At the Hotel Guru we’re not great spa devotees - we look for character in a hotel before anything else - but we’re always delighted to find a great spa which blends with a hotel’s character, rather than detracting from the atmosphere. And that’s what we looked for most when choosing our Top 10 Best UK Spa Hotels.
These 10 best UK spa hotels are the ones which stand out for us: with soothing environments, quality treatments, and charming, highly trained staff. Mmmm…. Do you feel more relaxed already?
Bath Priory is an elegant country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant, four acres of landscaped gardens and several beautiful outdoor pools. Or, if you’re looking for plush surrounds, they the Summer Lodge in Evershot, Dorset, a country house hotel with every luxury imaginable.
Mar Hall is in a beautiful, but remote Gothic estate near Glasgow, surrounded by 400 acres of grounds, and there’s a wonderful Aveda spa.
St Brides Spa Hotel is another of the 10 best UK spa hotels in an out of the way location, this time on the Pembrokeshire Coast, but it’s worth the journey for the relaxing views and sea air. The Scarlet, in Mawgan Porth in Cornwall is a relaxing, purpose built eco-friendly hotel perfectly positioned for beautiful sea views and exceptional sunsets.
Calcot Manor Hotel in the Cotswolds is a superb all-round hotel on its own estate, so it has everything you need, and it’s all stunning to boot. Or you could try Cowley Manor near Cheltenham, which is supposedly more for grown-ups, and has an award winning, as well as beautiful, spa.
As well as being one of the best value spa hotels on our list, the Bedruthan Steps Hotel is also one of the 10 best UK spa hotels for families, it’s an excellent, modern beach hotel with two pools, a kid’s club and of course a spa, and rooms start from £140 per night.
The Swinton Park Hotel in Ripon, Yorkshire has been converted from a castle, and as well as the 200 acre park, award-winning cuisine and cookery school, kites, boules pitch and nature trail, there’s an excellent spa.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Fantastic spot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from a family-friendly hotel. Modern interiors throughout with the comfortable rooms capturing the beach views. Herring Restaurant is Cornish throughout using locally sourced ingredients. Relax by one of the two pools, or at the spa.
Tetbury, The Cotswolds
A charming 14th century manor house in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Chic rooms feature bold wallpaper prints, soft tones, deep soaking tubs and trendy artworks. The beautifully landscaped gardens feature a range of family activities as well as a pool and spa. An elegant country retreat.
An imposing mansion with epic surrounding views. Grand bedrooms with large sash windows and four poster beds. A world class golf course is attached. A spa with an extensive therapy list and beauty treatments for those wishing to relax. Formal and informal dining options. An ideal rural escape.
nr Cheltenham, The Cotswolds
A contemporary-chic manor house set on 55 beautiful acres, in the Cotswold countryside. Trendy rooms mix the best of both worlds, with original sash windows, high ceilings and fireplaces mixed with sleek handmade modern furnishings and bold colour combos. A sophisticated, fun country escape.
Pembrokeshire, West Wales
A charming spa hotel overlooking Saundersfoot Harbour. The simple and chic rooms are come with modern furnishings and neutral tones. The Cliff Restaurant serves up fresh fish straight off the boat and local farm produce. Miles of beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline to explore.
An elegant Georgian manor turned hotel, on the edge of the city. Charming suites feature beautiful fabrics and original sash windows commanding spectacular views of the grounds. The award winning restaurant serves up delicious dishes straight from the Victorian walled garden.
Luxury castle in the Yorkshire Dales. Formal surrounds with a relaxed atmosphere. Award-winning cuisine and cookery school. large individually designed rooms, chintzy fabrics and sash windows. Jam packed with activities and a spa. Ideal for families.
A Hardy-esque country house turned hotel, surrounded by lovely gardens and spectacular countryside. Luxurious rooms boasts elaborate floral fabrics and plush furnishings. The gourmet restaurant is not to be missed, nor the extensive bar. A cosy countryside base, complete with pool, spa and tennis.
Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Relaxing, purpose-designed eco-friendly hotel overlooking Mawgan Porth beach. Contemporary furniture and modern local art adorns bedroom walls. Great sea views from the cocktail lounge and stylish hotel restaurant. Fantastic spa facility for ultimate relaxation and great outdoor activities nearby.