There are hundreds of spas operating across the UK, as an increasing number of people flock to enjoy the relaxing and revitalising experiences that they provide. While many promise an excellent range of treatments that benefit the mind, body and spirit, there are a few special locations where amazing surroundings are coupled with treatments that are out of this world!
Read on to find out more about five of the top spas in the UK and what they have to offer:
1. Portavadie, Argyll and Bute
Located within a £10 million complex on the shores of a Loch in the peaceful Cowal peninsula, Portavadie is one of Scotland’s premier spas. Popularly known as the ‘secret Argyll’, it nestles amidst hills and forests and boasts romantic views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran and the hills of Kintyre. The facilities include a 16-metre indoor pool, gymnasium, saunas, outdoor spa pools and the largest outdoor heated infinity pool in Scotland. The saunas and relaxation suites have windows with panoramic views, so you can immerse yourself in the breathtaking surroundings.
2. Dormy House, Broadway, Cotswolds
The Scandinavian-style chic spa spreads over several floors of the rustic country house hotel, where there are treatments to suit every taste. After a healthy workout or personal training session in one of the gyms, it’s time to relax in the thermal suite, where treatments include a tranquil and fragrant Cotswold lavender sauna. There’s also the opportunity to try out specialist treatments such as a rhassoul mud room, the salt therapy room and an outdoor hot tub. The treatments include the high-end Temple Spa brand and there’s also a 16m infinity pool.
3. The Midland, Manchester
Boasting an alder wood sauna where the air is infused with Himalayan salt, an aromatherapy steam room, a relaxation pool and a ‘lifestyle’ shower with Arctic rain and Caribbean storm functions, if you’re looking for total relaxation, the Thermal Experience is a must. Focusing on rebalancing chakras, the ESPA treatments use the ‘Serene Sleep’ range, while the relaxation room has ergonomic sleep chambers and hanging pods.
4. Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Windermere
Set in a 100-acre retreat with a boat house, the spa enjoys tranquil serenity thanks to its location at beautiful Lake Windermere in Cumbria. If you like hot tubs, the ancient-style Japanese ofuro and the cedarwood varieties are highly recommended – private hot tubs can be found in some suites. The venue is ideal for couples, thanks to its Jetty spa couple’s treatment room overlooking the hotel’s private stretch of lake. There’s also a swimming pool, a salt snug for halotherapy treatments and an aroma salt scrub.
5. Coworth Park, Ascot
This modern, environmentally friendly spa has a smooth, stylish interior surrounded by a spectacular, vibrantly coloured wildflower meadow outside. It has been referred to as one of the most self-indulgent spas in the UK, with its curving secluded design and décor of classic sculpture and artworks. Filled with natural light for a bright, uplifting ambience, it has eight treatment rooms, a heated pool with underwater music and a Technogym. You can even enjoy champagne and light meals at the Spatisserie while you relax afterwards.
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