Don’t get us wrong, we love London and all of its stunning spa options but sometimes all we want is to escape the capital’s busyness and book in for a rural retreat in the countryside. If you’re longing to find the perfect spa break, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the best spas outside of London.
Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a couples spa retreat for your anniversary, the UK is home to some of the finest spa options around. These are our favourites…
The best spas outside London
Renowned for its Michelin-starred restaurant, immaculate suites and stunning Berkshire Parkland, Coworth Park is an ideal hotel for a romantic countryside getaway. Pair that alongside their luxury spa, home to deep tissue massages, rejuvenating facials and a luscious pool, you can’t go wrong.
And at an incredibly handy 45 minutes from central London, The Spa at Coworth Park is the perfect city escape. Book in and leave the experts to soothe away every tense knot in your body.
Where: Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE
Ragdale Hall Spa
Less than an hour and a half train ride from London St Pancras, Ragdale Hall Spa is one of our go-to spa escapes. The award-winning spa offers both day and overnight stays and an array of treatments, including their detox wraps and full body massages that will leave you feeling totally relaxed and zen.
Find balance in their yoga studio or work up an appetite in a spin class, their Heart + Soul Fitness has you covered for your daily move. All spa packages include full access to their six pools and 12 heat and water experiences, allowing you to enjoy lengths in their Main Pool and take in the heavenly countryside submerged within their Rooftop Infinity Pool.
Packages also include a three-course lunch or evening dinner in the Dining Room (or both), with some packages offering a bistro-style, lighter meal in the Verandah Bar. The menu offers something for everyone, including dishes such as cauliflower steak and roast butternut squash linguini to 9oz 21-day aged British fillet of beef and Supreme of Scottish salmon. In the evening, spend time with a cocktail in hand in their luxurious Twilight Bar before a restful night in their cosy and peaceful rooms.
Where: Ragdale Village, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3PB
Every ounce of Cliveden House is beautiful and it’s home to one of the best spas outside of London. From the moment you drive down the immaculately groomed driveway to the grandeur interiors and sublime spa, it’ll feel like you’re stepping into a fairytale.
Relax the afternoon away in one of their luxurious hot tubs or soak up the sun by their outside pool. If the weather is looking a little temperamental, book in for a treatment inside. They currently have a residency with Proverb, so expect essential oil massages and whole days personalised to you.
Where: Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF
Bringing a slice of Miami flavour across the pond, THE NICI is the perfect seaside escape for those looking for a little R&R. Having recently undergone a £25m refurbishment, complete with a new luxury spa and 30m year-round outdoor heated pool, it’s here you’ll find brilliant five-star experiences waiting around every corner.
Explore THE NICI Spa and indulge in an afternoon of relaxation. You’ll discover everything from an 18m heated indoor pool, a hydrotherapy pool, eight treatment rooms, a steam room and an aromatherapy sauna. If you’re booking a treatment, slip off to the relaxation room for a blissful ten-minute meditation before delighting in one of their expansive offerings. We’d recommend dipping between the indoor facilities and venturing out into the outdoor heated pool – even in the winter, it’ll feel like you’re in Miami.
It overlooks Bournemouth beach and the calming water, with some rooms boasting their own private outdoor hot tubs. Every ounce of this space has been carefully curated, from the seafood restaurant to the in-house cosy cinema, perfect for little ones and adults alike.
Where: West Hill Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EJ
The Coach House Spa, Beaverbrook
Surrey’s best-kept secret, Beaverbrook is home to one of the best spas outside of London. Put yourself first for once and book in for a wellness makeover, where you can delight in everything from dips by the pool with views over the Surrey Hills or treatments in one of their six dedicated treatment rooms, including a special Couples Suite that’s perfect for a special occasion.
Enjoy the Thermal Spa, making use of the jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and ice fountain before tucking into a nutritious lunch at The Coach House Deli.
where: Reigate Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8QX
For those searching for a quick getaway within striking distance of London, Great Fosters is the place to bookmark. Here you’ll find this Surrey hotel is home to an art-deco heated outdoor pool and several treatment rooms spread across the Estate.
From Swedish body massages to body detox treatments, couples treatments to whole days dedicated to the pool, there’s something for everyone here. Finish the day off with a night at one of their restaurants before heading to one of their suites.
Where: Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9UR
Gresham House Wellness At The Gonville Hotel
If you’re after something more intimate, less grandiose than a lavish escape, then check out Gresham House Wellness. Nestled in the grounds of the Gonville Hotel, a luxury heritage boutique hotel in the heart of Cambridge, you’ll find a cosy enclave of calm serving up decadent and relaxing treatments.
From the Timexpert Lift and Contour Facial and the Lavender and Rose Face and Back Ritual to the mum-to-be or couples treatment packages, there’s all you could dream of for the perfect pampering escape. Less a spa, more a wellness oasis offering the ultimate antidote to a day exploring the cobbled streets of this beautiful city. Before crawling into a huge cocoon of a bed, treat yourself to a glass of fizz and a gourmet meal in the award-winning Terrace restaurant. Quiet luxury at its best.
Where: Gonville Hotel, Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY
For an eco escape, look to Cornwall’s The Scarlet. You can expect this humble hotel to tick all of the right boxes, from stunning sea views from the hot tub to dips in their outdoor natural reed pool.
This hotel puts sustainability at the forefront of everything they do, and this includes its spa offering. As well as the natural pool, expect a bromine-filtered indoor pool, clifftop wooden sauna, restorative steam room and treatments inspired by Ayurveda, an Indian holistic health system.
Where: Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DQ
Escape the city pressures and book in for a spa retreat experience at Dormy House. The Worcestershire farmhouse is home to a Scandi-inspired spa, complete with a bathing room, thermal suite, treatment rooms and even a fitness suite if you’re that way inclined while on holiday.
Enjoy everything from detox facials to head massages, exfoliating treatments to a floatation experience that helps you with deep relaxation, meditation, stress relief, pain relief and recovery from injury.
Where: Farncombe Estate, Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LJ
Calcot & Spa
Gloucestershire’s Calcot & Spa is an absolute dream. At this little countryside haven, you’ll be able to relax in the balmy outdoor heated tubs, work up a sweat at their first-rate gym and book in for endless treatments with their expert team.
They can craft the experience around you, whether you’re looking for a full day, half day or even a mini evening spa session. You’ll leave here wondering if it’s worth going back to London life at all…
Where: Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8YJ
The Gainsborough Bath Spa
It wouldn’t be a UK spa guide without a mention of a retreat in Bath. Our top pick? The Gainsborough Bath Spa thanks to its dedication to using original thermal springs and tapping into the city’s thermal water heritage.
And it certainly pulls out all of the stops. Hidden inside you’ll find giant stone pillars guarding the crystal clear pool, surrounded by cosy beds that you can easily fall asleep on. Expect a mix of body therapies and classic treatments too, all focusing on personalised aromatherapy.
Where: Beau Street, Bath, BA1 1QY
The sister hotel to Cliveden House, Chewton Glen is best known for its luxury treehouses. It’s set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside, borders on New Forest and is home to a stunning spa too.
Radiating the beauty of nature thanks to its close proximity to the New Forest and seaside, grab yourself a fluffy robe and book in for a break to remember. Enjoy bespoke facials, couples treatments or simply relax in the pools all afternoon long.
Where: New Forest, Hampshire, BH25 6QS
Another New Forest gem, this time we’re visiting Lime Wood and its Herb House Spa. Dedicated to natural wellbeing and inspired by its forest surroundings, you’ll instantly feel at ease when you visit this rural oasis.
The space is spread over three levels and is home to a massive sauna, hydro pool with views over the forest, a mud house, an outdoor steaming hot pool and multiple treatment rooms. You’ll leave here feeling a whole lot more zen.
Where: Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7FZ
Cottonmill Spa, Sopwell House
Hidden inside Sopwell House, you’ll find Cottonmill Spa, a treatment space home to vitality pools, sauna, steam room and gym. All of these facilities are available as complimentary to all hotel residents.
However, if you want to level up your girls’ retreat, you’ll want access to The Club at Cottonmill. The UK’s first private members’ spa, The Club is home to a plethora of other facilities and spaces that are reserved exclusively for a select few to enjoy.
Think an indoor and outdoor massaging hydrotherapy pool, access to a spa garden, whisper room, garden room, panoramic sauna, botanical steam room and even a salt steam room. It doesn’t get better than this.
Where: Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 2HQ
The Gleneagles Hotel
Feel your stress and anxieties wash away in an instant when you enjoy a spa day at Perthshire’s The Gleneagles Hotel. The space brings a touch of its surroundings to play in the interiors and treatments, using a range of oil blends that feature natural botanicals from the local countryside.
Dip in and out of the pool, book yourself in for a spa day or even take part in one of their wellness retreats.
Where: Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, PH3 1NF