The setting for Seaham Hall is as expansive as it is exhilarating: the north-east coast (County Durham to be exact), meaning you’re already onto a winner. The spa building and facilities are impressive; the treatments good quality. The spa journey begins at the fabulous underground walkway that connects the spa to the hotel – walk past pebbles and running water until you reach a huge carved elephant. Inside, there’s an ozone treated pool, a hydrotherapy pool and thermal rooms. Outside are two steamy hot tubs and a sun terrace.
- 17 treatment rooms
- 20m pool with massage stations
- Indian steam room with amethyst crystal
- Herbal Sanarium
- Salt sauna
- Hydrotherapy bath with 12 massage stations
- Snail showers
- Ice fountain
- Plunge pools
- Outdoor hot tubs
- Technogym fitness suite
- Aerobic studio
- Roof garden
- Pan-Asian Ozone Restaurant
- Temple Spa
- Aroma Stone Therapy
- Made for Life
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Seaham Hall is a restored white Georgian manor house set high on the cliffs above the Durham Coast. The setting is dramatic with wonderful views out to sea; the interior seamlessly blends original features with contemporary touches.
As overnight guests, we checked in before heading through the underground walk way linking the hotel to the Asian-inspired Serenity Spa. On the way, we encountered water gently bubbling over pebbles and a large elephant sculpture; it's a lovely transition into the Asian spa world. Day guests can head straight for the spa's own entrance.
What's on offer?
The reception area is light and bright with large windows, dark wood flooring and plenty of comfortable seating. We sipped a cold drink and completed consultation forms before staff took us on a tour of the spa.
There are three female changing rooms, each with private cubicles, a loo and showers containing shampoo and shower gel (no conditioner); lockers contain robes and slippers. A well-equipped vanity bar has everything you need for post-spa preening.
Like the rest of the spa, the thermal area is bright and welcoming, with white walls, blue mosaic-tiled steps and large windows. A 20-metre pool with ozone-treated water takes centre stage; it's large enough to swim a good number of lengths. The far end is circular with a metal "S" for Serenity in the middle. Give your shoulders a pummelling under the powerful swan pipe or use the jets to massage your back and calves. We relaxed on padded loungers afterwards.
We began our thermal journey by massaging our feet in the foot spas before moving onto the circular hydro-pool with its powerful jets and warm, silky water.
The steam room has comfortable benches and was of a moderate temperature on our visit; a few minutes in the salt sauna quickly improved our cold symptoms, too, while the mildly heated herbal saunarium has seating for 12.
Cool down in between heat experiences in the experience showers, the ice fountain, or one of two cold plunge pools. Or warm up, like we did, in the bubbly Jacuzzi.
Outside are two bubbly hot tubs and, down a few steps, a large hydrotherapy pool and a pretty spa garden with loungers. Here, spa butlers bring you water, distribute fluffy throws, and bring round slices of melon or fruit kebabs at regular intervals. Spa Spy bliss.
After a treatment, settle down in the Zen lounge which has an outdoor balcony to enjoy the fresh air and views over the beautiful grounds. Help yourself to fruit-infused water, dried fruit and nuts.
There is a gym and studio on the spa's upper level, too, which overlooks the pool. Classes are regular and varied, ranging from kettle bells to Tai Chi.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Temple Spa Champagne and Truffles Facial (90 minutes, £120), a luxurious treatment using a blend of diamond powder, gold, silk, black truffle, Champagne extract and cocoa butter. Afterwards, you get to tuck into chocolate truffles and a glass of Champagne, too: a decadent recipe indeed.
Dannika, my therapist, began the treatment by performing a thorough neck and shoulder massage using hot stones. The warmth from the stones, combined with Dannika's expert touch, made me feel very relaxed.
I turned over so that Dannika could begin the facial massage, designed to strengthen muscle tone and reduce puffiness. Dannika spent a lot of time on my jawline, lifting the skin upwards while massaging away. While this didn't hurt, her touch was certainly firm.
Dannika then mixed a warm alginate mask and brushed it onto my skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (wrinkles, moi?). She followed this with a cold stone treatment to reduce puffiness.
Next up: layers of Truffle Elixir, a Temple Spa serum which brightens the skin and helps combat those fine lines. The Temple Skin Truffle that followed felt like whipped cream; my rather dry skin gratefully soaked it up.
Afterwards, my skin looked fresher and brighter with a light glow. Dannika tactfully suggested that I have a facial peel on a regular basis to reduce the nasty little milia (raised bumps) scattered across my forehead.
In the Zen lounge, I discovered my spa partner snoozing after his excellent full body massage. My glass of Champagne and plate of truffles arrived as soon as I was settled: the perfect end to a stunningly good treatment.
Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall offers a range of holistic treatments for the face and body, ranging from 60 minutes to two hours, as well as massages, scrubs and facials using Temple Spa, Made for Life, OPI and ishga products. You can also try the rasul or treatments specifically designed for men or mums-to-be.
You can eat lunch in your robe in The Ozone, an Asian restaurant in the centre of the spa that slopes down to a bar area. The décor is striking with bold use of black and red; you can choose to sit inside or head out onto the terrace.
If you are booked on a spa day, a two-course lunch is included. We opted for two starters and enjoyed a small portion of duck pancakes followed by crispy dim sum; the perfect amount. We spotted several spa goers tucking into generously sized main courses and indulgent desserts.
If you stay overnight, you can eat in the elegant Dining Room which serves locally produced food in inventive ways. We ordered the fish of the day followed by succulent lamb; both dishes were a triumph.
We loved / we didn't love
The service: The staff at Serenity Spa work hard to make your visit special, with nothing too much trouble.
The Asian influence: From the elephant statues to the Asian food in the Ozone restaurant, everything works in harmony to create a serene and calm atmosphere.
The hotel: If you can, treat yourself to an overnight stay; the hotel bedrooms are large and elegant, and offer wonderful views out to the sea.
We didn't love
Having to leave…
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: Seaham Hall is a romantic hotel with an equally romantic spa; slip into the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, order a glass of fizz, and enjoy.
Spa-istas who want top-quality treatments: Our Temple Spa facial could not be faulted.
Anyone celebrating an occasion: Seaham Hall is a special place that would be a fantastic choice to honour an occasion.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
The Dining Room in the hotel offers decadent surroundings based on best of British food using local produce lead by Head Chef Damian Broom.
The Serenity Spa offers a more relaxed dining experience. The Ozone, Pan Asian inspired restaurant serves authentic Asian style food, handcrafted cocktails with views over the hotel grounds and brand new Spa Garden.
Seaham Hall's historical background is reflected in its elegantly resorted 21 bedrooms: from Garden suites with private outdoor terraces, to the unique mezzanine Ada Lovelace suite.
Monday to Friday: 6.30am - 10pm; Saturday: 7am - 10pm; Sunday: 8am - 10pm
Travel and Parking
Seaham hall and Serenity spa is in the heart of the North East of England, a 15 minute drive from the historical cathedral city of Durham with direct links to all surrounding cities. The hotel and Spa is part of the Durham Heritage coastline with plenty of accessible parking, and a valet service for hotel residents.
Both the hotel and spa have accessible facilities and parking. The hotel has accessible suites for disabled users and the spa has single and double treatment rooms for guests to experience at their leisure.