This past year we’ve been denied so much that is good for the soul, from seeing friends and family and travelling the world freely, to the simple pleasure of a mani-pedi and blow dry at the salon. Let’s face it, the sheet masks at home just aren’t cutting it anymore and according to Tripadvisor, data shows we’re desperate to indulge in some much needed pampering, as demand for spa hotels on Tripadvisor is up 24% since January and more than 12% in the last month alone.
Take a look on Google Trends and you'll see the same intrigue, 'spa hotels UK', 'spa hotels Peak District' and 'spa hotels Devon' are all breakout search terms right now. Honestly, we can see why. If lockdown restrictions mean we're holidaying in the UK this summer, there's no better option than a spa hotel.
Far removed from a tiny Airbnb in the middle of town, spa hotels mean you can really treat yourself to indulgent treatments, lounge days by a pool or hot tub and the ultimate relaxation atmosphere nestled in the most beautiful locations in the UK.
It's with that in mind we decided to scour Tripadvisor for the best spa hotels in the UK, picking out our favourite seven for your booking pleasure. So enjoy, guys, you deserve it...
The best spa hotels in the UK
Best Spa Hotels In The UK - Grazia
Set upon a hilltop overlooking the stunning Fistral Beach, The Headland Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. It's Spa Lounge has dramatic sweeping views of the coast, ideal for letting your mind drift off and stresses melt away. Signature treatments on offer include The Cast Away Ritual, which consists of a welcome foot ritual, deep cleansing ritual, body brush, salt scrub, hot cloth toning and freestyle wave stone massage. In addition to treatments, you can take advantage of the spa thermal journey -- a hydrotherapy spa pool complete with bubble seats, swan jet, hot tub, Cornish salt steam room, Swedish sauna and aromatherapy showers. And if that weren't enough, new to the hotel is its Aqua Club, a swimming and wellness space that boasts six pools, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and a sun terrace with a heated sunset spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.Price: From £375 per room, per night
Careys Manor & SenSpa sits between the New Forest and the Solent in Brockenhurst. The 18th century manor house plays home to three restaurants - a modern British brasserie called Cambium, a traditional French bistro called Le Blaireau (the garden area is beautifully lit at night and the menu is a box-ticker), and their Thai restaurant The Zen Garden and of course the SenSpa. The Thai spa focuses on holistic wellness and the treatment menu is inspired by ancient Eastern rituals. Then there's the facilities. Flit from the hydrotherapy pool to the crystal steam room, ice room and herbal saunas. There's also a fully kitted out gym and 14-metre swimming pool for those who like to pepper their spa stay with workouts. Price: From £209 per room, per night
You may think if you've seen one spa, you've seen them all. Well then you haven't seen the spa at Galgorm. Set within 163 acres of lush parkland with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, it is the ultimate zen setting for a wellness break. Facilities include a snow cabin, which is maintained at a chilly -10°C and is said to enhance blood circulation, a salt cave, where inhaling the salt infused air deep into the lungs will help to detox and purify, and riverside wood-fired bathing tubs to relax while taking in the tranquil backdrop of the River Maine and surrounding woodland.Price: From £243 per room, per night
At this grand country retreat, TLC is on offer aplenty, whether that's from the saltwater vitality pool complete with starlit cave, whirlpools and massage jets or the warming hydrotherapy pool, salt inhalation room, ice temple or aspen wood sauna. There's also an array of sensory showers to tingle your skin and massage the body, with a combination of cold mists, hot body jets and foot massage. And last but not least, after all that relaxing, the cold plunge pool will give you a burst of energy and stimulate circulation. Price: From £195 per room, per night
The Celtic Manor Resort is made up of four hotels and 10 luxurious self-catering lodges, and is set in more than 2,000 acres of parkland. With not one, but two spas on offer here you've got double the opportunity to rest and relax. The Forum Spa has 16 treatment rooms set-up for indulging in some quality me time, while the Ocius Treatment Rooms offers express treatments for a quick pamper sesh.Try the Elemis thousand flower detox wrap. This 50-minute treatment is a nutrient-rich detox wrap, using the deeply nourishing green tea balm to encourage super skin health and powerful detoxification. It helps stimulate the elimination process and restore equilibrium to leave you feeling completely reinvigorated.Price: From £116 per room, per night
This hotel has its very own private beach -- it doesn't get much more peaceful than that. The main house has 38 gorgeous sea facing rooms, while the hotel's new beach lodges have alfresco private hot tubs to soak away your stresses in. At the C Bay Spa there is a treatment room for couples who want to enjoy some pampering together, and if you want to enjoy a massage while listening to the waves crashing -- a beachside pavilion is ready and waiting.Try the C Bay Spa signature treatment -- Serenity by the Sea. A 2-hour full head-to-toe experience which includes exfoliating and massaging your feet and lower legs while soaking in a foot bath infused with essential oils, a lava shell massage focussing on tense and knotted areas and an Ayurvadic scalp massage before finishing with a one-hour tailor made facial. Yes. Please.Price: From £400 per room, per night
Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Borrowdale valley for over 200 years, this hotel is a proper bolthole. Think lake views that will take your breath away.Inside the spa are five treatment rooms, a four-person rasul (a thermal mud treatment room), champagne and deli bar serving light refreshments (they had us at champagne!), and a thermal suite featuring a laconium, aroma steam room, herbal sauna, salt steam room, ice fountain, drench showers and heated relaxation loungers. Feeling chilled yet?Outside is where you'll find the absolute star of the show though -- a 16-metre hydro pool with neck jets, underwater loungers and an amazing overflow hot tub with incredible views to Derwentwater and the Catbells Mountain Range -- definitely one for the gram! To top it all off, you can take a seat in the glass-fronted Finnish sauna and finish up with an open-air cold drench bucket and hot shower.Price: From £228 per room, per night
If you want a romantic break, you can't go wrong at the Lake District with its rolling countryside and picturesque landscapes, but the Gilpin Hotel & Lake House takes it to another level. It has five lodges complete with their own personal spas, including treatment area, rainmaker shower and steam room, hydrotherapy hot tub and outdoor sauna, all with views over the gardens to the Lake District moors. Price: From £655 per room, per night