Our round-up of the ultimate spa weekend retreats that will refresh and revive you ready for Monday
Words Annie May Byrne-Noonan
With the arrival of spring, and in the spirit of renewal and fresh starts, we at Absolutely are bringing you the best spa weekends in the UK. Whether you are looking to stay in London, nearby, or further afield. We give you a shortlist of the best options out there. Our pick of the best weekend retreats will leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised and with a spring in your step for the week ahead.
Cowshed Spa, Babington House
Nestled in the sleepy Somerset countryside, the Cowshed Spa at Babington House is the ultimate rural getaway. Despite being part of the exclusive Soho House Group, the spa at Babington House remains unpretentious. The spa has an indoor and outdoor pool with lakeside views. Enjoy the journey from one treatment room to another that takes you on paths through walled gardens and woods. From high quality grooming treatments to the best in holistic services, all products used are natural and grown in the gardens. Only a two hour drive down the motorway from London. Babington House is perfect for those who want the luxury countryside spa experience but do not want to travel far from the capital.
Set amongst the quiet tranquility of Hampshire’s New Forest, Chewton Glen is a well renowned Spa Hotel. Offering over 50 different treatments, when it comes to top notch pampering facilities, no expense has been spared. This includes a hydrotherapy spa pool and a selection of aromatherapy steam rooms and saunas. So if the latest facilities over hippy style holistic experiences are more your thing, why not try Chewton Glen for a high end getaway?
With its bucolic and fashionable setting in the heart of the Cotswolds, Calcot spa is an ideal getaway destination. Calcot has all the luxury spa facilities you would expect in a spa of this level. With the addition of an outdoor hot tub, the spa is at its most beautiful in the Spring and Summer with the arrival of the lavender. Whether your visiting Calcot for a few hours, a day or even two, expect a level of luxury and service benefitting its location.
Scotland’s premier resort has more to offer than beautiful surroundings and golfing. Its Spa facilities are second to none. Named a ‘Luxury Spa Resort’ by the Leading Hotels of the World Group, its one of the best spas in the world. Offering traditional, holistic and alternative treatments. A trip to the Gleneagles spa is for true connoisseurs of pampering and luxury.
Perched atop the rugged North Cornwall coastline, Fistral Beach is for those who want a complete change of scenery. The spa is a key part of the hotel and offers the highest quality treatments performed by trained professionals. Apart from the treatments themselves, the spa offers tranquil meditation rooms for pre and post treatments. From Yoga weekend packages, to weekend spa breaks and spa day trips, Fistral Beach delivers top quality holistic services.
The Celtic Manor Resort and Spa in South Wales remains a classic spa favourite. Celtic Manor boasts two spas, one for grooming treatments, the other for more intense holistic therapies. The five star getaway has won many awards including Best UK Hotel Spa. Also a winner of the 2015 Spa Traveller Awards, you can rely on Celtic Manor to deliver on the pampering front. Promising multi sensory holistic and grooming services, Celtic Manor remains a giant in the spa industry.
Four Seasons Park Lane
Are you looking for a top grade spa experience but do not want to leave the city? Despite its central London location, the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa in Park Lane is the answer to your woes. With a spa that sits above the hustle and bustle on the tenth floor, you will soon forget you are in one of the world’s busiest cities. Complete with floor to ceiling windows that darken when your treatment begins. The Four Seasons is a refuge for committed city slickers wanting a break.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa
With views over the rolling hills and stunning coastline of Devon. The Salcombe Harbour Resort boasts a world class spa centre. The resort promises an immersive holistic experience from the moment you walk through the door. Spread over two floors, the spa has every sort of facility you could expect from a luxury retreat. Spa breaks include an overnight stay in their luxury bedrooms, full use of the spa complex, a treatment, and dinner in the chic Jetty Restaurant.