Editor’s Choice: Best Spa Hotels

Editor's Choice Spas 2019

Editor’s Choice: Best Spa Hotels

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Congham Hall

Congham Hall - Sunday Special Offer

King’s Lynn

Fragrant herbs and flowers from the renowned herb garden infuse signature treatments in the Secret Garden Spa at this Georgian mansion. There’s a pool with floor-to-ceiling windows, a thermal suite, an outdoor hot tub.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
25% voucher
2
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Cliveden House

Cliveden House - Three for Two Short Break

Taplow

Surely one of Britain’s most beautiful spas lies within old brick walls in the gardens of this Italianate mansion. Facilities include an indoor and (notorious) outdoor pool, a gym, hot tubs – an easy drive from London.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • wi-fi
Upgrade voucher
3
Special offer
Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House - Save £50 in 'HRiSHi' Michelin Restaurant Special Offer

Windermere

Cedar-clad spa lodges at Gilpin Hotel have a treatment area, steam room, outdoor sauna and hot tub. Lake House guests can book treatments in the Jetty Spa, in a tree canopy overlooking a lake.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • wine
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall - 'Autumn Awakening B&B Stay' Special Offer

Seaham

A dramatic swimming pool with massage stations and a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the verdant grounds, an Asian herbal sanarium and an Indian steam room with amethyst crystals lie at the heart of this Georgian mansion’s award-winning spa.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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St Brides Spa Hotel

St Brides Spa Hotel - Sunday Sea View Special Offer

Saundersfoot

A warm, salt-water infinity pool overlooking the bay is a highlight of this coastal hotel’s spa. Double treatment rooms have full-height sliding windows to let in the sea breezes and soothing sound of the waves.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa

Bepton

Day guests, members and hotel residents pass through a marble shower before dipping in a mother-of-pearl indoor pool at this Edwardian country house’s spa. They can also bathe in the outdoor pool, use sauna or steam rooms.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • activities
  • wine
  • value
  • disabled
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
7
Barnsley House

Barnsley House

Barnsley

Cotswold stone and beams create indoor– outdoor harmony at the spa in the garden of this manor house. There is a choice of music in treatment rooms, a herbaceous sauna, a lounge overlooking the outdoor, heated hydrotherapy pool.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
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Ilsington Country House

Ilsington Country House

Ilsington

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This Dartmoor country house hotel’s spa draws inspiration from Tibet, with soothing sounds, scents and music. There’s a hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna, and poolside ‘kubel dusche’ – a bucket of ice water to tip over yourself.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • wi-fi
10% discount voucher
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Lime Wood

Lime Wood

Lyndhurst

Spa days and holidays are spent in luxury at this New Forest hotel. There is a mud house, an outdoor hot pool, sauna and rooftop gym, with healthy food in Raw & Cured, all in a tranquil forest setting.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Bath

Guests don robes and flip-flops to relax and sip champagne with lunch at this luxury hotel’s spa garden. The bath house has a relaxation pool, vitality pool, salt- infused sauna and a blossom steam room.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wine
  • wi-fi
  • romantic

Spas 2018

Editor’s Choice: Best Spa Hotels

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Congham Hall

Congham Hall - Sunday Special Offer

King’s Lynn

The herb garden is a major draw at this Georgian country house hotel set amid lawns, orchards and woodlands close to Sandringham.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • tennis
  • indoor_pool
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
  • honeymoon
25% voucher
2
Special offer
Cliveden House

Cliveden House - Three for Two Short Break

Taplow

Having hosted everyone from Chaplin to Churchill, this ‘superbly refurbished’ Italianate mansion seduces visitors with the prospect of ‘luxurious country house living’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • wi-fi
Upgrade voucher
3
Special offer
Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall - 'Autumn Awakening B&B Stay' Special Offer

Seaham

Steeped in history, this ‘wonderfully civilised’ coastal Georgian mansion combines ‘style, luxury and high standards’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
4
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St Brides Spa Hotel

St Brides Spa Hotel - Sunday Sea View Special Offer

Saundersfoot

‘The physical ambience and sea coast views are wonderful,’ write trusted readers, of this spa hotel overlooking bay and village on the Pembrokeshire coast.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
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Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa

Bepton

‘We much enjoyed our stay,’ writes a reader this year, of this Edwardian country house hotel in ‘grounds of a sporty nature’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • activities
  • wine
  • value
  • disabled
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
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The Scarlet

The Scarlet

Mawgan Porth

While families whoop it up at sister hotel Bedruthan (previous entry), grown-ups enjoy the serenity at this adults-only hotel and spa.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • parking
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The Cary Arms

The Cary Arms

Babbacombe

At the end of a ‘precipitous, twisty descent’, ‘courageous’ visitors are rewarded with ‘unrestricted views and a genuine, good-humoured welcome’ at Lana de Savary’s ‘fabulously secluded’ cliff-face hotel.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • garden
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • view
  • wi-fi
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Lime Wood

Lime Wood

Lyndhurst

‘At night, surrounded by floodlit cedars and oaks, it felt like a movie set,’ writes one reader this year, after visiting the luxury New Forest retreat.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
9
Longueville Manor

Longueville Manor

St Saviour

‘The best on the island’, ‘the most spectacular and sumptuous’, this luxurious, family-friendly manor house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) 'just gets better',
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • wine
  • tennis
  • wi-fi
  • honeymoon
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Dormy House

Dormy House

Broadway

Countryside chic fills this 17th-century farmhouse on a ridge above vast fields beyond the Cotswold village.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • indoor_pool
  • disabled
  • country_house

2017 Editor's Choice Spas

Editor’s Choice: Best Spa Hotels

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Hartwell House

Hartwell House - £98 Per Person National Trust Anniversary Break Special Offer

Aylesbury

In a Georgian Arcadia, this Jacobean mansion, refashioned in the 1700s, was the palatial refuge of the exiled Louis XVIII and his court.
From £200 per night
  • gym
  • weddings
  • golf
  • garden
  • spa
  • wi-fi_
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • honeymoon
  • romantic
  • tennis
2
Special offer
Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen - 4 Nights for the Price of 3 Special Offer

New Milton

After more than 50 years, this country house hotel and spa on the edge of the New Forest still sets the standard for luxury.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • seaside
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • view
  • wine
  • disabled
  • honeymoon
  • gourmet
  • wi-fi
3
Special offer
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa

Bodysgallen Hall and Spa - 'Escape to the Country' Special Offer

Llandudno

‘Without exception the house and its antique contents are fabulous; it’s an absolute gem,’ wrote a long-term Guide reader after visiting the National Trust hotel overlooking Snowdonia.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • walking
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
4
Special offer
Cliveden House

Cliveden House - Three for Two Short Break

Taplow

Having hosted everyone from Chaplin to Churchill, this ‘superbly refurbished’ Italianate mansion seduces visitors with the prospect of ‘luxurious country house living’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • wi-fi
Upgrade voucher
5
Special offer
Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall - 'Autumn Awakening B&B Stay' Special Offer

Seaham

Steeped in history, this ‘wonderfully civilised’ coastal Georgian mansion combines ‘style, luxury and high standards’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
6
Calcot Manor

Calcot Manor

Tetbury

‘A lovely, family-friendly hotel,’ was Guide inspectors' verdict on this 16th-century stone manor house with spa in beautiful grounds, ‘looking out over rolling hills’.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • romantic
  • disabled
  • tennis
  • wi-fi
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The Scarlet

The Scarlet

Mawgan Porth

While families whoop it up at sister hotel Bedruthan (previous entry), grown-ups enjoy the serenity at this adults-only hotel and spa.
  • weddings
  • walking
  • value
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • seaside
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • view
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
  • parking
8
Lime Wood

Lime Wood

Lyndhurst

‘At night, surrounded by floodlit cedars and oaks, it felt like a movie set,’ writes one reader this year, after visiting the luxury New Forest retreat.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • gourmet
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • cooking_school
  • disabled
  • wi-fi
9
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Bath

‘Behind the dramatic facade lies a beautiful garden,’ writes a reader in praise of this hotel and spa with its green oasis at the centre of a divine Georgian crescent.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • honeymoon
  • indoor_pool
  • historic
  • view
  • wine
  • wi-fi
  • romantic
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Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island

Eriska

Rumble across a bridge at the mouth of Loch Creran to reach this ‘simply faultless’ Victorian baronial mansion, a luxury spa hotel, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, on a private pleasure island. ‘A magical place,’ say guests in 2016.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • bird_watching
  • garden
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • honeymoon
  • country_house
  • view
  • activities
  • wine
  • disabled

Hotels chosen in 2016

Editor’s Choice: Best Spa Hotels

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Park House Hotel & Spa

Park House Hotel & Spa

Bepton

‘We much enjoyed our stay,’ writes a reader this year, of this Edwardian country house hotel in ‘grounds of a sporty nature’.
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • indoor_pool
  • outdoor_pool
  • activities
  • wine
  • value
  • disabled
  • fishing
  • wi-fi
2
Barnsley House

Barnsley House

Barnsley

Henry VIII gave the manor of Barnsley to each wife in turn – the old romantic! – before it passed to the Bourchier family, who built this Cotswold stone house in the 1690s.
  • weddings
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • value
  • fishing
  • spa
  • wifi
  • romantic
  • tennis
  • country_house
  • outdoor_pool
  • historic
  • disabled
  • honeymoon
  • wi-fi
3
Dormy House

Dormy House

Broadway

Countryside chic fills this 17th-century farmhouse on a ridge above vast fields beyond the Cotswold village.
  • gym
  • weddings
  • child_friendly
  • golf
  • walking
  • garden
  • spa
  • dog_friendly
  • wifi
  • parking
  • romantic
  • indoor_pool
  • disabled
  • country_house

Find the right luxury spa hotel for you

Bringing another dimension to the hotel experience, the UK has been increasing its breath of spa hotels over the last decade, resulting in some of the most highly considered luxury destinations and health resorts in the world.

The range of opportunity when it comes to spa hotels makes the small and simple title somewhat inadequate.  The likes of Chewton Glen take the crown for being amongst the most luxurious facilities in the country, complete not only with excellent spa treatments but a wide range of facilities and knowledge that are hard to come by.

Meanwhile, the likes of Seaham Hall blend a contemporary knowledge of wellbeing with artistic integrity across the whole venue, all surrounded by rich history and contrastingly rugged coastal surroundings that juxtapose beautifully with the perfectly presented hotel and spa.

The Scarlet has a wide reaching reputation for being a spectacularly romantic hotel to visit but is also Cornwall’s ultra eco friendly low-tech solution to wellbeing travel, managing to fuse style and green credentials with the most spectacular coastal views as you sip champagne in the hot tub overlooking the wild Atlantic below.  It is the sister hotel to Bedruthan Hotel and Spa, which continues the stylistic credentials of The Scarlet, but adds to it a family friendliness that appeals to a wholly different market.

Then onto another genre of spa hotel in the form of Lime Wood in the New Forest, a spectacularly hip hotel that has a reputation for its decadent restaurant overseen by celebrity chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder, as well as The Herb House, its standalone spa amongst its awe-inspiring gardens, which has its own rooms to stay in, a dedication to its namesake – the herb garden and, and treatments that fuse efficacy with holistic credentials.  It all comes together to make the rustic playground of the stylish set.