UK’s Best Wellness Getaways From Cheshire To The Lake District
Want to escape ?
These idyllic wellness retreats might just be what you need.
We have researched the best spas and hotels in the UK that are guaranteed to get you pampered.
Whether you fancy a wild swim in a sanctuary in Sussex or a Russian massage in London, here are some of the best deals and packages to help you unwind.
Carden Park Spa, Cheshire
Surrounded by a thousand acres of Cheshire countryside, Carden Park Spa is a sanctuary for those under stress.
One of the UK’s largest spa gardens, it features saunas, hot tubs, thermal pods and an outdoor vitality pool, plus lounge chairs, fire pits and an outdoor Bollinger Bar.
Inside there is a thermal suite with an indoor pool, sensory showers, steam rooms and a tepidarium, as well as treatments by Elemental Herbology and Oskia.
Nearest station: Chester
The spa escapes from £ 180 for an overnight stay, including breakfast, a half-day spa garden and thermal experience, and dinner at Redmond’s restaurant, cardenpark.fr
South Lodge, Sussex
Nestled in a leafy corner of the South Downs, this neo-Jacobean country hotel, with its grand suites, stylish restaurants and oak-paneled billiard room, has a true Downton Abbey vibe – until you reach the spa, a contemporary glass and wood lodge that looks more like real Beverly Hills housewives.
Centered over a huge indoor pool with a glass wall overlooking the Downs, it has a spa suite with scent saunas and steam rooms, and enough treatment rooms for the cast and crew.
Step outside and slip into the wild swimming pond or hydrotherapy pool, always with those views.
Nearest station: Horsham
Rooms from £ 373 pn, including breakfast and full spa access, exclusive.co.uk/sud-lodge
Brimstone Spa, Lake District
Swap your hiking boots for terrycloth slippers at this Lake District retreat. Overlooking the Langdale Valley, Brimstone Spa offers spa treatments and experiences inspired by the lakeside scenery, using Brimstone’s bespoke Pure Alchemy products.
The spa offers seven thermal experiences, including a Himalayan salt steamer, a herbal sauna, and a Roman laconium, while the indoor and outdoor pool offers stunning views of the grounds.
Spend the night at the Brimstone Hotel: with its natural woods, glass and slate, it is reminiscent of a chic mountain chalet.
Nearest station: Windermere
Rooms from £ 310pn including breakfast, free beer, wine and treats in the 24-hour reading room and access to the Brimstone Spa, brimstonehotel.co.uk
Carbis Bay Estate, Cornwall
Forget Sandy Lane in the Caribbean, the Carbis Bay Estate gets the job done with 125 acres of private sandy beach.
This luxurious Cornish retreat overlooking the Atlantic Ocean recently hosted the G7 summit, so if it’s good enough for world leaders, it’s good enough for us mere mortals. And now that those pesky politicians are gone, we can all enjoy the newly renovated C Bay Spa.
Whether you are lounging in the heated outdoor swimming pool, lounging in the barrel sauna or relaxing in the spa gardens, this elegant beachfront spa is perfect for you to be sensually and salty pampered.
Nearest station: Carbis Bay
Rooms from £ 300pn including breakfast and full spa access, carbisbayhotel.co.uk
The Harpist, North Norfolk
Open in May, The Harper in Langham offers a more refined spa retreat on the North Norfolk coast.
Formerly the village’s former glassblowing factory, the flint-and-brick hotel has an urban-chic appeal with its cleverly mismatched decor, modern canopies, leather wing chairs, and handcrafted glass elements.
Flooded with natural light, the spa features an indoor pool, steam room and sauna, as well as vegan treatments by Irene Forte. And since it’s only a mile from the sea, guests can mix it up with airy frolics on the beach and icy dives in the North Sea.
Nearest station: Sheringham
Rooms from £ 175pn including breakfast. Spa treatments from £ 30, theharper.co.uk
Banya n ° 1, Hoxton
Nothing says relaxing like being beaten up in a steam room with a bunch of leafy twigs, but at London’s first Russian bath spa in Hoxton, parenia is the signature treatment.
The Russian spa ritual uses a venik of birch, oak and eucalyptus leaves, which is gently applied to the body before diving into an icy pool.
There are also hot stone massages, treatment rooms, and a relaxation area serving treats such as beet kvass, crayfish platters, and bottles of Russian Standard vodka.
Nearest station: Old street
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