Whilst on holiday, some like to unwind by going hiking, rock climbing, or bungee jumping…however, if you are not one of these people and enjoy a less active form of relaxation, perhaps a day spa visit to one of the UK’s luxury spas would be a preferable alternative. The day spa is great for either a long country holiday or a shorter city break, and it’s the perfect activity for the romantic roam and girly getaway alike. The spa day is a thoughtful gift for a loved one, or just a way to treat yourself; go ahead, I’m sure you deserve it.
The UK has so many amazing day spas to choose from, so it really is difficult to pinpoint a few, but here are ten luxury retreats which you may want to visit.
Eden Day Spa – Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire
With a ‘five bubble’ rating in the Good Spa Guide, the Eden day spas know what they’re doing. Choose from a range of massages, wraps, pedicures, manicures, and, depending on who’s attending, a special range of treatments just for men- in your chosen country location. Individual treatments range from ten minutes to an hour and a half, and can cost between £12- £76.
SenSpa – Hampshire
SenSpa is a luxury, Thailand themed spa in the New Forest, based within a beautiful manor hotel. On top of a range of pools, saunas, steam rooms, an ice room and the usual treatments including massages, wraps, body polishes and facials, there are also special treatments for men and a ‘mother to be’ package. For day treatments prices range from £89 to £209.
Illuminata Spa – London
Claiming to reinvigorate ‘the true origins of the Roman and Greek spa’, the Illuminata looks like the perfect spa. Situated in Mayfair, it’s a great place to go for a city break. With a large selection of facial, body, make up, tanning, purifying, and express treatments, there is definitely something for everyone. Special packages include ‘bride to be’, ‘wake up call’, ‘the goddess treatment’ and ‘just for men’. Prices range roughly from £100 to £400.
Landmark Spa – London
Another central city location means you can start planning your holiday in London, including shopping trip, theatre bookings and restaurant- nicely completed with a relax in Landmark day spa. Day spa packages are aptly named ‘indulge’, ‘revive’, ‘nourish’ and ‘soothe’- and for a couple of hours treatments and lunch at prices ranging from £135 to £305, you can get a lot for your money.
The Chessgrove – Worcestershire
Set in Worcestershire, the Chessgrove is another perfect spa to visit during a country holiday. With several pools, six treatment rooms, and an outdoor spa area, you really are in charge of your own spa experience. Prices range from £95 to £250.
Champneys – Bath, Brighton, Chicester, Enfield, Guildford, Milton Keynes, St Albans and Tunbridge Wells
Wherever you plan on taking your next getaway, Champneys spas have a variety of locations for you to choose from. Champneys is well known for its luxury bathroom and toiletry products, and their own spa services keep up the good name. the ‘Spa Menu’ has a great range, from pregnancy massages to ‘finishing touch’ treatments. Price range from £18 to £18, or you could even drop by for a free Bare Escentuals make up application.
Sequoia Spa at The Grove – Hertfordshire
The Sequoia Spa is stylish and ideally set in a beautiful country estate. Packages include the ‘men’s collection’, ‘evening spa’ and ‘pre-wedding’. After enjoying your treatment, you could swim, take a walk or bike ride in the beautiful grounds and park, and in the summer you can access the walled garden to play croquet, or relax by the outdoor pool and beach.
The Vale Resort – near Cardiff
A city break in Cardiff is a great alternative to London, with so much to do. Before or after your spa treatment you could visit a museum or gallery, or take a walk round Cardiff Bay. The prices are excellent, and you can get a classic treatment of ninety minutes of your choice and lunch for £95, or a complete day with lunch for £30.
Savill Court – Surrey
Part of the Macdonald chain, these hotels never disappoint. In a great Windsor location, you could follow your spa treatment by a trip to the royal town. Spa packages start from £72.
The Scotsman Spa – Edinburgh
The Scotsman is a sleek and modern spa, set in a historic and beautiful city. Prices for an individual treatment range from £65 to £75, or you could pay for a course of six treatments for £200. Whilst you’re there, make the most of everything a holiday in Edinburgh has to offer; walk up Arthur’s Seat, take a ghost tour or visit one of the city’s many museums and galleries.
Wherever you plan to go, the UK has a great variety of day spas to visit; so you have no excuse not to enjoy a nice relax on your next holiday.
Sean Thompson is Online Marketing Manager at Pure Holiday Homes.