Preparing for Christmas and battling British winter weather can sometimes become a little too much, can’t it.
‘Tis the season of spending and stressing, and whether you’re running around in search of must-have toys for the kids or attempting to control your winter hair for a work do, there’s nothing like a spa break to help you unwind from the chaos of the festive season and all that comes with it.
Here are our 5 favourite spa breaks to get you in the mood for some pampering.
- Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, Northamptonshire
The beautiful Whittlebury Hall is one of the most popular and possibly one of the best-value spa breaks in the country. Just a stone’s throw from Silverstone, the stunning four star contemporary manor house is situated on a large golf course and offers 212 grand rooms for couples looking for that perfect weekend escape.
The spa is huge but still manages to feel intimate. Sweat out any toxins in an aromatherapy crystal steam room and instantly cool off in the ice cave; relax in the calming caldarium before taking a plunge in the hydrotherapy pool. Enjoy a full sized swimming pool with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, and be pampered with Clarins, ESPA and Elemis products in one of 23 treatment rooms.
Finish off with a manicure at a Jessica Nails bar before heading to the actual bar for a glass of champagne. Dine in style at the hotel’s AA Rosette restaurant, Murray’s, to complete your ultimate spa day experience.
- Hoar Cross Hall, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire
If you’re looking for a classic countryside escape, this 1871 Elizabethan manor house is set in 50 acres of manicured gardens and offers the luxurious isolation most city-dwellers could only dream of.
This stately home has all the keep-fit amenities you’d expect; including a gym, exercise classes (Tai Chi, yoga, and Pilates), tennis courts and even a ballroom. But the first class spa is where Hoar Cross Hall really comes into its own.
Picture a 26-metre saltwater vitality pool, two whirlpools, a plunge pool, saunas, steam rooms, saunariums, body jets, foot and shoulder massagers, tropical and mist showers, waterbeds, Kneipp pools, heated loungers, a Snooze Room, and an atrium lounge. What more could you want?
- Slaley Hall, Hexham Northumberland
The castle-esq Slaley Hall is set amidst 1000 acres of Northumberland moorland and is flanked by luxury lodges that provide additional guest accommodation.
This Edwardian gem is best loved for the gorgeous views and practical yet stylish facilities best suited to couples looking for a getaway that doesn’t cost the earth. Play golf, go for walks on the beautiful grounds or make the most of the gym, exercise classes, and 20-metre pool before kicking back with a sauna and steam room session. Spa side treatments and therapies from ESPA and Jessica come highly recommended. As the day draws to a close, head to The Whiskey Snug to sample a fine malt in a cosy setting.
- Sopwell House, St Albans Hertfordshire
Sopwell House is a 129 room Georgian manor house with a newly renovated ‘Japanese influenced’ interior, set in 12 acres of grounds in the Hertfordshire countryside.
Relaxation facilities include a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, starlit steam room, sauna and spa garden, and for those looking to keep active there is a cardio gym, weights gym and Zumba, Pilates, and spinning classes. Enjoy ESPA, Clarins and Jessica products and treatments; from facials, massages, scrubs and wraps to reflexology.
The contemporary but opulent Sopwell House provides a number of refreshment options, including a fine dining experience, afternoon tea – or something a little stronger – in the Cocktail Lounge, or light bites in the Conservatory.
- Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire
The five star Marriot Hanbury Manor is one of my favourite hotel-spa’s in the UK, and despite a stay here often costing a little more than I’d usually spend, there’s no doubt that it’s worth it for an extra special treat.
Surrounded by 200 acres of private land and its own PGA championship golf course, this red brick manor house really makes an impression. Enjoy lunch or dinner in the two AA Rosettes Zodiac restaurant with terrace – they often have a harpist playing whilst you dine. Or visit the traditional, wood panelled cocktail bar for drinks or afternoon tea after a match on the tennis courts.
Indoor facilities include a gym, fitness classes, 17-metre Neo-Classical pool, sauna, steam room, and plunge pool. Choose from a range of treatments including massages, facials, osteopathy and Reiki using CARITA and Decléor products, or enjoy a Jessica manicure or pedicure. This lavish manor house is a real treat.
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