The indoor pool at Lucknam Park

Best spas in the UK: 23 of the most luxurious retreats to unwind in

It's luxury all the way at the best spas in the UK - these are our top pampering picks for 2020, from London hotels to country retreats. Dive into our edit for pre-wedding relaxation, post-wedding couple time or a hen party to remember!

Here’s one thing no one tells you about planning a wedding: it gives you more than one perfect excuse for some pampering. A pre-wedding wellness retreat, a blissed-out hen do, some bonding time with your mum or a luxury UK honeymoon – all of these are excellent opportunities for some serious relaxation time. To make sure you have the best experience possible, we’ve rounded up the best spas in the UK.

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When it comes to treatments that work and high quality facilities, we find that spa hotels are the best bet, whether you stay overnight or just go for the day. If you’re not sure how to choose, think about what’s most important to you. Are you results-driven – that is, do you want a pre-wedding facial that makes a real difference to your skin? Focus on the treatments menu and the products used. Or are you more about the relaxation side? We all know how stressful wedding planning is. If so, look at the facilities – it may be that these are so extensive that you can spend the whole day there simply chilling out, without even having a treatment! Of course, most of our picks are equally good at both – that’s what makes them the best spa hotels in the UK.

If you book your spa break close enough to the date of your wedding, you could combine your pampering with grooming. Many places offer beauty services such as eyebrow shaping, manicures and pedicures, and waxing.

Whatever your reason for booking in some spa time, we know you’ll love these soothing retreats.

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1. The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall

Natural outdoor pool at The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall
The Scarlet’s amazing natural outdoor swimming pool

This hotel really makes the most of the glorious Cornish coastal setting, with an outdoor barrel cedar sauna, clifftop hot tubs and and a chemical-free natural swimming pool. What’s more, local, mineral-rich Cornish mud is used in some of the treatments. The focus here is on holistic wellness: treatments are designed to nurture mind, body and soul. If you’re looking for a shellac mani-pedi or a product-heavy facial, this probably isn’t quite right for you. However, if you’d like to try a bathing ritual, invigorate your skin in the hammam or enjoy some anti-ageing facial massage, you’ll be in heaven. There’s also an indoor pool and two relaxation rooms that are ideal for blissing out.

Best for: Reconnecting with your partner if you’re finding wedding planning stressful – the facilities for couples are excellent

Price: Day spa journeys start at £175 per person, including a treatment and lunch

Book: www.scarlethotel.co.uk

2. Cowley Manor, Cheltenham

The indoor pool at Cowley Manor
Beautiful views from the indoor pool. Photography | Amy Murrell

Cotswolds spa hotel Cowley Manor is, quite simply, heaven. There’s everything you need for the perfect indulgent weekend away: fine food, beautiful accommodation – and, of course, the award-winning C-Side spa. The facilities here are immaculate, from the slate-lined heated indoor pool to the relaxation space. The spa has its own bespoke product range, Green & Spring, based on locally sourced herbs and spring water, which is used in the stress-melting treatments.

Best for: An indulgent pre-wedding weekend away with your mum – just because. Cowley Manor is so luxurious that she’s bound to love it.

Price: Day spa from £135 per person, including a treatment and lunch

Book: www.cowleymanor.com

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3. The Grand, York

Jacuzzi in the Grand Hotel York's spa
The spa whirlpool looks eminently tempting

Get away from it all at The Grand’s spa. Located in the hotel’s vaults, this is a serene space – the hustle and bustle of the city feels very far away. There’s a 14-metre swimming pool, whirlpool, Nordic dry sauna and steam room, not to mention a well equipped gym if you’re looking to energise rather than bliss out. The range of treatments covers glow-giving skincare, pure relaxation and beauty-based finishing touches such as eyebrow tinting and mani-pedis.

Best for: A pre-wedding pamper with your bridesmaids to get you feeling ready for the big day – the hotel offers specialist packages that combine relaxation with beauty treatments

Price: Day spa (full day) from £109 per person, including a treatment and lunch

Book: www.thegrandyork.co.uk

4. Pennyhill Park, Surrey

The spa pool at Pennyhill Park
The Ballroom Pool at Pennyhill Park

Pennyhill Park is a fabulous hotel, with luxurious, characterful accommodation, Michelin-starred dining and idyllic grounds. Despite all that, it’s the award-winning spa that’s the star of the show – we’re talking 45,000 square feet of bliss. The facilities are incredible: eight indoor and outdoor pools, open-air hot tubs, a hydrotherapy pool… and that’s before we’ve even got to the spa experiences, which include saunas, scented steam rooms, an ice igloo and special showers. There’s an extensive treatment menu, but you can easily slip into a state of relaxation from swimming and steaming alone.

Best for: A total de-stress. The facilities here are so good and varied, you can easily forget about wedding planning for a whole day.

Price: Spa day packages from £175, including lunch and a treatment

Book: www.exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park

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5. Gleneagles, Perth & Kinross

Gleneagles spa pool

Scotland’s finest spa resort is a haven of five-star indulgence. All treatments use ESPA products, and have been designed to combine contemporary science, Ayurvedic principles and Eastern philosophy. The facilities have been beautifully designed, and include a vitality pool, soothing relaxation rooms and crystal steam room.

Best for: A romantic mini-moon. There’s plenty to do outside the spa if you love outdoor pursuits, including golf, cycling, horse riding and falconry.

Price: Spa day packages from £185, including lunch and a treatment

Book: www.gleneagles.com

6. The Beaumont, London

Spa reception at The Beaumont Hotel
Chic spa styling

The Beaumont Hotel’s spa is all white marble and Art Deco influences, a look that’s both stylish and soothing. The space is bijou, but still has everything you need to chill, such as sauna, steam room and plunge pool. The treatments are second to none, whether you choose to unwind with a hammam experience or treat yourself to a full pedicure. There’s also a salon if your hair’s in need of a refresh.

Best for: A pre-wedding facial – The Beaumont spa is home to the legendary Abigail James and her team. Their bespoke facials will get you glowing, from £180

Price: Spa packages from £100, including a treatment

Book: www.thebeaumont.com

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7. The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, The Lake District

A spa lodge at the Gilpin Hotel
One of the stunning Spa Lodges

What could be better than a day at a spa? Why, having your very own en-suite spa! The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House has five detached lodges, each of which comes with a spa, with steam room, freestanding bath, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub and rain maker shower. You can even book in-lodge treatments. The spaces are full of thoughtful, bliss-promoting touches, such as a music system and mood lighting.

Guests in other Gilpin accommodation can still get some spa-time with a treatment at the Jetty Spa (book well in advance), and all guests get complimentary passes to a local health club that has a swimming pool, gym and sauna.

Best for: The Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a very strong mini-moon contender, as well as a lovely wedding venue

Price: Spa Lodges from £450 per night, classic rooms from £145, bed & breakfast

Book: www.gilpin.co.uk

8. Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, County Antrim

The pool at Galgorm Hotel
The pool has a polished pebble floor

There’s a treasure trove of wellness options available at Galgorm Hotel’s Thermal Village, some traditional, others more imaginative. From saunas, pools and hot tubs to a Snow Cabin, infrared heated loungers and snail showers (not what you might be thinking), there’s something for everyone. Spa experiences include forest bathing and a Celtic sauna infusion. There’s also a skin clinic, providing targeted facials.

Best for: A pampering hen party – there’s a private group treatment suite.

Price: From £182.50 per person for a Party Escape package, including one night’s accommodation, breakfast, three-course dinner, Thermal Village access & one 25-minute treatment, 10 people minimum

Book: galgorm.com

9. No, 15 Great Pulteney, Bath

Hot tub at the spa at No. 15 Great Pulteney Hotel
A cedar wood hot tub

Bath has been famous as a spa destination for centuries, with today’s visitors flocking to the historic Thermae Spa. However, Spa 15 at boutique hotel No. 15 Great Pulteney is a hidden gem that’s well worth a visit. Located in stone vaults beneath the city, this is a real away-from-it-all space that’s been beautifully styled to promote tranquility. There’s a relaxation room with open fire, a cedar wood hot tub, a steam area and a barrel sauna. The bliss-inducing treatments use products from cult favourites Natura Bissé and ila Spa.

Best for: A romantic mini-moon – the hotel also has gorgeous rooms, excellent food and a location right by Bath’s city centre

Price: Spa experiences from £105, including use of the hot tub & sauna, a 60-minute treatment & lunch

Book: www.no15greatpulteney.co.uk

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10. Brimstone Hotel, Lake District

Outdoor pool at night at the Brimstone Hotel
The indoor-outdoor pool

There are seven thermal experiences at this good-looking hotel spa, including a traditional Finnish sauna and a mineral steam bath, so if that’s your preferred way to unwind, it’s worth checking out Brimstone. There’s also a lovely indoor-outdoor relaxation pool and several chill-out areas. What we particularly love is the straightforward attitude to pricing: all treatments last for 55 minutes and are £90. Products used are Y&YW-favourite Elemis and the hotel’s bespoke line, which is inspired by the natural beauty of the Lake District.

Best for: A pre-wedding break with your partner, to ensure you’re both on top form in time for the big day

Price: Spa breaks from £520 per room, including accommodation, two spa treatments & unlimited use of the spa

Book: brimstonehotel.co.uk

11. The Lanesborough, London

The Lanesborough pool
It’s high style at The Lanesborough

You know how the Avengers films are about a group of superheroes brought together to combine their incredible skills? Well, The Lanesborough have pretty much assembled their own superhero team – only rather than protecting planet earth from extraterrestrial threats, they’ve come together to create a truly special spa experience. There are facials developed by skincare magic-maker Anastasia Achilleos; nutrition and stress management from wellness experts Bodhimaya; and treatments using leading beauty brands such as Tata Harper and La Prairie. What’s more, the facilities are impressive, and include saunas and steam rooms, and a hydrotherapy pool.

Best for: Primping as well as pampering – the Lanesborough Club & Spa also offers beauty services such as manicures and pedicures, waxing and eyebrow shaping

Price: Varies according to the treatment you book

Book: www.lanesboroughclubandspa.com

12. Moddershall Oaks, Staffordshire

The outdoor heated pool at Moddershall Oaks
The generously sized outdoor pool

This tranquil country retreat is a delightful place to recharge your batteries. Moddershall Oaks makes the most of its picturesque country location with outdoor spa facilities including a heated pool and a relaxation courtyard with a log fire and a pine sauna. Inside the spa, you’ll find extensive facilities to help bliss you out. If you’ve been having trouble dropping off, head to The Sleep Zone, a calm, quiet space with extra-comfortable loungers.

Best for: A luxe-for-less way to ease any wedding stress

Price: Day spa from £89, including access to spa facilities and lunch

Book: www.moddershalloaks.com

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13. South Lodge, Sussex

Indoor pool at south lodge
Romantic low lighting at one of the pools

The spa at luxury hotel South Lodge is beautiful inside and out. Outside: a meadow roof and oak cladding mean it blends harmoniously with its countryside setting; there’s a fantastic heated wild swimming pool. Inside: stunning facilities that include an infinity-edge pool, thermal rooms, a beauty bar and a well equipped gym. The treatment menu is extensive – check out the couple’s Mud Room experience, which involves applying detoxifying mud (don’t worry, it’s in a private room!).

Best for: A lovely mini-moon – head to South Lodge straight after the big day to help banish those post-wedding blues

Price: Spa breaks from £519, including overnight accommodation, brunch, dinner, spa access and one treatment per person

Book: www.exclusive.co.uk/south-lodge

14. Rudding Park, Harrogate

The outdoor pool at rudding park
There’s nothing quite like an outdoor pool

The Roof Top Spa at luxurious country hotel Rudding Park certainly has the wow-factor in terms of design. And there’s substance as well as style, with a hydrotherapy infinity pool, herbals steam room, oxygen pod and sunlight therapy room among the many options for boosting your wellbeing. Treatments take place is the soothing Escape Zone, and there’s the option to add on a CBD experience to any of them.

Best for: A bonding pamper session with your bridesmaids

Price: Half-day at the Roof top Spa from £56, including access to facilities, a drink and a snack

Book: www.ruddingpark.co.uk

15. Lucknam Park, Wiltshire

The indoor pool at Lucknam Park
Beautiful views across the walled garden from the pool

A stay at this five-star Cotswolds hotel is always a treat, and you can elevate the experience with a day at their spa. ESPA at Lucknam Park is set within a pretty walled garden. The facilities are immaculate, from the thermal cabins to the hydrotherapy pools, and there’s a range of treatments – using divine ESPA products, of course. The Wellbeing Rituals – basically extra-special massages – are particularly relaxing. If you’re feeling energetic, there’s also a gym, and a yoga and Pilates studio.

Best for: Treat your mum to a day here as a thank-you for any wedding planning help

Price: Packages from £99 for a half day

Book: www.lucknampark.co.uk

16. Lime Wood Hotel, New Forest

Outdoor pool with wooden decking at Lime Wood Hotel
There’s nothing quite like some outdoor heated hydrotherapy

We love the rustic-luxe look of the Herb House Spa at Lime Wood Hotel – everything has been designed to promote a feeling of serenity and a sense of natural beauty. Arrange over three floors, the hotel has both an indoor and an outdoor pool (heated, of course), plus a lap pool in the gym, a spacious sauna and a workout studio. Treatments feature some seriously luxurious brands – Bamford, Skinesis and Voya – and cover beauty as well as relaxation.

Best for: A pre-wedding wellness overhaul – the spa also offers personal training based on the philosophy of fitness legend Matt Roberts, and nutrition expert Amelia Freer holds regular workshops there

Price: Day spa packages from £130, including access to the facilities & lunch

Book: limewoodhotel.co.uk

17. Champneys Forest Mere, Hampshire

Indoor pool at Champneys Forest Mere
We like the look of the Champneys Forest Mere 25-metre pool

Champneys are the pampering experts. Their Forest Mere resort is particularly notable for its serene lakeside location, with enchanting countryside scenery. As you’d expect, the facilities are extensive and excellent. Whether you want to take a fitness class, chill out in a Jacuzzi or relaxed with a personalised massage – or all of those, just not at the same time – you can do that here. There are also outdoor pursuits to enjoy, such as hiking and bike rides.

Best for: A hen party everyone will love

Price: From £79 per person for the Girly Group Getaway package, which includes a class, three-course lunch and access to the spa facilities

Book: www.champneys.com/spa-resorts/champneys-forest-mere

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18. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

Hydrotherapy pool at the royal crescent hotel in bath
The spa has its own Mediterranean walled garden

Set across two Georgian townhouses, the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa manages to blend historic grandeur with contemporary indulgences. The same philosophy applies to its award-winning spa, which is a ravishing place to be pampered. Facilities include a heated relaxation pool, a vitality pool with jets, a herbal steam inhalation room and a Himalayan salt-infused sauna. There’s also a fitness room with Power Plate technology. All this is housed in beautiful surroundings full of Georgian-era graciousness.

Best for: Given how romantic the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is, we’d say a mini-moon here, with some spa time, would be truly lovely

Price: Deluxe bedrooms from £330 per night

Book: royalcrescent.co.uk

19. Ragdale Hall, Melton Mowbray

Outdoor heated pool at Ragdale Hall
Just one of the pools at Ragdale Hall

If it’s blissful simplicity you’re looking for, Ragdale Hall is deal. Their spa packages all include a treatment, all dining and accommodation, so all you have to decide is how long you want to relax for. If you’re short on time, they also offer spa days. The facilities are comprehensive, with six pools and 12 heat rooms and water experiences. If you’d like to add some exercise to your chill time, there’s a gym and exercise studios with a variety of classes. The treatment menu is impressive, including a mix of relaxation and beauty.

Best for: A bonding getaway with your bridesmaids

Price: From £298 for a spa break, including accommodation, dining, a treatment and spa access

Book: www.ragdalehall.co.uk

20. Dormy House, The Cotswolds

Indoor swimming pool at Dormy House
We love a bit of poolside candlelight

There’s much to admire at this rural hideaway, which manages the trick of being both cosy and stylish, but it’s the award-winning spa in particular that has us purring. Their philosophy? “Being spoiled rotten” – and you certainly will be, thanks to the candlelit swimming pool of dreams, multi-experience thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool and champagne-serving nail parlour. Treatments are suitably indulgent – take ‘Cashmere and Truffles’, which involves a truffle oil massage to leave your skin feeling as soft as cashmere.

Best for: A heavenly mini-moon, to start married life in style

Price: From £555 for a spa break, including one night’s accommodation, a treatment, dining and spa access

Book: www.dormyhouse.co.uk

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21. The Rosewood, London

Treatment room in the Sense spa at the Rosewood London hotel
Chill out in the luxurious relaxation room

The luxurious Sense spa at Rosewood London has fast become a favourite with locals and visitors alike. This may not be the largest on our list – there’s no pool, for example – but it’s the excellence of the treatments that keeps people coming back, from glorious massages to body treatments. They’ve also recruited some rather impressive names. Celebrity hairdresser Matthew Curtis has a full-service salon here, and elite personal trainer Harry Jameson offers fitness sessions.

Best for: A results-driven pre-wedding facial – Hollywood skincare legends Face Place have a clinic at Rosewood London

Price: £140 for a Face Place signature treatment

Book: www.rosewoodhotels.com/london

22. Minster Mill, The Cotswolds

Outdoor relaxation area at Minster Mill

This boutique beauty is a lovely place for blissing out. There’s an aroma steam room, ice fountain, rainforest showers and a sauna – plus a very good-looking plunge pool. Treatments are by ESPA, so you know you’re in for a treat. The menu isn’t vast, but it’s very well curated, offering everything from aromatherapy massage to radiance-boosting facials.

Best for: Book as a treat for a few weeks after the wedding, to give you and your partner a newlywed treat to look forward to

Price: £218 for two for a Mini-moon Spa Day package, including two specified treatments, a glass of prosecco and afternoon tea

Book: www.minstermill.co.uk

23. Eastwell Manor, Kent

Indoor pool at Eastwell Manor
Those beds are perfect for lounging

This Champneys property is utterly bewitching from the outside, with ivy-clad exteriors and beautiful grounds. Step inside and life gets even better: the spa has a 20-metre heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool, all simply made for getting you into a chilled-out state of mind. Luxe touches include GHD straighteners in the changing rooms and the most snuggle robes. As well as spa treatments, there’s a great range of fitness classes.

Best for: As the ultimate thank-you present to your (or your partner’s) parents, get them a gift card

Price: Spa breaks from £229 per person, including dining, a treatment or round of golf and access to spa facilities

Book: www.eastwellmanor.co.uk

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