Editor’s choice:

2016 Spa Hotels

Spa hotels are the ultimate in relaxation. Hotels where you can unwind, relax and spend your day in the spa and your night in luxury. Jacuzzis, whirlpools, saunas, pedicures, manicures and facial treatments all add to the spa experience. We've chosen the nest spa hotels in the UK.  There are three pools to choose from at Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire, and a range of treatments to pamper mind, body and soul plus modern equipment in the gym to keep even the most hardened gym bunny happy. The spa at the Scarlet in Cornwall has a decidedly spiritual air - overlooking beautiful Morgan Porth beach with luxury tented treatment rooms lit by candles creating a contemplative atmosphere.

  • Hartwell House, AYLESBURY, Buckinghamshire

    Recommended ‘without reservation’ this year, this ‘blissfully quiet’ stately mansion, home to Louis XVIII during his exile from France, is run by Richard Broyd’s Historic

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  • Barnsley House, BARNSLEY, Gloucestershire

    Once the home of the celebrated gardener Rosemary Verey, this late 17th-century gabled stone manor house is run as a luxury hotel by the owners of nearby Calcot Manor, Tetbury (see entry). Michele

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  • Park House, BEPTON, Sussex

    ‘Everything is of the highest quality: the food, the table, the delightful staff.’ Praise again in 2015 for the O’Brien family’s ‘very pretty’ Victorian country house close to the South Downs.

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  • Lime Wood, LYNDHURST, Hampshire

    In a ‘dream location’, ‘smack bang in the middle of the New Forest’, this ‘relaxed’, family-friendly country house hotel occupies a ‘stunning’ Regency manor house in extensive grounds adjoining forest

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  • The Scarlet, MAWGAN PORTH, Cornwall

    On a Cornish cliff-top, this ‘fabulous’ eco-friendly hotel is ‘a perfect sanctuary’, say visitors this year. Owned by sisters Emma Stratton, Deborah Wakefield and Rebecca Whittington, it has

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  • Chewton Glen, NEW MILTON, Hampshire

    ‘Faultless’ service is reported by a visitor this year to this luxury country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) on the edge of the New Forest. It is privately owned; Andrew

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    The Lake, LLANGAMMARCH WELLS, Powys

    ‘A pleasant place with comfortable public rooms and very obliging staff.’ Praise in 2015 for Jean-Pierre Mifsud’s traditional country house hotel which stands in extensive grounds by

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    Calcot Manor, TETBURY, Gloucestershire

    Adults and children ‘coexist happily’ at this luxury hotel in a converted 14th-century farmhouse in ‘admirable’ gardens in the Cotswold countryside. It is part of the small

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  • Dormy House, BROADWAY, Worcestershire

    Guide inspectors this year ‘found a welcoming atmosphere’ at the Sorensen family’s hotel which stands on a ridge above a pretty Cotswolds village. Tom Aspey is the manager. Built

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    Seaham Hall, Seaham, Co. Durham

    ‘Informal and relaxed, but nevertheless wonderfully pleasant and civilised’, this ‘stylish’ contemporary hotel sits in ‘beautifully landscaped’ grounds minutes from

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