9 of the best ESPA spas*

Jul 4 2024

Stylish Spy

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ESPA life at Corinthia Hotel

Best for design: ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel

ESPA Life is a classy spa set in the eponymous five-star Corinthia Hotel, a short walk from London’s Covent Garden. From the stark white relaxation area to the black marble pool, the design is dazzling; the wellness and mindfulness credentials impressive. Book in for a session with a naturopath, an acupuncturist, a nutritionist or a personal trainer and combine it with a treatment. The changing rooms are larger and better equipped than some entire spas facilitating a seamless experience.


Best for value-for-money: The Day Spa at Whittlebury Park

If fun is what you’re looking for, Whittlebury Park’s spa - a self-contained day spa is in a separate wing from the popular hotel - is a good choice. The main attraction is the heat and ice experience with its hydrotherapy pool, hot and cold thermal rooms and experience showers. For the more fitness inclined, there’s also a sizeable swimming pool and an airy exercise studio for a variety of classes. Treatments are great value-for-money, too.

ESPA at Hotel Europe

Best for nature lovers: ESPA at The Europe

The five-star Europe Hotel occupies an enviable position in Killarney National Park, with the Macgillycuddy’s Reek mountain range reflected in a vast loch. Unsurprisingly, the hotel has been built with those vistas in mind, with plenty of glass ideal for peering through and rooms with private balconies to sit and contemplate. The spa is equally well-appointed with an outdoor pool overlooking the water, comprehensive thermal suite, vitality pool, gym, indoor pool and fitness studio.

The belfry spa

Best for boredom-busting: The Belfry Spa

The Belfry Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of the countryside in Royal Sutton Coldfield. The stylish spa offers a range of treatments, a truly decadent relaxation room, and a finishing studio for nails and beauty. Head downstairs for the fire and ice experience - a spiral journey through several hot and cold rooms – before hop-footing it across to the separate leisure club with its a large, bright pool; two whirlpools; and American style diner with outdoor terrace.

Fairmont St Andrews

Best for golfers: Fairmont St Andrews

Set on a 520-acre coastal estate, Fairmont St Andrews offers extensive golf, leisure and spa facilities three miles away from iconic St Andrews Castle. The Spa can be found on the ground floor of the hotel and offers a range of treatments and relaxation therapies. There’s also a 16-metre pool with loungers, sauna, steam room and a Jacuzzi. Those who wish to work out during their visit can avail themselves of a fully equipped gym where cardio machines meet classes.

Low Wood Bay

Best for views: Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa

The Spa at Low Wood Bay Resort is a contemporary, welcoming space with views over Lake Windermere. With five thermal experiences - including an indoor relaxation pool, bubble spa, relaxation lounge, dry salt, coconut steam and herbal lounge - the indoor thermal space is a winner. With Lake Windermere below and the Lake District fells in the distance, the outdoor spa is worthy of attention, too. Turn on the bubbles on and settle in for an evening of star gazing.

Luton Hoo

Best for history buffs: Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

This grand country estate is steeped in history - the pillared halls and elegant lounges, individual period rooms, formal gardens and the award-winning Wernher Restaurant create an ambience of gracious living. Once the gardens cottage, the spa is situated in the Country Club, a Grade II* listed Robert Adam courtyard which previously formed the stables of the mansion house. Soak up the countryside views from the 18-metre infinity pool before warming up in the sauna or steam room.

Hale Country Clun

Best for celebrity sightings: ESPA at Hale Country Club

Located in the heart of Cheshire’s countryside, Hale Country Club & Spa offers a modern and tranquil setting in which to relax, unwind and be pampered. With five thermal experiences to enjoy - including a Finnish Sauna, steam room, herbal room and salt sauna, as well as an infinity wellness pool - the indoor thermal suite is the ideal space to take in the sweeping views of the Cheshire landscape. Sunny? Take lunch on the outdoor terrace. Keep your eyes peeled for famous faces.

King St Townhouse

Best for city slickers: King Street Townhouse Gym & Spa

The King Street Townhouse is nestled in what was once Manchester’s Victorian financial district. The spa, accessed via sleek staircase, is thoroughly tucked away. The changing rooms are a thing of beauty, while the thermal suite is a serene space with Himalayan salt cave (the only one in North England), sauna, glittery eucalyptus steam room, mosaiced ice fountain and marble heated loungers. Experience showers - with sounds and lights - will transport you to more tropical climes.

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Stylish Spy

4th July 2024

Spy Likes:

Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.

Spy Dislikes:

Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.

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