People always think if you want the full spa experience you have to travel to Austria, Germany or Italy where spa-going is part of the culture, and a steam, sauna and cold dip (often in the nude, men and women alike) is the natural thing to do but now Britain has caught up with a fabulous array of luxe wellness and fitness spas.
The perfect proportions of the Royal Crescent Hotel& Spa in Bath’s architecture, the cobblestones underfoot and the views of the hills and honey-coloured city epitomise English elegance. The hotel, bang in the centre of this iconic terraced street, is a neoclassical delight inside and out following a transformative renovation, and as comfortable as can be, with fine dining, an even finer spa and consistently old-fashioned, first-class service.
|Royal Crescent Hotel& Spa|
Originally a mediaeval hunting lodge way back in the 13th century, this New Forest manor was reclaimed for royalty by the Duke of Clarence in the 1740s. Since then, LimeWood hotel Hampshire, United Kingdom has had another extravagant makeover, giving this stately pile a serious air of perfection, with primly landscaped grounds, devotedly designed interiors, a super spa and a tantalising restaurant to prove it.
So pack your weekend bag and head off for a relaxing spa weekend
Chewton Glen Hampshire, United Kingdom (More Information & Booking)
It’s been voted ‘Best Hotel in the British Isles’ and the traditional British restaurant has garnered numerous awards, but don’t let that sway you – Chewton Glen has to be experienced personally to be enjoyed properly. With a staff-to-guest ratio of two-to-one, it’s impossible not to feel like pampered royalty at this world-renowned boutique hotel in Hampshire. Combining the old-school elegance of the Jeeves & Wooster era with a style-sharp modern sensibility (treehouse suite, anyone?), this hotel, spa, restaurant and country club is as seductive as it is suave.
Foxhill Manor Cotswolds, United Kingdom (More Information & Booking)
Foxhill Manor, the little sister and near neighbour of boutique hotel Dormy House is a lot like its sibling, but that little bit, well, boutiquier. With just eight bedrooms, the revitalised Arts and Crafts mansion is a contemporary Cotswolds country home with 400 acres to play in, a kitchen at your beck and call, and a sprinkling of rock-star style (check out the comic-book-collage walls of the cinema room). This off-Broadway showstopper is where you come for a champagne-bucketload of privacy, rolling valley views, and one-step-ahead-of-you service.
The Scarlet Cornwall, United Kingdom (More Information & Booking)
Luxurious but laid-back, The Scarlet hotel has heart; it’s eco-friendly through and through and equally true to its roots; decorated with paintings by local artists. Lashings of glass maximise this Cornwall hotel’s cliff-top setting and sea-and-sand views, keeping the outdoors in, and every room comes with its own balcony or outdoor ‘pod’.
Cliveden Berkshire,United Kingdom (More Information& Booking)
Ever since John Profumo first laid eyes on Christine Keeler as she basked in Cliveden’s pool, it’s been clear that this Berkshire boutique hotel was destined to be a Mr & Mrs Smith retreat of choice. As well as being a celebrated haunt for politicos and literati, this majestic neoclassical manor, with its air of faded grandeur, is the proud birthplace of the £100 club sandwich – worth every penny, we’re relieved to add.