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Relax and Rejuvenate: Best Spa Retreats in the UK

7 November 2017 | Nicola Freedman

You don’t have to travel far to make getting through the colder months that little bit more bearable. Whether you fancy a long soak in an outdoor sauna, a rejuvenating facial or a relaxing massage, the UK is home to numerous luxurious and indulgent spa retreats. Make your wellbeing a priority and visit one of the country’s best with our guide to the spots you may never want to leave.

Dormy House Hotel, Worcestershire
 

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Situated on the north-western edge of the picturesque Cotswolds, Dormy House Hotel boasts a modern, award winning spa. Facilities include a 16-metre infinity pool, a Champagne nail parlour, lavender sauna, salt-infusion steam room and a fully equipped gym. Whilst a variety of treatments are on offer, for the ultimate spa experience book into the popular ‘Timeless Spa Break.’ The package includes dinner, bed, breakfast, and any hour-long spa treatment, as well as full use of the spa facilities. For mums-to-be or dads-in-waiting, book a ‘Baby Moon Spa Break’ which features pampering, pregnancy-friendly treatments designed to leave you looking fabulous and feeling great. As the House Spa promises, ‘Walk in. Float out.’
 
Dormy House Hotel can be found at Willersey Hill, Broadway WR12 7LF


Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Wiltshire
 

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One of Britain's best country house hotels, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect family-friendly retreat. Sitting on 500-acres of picturesque gardens and woodland, the award-winning spa and wellness centre features nine luxurious treatment rooms, thermal cabins, sauna and steam rooms and a fitness suite. Although children need to be at least 15 to use the gym and thermal cabins, under-16s are welcome to try Little Miss Treatments when accompanied by an adult. The Spa also features a relaxed, contemporary dining experience at The Brasserie, which prides itself on simply prepared food with a focus on seasonal local ingredients. Alternatively, treat yourself and enjoy a fine-dining experience at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Hywel Jones.
 
Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa can be found at Colerne, Chippenham SN14 8AZ


The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
 

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Bath may be home to a wealth of fabulous spa houses, but The Gainsborough Bath Spa is a stand out. Named AA Hotel of the Year (England) 2017–18, the hotel’s Spa Village has access to Bath’s original thermal springs and offers a contemporary perspective on the city's thermal water heritage. Wander around the circuit of natural thermal pools, rejuvenate your skin with a rose, lavender or peppermint facial, and choose from one of the soothing treatments – which include a magnesium wrap and ginger renewal body therapy sessions. Guests who book a treatment also have all-day access to the spa facilities.
 
The Gainsborough Bath Spa can be found at Beau St, Bath BA1 1QY


Cowley Manor, Gloucestershire
 

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Enjoy a restorative break at Cowley Manor’s C-Side Spa. Using only natural, organic products, the range of holistic treatments, designed by award-winning therapist Michelle Roques-O'Neil, include everything from therapeutic massages to advanced facials and specialty pregnancy treatments. Other highlights include the slate-lined indoor pool overlooking a stunning landscape, and the Manor’s Mediterranean garden, where the open-air layout features a luxurious heated pool. While day sessions are available, the overnight stay is the best way to make the most of the Manor’s facilities with an inclusive spa treatment, three-course dinner and continental breakfast.

Cowley Manor can be found at Cowley, Cheltenham GL53 9NL
 

The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland
 

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Whilst The Gleneagles Hotel may be renowned for its three championship golf courses, it is also home to one of Scotland’s premier spas. Set in an incredible 850-acre estate in Perthshire, and only an hour’s drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, the luxurious spa offers guests the ultimate tranquil experience. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art saunas, steam rooms and hydrotherapy ‘vitality’ pool, indulge in one of the signature treatments, or book into an alternative therapy session from expert practitioners. Pure bliss.
 
The Gleneagles Hotel can be found at Auchterarder, PH3 1NF, Scotland
 
 
The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
 

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Inspired by the Ayurvedic tradition, with a distinct Cornish twist, The Scarlet Hotel is one of the country’s leading eco-friendly retreats. With a focus on your holistic wellbeing and the nourishment of your mind, body and soul, the heavenly spa is a contemplative, spiritual place. Experience a traditional bathing ritual in the Hamman, stargaze or storm watch from the warmth of a cliff top hot tub, and take in the far-reaching views over Mawgan Porth Beach from the outdoor barrel cedar sauna. Be advised: There is no mobile-phone reception, a strict no-children policy, and an element of joining and sharing involved.  
 
The Scarlet Hotel can be found at Tredragon Rd, Mawgan Porth, Newquay TR8 4DQ

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