Whlst we realise that dogs can't actually go into spas (we aren't barking), being able to bring pooch to your luxury spa hotel of choice can make it that much more enjoyable - with zero kennel guilt to boot. Here’s Stylish Spy’s round-up of the best spa hotels welcoming man’s best friend.
The Headland Spa, Cornwall
In the summer months, dogs love nothing more than running along the sand into the sea to cool off; The Headland Spa is set about as near to a beach as you can possibly get without needing flood insurance - and that’s before mentioning the dog beds, blankets, dog treats, water bowls and poo bags provided in rooms set aside our four-legged friends. They are also welcome in the Terrace Restaurant. The new £10million Aqua Club takes the spa experience to new levels.
Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel, West Sussex
Not only does country house hotel Alexander House have two dog-friendly suites situated on the ground floor - with direct access to the gardens for a quick run-around – but dogs are welcome in the bar area and on the outdoor terrace of the Reflections Lounge, where a doggy afternoon tea is served on tiered dog bowls for £20 per pup. When it comes to walkies (shh), the manor house has acres of grounds to explore; the Sussex countryside – with its dedicated footpaths - is a mere scamp away making it ideal for getaways. As for the spa facilities, expect Five Bubble Luxury.
Spa at Ramside, County Durham
If a luxury treehouse set in woodland adjacent to a golf course - with full height windows, a wraparound balcony dotted with sunken hot tubs and luxury bedrooms – sounds like ‘we-really-need-a-break’ nirvana, then Spa at Ramside is the perfect choice. Three-bedroom treehouses can be cleverly split into one- or two beds to accommodate families of all sizes, as well as couples. And canine companions are welcome, too. Embrace your inner mermaid at the spa, which has five different pools to splash about in.
The Secret Garden Spa at Ringwood Hall, Chesterfield
Ringwood Hall goes above and beyond when it comes to hound hospitality, offering a Pampered Pooch service where dogs are collected from reception, chauffeured to the hotel’s dog sitter and fed/taken on long walks in the Derbyshire countryside. Upgrade to the Waggy Tails package for a bath, brush and blow dry, or the VIP package for a pedicure and ear cleanse. While they enjoy their pampering spa treatments, so can you – in the thermal suite, vitality pool and Glasshouse Brasserie serving afternoon tea and cocktails.
The Lanesborough Club & Spa, London
If dogs could drink Champagne, they would doubtless be offered a glass whilst checking into the The Lanesborough, the height of five-star luxury accommodation opposite London’s Hyde Park. Small and medium-sized dogs are permitted to stay with owners in any of the rooms or suites; Butler’s will also take them for walks with sufficient notice. Dogs on leads are also permitted in the Withdrawing Room, the Garden Room and the Library Bar. With its art-deco design and polished customer service, the spa consistently achieves our top Bubble Rating.
Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa, Northamptonshire
You only have to look at Fawsley Hall Hotel’s website – with Fido contently sat in front of an open fire – to know that furry friends are treated as well as paying guests here. Your pup can set up camp in one several dog-friendly rooms - with easy access to lawns – or go for a run in the surrounding grounds. There are pup-friendly lounges and bars, too for that all important doggy-by-the-fire staycation shot. The superb standalone spa occupies a renovated coaching house; we love the infinity pool.
11th May 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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