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Spa-induced wellness holidays don’t always have to come from far-flung destinations around the globe such as Thailand, Mauritius or Bali. Now, although those are fantastic choices, there are also options a little closer to home here in the UK. For those who perhaps are unable to travel long-distance or those that want a quick and convenient shot of wellness, these luxury spa retreats in the UK are the perfect answer. There has been a shift in the mentality of travellers after the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept across the UK and beyond. Rather than a ‘generic resort’, many are seeking authentic rejuvenation with holistic treatments and bespoke therapies having seen the importance of maintaining a strong physical and mental disposition. Explore our list of the best British Spa hotels where you don’t have to stress about travel restrictions and PCR tests!
A de-stress getaway can relax tension in both the body and mind, tending to both mental and physical health. This can be found at Grantley Hall, built toward the end of the 17th century, this plush retreat is steeped in history having Members of Parliament, artists, entertainers, and royalty all walking through this elegant estate’s doors. Resting on multiple acres of land, this retreat exudes opulence and class as it resembles a setting pulled straight from a period drama but sadly no, Colin Firth is not included as Mr Darcy. Filled with 47 decadent stately rooms, feel like a Lord or Lady with historical tours, the breath-taking ELITE gym, Michelin starred restaurant: Shaun Rankin and the jaw-dropping Three Graces Spa. Within this spa, expect Potali massages, Kundalini, rose body exfoliations, cellular face therapies and pedicures. This traditional manor house is also crammed with modern wellness technology with an Underwater treadmill, cryotherapy chamber, EMS suits, 3D body scanners, Heated medibed and much more. This retreat balances heritage and technology perfectly creating an outstanding spa experience.
Information and Booking: Grantley Hall
To rejuvenate the internal functions of the body, a thorough detox holiday is extremely effective. Modern, chic and technologically driven, Glass House rests less than an hour from London, surrounded by sweeping greenery making this retreat secluded yet convenient. With a fierce commitment to detox, Glass House relinquishes all coffee, alcohol, meat and dairy to provide a thorough detox, using their own words: ‘Relax, Renew, Reset’. This experience includes bespoke massages, cryotherapy, a Salt-Block sauna, an extensive fitness centre and technology-infused facials that look like something that would heal Darth Vader. Not to forget the dedicated team of spa therapists, reiki practitioners, personal trainers and a Colonic Hydro therapist. As well as being a top spa destination this is also an incredible nutrition-friendly holiday, talk about comprehensive!
Information and Booking: Glass House Retreat
If playing golf is your calling or simply a hobby, why not blend your passion with a wellness-infused spa staycation! With a backdrop of the Ochil Hills, across 850 acres of land, Gleneagles is an idyllic world-famous retreat. This Scottish Manor is full of history, awe-inspiring landscapes, and culture, but a major attraction is the renowned three PGA championship golf courses, where you can pretend that you’re Rory Mcllroy, or is it just us that would do that? Gleneagles is also home to 2-star Michelin restaurant: Andrew Fairlie – where you’ll be treated to a range of fine food after a jam-packed day of activities. Take advantage of holistic massages with hot stones, lavish facials and wellness rituals, to let your body unwind at the spa. Gleneagles’ spa provides over 20 treatment rooms, practising Ayurveda to offer a more traditional path to wellness, fusing Western and Eastern methodologies for the best outcomes. If this isn’t enough, Gleneagles is packed full of activities too with off-road driving, falconry, horse-riding, Walking, Cycling and of course, golf!
Information and Booking: Gleneagles
Each of these luxury spa retreats offers stunning spa facilities, each with the own authentic touch. Whether that be modern technology, traditional practises or a fusion of both. Get your dose of wellness at one of the best British spa hotels the UK has to offer!