The buzzy seaside town of Brighton is a fantastic mix of beach and urban entertainment. Split between Brighton and Hove, it sits on the south coast but is within easy reach of London by train. Several of Brighton’s spas enjoy views of the water and proximity to the beach.
Brighton is particularly well known for its Royal Pavilion - an exotic palace in the centre of he city that was built for King George IV that began a trend for visiting day-trippers and holidaymakers from the 1700s, that persists today. It’s also known for the iconic Brighton Palace Pier, which opened in 1899 and remains home to fairground rides, bars, restaurants and places to sit and enjoy views of the sea. The pier is the last remaining of three original piers; the West Pier, which burnt down in 2003 remains a ghostly presence on the seascape.
Brighton has a rebellious history of Mods and Rockers, rebel riders, artists and musicians, all of which have contributed to its reputation as an epicentre of freedom. Today it plays host to the annual Pride parade, which draws hundreds of thousands of revellers, and it’s also the site of large-scale events like England’s biggest arts festival, Europe’s biggest alternative music festival and the world’s third-biggest Fringe festival.
All of this sets the scene for Brighton spa days and breaks that combine rest and relaxation as well as pampering and lots of opportunities to get out and explore. Perfect for romantic weekends as well as celebrations with friends, spa hotels in Brighton include the likes of Brighton Harbour Hotel in an enviable location by Brighton Pier. For those who want a little more tranquility, spa hotels near Brighton include the luxurious South Lodge amongst the rolling landscape of the South Downs, as well as the five-star Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa.