With the majority of children now back at school, the adult-only spa market is ripe – and ready – for bookings. If you’re a parent this could mean a stress-evaporating massage followed by a swim and a nutritious lunch; if you aren’t, it’s lower prices, smaller footfalls and peace and quiet all the way. Here’s our pick of the best adult-only spas to say ‘ahhh’ in.
With children banned but pooches welcome, some may say The Scarlet has got it right (we said some). Idyllically set on a deserted stretch of caramel sand on Cornwall’s Mawgan Porth beach, the hotel’s eco-credentials, organic restaurant and nature-inspired rooms are second-to-none. The Ayrvedic-inspired spa is a spiritual place with tented treatment rooms, an outdoor pool cleansed by reeds and an indoor pool overlooking the beach. If you do one thing before arriving, make sure you pre-book the Clifftop Hot tub experience - a raised hot tub overlooking the Atlantic Ocean where you can watch the sun set with a glass of bubbly.
As soon as you begin journeying down the driveway at Hoar Cross Hall your shoulders are guaranteed to drop an inch - 43 acres of pristine grounds and a terracotta-hued mansion practically scream ‘come in and relax’. April saw the property re-open after a £14 million upgrade to the communal areas, spa and all 97 bedrooms - some now boast baby pink freestanding baths; others have balconies with hot tubs. And with a Nordic Heat and Ice room, hydro-pool, saltwater pool, Kniepp foot massage, detox centre, snooze room, deep relaxation room, hair salon and atrium, the award-winning spa is anything but ordinary. Treatments are courtesy of Elemis, Jennifer Young and Jessica.
Being in higgledy-piggledy Lavenham - with its black and white tudor buildings and old world charm – is a pretty peaceful experience in itself; a stay at Weavers House Spa at The Swan hotel could be the cherry on the tranquillity cake. The fifteenth-century Swan Hotel is all low beams and roaring fires with a modern extension housing the spa. Simple touches - such as fresh macaroons post-treatment and burning aroma candles - elevate the experience. Despite a relatively small footprint, there’s a sauna, steam room, garden room and outdoor pool on a pretty terrace. Treatments showcase Temple Spa and Jennifer Young.
Lifehouse is an adults-only spa hotel set in 130 acres of beautifully-tended gardens near the trendy coastal town Frinton-on-Sea. The whitewashed Scandi-style hotel building stands out – in a good way – amongst all the greenery, drawing visitors in like a magnet. Inside, clean lines, neutral shading and plenty of glass keep rooms and central areas pared back and Nordic. Try the Italian restaurant – a hit since head chef spa Ugo Simonelli took the helm – and the spa with its 18-metre heated indoor pool, saunas, steam rooms, salt inhalation room and gym. The treatment menu favours Elemis, Clarins and Made for Life with something for everyone, including men and spa-goers living with, or recovering from, cancer.
It may be part of a holiday village – where children roam free - but the spa offering at Ribby Hall is a glamorous adult-only hotel set in the rolling Lancashire hills, with its own peaceful lake. A day spa, an overnight sanctuary or a place to pop in for a treatment, it’s many things to many guests. The thermal space – made entirely of glass – overlooks a spa deck with outdoor hot tub, sauna and large hydro-pool surrounded by loungers. Book an Aqua Thermal package and combine time in the thermal area – which has seven different experiences – with a two-course lunch, afternoon tea or two-course dinner. Try the Natural Spa Factory Teatox for top-to-toe relaxation.