The glamorous Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall in Lancashire was awarded Best Day Spa. The thermal space is stunning: a vast glass structure overlooking a decked spa garden with outdoor hot tub and sauna. At the centre is a large bubbling hydrotherapy pool surrounded by loungers and seven heat experiences, including herbal sauna, aroma steam room, tepidarium, sanarium and Balinese salt inhalation room. The spa menu includes treatments from Elemis, Neom and ishga, as well as exclusive signature rituals.
Champneys Henlow is set within a Georgian manor in Bedfordshire. The spa is surrounded by 150 acres of stunning parkland next to a flowing river, running weir and romantic gardens – keep an eye out for deer, ducks and ducklings. Highlights include a huge range of fitness and wellness classes, the restaurant with its nutritious buffet and comfy outdoor terrace, a bright 25-metre main pool area, and delightful garden conservatory with board games and books.
Set within 100 acres of Lancashire countryside with its rolling landscape, The Woodland Spa has a sense of intimacy and peace. The Thermal Experience Journey includes a range of heat rooms, plus a hydrotherapy pool, outdoor infinity pool and a tranquil serenity pool in a low-lit relaxation room. Allow three hours to enjoy the facilities before heading off for treatments. The menu includes face and body therapies from Decléor and Neom with manicures and pedicures from OPI. The award-winning Restaurant is located above the spa with stunning views over the outdoor terrace and surrounding countryside.
Woburn Forest is Aqua Sana’s biggest spa with two floors of facilities in six zones, namely Fire & Ice Spa, Salt Spa, Herbal Spa, Blossom Spa, Mineral Spa and Gem Stone Spa. All 26 sensory experiences are driven by the latest innovations from leading European spas while being inspired by nature. We loved relaxing in the beautiful outdoor hydro pool with its forest views; guests with tense shoulders should give the swan necks a go.
Ragdale Hall is a large, comfortable country house set in attractive gardens and grounds. The spa has quite a cult following; you’ll find good quality, well-priced treatments delivered by people who really know their stuff. The huge array of facilities on offer will have you visiting your favourites time and again. Gloriously, at Ragdale you can be as pampered or healthy as you like, enjoy a healthy meal or opt for cake and Champagne.
An oasis of calm, the extensively restored and enlarged Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Situated in the heart of Knightsbridge, the Spa offers a diverse range of treatments, from traditional Chinese medicine, Bastien Gonzalez-renowned manicures and pedicures, and anti-ageing Nescens facials. Alongside the 13 treatment rooms, you’ll find the Oriental Suite, featuring two massage beds and a Rasul water temple. As part of its eco-credentials, The Mandarin Oriental eliminated all single-use plastic last year.
The setting for Seaham Hall is as expansive as it is exhilarating: the north-east coast, meaning you’re already onto a winner. The spa building and facilities are impressive; the treatments good quality. The spa journey begins at the fabulous underground walkway that connects the spa to the hotel – walk past pebbles and running water until you reach a huge carved elephant. Inside, there’s an ozone treated pool, a hydrotherapy pool and thermal rooms. Outside are two steamy hot tubs and a sun terrace.
Rudding Park is a Regency country house hotel, close to the spa town of Harrogate. The spa, which opened in summer 2017, is split over three levels with glass walls to show off the beauty of the surrounding gardens. Inside, the spa has an indoor pool, juniper log sauna, rasul, and four ‘mind and sense zones’. Take time to visit the Roof Top Spa and Garden complete with a hydrotherapy infinity edge pool, a range of thermal experiences and a sun deck.
Part of The House of Daniel Thwaites, the contemporary Aztec Hotel and Spa is surrounded by coast, countryside and Bristol cityscapes. The newly refurbished spa has a pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and spacious relaxation suite. Try treatments from French vinotherapie brand, Caudalie, and nail and beauty treatments from Jessica and Mii. On a sunny day, make the most of the restaurant’s suntrap garden terrace.