Pretty-as-a-picture spa gardens

Apr 18 2023

Stylish Spy

3 min read

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In a bid to let the (bloomin’) lovely images do the talking, here’s our pick of the spa garden bunch, picture postcard-style-y - no filters necessary.

Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire

“Our formal gardens have been designed by renowned garden designer Alistair Baldwin, including the ornamental Japanese Garden - originally commissioned by Lady Jane Furness in 1910 - and the secluded rose garden, where our Diamond Rose Facial takes place during the summer months.”

Powerscourt Hotel Resort Spa, Ireland

“A short stroll from the hotel along a wooded path, The Powerscourt Gardens were recently voted No. 3 in the World's Top 10 Gardens by National Geographic. They stretch 47 acres and offer visitors a blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces and cycling routes.”

Sequoia Spa at The Grove, Hertfordshire, 

“In one corner of our Walled Garden you’ll find the Jemima’s Kitchen Garden - as well as attracting and protecting wildlife, our gardeners grow an abundance of fruit, veg and herbs for chefs to use in our restaurants. Try our Estate to Plate dishes and Garden to Glass drinks.”

Rudding Park Spa, North Yorkshire

“The Roof Top Spa is a social space with a range of hydrotherapy and thermal experiences, as well as an Escape Zone for treatments. You’ll find seasonal blooms in the mature gardens and plenty of wildlife in the surrounding woodland. Most of the produce for Horto Café is also grown on site.”

Aquarius Spa at Whatley Manor, Wiltshire

“New for Aquarius Spa this year is the Sothys Seasonal Garden Spa Experience, a massage and facial combining Les Jardins Sothys products with a seasonal taste from Whatley’s Kitchen Garden (currently lemon and rhubard choccies). Produce from this no-dig garden is also used in The Dining Room, which has retained its Michelin Star.”

Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ireland

“Spread across three different gardens, the Thermal Spa Village at Galgorm offers a smorgasbord of alfresco spa-ing with many of the hydro pools, Jacuzzis and wood-fired hot tubs set beside - or in view of - the River Maine. Warm up in the Celtic sauna or domed Elements Cafe.”

The Spa at Breedon Priory, Derbyshire

“Covered oak frames, fire pits and blankets afford year-round spa-ing at Breedon Priory, with sunny days spent swimming lengths in – or draping elegantly around - one of two outdoor infinity pools. Herbs grown in the Tranquility Gardens are used to flavour dishes in hotel’s Terrace Restaurant.”

The Spa at Carden, Cheshire

“Explore one of the largest spa gardens in the UK, containing a wealth of all-weather facilities in natural surroundings. Whether you’re connecting with nature, sinking into relaxation mode or floating between hot tubs with a pal, you’ll find a corner of the Spa Garden to call your own.”

Yorkshire Spa Retreat, York

“Our beautiful outdoor spa has been created around a Wild Swim Pond which invites guests to reconnect with the natural world and breathe in the fresh Yorkshire air. Our outdoor hydrotherapy pool is the perfect place to relax and sip a glass of fizz.”

Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel, West Sussex

Our pretty spa garden is surrounded by mature trees making it as private as it is peaceful. A large, square hot tub takes centre stage; our barrel sauna provides warmth on cooler days. Grab a sun lounger and order a glass of something refreshing - be it cold water or chilled wine - from a friendly spa butler.”  

The Spa at Manor House (Alsager), East Cheshire

“We grow rosemary, lemon, thyme, coriander, mint and parsley for use in our Stables Kitchen. Our Pool House features the UK’s First Swim Up Bar; our hanging day beds, loungers, overhead coverings and fire pits provide year-round garden spa-ing.”


Stylish Spy

18th April 2023

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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