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Spa hotels in Blackpool for chilled-out breaks in a thrill-seekers' paradise

As these spa hotels in Blackpool prove, a trip to the UK's most famous seaside resort doesn't need to be all about riding renowned roller coasters and touring the tower.

Spend your time luxuriating in steam-filled saunas, indulging in bespoke therapies in sleek treatment rooms and swimming a few languid laps in an on-site pool. Wellness facilities like blissfully bubbling Jacuzzis often come as standard at these top spa breaks in Blackpool.

But there are other exciting extras too, such as grand bars favoured by Winston Churchill, spacious rooms with sparkling sea views and ambient restaurants serving produce sourced from the local surroundings.

An affordable hotel with a heated pool and log cabin sauna

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Embrace a spa stay with a Scandi twist at The Doric Hotel where a log cabin sauna lets you unwind in the warmth. Other facilities designed to boost the cosy factor of your break include a steam room and a heated outdoor pool, with a spacious patio lined in loungers for sunshine-soaked days.

It’s not a holiday without cocktails according to this hotel, so order drinks like bubblegum bellinis and mango margaritas using the summertime waiter service or sip them while snuggling up on the indoor bar’s velvety shell booths. For dinner, take your pick from traditional British offerings such as aromatic lamb in a tongue-tantalising rosemary and mint sauce. Head straight to the entertainment afterwards – musical acts are organised seven nights a week at this hotel.

It’s worth upgrading to the elegant Margaret-Ann Suite for its tempting Jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower. Sip on a glass of fizz while in the bubbles, then dry off in the seating area set on a raised platform with views out over the Irish Sea’s crashing waves.

Highlights

Log cabin sauna on site

This stress-relieving facility is ideal in chillier months

Poolside drinks service

Guests can order cocktails as they sunbathe in summer

The Doric Hotel

Blackpool, 2.7 km to Blackpool Beach
8.2 Very good (500 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.9 / 10
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Spa breaks in Blackpool at a hotel favoured by Winston Churchill

Find respite in a Blackpool landmark on the North Promenade at the Renaissance-style Imperial Hotel. You’ll be in good company: Winston Churchill stayed at this accommodation several times. In fact, its former billiards room has been transformed into a bar named No.10 in honour of the prime ministers who have graced the place, from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair.

Sit a while underneath the stained-glass roof, then head down to the cellar and admire the old Burmantofts tiles in the restored Turkish baths. While guests can no longer take a dip in this 19th-century space, they can drench themselves in the modern pool and whirlpool, or opt for a heady half an hour in the sauna instead.

Opt for decadence during your break by choosing a Sea View Deluxe Bedroom, complete with upscale toiletries. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided, so you can wrap up post-spa and take in the panoramas over the sparkling water. If hunger strikes before dinner, nibble on delights like afternoon tea including Lancashire cheese scones on overstuffed chairs in the cosy lounge.

Highlights

Seasonal table d'hote menu available

Guests can eat in the ballroom-esque Palm Court Restaurant

Health club facilities

The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, gym and a spa pool

The Imperial Hotel

Blackpool, 1.5 km to Blackpool Beach
7.8 Good (2470 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.5 / 10
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A luxury coastal stay in Lytham St Anne's

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Around six miles from the city centre, in the Lancashire seaside setting of Lytham St Anne’s you’ll find the Dalmeny Resort. It’s an ideal spa hotel near Blackpool for a quiet break away. Paddle in the glittering waters of the Fylde Coast, then warm up at the health centre’s sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. If you don’t fancy a dip in the sea, there’s a 20-metre pool indoors.

The treatment list is extensive at Dalmeny Spa & Wellbeing: choose everything from massages and manicures to hair removal and spray tans. Opt for an express facial using Tropic products – and you’ll have more time for drinks overlooking the gardens that edge St Anne’s swathe of sand on Bar Indigo’s raised terrace. Or spend a little longer having a skin-brightening body polish using mineral-rich sea salts.

Feel a sense of serenity in your room, which is decorated in soothing shades of blue. You can opt for one with a balcony, or choose a room overlooking the sea or perched above the hotel’s gardens and Atrium restaurant. Head down to this eatery and sample local produce like succulent beef from the Ribble Valley.

Highlights

Rooms with a view

Guests can choose from spaces looking out onto the golden beach or the buzzing restaurant

Ample therapies for relaxation and beauty

There are massages, manicures and more in the luxe treatment rooms

Dalmeny Resort

8.3 Very good (1056 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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A central spa hotel in Blackpool for a great girls' weekend away

The Grand Hotel Blackpool is in the thick of it all. You’ll be a 15-minute walk along the promenade from lively cabaret bars like Peek-a-Booze. Fancy staying on site? Settle in at the scenic Promenade Restaurant with its large windows facing the water. Grab a table as close to the view as possible and savour it while sampling English classics such as a traditional roast dinner.

In between meals, soak yourself in the indoor pool or enjoy a soothing session in the sauna and steam room. Follow up with an alternative therapy – perhaps an African Rungu massage – or peruse the manicures, pedicures and facials. You’ll also find lash and eyebrow care, body therapies, waxing and tanning options.

Rooms are clean-lined and contemporary at this Blackpool spa hotel, decorated in simple Scandi-style pale-wood furniture. Settle into a suite on a girls’ weekend away – a separate lounge area means there’ll be space for everyone to gather around for drinks and chat.

Highlights

Easy access to the centre

This hotel is set on the main North Promenade seafront

Innovative treatments on offer

Guests can try the African Rungu, a Maasai massage using a wooden baton

Blackpool Hotel Conference Centre & Spa

Blackpool, 1.7 km to Blackpool Beach
7.5 Good (6006 reviews)
Very good Service 8.1 / 10
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Fully equipped spa hotel with a heated pool and Jacuzzi

Nestle into the Nordic sauna at Inn On The Prom during a stay at this sumptuous hotel. Facilities at the accommodation’s Nivens Health Spa also include a heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, with massages and full-body treatments to round off the luxury. For gym-goers, fitness facilities such as a squash court are on hand – working out in the toning area is an ideal precursor to a massage amid the soothing green tones of The Remedy Spa.

Choose from treatments like remedial massages, cryotherapy, audio-sound therapy, hot-stone massages and Reiki. You can also opt for an hour-long facial – including a reflexology taster – using organic Kaeso products. Refuel with a freshly made juice or barista-style coffee in the health club bar, or make a beeline for Caffe Lingerie to dine on rich meals such as ham hock terrine with mustard jus under the quirky chandelier-topped tables.

At this Blackpool spa hotel, boutique-style rooms are strewn with soft cushions and blankets, with Egyptian cotton quilts covering the double beds. Splash out on a suite for access to the private rooftop gardens and bask among the greenery if it’s a sunny day.

Highlights

Wellness area and spa with treatments

Massages range from sports to Swedish style

Room upgrades available

Guests can book a suite for exclusive access to the hotel’s rooftop gardens

Inn On The Prom Hotel

7.7 Good (645 reviews)
Excellent Location 9 / 10
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Refined facilities and an 18-hole golf course

A mile from the centre, the Village Hotel Blackpool is close enough to the action yet far enough away for a restful break. With so many facilities to make the most of, including an 18-hole golf course, driving range and an academy, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied here.

The Village Hotel Blackpool spa specialises in waxing, nails, facials and tanning, along with reflexology and massages. Pick a Club Room – complete with a flatscreen TV and cushions with cheeky slogans – for complimentary access to the gym, pool, steam room and sauna. Opt for a bespoke treatment using natural ESPA products with a personalised facial or go for a mindful massage to beat stress.

There’s no need to step foot off site for meals and drinks when staying at this property. Order international fusion food such as Korean barbecue pork tacos and Italian-style shrimp eaten in the lively red-and-white check tableclothed restaurant, Bucca di Bepo. Or catch the game on the sizable TVs in the buzzy Village Pub while sipping drinks like espresso martinis made with Grain Vodka and Bols coffee liqueur.

Highlights

Located right next door to Blackpool Zoo

Ideal for an action-packed trip exploring the sights

Room upgrades give free entry to the wellness centre

Pool and gym access is available with Club Rooms

Village Hotel Blackpool

Blackpool, 3 km to Blackpool Beach
7.8 Good (2128 reviews)
Very good Facilities 8.4 / 10
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A spa hotel just outside Blackpool with innovative microdermabrasion treatments

Set yourself up for sauna and swim sessions all weekend long at St Ives. This Lytham St Anne’s hotel also has an award-winning spa featuring a couples’ treatment room decorated in opulent fabrics – ideal if you’re travelling with your partner. The therapies menu includes massages, facials and reflexology, as well as nail, eyebrow and lash care. For a specialist treatment, choose microdermabrasion by Skinbase, an innovative option that softens skin using crystals.

Stick with the seaside theme of your break with a Deluxe Room. These spaces decorated in fresh blues and pale woods bring the ocean indoors, right down to the pebble-covered walls in the ensuites.

You won’t ever be far from the water at this hotel – the main Pier Restaurant has glittering sea views from its floor-to-ceiling windows. Order the catch of the day for a freshly landed meal, or snack on cream-covered scones with an afternoon tea in the brightly coloured bar. Ask for your leftovers to go, then nibble them later on as you glide in a boat across the town’s Fairhaven Lake.

Highlights

Room service on hand

Guests can order meals from the Pool Bar menu to eat in privacy

Award-winning spa

Treatments on offer as well as a pool and sauna

St Ives

8.0 Very good (1185 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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