Soothing UK spa breaks | where to stay on your next spa break

Looking for some romantic quality time together or a girls weekend filled with champagne and giggles? Well we've chosen our favourite spa hotels across the UK for some well-deserved R&R.

Check in, order a bottle of champagne to your room, slip into a fluffy bathrobe and make your way down to the spa. What better way to spend a weekend than on a spa break?

And you don’t have to drive for miles. Why not combine a spa break with a city break filled with luxury shopping, buzzy nightlife, manicures and massages. Looking to escape to the country? Then enjoy lush views and fresh sea air coupled with an outdoor hot tub.

An idyllic spa break in the Lake District

Known for its stunning countryside, the Lake District is synonymous with long rambling walks and challenging hikes and what could be better after a day of exploring than to return to your hotel for a few hours indulging in the spa? Treat yourself to the ultimate spa break by heading to the lush hills of the Lake District, where luxurious hotels featuring Jacuzzis, indoor pools, and specialist treatments await you.

Our top hotel for a Lake District Spa Break:


A warm and welcoming family-owned spa hotel, the Gilpin is famed for its attention to detail, great service and stunning accommodation. They have two luxurious hotels on two separate estates, one in a country house with its own private lake and Jetty Spa featuring treatment rooms, hot tub and indoor heated pool. The other features six garden rooms complete with hot tubs and five self-contained detached spa lodges with their own rainmaker showers, steam rooms, and outdoor hydrotherapy hot tubs and saunas. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (170 reviews)

A seaside spa break in Brighton

Dubbed ‘London by the sea’, Brighton is a vibrant beach town that does rest and recuperation and nightlife in equal measures. A famous seaside resort since the Georgian era, when the well-to-do would flock to its shores to take in the benefits of the sea air, nowadays it draws holidaymakers thanks to its lively music scene and independent shopping – and selection of spa hotels. Whether you want to be just steps away from the beach or prefer enjoying sea views, each of these spa hotels will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

Our top spa break in Brighton:


This relaxing coastal retreat is the perfect weekend spa break for those looking to catch some sea air and some well-deserved R&R. The HarSPa, as it’s known, is a haven of subterranean decadence. Spread across two floors, the spa includes six luxurious treatment rooms, sauna, steam room, rainforest showers, two Scandinavian hot tubs, and several relaxation areas. Treat yourself to a reviving facial or a holistic massage to really make the most of your weekend break.

Brighton Harbour Hotel

8.1 Very good (2157 reviews)

A quaint spa break in the Cotswolds

For a peaceful British break, look no further than these relaxing spa hotels in the Cotswolds. England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has rolling hills, broad meadows and quaint stone villages, made for long rambles followed by a Jacuzzi bath or a shoulder massage in a luxurious spa.

Our favourite hotel in the Cotswolds for a spa break:


This peaceful Georgian manor house is just minutes from the bustle of Bath, and this is undoubtedly one of the Cotswold’s most idyllic getaways. Once a private residence, the Bath Priory hotel has four acres of gardens. The on-site Garden Spa is the first and only spa run by L’Occitane in the UK. The fragrances of Provence accompany exclusive treatments like the relaxing aromachologie massage and the almond detoxifying and firming body scrub and wrap.

Hotel The Bath Priory

Top rated
8.9 Excellent (117 reviews)

A Georgian spa break in Bath

Known for its thermal waters and Roman baths, Bath is the perfect destination to spend a weekend relaxing in a spa hotel. It’s a city that is blessed with gorgeous Georgian architecture, boutique shopping and a cosmopolitan feel, plus country house hotels boasting decadent spas. Whether you are looking for a serene retreat in the heart of the city or a secluded hotel surrounded by gardens and rolling hills, Bath has something to suit every spa-goer.

Our top spa hotel pick in Bath...


Occupying two Grade II listed buildings with both Georgian and Victorian elements, The Gainsborough Bath Spa lies in the heart of Bath’s city centre. The Gainsborough features a Spa Village that taps into the original thermal spring waters of Bath and fuses historic traditions of aromatherapy oils with global influences from Malaysian spa rituals. The Spa Village centres around a spa circuit which takes at least an hour to complete. This includes dipping into two natural thermal pools followed by a detoxifying infrared sauna, a steam room, an ice alcove, and several dedicated relaxation areas. The spa building itself is bathed in natural light and is located over two levels, with 11 treatment rooms, including two Tatami rooms for the award-winning Asian therapies, plus a VIP suite with private access to the thermal waters.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (2105 reviews)

A genteel spa break in York

The ancient splendour of Northern England’s walled city meets modern indulgences when it comes to spa hotels in York. Situated in grand buildings, often hailing from the Regency era, each one is a luxurious spot to call home for the weekend. When you’re not wandering the labyrinthine warrens in the medieval-era centre, treat yourself to therapeutic relaxation with a gentle float in a heated swimming pool, a soothing holistic therapy or a session in a Scandinavian sauna.

A 5-star spa hotel in York


Drop off your luggage at The Grand York, then head straight to the spa. The vaults where the North Eastern Railway company once stored its fortune have been transformed into a centre of serenity. A 45 ft swimming pool, spa whirlpool, Nordic-style dry sauna and relaxation lounge have replaced the piles of gold that previously languished here within thick stone walls that prevent city noise from seeping through. Let cares melt away in this hushed environment with a session in the scented steam room, perhaps ahead of a blissful facial, body wrap or holistic massage. Beauty treatments include waxing and eyebrow care, while manicures and pedicures use Salt of the Earth products to bring a natural twist to your nail therapy.

The Grand, York

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (2688 reviews)

An urban spa break in Manchester

What could be better after a day of exploring Manchester, than coming back to your hotel and relaxing in the spa? Whether you’re going to a Premiership match, indulging in some retail therapy or planning a raucous night out in the Northern Quarter, Manchester is the ideal location for a weekend spa getaway. Manchester has some of the best luxury spa hotels in the UK and most of them are found in the heart of the city, close to all the action.

Our top hotel pick for a Manchester spa break:


The Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel prides itself on offering its guests a supreme spa experience. The Sienna Spa & Health Club combines luxurious beauty treatments with a first-rate health and fitness facility, so whatever your needs, Sienna Spa can cater for them. The perfect indulgence for any couple is the Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual, an ancient practice best experienced with your better half. Upon entering your own private steam room, you are left alone to carry out the sensual cleansing ritual together. A range of products, including scrubs, clay masks and organic oils will be provided to ensure your skin is left glowing.

The Edwardian Manchester, A Radisson Collection Hotel

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (3093 reviews)

A coastal spa break in Kent

Kent’s gorgeous countryside and stunning coastline make it the perfect destination for a spa break. As a favourite bolt-hole of Londoners and holiday-makers alike, many are drawn to Kent’s sprawling green landscapes of sun-kissed vineyards and orchards, the nostalgic coastal towns of Margate and Dover and the enchanting city of Canterbury with its spellbinding cathedral.

Our favourite spa hotel in Royal Tunbridge Wells:


The family-run Spa Hotel is just the place for a country escape. It’s set in a Georgian mansion, studded like a jewel within 14 acres of pristine grounds and manicured gardens, complete with secret ponds, grand gazebo, orangery and vibrant flower beds. Begin your day in the spa, detoxifying in the sauna or steam room or taking a dip in the indoor pool. Next, treat yourself to an Elemis facial or Aromatherapy Associates massage. Exfoliating scrubs and moisturising treatments will rejuvenate your skin while waxing, manicures and pedicures give you a beautifying boost.

The Spa Hotel

Top rated
Tunbridge Wells
8.8 Excellent (1590 reviews)

A seaside spa break in Cornwall

Cornwall is known for its incredible beaches and verdant countryside, but there are also an abundance of spa hotels each featuring a host of state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled sea views. So why not take a road trip down to the southwest and spend your days going for coastal walks followed by a few hours of detoxing in the decadent spa.

Our top hotel pick for a Cornish spa break:


Perfectly positioned overlooking Porthminster Beach, the St Ives Harbour Hotel is ideal for a weekend of rock pooling and relaxing in the spa. The hotel is situated in the quaint town of St Ives, filled with boutique shops, seafood restaurants, and country pubs. The spa at the Harbour Hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea with a small terrace for you to catch some rays on warmer days. Inside you’ll find a large and inviting indoor pool, surrounded by loungers where you can relax and take an afternoon snooze. There’s also a hot tub, sauna and gymnasium just in case you feel like working up a sweat. In the private treatment rooms you can enjoy a rejuvenating facial or an invigorating body treatment such as a Smooth and Firm Body Experience.

St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa

Top rated
St Ives
8.6 Excellent (1240 reviews)

A rural spa break in New Forest

The New Forest is a gorgeous national park in Hampshire, filled with stunning landscapes, wild ponies, beaches, and country manor house hotels with decadent spas. Just a two-hour drive from London, the New Forest is perfect for a weekend break of indulgent pampering.

Our top spa hotel in the New Forest


A blend of Tudor and Gothic architecture, Rhinefield House is an incredible mansion set deep in the New Forest. This is the perfect resort for those looking to make the most of the surrounding nature. You can go pony trekking through the forest, go hiking, biking, or even take a trip down to the beach and along the cliffs. The spa includes an intimate health suite with two treatment rooms, a manicure station, an 8-piece Technogym a steam room, sauna, spa pool, and a 9-metre indoor splash pool. In the summer you can enjoy the outdoor pool set in the manicured gardens or have a drink on the terrace whilst catching some rays.

Hotel Rhinefield House

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (1414 reviews)

A city spa break in Edinburgh

Perfect for a relaxing weekend spa break, Edinburgh has lots to offer and if you are in need of some pampering then these hotels have luxurious spas just waiting to welcome you. So why not kick off your high heels, slip into your bathrobe and head to the steam room for a day of R & R at one of Edinburgh’s top spa hotels.

Our favourite luxury Edinburgh spa hotel:


This luxury spa hotel in Edinburgh is housed in a grand historic building – in a previous life, it was a Victorian railway station – and enjoys a prime location in the heart of the city at the west end of Princes Street. Boasting the only Guerlain spa in the UK, the hotel’s wellness centre is a peaceful haven where guests can treat themselves to some well-deserved TLC. Why not take a dip in the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, unwind in the steam room and sauna, or rejuvenate in the private, custom-designed treatment rooms?

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (2494 reviews)