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Spa time!

Summer's over, we're back to work and, quite frankly, in need of a spa day. Read on for best pamper spots across the Muddy counties. 

BEDFORDSHIRE BERKSHIRE BUCKINGHAMSHIRE CAMBRIDGESHIRE CORNWALL DEVON GLOUCESTERSHIRE HAMPSHIRE HERTFORDSHIRE ISLE OF WIGHT KENT LEICESTERSHIRE NORFOLK NORTHAMPTONSHIRE OXFORDSHIRE RUTLAND SOMERSET WILTSHIRE SUFFOLK SUSSEX WARWICKSHIRE WILTSHIRE

 

BEDFORDSHIRE

Aqua Sana, Woburn

You lovely lot voted this one the best spa in Herts and Beds in this year’s Muddy awards. We reckon Aqua Sana in Woburn got your seal of approval for its relaxing forest setting, indoor-outdoor pool and its range of different experience areas, including the fire and ice spa, the blossom spa, the herbal spa and the mineral and gemstone spa. Plus, being set within the grounds of Centre Parcs means you can tag on a night’s stay (in a dedicated spa suite) and indulge a little longer…

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BERKSHIRE

Coworth Park, Berks

Ascot Coworth Park spa curved glass and timer building living roof set into the hILL

Not the Jetson’s futuristic crash pad, but Coworth Park’s award-winning luxury spa in Ascot. Taking time out, never looked so good, ask regulars Harry and Meghan. Set in 240 acres of meadow, Coworth is 45 minutes from London by car, but there’s a helipad should you decide to take the chopper. Inside, you’ll find a pool with underwater music, steam rooms, a gym and eight airy treatment rooms. The treatment list is extensive. There are 9 facials, featuring Carol Joy London, Aromatherapy Associates and ishga, a sustainable skincare brand that uses organic Scottish seaweed. Don’t panic there is food. The Spatisserie serves light lunches, but leave room for Michelin-starred chef Adam Smith’s phenomenal dishes laterThe Spa & Stay with digital detox, includes an overnight stay, English breakfast, 50-minute treatment and full use of the spa facilities, £590 for two. Spa days, from £95.

 

Cliveden House, Berkshire

cliveden spa garden pool clock tower lavender

Cliveden loves scandal – so if you lose your bikini top in the hot tub, no-one will bat an eyelid. The outdoor Grade II listed pool has seen A LOT of action, most famously Christine Keeler flouting the no heavy petting rule with John Profumo, which adds a frisson of sauciness to your average spa break. But there’s so much more to Cliveden Spa than pants-down politicians. There are period features aplenty and the refurbished spa elegantly blends in.

Inside, there’s another pool, jacuzzi, infrared sauna, steam room and 7 treatment rooms with wobbly water mattresses. There’s also a gym, tennis and yoga, if you can move from horizontal (nah, me neither). As for the treatments, you’ll find Sarah Chapman, renowned for her award-winning facials (she tends to the skin of Meghan Markle, Victoria Beckham and Gigi Hadid) alongside OSKIA and the Cliveden Body Collection. Spa days start at £140, Spa breaks from £367.50pp, but sign us up for the Back To School Wellness Break, £595 for two (inc stay, breakfast, 60min treatment and a spa gift).

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

The Langley Spa, South Bucks

Looking for a brand new spa to add to your hitlist? The super-luxe The Langley hotel, which opened in June, is proud owner of the second biggest underground spa in Europe (we’re talking 1600 sq m here, people!). Inside it’s full on luxury interiors – think marble, glass and wood – and features a 16m indoor pool with infinity edge, mood lighting, plus the only hotel hammam outside of London. The spa also features exclusive VIP suites, an amethyst crystal steam room, female only areas, heated relaxation loungers, plunge pool, ice fountain, five treatment rooms, two thermal areas, a remarkable Himalayan salt sauna. A swanky treatment list to boot including a range of massages, facials, hair treatments, manicures/ pedicures, waxing, men’s services and fitness counselling. FYI fitness guru Matt Roberts has a gym here too if you want to book in for some buns of steel (yours not his).

 

Stoke Park, Bucks 

Found in The Pavilion on Stoke Park’s scenic and expansive thousand acre estate, Stoke Park spa was named by Vanity Fair as one of the ‘four Must Visit spas in the world’, and more importantly is also a Muddy Award winner! The spa is a haven of charm with a mix of traditional and modern interiors gorgeous facilities including Italian marble steam rooms, outdoor Scandinavian sauna, 13 tennis courts, indoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub, deep relaxation room, gym, nail bar, yoga, fitness and cycling studios and, erm, tropical aquarium. You can also stay over in one of The Pavilion’s 28 luxury bedrooms – it has girly pamper weekend written All. Over. It.

 

Spa Illuminata at Danesfield House, nr Marlow

If it’s good enough for the Clooneys then it’s good enough for us! The sister spa to the super-groovy Spa Illuminata in Mayfair, Spa Illuminata at Danesfield is decked out with a whopper of a swimming pool (20m to be exact), jacuzzi steam room and sauna with sweeping views of the estate’s immaculate 65 acre grounds and neighbouring Chiltern hills and River Thames. There’s also a fully equipped Matrix gym and a range of fitness classes including Pilates, Chi Cong, Cardio Eton, Yin Yoga, plus nutritional advice, an Osteopathy clinic and bespoke sessions with the Spa’s in-house personal, trainers.

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Sandpiper Pool & Spa, Somersham, Cambridgeshire

Love spas, but hate having to share them with over-excited wave-creating swimmers and sweaty grunting sauna dwellers? Then you need to get yourself booked into Sandpiper Pool & Spa. Tucked down a quiet country road, this beautiful spa is unique in the fact that when you book a session or treatment, the entire spa and pool is yours to enjoy in private. We’re talking a huge, heated pool (hey, no skinny dipping!), a sauna, rainforest shower, steam room, covered al fresco Jacuzzi, ice room and a snow room with real snow in it (one of only 5 snow rooms in the UK!).

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CORNWALL

St Michaels Spa, Falmouth 

Had one too many late nights (naughty!). This contemporary beach-front hotel in Falmouth offers a range of on-trend detox treatments, including seaweed gels, reiki, mud and Chinese massage, Elemis facials – more choice than you can shake a nourishing frangipani wrap at. If spa-options paralysis gets too much, let me suggest you dip your toe (quite literally) with their Pure & Simple Spa Break: 2-nights, dinner B&B, a 3-hour relaxation sesh in the largest hydrotherapy facility in the South West and full use of the facilities.

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DEVON

Source at Saunton Sands

Need to top up on your Vitamin Sea? At the chic, multi-award-winning Art Deco hotel that is Saunton Sands you can have it all – a spa break that takes its inspiration from three miles of sand dunes and salty air surrounding the hotel’s clifftop perch. Spread over two floors, this is the full thermal suite experience with a mineral-rich vitality pool, a salt inhalation room, Finnish aroma sauna and and ice fountain, designed to get you relaxed and woke. I very much approve of their call to healthy hedonism so when you’re not having a preen and prink, it’s only polite to have a Suzi Atkins-curated drink in their 2 AA rosette restaurant.

 

Carys Arms, Babbacombe 

This is the lush life, baby: sea, sand and spa, all in one award-winning package of The Cary Arms on the South Devon coast. Hotfoot it here for cleansing Thalgo treatments, a waterfall hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, and – for the bouncy Tiggers among you – a gym, all while enjoying Riviera-style views over Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. They’ve currently got a rather tempting Autumn 3-for-2 offer where you book any three nights in one of their Luxury Rooms, Beach Huts, Suites or Cottages and get one night free on them. Pushed for time? (yep, always) For £115 you can lounge away a day in the spa, have lunch and a glass of fizz and two 25-min treatments. Worth every penny.

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GLOCESTERSHIRE

C-Side Spa at Cowley Manor, near Cheltenham

Beloved by locals and out of towners looking for a des-res slice of contemporary luxury in the countryside, the spa at this stunner of a country house hotel will make your jaw drop with its floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the immaculate Cotswold surroundings. Indoor and outdoor pools, drench showers, sauna, steam room and eye-catching spots to relax make it perfect for an escape with your besties, your lover or just you.

 

Elan Spa at The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Cheltenham

Elan Spa, tucked away in The Greenway, a luxury Elizabethan manor house, offers up a multitude of delicious pampering opportunities in distinctly glamorous surroundings (we are in Cheltenham after all!). The come-to-me hydrotherapy pool soothes away aches and pains, stress and anxiety, and gives your muscles a pleasing pummelling while you luxuriate in the warm water – that’s my kind of exercise! There’s also an al-fresco hot tub, sauna, steam room and sanarium to complete the aqua experience, and stylish treatment rooms and a champagne nail bar to leave you feeling properly preened and refreshed. Bliss.

 

Cotswold House Hotel and Spa, Chipping Camden

This boutique hotel in the extremely lovely market town of Chipping Campden is a bit of a gem, with its stunning architecture, fine-dining restaurant Fig, brasserie-style eatery Bistro On The Square and award-winning spa. It looks gorgeous inside and out and when it comes to service, well, you get treated like royalty! The spa is tucked away in a former coach house at the end of the hotel’s secluded landscaped garden, and has seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool with jacuzzi, steam room, hammam and a cosy private space for couples.

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HAMPSHIRE & ISLE OF WIGHT

Chewton Glen, New Milton

One of the country’s original ‘super spas’, Chewton Glen is a place synonymous with high standards and super relaxing vibes. For visitors looking for a luxe spa escape at one of the best, there’s a beautiful 17-metre indoor pool (pictured above), 12 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, nail suite and much more. The perfect location to just sit, chill and feel the stress ebb away. chewtonglen.com

 

SenSpa at Careys Manor, Brockenhurst

SenSpa at Careys Manor is a huge hit with both Muddy and Muddy readers, winning the Muddy Award for Best Day Spa in 2019. The Thai-themed facilities have all the characteristics of the best of the East, while still providing a huge range of treatments from across the globe. With the hydrotherapy spa and ‘experience’ showers, plus over 20 types of massage, you can keep returning here for a different – but equally relaxing – experience.

 

Southampton HarSPA, Southampton Harbour Hotel

For something a touch cosmopolitan, then head to Southampton for the urban cool of HarSPA at the 5* Southampton Harbour Hotel. This waterside spa features seven treatment rooms, a lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, mud rasul, sauna, and steam room. The vibe here is very modern and chic, with the central city location makes it perfect for a post-retail therapy detox. After you finish up your treatments make sure to head to the rooftop HarBAR for a glass of fizz.

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HERTFORDSHIRE

Sequoia Spa at The Grove

If it’s a totally zen experience you’re after, the Sequoia Spa at The Grove in Chandler’s Cross near Watford is a winner. There’s the 22m black tiled pool for starters, wicker chairs suspended amongst stems of bamboo for a Japanese tea garden vibe, a smoothie bar, separate saunas and steam rooms for men and women and over 30 treatments on the menu for you to peruse at leisure as you sip that green tea.

 

Sopwell House

And we are a bit giddy about the opening of Sopwell House‘s brand spanking new private members’ spa, Cottonmill – all three storeys and 14m squid’s worth of it! Yup it’s about as plush as they come, with its state-of-the-art fitness facilities, organic sauna, award-winning designer garden and a list of signature treatments harnessing the healing powers of sand and water.

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KENT

Green Farm Spa, Shadoxhurst

Run by husband and wife team MaryAnn and Martin this rural retreat, found on a private farm in stunning countryside, is all about getting away from it all and also getting back to nature. Just 37 minutes from St Pancras, if you’re heading out of London, choose from the variety of luxury rustic accommodation on offer and bespoke ESPA spa packages. The owners pride themselves on providing a caring and, above all, curated experience – and your stay can include everything from Yoga classes in The Studio to Art classes. ​Think home-made soup, hot-tubs and a big hug for the soul.

 

Situated within beautiful landscaped gardens, and just 5 miles from Ashford International station, this long-established Kent spa was recently taken over by Champneys and offers exactly the quality brand experience you would expect from these luxury health resort giants. Fluffy bathrobes, swish indoor (and outdoor) pool and huge treatment space. The Afternoon Tea here is a strong contender if you’re looking for a special destination for a birthday, baby shower or girlie get-together. Or if no celebration is required, and you just like cake. Lots of options for overnighters – from a Luxe Room in the Main House, to the converted Victorian stables, or the super-cute Shepherd’s Huts… Oh we had you at Luxe Room, did we?

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LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND

Ragdale Hall, Melton Mowbray

If you want to pamper yourself into blissful oblivion, there’s no better place for it than at Ragdale Hall. If spas were awarded Michelin stars, this one would have its fair share. This red brick country house has been updated into a top-notch spa hotel with all the trimmings including luxury accommodation and an excellent restaurant not to mention the  Rooftop Infinity Pool – wow wee indeed! The facilities are vast and their thermal spa is described as an ‘indoor playground for adults’ and we can see why. It features an indoor and outdoor waterfall pool, a rose sauna, a colour flow cave with steamy, intoxicating scents, a cave like lagoon and numerous treatment rooms. What more do you need? Their Refresh and Revive spa day starts from £156.

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NORFOLK

Imagine Spa – Blofield Heath Park Farm Hethersett 

You’ll find five Imagine Spas in Norfolk offering the same menu of Temple Spa treatments. Whether you’re looking for a boutique stay or tranquil outside space – each spa has something a little bit different to offer. Step inside Imagine Blofield Heath and you can be anywhere in the world – a complete escape from reality where time no longer exists. Whether you book a half day or full day pamper – you can unwind and relax in their Fire & Ice Spa area, enjoy the peaceful sensory gardens or chill out in the stylish Moroccan themed pods.

Imagine in Heathersett is at the gorgeous Park Farm Hotel and has a wide range of leisure centre facilities including pool, gym, bar and restaurant. Perfect if you’re feeling a little more active and social as you can pop along for a treatment and lounge by the pool before ending the day with a glass of something fizzy in the bar. Imagine have 13 spas across the South of England including Kings Lynn, Wymondham and Great Yarmouth in Norfolk.

 

The Little Retreat, Ryston Hall, Downham Market 

Winner of Muddy Norfolk’s Best Day Spa – The Little Retreat is a hidden gem set in the beautiful grounds of Ryston Hall, West Norfolk. More of a high end beauty salon, the Muddy appeal is their creative range of group spa packages, including Afternoon Tea, ‘Pizza night in’ and the pièce-de-résistance – exclusive use of the salon (ahem the G&Tea lounge) and unlimited treatments for £1000 per day! Lots of lovely age defying and body lifting  treatments including the very latest LED facials plus our favourite – ‘Four Hands to Kedamaian’ – trust us, four hands are better than two!

 

The Secret Spa, Congham Hall Hotel, Kings Lynn

This privately owned 26 bed Georgian manor house is surrounded by 30 acres of countryside and is a real haven for relaxation. Balancing stately decadence with an intimate homely atmosphere, there are plenty of spaces to enjoy from the beautiful gardens and elegant lounges to the fine dine 2 AA rosette restaurant and buzzy bijou bar. For special occasions The Writing Room is rather plush and is available for private dining. The Secret Garden Spa offers tailor-made treatments devised using the hotel’s own herb garden and guests can spend the day floating between the gorgeous spa pool, outdoor hot tub, rainforest shower, steam room, bio-sauna and foot baths. Congham Hall is perfect for a girly weekend and if you can drag yourself away from the spa, it’s only a short drive to the  North Norfolk Coast.

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Whittlebury Park Hotel & Spa, Towcester 

If you’re looking for size in your spa, then this is the one for you! Whether you stay for the day or an overnighter, Whittlebury Hall is a versatile place serving a whole host of requirements. It offers a really good value range of packages to suit all budgets and there’s a good selection of spa facilities from heat and ice experiences to crystal steam rooms and saunas. There’s also a 19m swimming pool if you’re feeling particularly active. If you fancy a new ‘do’ you can also book in at their hair salon before you head to one of their selection of eateries. If you’re after a very boutiquey, quiet retreat, then Whittlebury’s possibly not for you. This is a firm favourite with groups of women kicking back and relaxing while also having fun. Often with a huge smile on their face and a Prosecco in hand!

 

Homefield Grange, Rushton

One of Northampton’s hidden gems, Homefield Grange is a SUPER luxurious health retreat that puts your wellbeing first (no sign of alcohol here mudsters). Run by health and wellness professionals, you can expect the very finest practitioners getting you in seriously tip-top shape. The venue is a converted stone farmhouse located on the edge of a picturesque village with views of rolling fields (think mini Soho Farmhouse), and you can enjoy 3, 5 or 7 day retreats (someone once stayed for seven weeks). Not only does it look stunning it also provides the most premium facilities. The wellness spa is made from natural stone, slate and cedar wood; very organic and tranquil, and there’s a herbal sauna, infinity hydro pool and salt steam room. It’s a spot that celebrities including Mel C, Carol Vordaman and Amanda Holden have frequented and on top of a wealth of beauty treatments on offer you can also get clinical assessments like blood analysis. There’s a comprehensive programme of classes, food demos and daily juicing that have people revisiting again and again.

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OXFORDSHIRE

The Garden Spa at Minster Mill, Cotswolds 

Relaxing spa weekender in the Cotswolds? Er, yes please! Found on the bank of the River Windrush and surrounded by 65 acres of pretty woodland and wildflower meadows The Garden Spa is at the heart of Minster Mill and is a dead cert if you want to get away from the daily grind *ahem* children. The spa has three treatment rooms which offer your usual massages and facials as well as the more unusual RASUL mud therapy area (which, obviously we’re on board with). Other facilities include indoor heated plunge pool, a poolside rock sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain and tropical rainforest showers.

 

Cowshed Spa, Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew

The members-only Cowshed Spa at Soho Farmhouse scooped up Best Day Spa in Bucks & Oxon in the 2019 Muddy Awards and for good reason – it’s style to the max, and offers a range of natural, wildcrafted treatments in the 13 treatment rooms, plus these cool cocooning mani-pedi chairs, above. The grounds of the farmhouse are part of the experience too, with day beds overlooking the lake and, hidden amongst the wildflowers, a steam room, sauna, restorative ice shed and hot tub with it’s own phone for ordering cocktails (it would be rude not to, wouldn’t it?). You can head over to the Farmhouse Parlour for an up-do or blow dry afterwards.

The Randolph, Oxford 

It’s rare to find a good spa slap bang in the middle of a city centre but The Randolph, opposite the Ashmolean museum in central Oxford, is a smart option if you fancy a relaxing afternoon after a morning whizzing round the Westgate or a girly paper day followed by a night out on the town. The spa occupies the cellar of the hotel, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets above, and offers a tranquil setting with hydrotherapy bath, jacuzzi (is a spa even a spa if there’s no jacuzzi?), bio sauna, aromatherapy steam room, ice room and four stylish treatment rooms that offer a range of  Elemis & Biotec treatments.

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SOMERSET

The Spa & Bath House, The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

Almost monastic – in a five star sort of way – the Spa & Bath House, sitting in the gorgeous gardens of the Georgian townhouse hotel on the iconic Royal Crescent, is minimalist, tranquil and luxurious. The chapel-like Bath House with its 12m relaxation pool, Vitality massage pool, Himalayan salt-infused sauna and herbal steam inhalation room has a Zen-like quality. The Chinese Five Elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water – guide treatments using holistic brands like Elemental Herbology. There’s a fitness room with Power Plate technology but you can always glide past that into the Tattinger Spa Garden or The Montagu Bar and Champagne Lounge for a glass of bubbly and a perusal of the excellent menu. Outside, the city of Bath goes about its business but that’s in another parallel universe. Spa packages from £100.

 

Elements Boutique Spa, Middlezoy

Combining a sense of place – the panoramic views across the peaceful Somerset Levels are superb  – with wellbeing, this small and perfectly formed spa (and winner of the Best Spa in the Somerset Muddy Stilettos Awards) must be the ultimate rural retreat.  Part of the Windmill Estate on the edge of the village of Middlezoy in the middle of nowhere, there’s a plunge pool, sauna, steam room, a couple of treatment rooms (Aromatherapy Associates and Nailberry), a sun lounge, the Country Kitchen cafe, luxury cottages if you want to stay over – and those views. Twilight packages include prosecco, treatments and manicures, food platters and a glorious sunset from £59 per person.

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SUFFOLK

The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket, Suffolk 

Bedford Lodge Hotel was just another nice Victorian house hotel until it added a super-modern spa building on the side in 2013. Now you’ll find people flocking from far and wide to try out the experiental showers, sun-soaked hydrotherapy pool and cool rooftop hot tub with views over the horse racing heartland of Newmarket. Popular it might be, but there’s no elbowing people out the way to get your towel on the best lounger – it’s never overbooked, so you can bob around under the bath-warm pool’s jets without bumping into other Zenned-out guests.

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SURREY

Beaverbrook Hotel and Spa, Leatherhead

An opulent hideaway just outside Leatherhead, The Coach House Spa at Beaverbrook is perhaps one of Surrey’s best-kept secrets. Designed by glass architect Brian Clarke, it’s a beautiful calming space that reflects its beautiful surroundings. There are six treatment suites and a relaxation room, alongside the Thermal Spa which includes a steam room, sauna and and English bath house. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, as well and a gym and a fitness studio for anyone suffering from spa guilt (no, me either). And after your pampering, go for a snack in the on-site Deli Cafe. The hotel also has a Japanese restaurant run by an ex-Nobu chef.

 

Mayflower Spa, Dorking

The most recent addition to the Surrey spa landscape – so new in fact the finishing touches are still being applied in readiness for an October 5 open day. The Mayflower Spa, in the heart of historic Dorking, is setting itself up as a luxurious retreat – a place to escape for peace and purity. There’s a gorgeous spa menu promising the ultimate in relaxation – massage, facials, body scrubs – or they’ll happily tailor a package to your own needs. mayflowerspadorking.com

 

BSpa at Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge

Set inside the modernist glass hotel, BSpa follows the hotel’s super stylish lead with lashings of 1920s and 30s art deco glamour. The spa is tucked away on the third floor of the hotel, with a relaxation rooms and a 12-seater hydrotherapy hot tub on a balcony overlooking the iconic Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. As well as 11 treatment rooms there are his and hers sauna and steam rooms and a relaxing meditation room with warmed water beds (a space for 4 people to basically zonk out in the dark), and a sunlight therapy room. There’s also a comfortable lounge area where lunch and afternoon tea is served. Ready, steady, relax.

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SUSSEX

Poppinghole Farm Spa, Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Relax in your own luxury cottage for the day when you book a spa package at Poppinghole Farm, a countryside retreat in the beautiful Sussex Weald. Use it as a cosy base for refreshments, light lunch and lounging between treatments and dips in the pool. The Elemis spa itself is housed in an oak-framed complex and on warm days the pool doors open onto a patio with sun-loungers. You’ll also find a waterfall, plunge pool and hot tub to help soak your cares away. Enticing treatments include a vitamin-packed superfood pro-radiance facial and a fragrant Garden of England Rose Restore massage. There’s also a dedicated menu of more technical BIOTEC treatments plus a range of Jessica and OPI manicures and pedicures. Spa days start from £150 per person, including an hour’s treament, lunch, wine and use of a cottage and spa facilities.

 

Chichester Harbour Hotel & Spa, West Sussex

Ring the changes by combining your spa break with culture and shopping. Right in the heart of Chichester, the Harbour Hotel occupies a beautiful, sympathetically restored Grade II listed Georgian building. The interior is fully of contemporary twists however, not least in the new boutique subterranean HarSpa – a great place to hole up when the weather’s miserable outside. A hydrotherapy pool and steam room are complimented by natural and holistic ESPA treatments like the signature Marine Mind & Body package with skin brushing, a sea salt scrub and massage. Team with an afternoon tea or dinner in the smart Jetty restaurant (or gift a voucher to a loved one for the same). On the doorstep enjoy a spot of shopping, a play at the acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre or browsing around the Pallant House Gallery and the cathedral. Book a plush bedroom for full relaxation.

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WARWICKSHIRE

Elan Spa, Mallory Court Country House Hotel and Spa, just outside Leamington Spa

De-stress in the serene Warwickshire countryside tucked among trees and a rose garden! Elan Spa opened in 2017 inside a separate new wing, the Orchard House, at this beautiful Grade II-listed country hotel, awarded 4AA Red Stars last year. Facilities include an indoor hydro-pool, salt sauna, aromatherapy steam room and outdoor vitality pool where you can sit back, glass of chilled champers in hand and soak up a sense of wellbeing. Pop into the nail boutique, fitness studio and spa cafe too. Awarded 5 bubbles by the Good Spa Guide you know you’re in very good hands here. Unisex treatments are really wonderful and more like blissful rituals; the highly rejuvenating Ku Bye Massage is based on ancient Tibetan healing traditions. I can highly recommend the 55-minute restorative Kundalini Back Massage, it really hits the spot if you work all-day on a computer. Therapists use ila and ESPA products – many vegan friendly. There’s also tailored wellness experiences for couples, brides-to-be, women during pregnancy and anyone undergoing cancer treatment or recovery.

Ardencote Destination Spa, Claverdon, Warwick

Credit: Charlie Flounders Photography

Voted the 2019 Muddy Award-winning Destination Spa in Warwickshire, Ardencote’s fabulously refurbished purpose-built spa re-launched at the beginning of the year. Set among open countryside in a 110-room luxe four-star Victorian manor house hotel with an 18-hole golf course, it’s a few miles outside historic Warwick. Inside you can chill out in the Himalayan Salt Sauna, Aromatherapy Steam Room, Tepidarium, Foot Spas, Monsoon Shower and Ice Fountain. Outside there’s a Tyrolean Kilo Sauna, a hot tub, a heated pool, relaxation and tranquility lounges with cosy pods and treatment rooms. Treat yourself to an Elemis Spa Treatment from an edible-sounding Body Nectar Nourishing Frangipani Wrap to a 40-minute Signature De-Stress Me Massage; have a tip in the indoor pool, work out in the free weights gym or play tennis. The ball’s in your court! Spa days start £45 per person and breaks from £115, with a light lunch or afternoon tea, and a three-course dinner thrown in.

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WILTSHIRE

Bowood Hotel and Spa, Calne

Fancy an idyllic escape surrounded by endless views, wildlife and remote Wiltshire countryside? Oh, and a luxury spa too? Yes please! Take a dip in the infinity swimming pool, detox in the sauna or steam room, or pamper yourself with a treatment. Beat those post-summer blues and avoid the lull in the run-up to a busy festive period with their Autumnal Spa Break. Their new relaxation area looks utterly fabulous – it’s a recipe for pure tranquility.

The Spa at Woolley Grange, nr Bradford on Avon

This beautiful hideaway on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, 15 minutes from Bath and a short jaunt into artisan Bradford on Avon, has a family friendly spa hidden in the walled garden where fresh vegetables and children grow healthily alongside each other. They’ve just launched a whole host of new spa treats, including ‘Time for Mum 2 Be’ (think peaceful pregnancy massage, a gentle swim in the oh-so-warm pool and a nutritious two course lunch or scrummy afternoon tea) and ‘Time Together’ for mum and child, where little ones enjoy an hour of fun play in the Woolley Bears Den whilst you revel in an Elemis spa treatment, followed by a relax with the paper. For a more grown up treat the hotel has launched a ‘Morning Half Day Refresh’ and ‘Afternoon Revive’, both including an Elemis or Jessica treatment, food and full use of the pools, sauna, steam room and beautiful grounds.

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