmark in the city, a historic icon on Edinburgh’s famous Princes Street. The hotel is luxurious and stylish, and alongside it, they have incorporated the most elegant of spa experiences. Featuring five tranquil Guerlain cabins, a dual suite, relaxation room and wet facilities including a pool, the spa is utterly glamorous. Working in partnership with the Parisian brand, they have designed your spa journey to begin with a personalised fragrance consultation and a treatment based on an analysis of your body and skin. This fragrance follows you through your day, which ends with a spritz of your fragrance on your bed linen to maintain your sense of tranquility.
The stuff that stories are made of, Hever Hotel is close to the famed childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle, and carries historic leitmotifs through it that harp back to the Tudor era. From four poster beds to organic gardens providing ingredients for the restaurant, it is a deliciously romantic retreat, and all lends itself to a sense of total fantasy. Meanwhile, a self-contained Woodland Cottage also means that it’s a gem for visiting groups of friends. The pièce de résistance is the spa, bringing a touch of Ayurveda to Kent through organic spa treatments, yoga and meditation.
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