Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or venture further afield, make your next spa escape one to remember: discover some of our favourite destination hotels, from gorgeous boltholes in the beautiful Cotswolds through to mountain retreats and beachfront abodes across Germany, Austria and more, each guaranteed to help soothe and pamper you to your heart’s content.
SPA ESCAPES AT HOME…
De Vere Cotswold Water Park Hotel, near Cirencester, The Cotswolds
Combine spa indulgence with an idyllic setting on a Cotswolds nature reserve, and you’ve yourself the perfect recipe for a relaxing getaway. Located just three miles from the heart of Cirencester, this hotel is one for all lovers of the great outdoors, who’ll want nothing more after a day of long walks and wildlife-spotting than to retreat to a toasty warm sauna, a blissful hydrotherapy swimming pool, a reinvigorating experience shower, or a treatment room for a massage or two – you’ll in fact love the selection here, from a classic hot stone body treatment to a tropical-themed Lomi Lomi massage.
Cottons Hotel & Spa, Knutsford, Cheshire
Nestled just a five-minute drive from the wonderful and historic grounds of Tatton Park in Knutsford, this hotel is a lovely pick for seekers of fine luxury with a modern twist. The rooms are crowd-pleasers with plenty of contemporary flair and thoughtful touches to make you feel right at home, while the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant is perfect for enjoying a meal in a bright and airy setting. Most tempting of all, of course, is the on-site spa, which is guaranteed to soothe your cares away with its spa pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge, alongside an array of tempting treatments – don’t miss the Caudalie Wine Makers Massage, a sculpting and energising experience that makes the most of this luxurious French brand’s signature products.
Solent Hotel, Fareham, Hampshire
Enjoy a blissful experience at Solent Hotel, a four-star retreat in the heart of Fareham, a market town between Portsmouth and Southampton along England’s southern coast. The guest rooms here are spacious and elegantly styled, the AA Rosette-awarded restaurant offers a memorable feast complete with outdoor dining in good weather, and the spa is a modern and thoughtfully-designed treat to the senses – come here to enjoy the indoor pool, sauna, steam room, fitness area and treatment services; polish things off nicely with a manicure or a spot of afternoon tea, and you’ll leave feeling suitably refreshed and re-energised.
Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall & Spa, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
For a picturesque blend of modernity and quintessential English charm, escape to the market town of Shrewsbury, where the lovely Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa awaits. Set within an 18th-century manor house with 15 acres of landscaped grounds and a lovely ornamental lake, this hotel is a wonderful destination in its own right, complete with a refined oak-panelled dining room, pristine guest rooms and unmissable leisure facilities. The swimming pool, sauna, solarium and Jacuzzi are all perfect for when you simply feel like whiling a few hours away, while a beauty salon is on hand for an extra spot of pampering.
Tortworth Court, Wotton-under-Edge, The Cotswolds
Your mind and body will feel suitably refreshed with a stay at this luxurious Cotswolds hotel, not least thanks to its sublime setting – within a historic Grade II listed manor surrounded by gorgeous manicured gardens. Pad your way from your grand guest room – a modern affair brimming with plenty of traditional elegance – straight to the Leaf Spa, and you’ll be met with a wealth of facilities to ensure your well-being is taken care of. Swim a few leisurely lengths in the pool, kick back with a mani-pedi and a treatment (the delightful Ultimate Body Massage and Discovery Facial are must-tries), or why not switch things up a notch with a personal training session and fitness classes.
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
As far as country escapes go, there is perhaps nowhere better in England than the Lake District National Park – and with a stay at Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, you’ll be perfectly placed at the heart of it all: right on the shores of Bowness Bay, with the beautiful Lake Windermere stretching ahead of you. Expect plenty of traditional country house charm here, complete with expansive gardens, seriously stunning lake views and, of course, leisure facilities that you’ll love making the most of after an invigorating day out. A modern and well-equipped space, the hotel spa offers a heated indoor pool, thermal suite and Technogym, as well as a host of massages and beauty treatments to help you feel even more relaxed and refreshed.
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, Newbury, Berkshire
Combining the pleasures of both golf and relaxation in one idyllic rural package, Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa makes an ideal retreat for friends, couples and families seeking a simply great time. Enjoy a simply lovely day at the spa, where the treatment list is long and delightfully tempting – options range from Decléor experiences (try the cocooning Vanilla and Ylang Ylang Relaxing Hydration Wrap), to treatments designed for men and couples, to the more specialised pre- and post-natal pampering. With all this, plus inviting accommodation and great honest dining, it’s easy to see how this hotel has garnered itself a Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2020 award.
Danesfield House Hotel & Spa, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Take a step back in time at this sumptuous hotel, which dates back to 1901 and offers a stay filled with unpretentious British charm and sophistication. Looking out at the River Thames, it features an idyllic setting as well as unique and characterful guest rooms – some are beautifully modern in style and awash in soft hues, while others retain more historic features, from four-poster beds to panelled walls. Amidst all of this, though, is the true show-stealer: the hotel’s spa, where an array of massages, facials and beauty treatments will easily help you slip into a state of unrestrained bliss (try the 80-minute Aroma Blend Massage for a wonderful tailor-made treat).
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Lindner Hotel & Spa Binshof, Speyer, Germany
While the German city of Speyer may seem an unusual choice for a spa escape, it certainly makes for a memorable sojourn: it’s filled with history, as one of the country’s oldest cities that dates back to the late 1200s, and will delight spa-seekers by way of Lindner Hotel & Spa Binshof’s spa offerings: an indoor and freeform outdoor pool, saunas, Jacuzzis, massage services and relaxation lounges combine to make for a stylish and relaxing experience, sprawled across 5,200 square metres. Topping this all off is the hotel’s unique and wonderful location in the Binshof area, which features a clutch of lakes where you could swim and dive the days away.
Park Hotel Casimiro, Lombardy, Italy
Set in San Felice del Benaco on the idyllic western shores of Lake Garda, this hotel offers incredible vistas of the lake and green hills beyond, alongside a sublime beachfront setting and top-notch well-being facilities – all combining to create a little slice of away-from-home heaven for sun- and spa-seeking holidaymakers. Retreat to the beautiful wellness centre to swim in the mosaic-lined pool with spectacular views out to the lake, before unwinding in the emotional showers and sweating it out in the sauna and Turkish bath. Top things off with a delightful treatment or two, and you’ll leave feeling as relaxed as can be.
Savoy Westend Hotel, Karlovy Vary, Czechia
The spa town of Karlovy Vary is known for its mineral-rich thermal waters and unparalleled wellness offerings – and within it, the Savoy Westend Hotel is no exception, coupling both pampering and medical spa facilities with five-star hospitality and timeless elegance in a convenient setting, sprawled across no fewer than five villas. Expect state-of-the-art wellness facilities geared towards balneology, physical therapy and illness prevention, alongside an extensive spa menu that ranges from reflexive massages and specialised medical examinations, through to honey detox massages, shea butter body peels, Thai massages and evening baths.
Hotel Lambert Medical Spa, Ustronie Morskie, Poland
Enjoy a wonderful getaway in the seaside Polish village of Ustronie Morskie, located within easy driving distance from Kołobrzeg and offering a long stretch of sand as well as a lovely laid-back atmosphere. It is here that you’ll find Hotel Lambert, which boasts a splendid setting right on the beach and an impressive spa complete with swimming pool, steam baths, sauna zone, tepidarium, Jacuzzi and salt cave, plus a massage parlour for even more indulgence. The rest of the hotel makes for a bright, airy and thoroughly enjoyable sojourn, from the traditionally-styled rooms through to the al fresco dining with a serious sea view.
Maximilian Quellness und Golfhotel, Bad Griesbach, Germany
Another strong contender on Germany’s spa scene is this five-star retreat in Bad Griesbach, a small Bavarian town that overflows with rural charm. Come here if you’re looking to get away from it all for a long weekend, whether with a round of golf on one of 10 courses (five of which are 18-hole championship courses) or a full-out pampering session at the thermal wellness centre. A sleek and spacious affair, it features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a sauna oasis with snow grotto, a scented steam bath and a relaxation room, plus physiotherapy, Ayurveda and beauty treatments – all perfected, of course, by the hotel’s gourmet culinary offerings come evening.
Cliff Hotel Rügen Resort & Spa, Sellin, Germany
For another epic German getaway in a completely different setting, swap Bavaria’s pretty rural scenes for a refreshing beachfront setting at this unique base on the island of Rügen. When you aren’t busy discovering the breath-taking natural beauty that surrounds the hotel (from beautiful beaches to rugged white chalk cliffs), you could easily while a few hours away in the on-site spa, which features a 25-metre indoor pool surrounded by loungers, tall glass walls and tranquil green views. A sauna, relaxation area and hairdressing services are also on hand, as well as a selection of massages and treatments if you wanted a full day of sheer indulgence.
Impuls Hotel Tirol, Bad Hofgastein, Austria
Give your next spa break a cool spin with a stay at this hotel deep in the Austrian alps. A strong and compelling option all throughout the year, it offers incredible wellness facilities for unwinding in style after a day of active pursuits. The options are virtually endless here: soak your cares away in the thermal baths or spend your time exploring the dry sauna, bio sauna with light therapy, salt steam bath, infrared sauna, and extensive treatment menu complete with Ayurvedic massages, oil baths, body wraps and much more. A gym is on hand for keeping on top of your fitness routine, while yoga sessions are available for those looking to stretch and unwind further.