With the summer cut short, we’re all keen to make the most of the remaining, balmy weeks of the year. As spas re-open across the country, it’s like a veritable sweetshop of all our favourite places to relax and unwind. While there’s plenty of time ahead to return to all the places we know and love, or visit them for the first time, here are 10 of the best spas to (re)visit before the end of the summer
Widely recognised as one of the best spas to visit on any occasion, Seaham Hall offers history combined with modern style. The former home of Lord Byron, romance is still very much alive, but so too is its reverence for his daughter, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace and a respected English mathematician and writer. Meanwhile, the Serenity Spa has all the facilities you could ask for, from a blissful hydrotherapy pool to exquisite Temple Spa products for treatments.
Lifehouse Spa is the best of all worlds. It’s a place of history as well as the height of contemporary style, it’s a place of meaningful wellbeing as well as total indulgence. specialises in spa breaks with a holistic approach that includes healthy food, rejuvenate treatments and naturopathic therapies. Every spa stay includes accommodation, bed and breakfast and access to the gorgeous heritage listed gardens, as well as use of all the spa facilities. Spa therapies include everything from pampering facials to energy healing and myotherapy along with consultations on detoxing and weight loss. When you’re here in summer, make sure you spend time exploring the gardens, frequented by the likes of visitors including Churchill and JM Barrie, to whom they pay homage in little corners of the grounds.
The Cottonmill Spa is the decadent new spa destination addition to Sopwell House making for the perfect combination of country house grandeur alongside contemporary wellbeing. Cottonmill is a luxurious sanctuary with state-of-the-art facilities and truly decadent spa experiences delivered by world-class experts. Innovative spaces provide relaxation areas post treatment, in private gardens and poolside terraces along with cabanas, hot tubs and fire pits woven into a landscaped oasis.
Under heavy oak beams in a picturesque medieval village in Suffolk, The Swan at Lavenham is a 15th century hotel with an abundance of charm. Meanwhile, Weaver’s House Spa is a boutique spa experience within the hotel grounds, a contemporary and peaceful venue with all the details for stylish rest and relaxation. Masters of the little details, the spa prides themselves on little extras such as a zesty post-treatment lemon sorbet and macaron, along with teas blended by Camelia’s Tea House especially for the spa.
All round wellbeing is the key at Champneys, where spa retreats are an all-inclusive affair. Let the experts plan your stay, with expert-led fitness classes, healthy nutrition and state of the art spa facilities. Set amongst 31 acres of tranquil parkland and surrounded by waterways, you’ll feel cocooned in the luxurious setting of this country spa escape, while benefiting from the restorative nature of its treatments and facilities. With 56 treatment rooms, this health farm is designed to leave you feeling relaxed and re-energised and in the peak of health.
The contemporary design of this hotel and its luxury spa are perfect for a golf and spa break in a central location surrounded by luscious pine trees. With over 180 rooms, it lends itself to family parties or large groups and if golf isn’t your thing, the well-decked gym or the attractive swimming pool are a great place to have a work out. For relaxation, the spa offers an array of massages, facials and scrubs using gorgeous ESPA products, which will leave you feeling revitalised and restored.
Set in 220 acres of Northamptonshire countryside, Hellidon Lakes Golf and Spa Hotel takes its name from the eight lakes that define the location. A contemporary building with scenic views, it caters to families and business travellers alike. Meanwhile, the Spa at Hellidon Lakes sets the scene with views of the golf course, and offers leisure as well as pampering using the timelessly wonderful ESPA product line.
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa is well known for its magnificent sense of luxury, combined with its warm welcome. Majestic 1,065 acres of grounds and gardens surround the hotel and spa, providing lots of space for walking and enjoying the summer months away from the rest of the world. The spa sits at the heart of it all, with a range of facilities and beautiful treatments. However, this is a destination best enjoyed as a whole – stay overnight in the mansion house or the more contemporary The Flower Garden Wing next to the spa, and dine in style at Adam’s Brasserie for a less formal evening, or Wernher Restaurant for a truly magnificent special occasion.
Ringwood Hall is a 19th century manor house hotel in the Peak District, where tradition and history come together with a contemporary spa. Surrounded by charming gardens in which they grow many of their own fruit and vegetables served at dinner, the botanical theme continues into The Garden Secret Spa. Facilities include several single and dual treatment rooms as well as a luxurious private couple’s suite. Elegant additions include the likes of the blossom steam room, while herapists offer a unique collection of tailored therapies using fragrant lotions and potions for body, mind and spirit and always offering a touch of botanical magic.
Just 15 minutes from Dublin city centre, but still surrounded by acres of greenery thanks to the surrounding golf course, Castleknock Hotel is the best of both country and city worlds when it comes to a weekend break. The four star hotel is accompanied by a purpose built spa, which is a destination in its own right and is modelled on a London chic style with six state-of-the-art treatment rooms.
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