For all the merriment in the air, the holidays can take a lot out of you—mentally, physically, emotionally. To speed healing, and keep your body in fighting shape for the year ahead, consider seeking out a restful, restorative spa treatment. With that said, I’ve done the hard work for you and scouted to find the best spa’s in the UK worth visiting. From the five star luxury spots via the Spa Breaks Elysium Collection to quiet hideaways in the British countryside, check out my top five recommendations below.
Bulgari Spa London
The exquisitely designed Bulgari Spa can be found in the heart of London’s affluent Knightsbridge. Descend beneath the five-star hotel and you’ll find a stunning 25-metre swimming pool, golden vitality pool, thermal facilities and divine treatments. The Bulgari Spa focuses on overall wellbeing, with programmes designed to harmonise and balance from the outside in. Escape to one of the wooden poolside cabanas for absolute serenity.
Address: 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa
The setting of Pennyhill Park makes it the ideal backdrop to relax and unwind. Even before you get to the spa itself, its 123 acres of grounds mean guests can go jogging, play the three-hole golf course or tennis, take a bike into Swinley Forest, try shooting or archery, a game of croquet or simply relaxing with a glass of wine in the hotel’s private cinema. The purpose-built spa is a part of the Spabreak’s Elysium Collection venues and is widely reputed to be one of the best and largest spas in the UK. At 45,000 sq. ft, it is both a beautiful addition to a hotel stay, as well as a superb day spa in its own right.
Address: Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU
Champneys Henlow is set within a Georgian manor in Bedfordshire. The spa is surrounded by 150 acres of parkland next to a flowing river, running weir and romantic gardens – take the snowdrop walk and keep an eye out for deer, ducks and ducklings. Highlights include a huge range of fitness and wellness classes, the restaurant with its nutritious buffet and comfy outdoor terrace, a bright 25-metre main pool area, and delightful garden conservatory with board games and books. Products also available in Waitrose.
Address: Coach Rd, Henlow SG16 6BT
Spa at Mandarin Oriental London
Hand selected by Spa Breaks as one of their Elysium Collection venues, the extensively restored and enlarged Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London is a place to enjoy peace and serenity and to restore mind, body and soul. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, The Spa offers a diverse range of treatments from traditional Chinese medicine, Bastien Gonzalez renowned manicures and pedicures and anti-ageing Nescens facials. Alongside the 13 luxurious treatment rooms, you’ll find the Oriental Suite, featuring two massage beds and a Rasul water temple – its health-enhancing heat, steam and mud are the ultimate in conditioning treatments.
Address: 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA
Elan Spa at Mallory Court
Just a few miles from Royal Leamington Spa, the secluded Elan Spa is just next to the rose garden at Mallory Court Hotel. The spa, which opened in summer 2017, has a thermal retreat including a salt sauna and aromatherapy steam room, an indoor hydro-pool, an outdoor vitality pool and an outdoor sauna. Preen in the nail boutique or exercise in the fitness suite. The spa, restaurant and bedrooms are in one self-contained building so you can eat, sleep and live ‘spa’ without having to step outside. Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa was awarded 4 AA Red Stars in 2018.
Address: Harbury Ln, Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9QB