Whether it's a day visit, a beachside spot or a space you can have all to yourself, couples are well catered for in the spa world. Stylish Spy rounds up the best spas for romance.
Sandpiper Pool & Spa, Cambridgeshire
Want a spa day without having to smile (politely) at other guests? Book a day at Sandpiper Pool & Spa and have the entire place to yourselves – even the staff won’t appear unless summoned. With its own swimming pool, cosy lounge with open fire and help-yourself-to-snacks-and-drinks-kitchen, outdoor hot tub, pretty garden, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam, and room for ESPA spa treatments, the space has romantic spa written all over it.
Best for... capital spa-ing
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London
Try the luxury spa’s new OSKIA Rasual Ritual in the beautiful Oriental Suite for two people before availing yourself of the extensive, and recently refurbished, spa facilities, including 17-metre pool, vitality pool, Sanarium, Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation room and fitness centre. The iconic London hotel has three dining options – including two Michelin-starred Dinner by Heston Blumental - and a stylish bar for a pre-dinner cocktail.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa, London
When you’re offered Champagne on arrival – as well as your own butler to attend to every whim - you know you’re off to a good start. The award-winning spa – with its infinity-edged hydropool surrounded by loungers - oozes style; push a button and order yet more fizz to sip poolside. Book the VIP double treatment suite, wine pairings to complement dinner and a spacious suite to sleep in and you’ll be onto a winner.
Best for... historic spa-ing
The Cliveden Spa, Berkshire
The heated outdoor pool at The Cliveden Spa has already played a central role in the story of love - this is where Minister John Profumo first set eyes on actress Christine Keeler in 1961. The rest is history. The beautiful spa is set in a walled garden brimming with roses and lavender; treatments are performed on waterbeds using Oskia and Cliveden products. Drape decadently around the hot tubs, pools, sauna and steam room before sitting down for afternoon tea.
Nothing screams romance like wallowing in side-by-side alfresco freestanding tubs with only the Yorkshire Dales – and each other - for company. The spa’s Nàdarra Ritual is a tailor-made treatment for two: a self-led Rasul followed by a soak in a double indoor bubble bath. End the day with a Twilight Spa Garden Bath Experience and wallow in the tubs above, under a star-studded sky – glass of Prosecco in hand.
Best for… adult-only spa-ing
The Scarlet Spa, Cornwall
Avoiding children on a romantic getaway can be tricky; not at The Scarlet’s Cornish eco spa hotel, where children aren’t invited – but pooches are. If you do one thing, make sure it’s the clifftop hot tub experience (pictured). Wellness body treatments take place in tented, lantern-lit treatment rooms; drift off to sleep in hanging pods for two afterwards. Come morning, slide the doors of your balcony open and listen to the waves crash on the shore.
Best for…. coastal spa-ing
Lincombe Hall Hotel Spa, Devon
Nothing beats walking hand-in-hand on Devon sand – wind in your hair; fresh air in your lungs. Lincombe Hall Hotel & Spa is located just a short walk from Torquay’s unspoilt beaches making beach-and spa happy bedfellows. The new £2 million spa is perfect for overnight spa breaks and has outstanding facilities, too, including a sleek 15-metre lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, Scandinavian sauna, aromatherapy steam room, Himalayan salt room and pampering treatments from Temple Spa..
Best for… garden spa-ing
The Spa at Manor House (Alsager), Cheshire
Be it compact and bijou or vast and comprehensive, spas with pretty gardens simply add to the charm. The garden at the Spa at Manor House is dotted with spa facilities to hop between, including a new Pool House with café and swim-up bar, sunken hydrotherapy tub, hanging day beds for two, and potting sauna shed with plunge pool. Swim lengths in the indoor swimming pool - with its vaulted glass ceiling and hanging rope swing - before enjoying a signature couples massage.
Best for… day spa-ing
Eden Hall Day Spa, Nottingamshire
If you can’t manage a spa break but still want a spa experience with your loved one, a spa day might be just the ticket. Eden Hall is a large day spa with acres of lawns, lavender-filled gardens and a festoon-lit lake. Unwind in the 25-metre vitality pool, Rose infused steam room, Herbal caldarium, sunny relaxation room conservatory and darkened Slumber Lounge. Don’t miss afternoon tea beside the Shepherd Hut above or watching the sun set from one of the outdoor hot tubs.
7th February 2023
Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.
Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.
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