Drift away at the most relaxing spas the UK has to offer
Luckily, what Blighty lacks in predictable weather patterns (endorphin-boosting sunshine is set at a premium in these parts), it more than makes up for in luxurious spa retreats.
There’s almost nothing like slipping into a soft, white robe, switching your phone to ‘out of office’ and whiling away a day being preened and pampered by a stranger you don’t have to make small talk with.
Of course, if you’ve taken a day out of your schedule and splashed out on some dedicated TLC, you want to know that you’re in for a relaxing ride. No-one wants to be affronted with salad spoons, Ross Geller-style, while lying back and thinking of England. And, if you’re going to be getting starkers and lying face down on a massage table, you’d better be sure there’s some freshly laundered fluffy towels to sink in to.
We’ve rounded up the destinations with the expertise to give you exactly what you need, whether that’s an ultra-gentle once over with a sugar scrub, an immaculate pedi, or a hardcore facial complete with full-degunking.
Whatever your weapon of choice, we’ve carefully selected the best spas across the UK that will offer you that rest and relaxation you crave away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Whether you’re spending a weekend away with the girls or want to retreat to a cosy haven and take a few days to yourself, we’ve got it covered from Scotland right down to Devon. *Inhales* – ahhhhh. Relaxation at its finest…
Coworth Park, Ascot
The long winding road leads to the most beautiful white manor house. It’s hard to believe it’s only 45 minutes from London. Set amongst Berkshire parkland, Coworth Park has some of the most beautiful gardens and landscapes the UK has to offer. Picture the Dorchester’s countryside cousin – glamorous and luxurious, but homely and welcoming – a dream combination.
This is the perfect romantic setting to enjoy quality time with your partner, or to celebrate life with your best gal pals.
The Essential Rose Facial is undoubtedly the standout treatment. It relies on the regenerative properties of rose and frankincense to nourish, soften and hydrate your skin. If you’re forever battling dry, flaky skin, this is the one for you. It helps boost circulation and promote cell renewal, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated and radiant. Since our visit, the renowned skincare brand Ishga has landed at the spa, so that’s our excuse to make a return visit sorted.
You’ll leave feeling…
Thoroughly looked after.
The Grove, Hertfordshire
A country house retreat, set in 300 acres of green parkland (which includes a golf course) this satisfies the need for green, natural space. Located in Hertfordshire, on the outskirts of Watford and just 18 miles from central London, it’s an easy spa commute if you’re in need of a quick fix of relaxation. The options on offer allow you to curate your own experience – if you want boutique opt for a room in the old house, or for a modern luxe space, book into the new wing. To make the most of the facilities, lounge by the outdoor pool with the Sunday papers or tee off for a quick round before breakfast. Our favourite spot is Sequoia Spa, a hotspot amongst beauty editor’s for its calming black pool, expert therapists and extensive treatment menu. Finish by refuelling in one of three restaurants that offer everything from pub grub to chichi modern British tapas, or the newly refurbed Glasshouse with 8 chef stations.
Your partner in spa and chill or the golf pro in your life.
The Espa Rebalance and Restore Treatment is the antidote to city burn out. This full body treat includes a personally tailored, full-body massage with herbal poultices and warm aromatic oils, coaxing back a deep sense of wellbeing. If a facial is more your thing, try the Espa Natural Face Lift Facial, which detoxes, sculpts and releases tension through invigorating massage, the use of Jade rollers and the natural skincare benefits delivered by Espa’s Tri-Active Advanced Probiome range.
You’ll leave feeling…
Relaxed, restored and like want to come back ASAP for some more of the same.
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, Newbury
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa is an easeful little escape hidden in the green hills of Berkshire. The four star spa is a bright and soothing space, surrounded with beautiful views of the lush landscape. The sauna, steam room and aroma room are set alongside the main swimming pool, so it’s easily accessible to all if you’re looking after someone. There is a relaxation room situated next to the treatment rooms upstairs one floor – which is just ideal if you need to drift into a quick slumber after your treatment. There is a wide range of signature treatments, spa days and hotel breaks on offer – something to suit everyone. Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa is only around an hour drive from London which is far enough away to escape the hustle, but close enough that you can drive home at the end of the day – ideal for non-stop-city-goers.
A colleague after a big project at the office.
The Sonoma Revive signature treatment is an impressive remedy to mental tension and fatigue. Firstly your feet and body are cleansed and exfoliated in this fantastic ritual, this is invigorates the skin leaving you feeling fresher and lighter. Then follows a full body massage using warm poultices and pressure of your choice to soothe any aches and pains. You really will feel revitalised after this treatment, it also felt much longer than 1hr20 which is always a major plus.
You’ll leave feeling…
Like you’ve been away for days. Revitalised and ready to face the buzz again.