Best Spa Breaks in the UK and What to Pack

by Kathleen Loxton
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There’s nothing better than having a relaxing weekend away. But you don’t have to leave the country to find the best spa breaks. We’re going to show you the top 10 spas in UK – and, because we want you to be prepared, we’ll be giving you some ideas of what to pack for your luxury spa break.

Top 10 Spa Breaks in the UK

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
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The best spa weekends are about pure relaxation, and One Spa at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, in the heart of Edinburgh, hits this mark, offering ‘a natural balance of energy, water and heat in a beautiful, light-filled space.’ With spa break prices starting from £180 per person per night, One Spa has an infinity pool, a rooftop Hydropool, a Thermal Suite and an advanced gym and fitness studio. Sheraton Grand Hotel also offers afternoon tea with a twist, and a gin tasting experience.

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The Montcalm London Marble Arch, London

The Montcalm London Marble Arch
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The best spa hotels have little touches that make your break special, and the Montcalm London Marble Arch truly has this covered. Not only can you choose your own exotic fragrance for your room, but also there is a pillow menu. When you book a Club Room or Luxury Suite at this hotel, you are invited to enjoy a complimentary head or foot massage at the spa. The spa also offers individual treatments, from an Express Facial at £65, to a Relaxing Ritual by Montcalm at £250.

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Titanic Hotel, Liverpool

Titanic Hotel Liverpool
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When searching for the best spa breaks, UK, you may not have looked at Liverpool. But the Titanic Hotel – themed around the famous ocean liner – is perfect for a romantic weekend away. Each room has a unique design, influenced by the Stanley dock conservation area, with stunning views of the coast.

The hotel’s wellness spa, Maya Blue Wellness, has a sanarium, sauna and steam room. It has been described as “almost cave like” and “very relaxing and secluded” by reviewers.

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Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth

Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel
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If you’re looking for the best UK spa hotels, this Best Western Plus The Connaught Hotel has it been rated #1 Spa Hotel in Bournemouth. Only two hours from the capital, it is one of the best spa hotels near London. With treatments starting from £25, this isn’t one of the priciest spas either.

The Connaught Hotel has four excellent dining and bar options. It’s newly refurbished restaurant, Blakes Restaurant, is a mobile-free zone for guaranteed peace. It is also TripAdvisor’s #1 2 Rosette restaurant in Bournemouth.

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Brimstone at Langdale, Lake District

Brimstone Hotel Spa Suite
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There’s no place like the beautiful landscapes of the Lake District for one of the best UK spa breaks. From £450 per night, Brimstone Hotel’s Spa Suite is pure luxury with an oversized bath, log-burning fire and Egyptian cotton sheets.

Brimstone Spa’s luxury experience is inspired by the relaxing atmosphere of the Lake District. Hotel guests have complimentary access to the thermal experiences and relaxation areas, with exclusive access from 7am to 9am.

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Rockcliffe Hall, County Durham

Rockcliffe Hall Spa
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If you’re looking for 5-star luxury spa hotels, UK, you may have overlooked this hidden gem. Rockcliffe Hall is one of the top golf and spa breaks in the UK. With offerings from afternoon tea to the 4AA rosette Orangery restaurant, this hotel has everything you need.

A twist on the usual luxury spa breaks, Rockcliffe Hall also has a Spa Garden where you can relax in the warm Jacuzzi. Indoors, take advantage of complimentary refreshments while enjoying the heated relaxation loungers.

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The Scarlet Hotel, Newquay, Cornwall

The Scarlet Hotel
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‘A luxury eco hotel, just for grown-ups, on the edge of the ocean,’ The Scarlet Hotel was designed to connect its guests to the outdoors while allowing them to escape their daily lives. One of the must-try experiences is the Clifftop Hot Tub, where you can listen to the sound of the waves while enjoying the warm water.

If you want to take a break away from the kids, this is one of the best spas in England for couples. The hotel only allows guests over 18, which means you get to unwind in the beautiful location without having to worry about the little ones (yours or anyone else’s).

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The Midland Hotel, Manchester

The Midland Hotel
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If you’re looking up north for the best spa in England, take a look at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. This 4-star hotel has rooms starting at £82 per night, which is more than reasonable for a stay at this historic hotel. If you need more proof that this is the perfect romantic getaway, this is the hotel where David Beckham wooed Victoria.

The Midland is also home to one of the best UK spas, with four relaxation areas and five thermal areas. One of its feature pieces is its hanging cocoons, where there’s room to curl up alone or with a partner.

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Dormy House Hotel, Cotswolds

Dormy House
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If you’re looking for laid-back and luxurious, Dormy House Hotel is one of the most beloved hotels in the Cotswolds, and has one of the best spas in the UK. From £220, a spa break includes bed and breakfast, dinner, and your choice of hour-long treatment.

You have the choice of The Garden Room for fine dining, or The Potting Shed for a more relaxed atmosphere. The hotel also offers hampers for those who want to explore the estate.

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The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire

The Grove Hotel
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For those of you too busy to get out of the city for a break, this is one of the closer spa breaks near London that offers a one-night stay. From £240 per person you can enjoy breakfast, dinner and a treatment at the hotel’s spa, Sequioa. If you’re really short on time, you can visit for a mini spa day – Afternoon Delight (2-6pm), Twilight Spa (6-9.30pm) or Sprunch (9am-3pm).

If you’d like to bring you four-legged friend along, The Grove also allows dogs to stay, with plenty of space for walks, and a dog-sitting service.

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It’s Time to Book Your Weekend Away…

Is it time you booked that well overdue spa break? Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly, or a quiet couples’ weekend, our top 10 list has some of the best spas for you to choose from.

Have you stayed at one of these top UK spa hotels? Let us know!

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