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.
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- 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
- Outdoor infinity pool set in spa garden
- Aerobic studio
- Roof garden
- Technogym fitness suite
- Pan-Asian Ozone restaurant
- Continuous cleaning around all touchpoints
- Cleaning champions appointed and a deep cleaning process has been implemented in partnership with Diversity
- Daily health checks for all staff.
- Temple Spa
- Aroma Stone Therapy
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Seaham Hall is a restored white Georgian manor house set high on the cliffs above the Durham Coast. The interior seamlessly blends original features with contemporary touches; the setting dramatic: in 37 acres of rustic countryside with wonderful views out to sea.
Day guests can park in the Serenity Spa’s own car park and head straight into the spa itself. Overnight guests enter through the hotel entrance and then take the underground walkway where water gently bubbles over pebbles. Circle round the large elephant sculpture and go up the stairs to the spa reception. If you have booked in for a day spa, you get a chance to greet the elephant when you leave the treatment rooms.
What's on offer?
The circular reception area is light and bright with large windows, dark wood flooring and plenty of comfortable seating. We were offered a seasonal iced tea and - after completing hi-tech digital consultation forms - taken for a tour of the spa. A spa host will provide you with a branded white material bag containing your robe and spa slippers.
Changing rooms have bronze tile-effect wallpaper, cream floor tiling and large wooden lockers operated by a key-code, as well as loos and showers containing Temple Spa shampoo, conditioner and shower gel. A brightly lit vanity bar has everything you need for post-spa preening, including Temple Spa cleanser and moisturiser. There’s also a smaller VIP changing room with aqua painted walls, a loo and a shower. Help yourself to towels.
The thermal area is bright and welcoming with white walls, blue mosaic-tiled steps and large windows. Start your thermal journey by massaging your feet in the foot spas before moving onto the circular hydro pool with its powerful jets and warm, silky water.
The 20-metre pool takes centre stage; it's large enough to swim a good number of lengths. The far end is circular with a metal "S" in the middle linking to the Feng Shui design of the spa. Give your shoulders a pummelling under the powerful swan pipe or use the jets to massage your back and calves. If all that swimming is too much, you can relax on padded loungers surrounding the pool.
The intimate Indian steam room with its central amethyst crystal has comfortable benches, and was moderately warm on our visit. Inhaling in the salt sauna quickly improved my cold symptoms. The more spacious Asian herbal saunarium has seating for 12; there is also a hammam with spiral showers and a warm, bubbly Jacuzzi.
Cool down in between heat experiences in the experience showers, the ice fountain or one of two cold plunge pools.
And don’t forget the outside spa area with its bubbly hot tubs – of which there are two - sunk into the decking; down a few steps you’ll find a charming Zen Garden with large infinity-edged hydrotherapy pool. In fine weather, recline on one of the loungers here or cuddle up by the fire pits in the cooler months.
After your treatment settle down for a rest in the quiet Zen Lounge which has an outdoor balcony to enjoy the fresh air and views over the beautiful grounds. Fancy a nap? Hunt out the Hideout Lounge, a cosy dark room with grey tassel dividers between modern chrome loungers. Got a book you want to get stuck into? One of many water beds will provide the perfect place for reading. Or put your feet up in the Elephant Shanti Lounge and just admire the elephant statue.
A gym and studio can be found on the spa's upper level – overlooking the pool – complete the comprehensive facilities; classes include Pilates, yoga, HIIT and LIIT (low intensity interval training).
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Ishga Ritual (90 mins, £135).
My therapist, Zara, met me in the Zen Lounge and led me to one of 17 treatment rooms decorated in pale greys, blues and dark woods – ours had its own shower and loo.
Zara invited me to sit on a chair so that she could talk me through the treatment before leaving the room so I could de-robe and get comfortable on the treatment bed, lying face down.
Zara began the treatment with an Ishga Invigorating Body Oil - with its signature scent of lavender, rose geranium, lemongrass and juniper – and asked me to take three deep breathes.
Zara then applied pressure to my limbs through a towel before moving to the foot of the bed to perform a cleansing foot ritual with points pressure. I was clearly in capable hands.
For the massage, Zara began by working out the tension in my neck, shoulders and back before moving onto the back of legs. Asking me to turn over, Zara re-positioned the treatment bed in preparation for a massage of my legs, feet, arms and – finally – head. I drifted off.
For the facial, Zara treated my skin to a thorough cleanse before applying an exfoliating face mask which she removed with warm mitts. A nourishing oil was then applied to aid a slow, circular facial massage.
Zara ended the treatment with a regenerating serum, a rejuvenating eye balm, a dollop of marine antioxidant cream - and the chime of a bell.
I floated out of the treatment room with softer, less hunched shoulders and a renewed energy. A post-treatment fruity water and zingy lemon sorbet hit the spot.
My spa partner’s Temple Ritual (90mins, £135) obviously did the trick (I found her sprawled out on a recliner in the Zen Lounge looking utterly relaxed).
Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall offers a range of holistic treatments for the face and body - ranging from 60 minutes to two hours - including personalised hypnotherapy. As well as massages, scrubs and facials using Temple Spa and Ishga products.
You can eat lunch in your robe in Ozone Restaurant, an Asian restaurant in the centre of the spa that slopes down to a bar area. Décor is striking with bold use of black and red; you can choose to sit inside or outside on the terrace.
If you are booked on a spa day a two-course lunch is included. We chose a selection of starters - Korean style chicken wings, sweet, tangy Asian meatballs, salt and pepper squid – before sharing a main of chicken stir fry Szechuan with rice and egg noodles. A glass of Sauvignon Blanc was a perfect match.
If you stay overnight, try the elegant Dining Room in the hotel which serves locally-produced food in inventive ways. We received fantastic recommendations from the restaurant manager and began with Asparagus with an egg yolk jam; my spa partner chose ‘Seaham cure’, smoked trout with a dill emulsion.
Our main of Lamb ‘Printaniere’ with added sides of broccoli and Jersey royals was beautifully presented. My spa partner enjoyed the perfectly-cooked halibut served in an aromatic broth, fennel, crushed potatoes and bouillabaisse sauce.
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 Pan-Asian food in Ozone Restaurant it all works to create a serene and calm atmosphere.
The personal hot tubs: stay in a bedroom on the ground floor and make use of your own hot tub and fire pit outside the French doors on the terrace.
We didn’t love
The lack of signage in the thermal area prevent spa guests knowing how warm a room is likely to be and whether there will be a distinctive aroma.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: Seaham Hall is a romantic hotel with an equally romantic spa; dip into the outdoor hydrotherapy pool and soak up this euphoric space.
Anyone feeling fragile: book one of the nurturing sessions and decide on the day exactly what you fancy.
Those celebrating an occasion: Seaham Hall is a special place and would mark an occasion with enthusiasm and charm.
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- Friday 6.30am – 8pm
Saturday- Sunday 8am – 8pm
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.