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Revitalising winter spas

By 31st January 2017Lifestyle, News, Uncategorised

Dormy House, Cotswolds

There’s more than a touch of Scandi style at the House Spa; the world-class thermal suite mixes lavender-scented saunas and a Finnish cabin fresh with the sharp tang of juniper.  Six treatment rooms offer luxurious Natura Bissé therapies, while the candlelit bathing room – complete with 16-metre pool – is as perfect for lazing with a book as doing lengths.  The private couples’ suite adds a touch of romance, as does the outdoor hydrotherapy hot tub.  The hotel itself is an elegant, 17th century farmhouse with 38 individually-designed rooms.

Doubles from £225 B&B; Day packages from £195, 01386 852711,


Rockcliffe Hall, Co Durham

One of the largest spas in the country, Rockcliffe’s spa offers everything from soundwave therapy beds to an outdoor, infinity-edge pool, warm enough to swim in whatever the weather.  After a restorative Caudalie treatment, take time to relax in the Spa Garden, where your own spa concierge will bring drinks while you curl up beside the firepit, or in the glass-fronted sauna.  The five-star hotel has three restaurants and claims to have one of the most challenging golf courses in the UK.

Doubles from £205 B&B, Spa days from £140pp, 01325 729999,


St David’s Hotel & Spa, Wales

The views are as restorative as the treatments at the Marine Spa, regularly voted one of the best hotel spas in the UK.  Glass-fronted, guests can gaze across Cardiff Bay from the saltwater pool as well as the relaxation areas, before disappearing into one of the chic treatment rooms for an ESPA massage.  The blue-lit hydrotherapy pool suite really gets the blood pumping, the perfect complement to a blustery walk along the bay.  There’s no spa restaurant, but Tempus at Tides serves the best local produce with more glorious sea views.

Doubles from £119 B&B, Treatments from £37; 02920 454045,

Nirvana Spa, Berkshire

One of the best day spas in the UK, Nirvana is a vast complex of gleaming pools and thermal sequencing rooms, including a Roman-style tepidarium, and the spectacular Celestial Flotation room – the only place in the UK where you can float in Dead Sea waters underneath a starlit sky.  Treatments cater for everyone from men through to mums-to-be, and there are two eateries – a restaurant with hot buffet and vast salad bar, and a less formal café (robes can be worn in both).

Treatments from £35; 0118 989 7500,


The Scarlet, Cornwall

There’s something pleasingly different about the Scarlet Spa; the approach is more spiritual, utilising the glorious scenery of Mawgan Porth beach to create the feel of a retreat as well as a place to be pampered.  Alongside conventional treatments, guests can be slathered in rhassoul mud, try a bathing ritual in the hammam or storm-watch in the alfresco hot tub.  The unique Relaxation Room has canvas ‘pods’ hanging from the ceiling, perfect for drifting off into a relaxing snooze.  The glass-fronted hotel makes the most of its ocean-front location, with spectacular views from all rooms.

Doubles from £240 B&B, spa days from £150; 01637 861800,

Pennyhill Park, Surrey

The ultimate, all-singing, all-dancing spa experience, Pennyhill’s spa boasts eight indoor and outdoor pools, a thermal sequencing suite with eleven cabins, offering different temperatures, aromas and humidities, and a vast range of treatments.  The spa’s restaurant, Themis, serves up healthy salads, fish and noodles – but indulgence isn’t entirely forbidden, cream teas and champagne are also on the menu.  The hotel also boasts its own nine-hole golf course, surrounded by over 100 acres of rolling countryside.

Doubles from £230 B&B, day packages from £190; 01276 471774,

Thermae Bath Spa, Wiltshire

No other spa in the UK comes with the history of the Thermae Bath Spa; the town boasts the warmest geothermal springs in the UK, used since Roman times for their restorative properties.  The 21st century version combines new-build facilities – most notably the spectacular open-air, rooftop pool – with original 18th century areas, including the Hot Bath room and the Cross Bath.  In March, a new Wellness Suite is set to open, with elegant Georgian-style steam rooms, an ice chamber and infra-red sauna.  Guests can opt to book time in the spa pools, Wellness Suite, or choose from the menu of treatments.  The Springs Café offers a light, seasonal menu.

Day packages from £98; 01225 331234,

Limewood, Hampshire

Buried deep in the New Forest, the Herb House spa was designed to make the most of its surroundings, with glass walls bringing the forest into the indoor Hydro pool and sauna.  There are ten treatment rooms (two for couples), a glorious outdoor pool and a Mud House, if you feel like getting messy.  Yoga fans will love the chance to take a class in the rooftop gym.  Beyond the spa, the hotel oozes contemporary country-house style, complete with cookery school and pop-up restaurant nights with chefs including Michel Roux and Mark Hix.

Doubles from £330 room-only, day packages from £70; 023 8028 7177;


Article written by Annabelle Thorpe

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