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Treat yourself to a fabulous spa break at some of the best hotels and resorts in the UK

Whether you want an indulgent spa day or a complete spa break, there are plenty of spa hotels in Scotland and the rest of the UK that will pamper you from head to toe and leave you feeling totally rejuvenated. Bliss!

Book a spa day to enjoy luxurious spa treatments and a decadent afternoon tea, or cocoon yourself in luxury with a night or two at a spa resort, where you can enjoy pampering treatments, top-class food and drink and enchanting views.

A spa break is a great way to relax and unwind, whether with pals or your other half.


A spa break is a great way to relax and unwind, whether with pals or your other half.Credit: Getty

When it comes to 5-star luxury spa hotels you’ll be spoilt for choice. Unwind, meditate, embrace a digital detox, and slow down away from the busy hustle of everyday life.

Get invigorated at Stobo Castle Health Spa


Get invigorated at Stobo Castle Health Spa

You can think spa in Scotland without thinking Stobo Castle. The magnificent castle is located just outside Peebles in the borders countryside and is surrounded by forests, a lake and has a stunning Japanese Water Gardens for wandering in between being pampered.

The award-winning spa retreat is a luxurious haven where you can unwind and enjoy the first class spa – including Scotland’s only 25m Ozone Pool – enjoy an array of tempting treatments and fabulous food.

Push the boat out and book the Cashmere Suite with it’s lovely livingroom, opulent bedroom and private outdoor space for the ultimate treat. their catchphrase is So Special…So Stobo and we couldn’t agree more.

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Rooms, including dinner, breakfast and lunch next day, as well as access to the spa, start from £169pp a night See stobocastle.co.uk

Enjoy a luxury spa escape at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeenshire


Enjoy a luxury spa escape at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa in Aberdeenshire

The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa is a luxurious 5* country hotel experience, located on the outskirts of Aberdeen at Pitfodels.

The Spa aims to help guests relax, rejuvenate and de-stress, using authentic ingredients and treatments. Book in for a facial or body treatment, a luxury manicure or pedicure, or perhaps a Swedish or hot stone massage

Rooms come complete with all the essentials, including bathrobes, hairdryers, refrigerated mini-bars with soft drinks and snacks, fresh fruit, biscuits, evening maid service, newspapers and magazines,

Dogs are also welcome to stay in the Executive Rooms. An overnight spa stay for two including dinner and a full body massage or a full body volcanic scrub with a back, neck and shoulder massage, is from £355 a night. See marcliffe.com

Trump Turnberry Spa


Trump Turnberry Spa

Trump Turnberry is an Edwardian era hotel and spa that boasts lush golfing greens and fairways overlooking the glorious Ayrshire coastline.

The Spa is set amongst 800 acres of countryside and boasts a 65-foot heated infinity pool and whirlpool with spectacular views of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.

Relax at the poolside bio-sauna or find a true sense of calm in the ladies and gent’s relaxation rooms, each featuring a sensory shower, ice fountain, sauna and steam room.

Trump Turnberry is also a dog-friendly spa hotel, where your pup can stay too and take advantage of a Trump Pets welcome pack with a bed, bowls, treats and toys provided. Costs £50 per pooch.

A luxury two-night spa escape including a 50-minute ishga treatment and 30-minute Hydrotherapy Bath and full use of the spa is from £409 a night. See trumphotels.com/turnberry

Enjoy the great outdoors and a dip at the pool at Portavadie


Enjoy the great outdoors and a dip at the pool at Portavadie

Cosy up on the west coast of Scotland in luxury apartments that overlook Loch Fyne and enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and luxury spa at Portavadie .

The award-winning spa offers therapeutic treatments, a hydro pool, steam room, Scandinavian sauna, and a relaxation space, all with incredible views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran.

Their two hour Spa Experience includes access to Spa Experience costs £80pp. wide selection of treatments available.

Stay over and choose from studio apartments or holiday cottages and enjoy delicious local produce cooked up in the Marina Bar & Restaurant. Rooms from £149 a night. See Portavadie.com

Pay a night-time visit to the lovely spa at Fonabe Castle


Pay a night-time visit to the lovely spa at Fonabe Castle

Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is nestled in the countryside of Pitlochry, Perthshire, where you’ll be surrounded by tranquil landscapes, perfect if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic getaway.

You’ll be treated to luxurious rooms complete with a contemporary design, floor to ceiling windows, magnificent views of the hotel grounds, a balcony, and all the essentials and more to make your stay as relaxing as possible.

Make a trip to the Woodland spa where there is a whole host of treatments and facilities on offer. Book in for a rejuvenating body treatment, get a few lengths of the 15-metre swimming pool in, sweat it out in the sauna, get your lashes or brows touched up.

Tour the Thermal Suite before trying the outdoor Resistance Pool and reward yourself with a dip in the outdoor hot tub. Rooms from £277 a night. See fonabcastle.com

Indulge in a spa break at the luxury Gleneagles Hotel.


Indulge in a spa break at the luxury Gleneagles Hotel.Credit: Handout

Set in one of the Highlands’ prettiest locations, Gleneagles’ spa is known for its crack team of practitioners who nudge you back into wellness via tailored diet, fitness and lifestyle programmes.

The range of ESPA offerings cover every conceivable face and body treatment; go for the two-hour Serenity Package, blending body and facial massage with shirodhara (warm oil drizzled over the forehead to relax and still the mind).

With saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy ‘vitality’ pool and superb relaxation areas, you may never want to leave. Feeling energetic? There are indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as croquet, archery and bike hire.

Rates at Gleneagles start from £475 a night, two sharing and including breakfast. Retreats priced separately. See gleneagles.com

The Spa Village Spa at the Gainsborough hotel in Bath


The Spa Village Spa at the Gainsborough hotel in BathCredit: Handout

Thermal waters are the draw at The Gainsborough – it’s the only hotel spa in Bath with direct access to them. And its Romanesque Spa Village is quite something.

There are three substantial pools in which to wallow – the largest set under a glass-roofed atrium – as well as saunas and a steam room and 11 treatment rooms offering a wide range of massages and Asian-influenced therapies.

Other treatments include ‘freedom’ – controlled submerging with a therapist, which is liberating both mentally and physically – ginger exfoliation, and magnesium wraps.

All hotel guests have free access to the spa from 7am-9am and 8pm-10pm. Otherwise, it’s reserved for those with treatments booked.

Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £290 on a room-only basis. See thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

Bathe outdoors at Ragdale Hall Spa


Bathe outdoors at Ragdale Hall Spa

With 40 years’ experience in mastering the art of resetting the mind and body, Ragdale Hall Spa in Melton Mowbray is the grand dame of spas, which takes switching-off seriously.

Set within 13-acres of serene rolling Leicestershire countryside, this rural Victorian country house estate features multiple pools from rooftop to infinity, an arsenal of fitness programmes and over 100 treatments.

The pièce de résistance is its Thermal Spa which comprises a candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall pool, Thought Zone, aromatherapy scented colourflow cave, volcanic salt bath, scented room, rose sauna and a cave shower complete with its own thunderstorm and experience showers.

A two-night taster getaway including a 50 minute treatment of choice from a blissful face and back therapy to a pure radiance facial, use of spa facilities, one healthy buffet lunch and accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. From £394pp. See spabreaks.com

The spa at the Galgorm Resort and Spa features plenty of outdoor experiences.


The spa at the Galgorm Resort and Spa features plenty of outdoor experiences.

Commanding an enviable position on the beautiful Causeway coastal route in County Atrim, Northern Ireland, and within 163 acres of lush parkland, is the prestigious Galgorm Resort and Spa.

Guests enjoy the tranquility of this lush Ballymena countryside and riverside setting and experience pure relaxation within an extensive selection of riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas.

The outdoor thermal Spa Village is a watery wonderland and also now offers the Alpine Garden, a 10-metre infinity pool on the banks of the River Maine; the Palm House a new relaxation area within the Serenity Garden with six heated loungers, and a Salt Room for halotherapy experiences.

There’s also three private hot tubs with waterfall views, which sit on the rock break of the river and six brand new riverside cabanas.

The resort has 125 bedrooms including suites, deluxe and superior rooms. Rooms from £185 a night B&B. See galgorm.com

Enjoy bird's eye views of London with a spa break at the Shangri-La at the Shard


Enjoy bird’s eye views of London with a spa break at the Shangri-La at the ShardCredit: SPABREAKS

Featured in the Spabreaks.com luxurious Elysium collection The Shangri-La at The Shard London, brings the wow factor for the glam squad.

Soaring sky-high on level 52, this urban jewel hosts a jaw-dropping spa with panoramic views of the London skyline and its showpiece infinity pool, the highest in Europe.

Start the afternoon with a dip, steam in the sauna and a work-out in the gym before a personalised massage from your spa suite with awe-inspiring views.

Try a 60 minute aromatherapy massage by Neals Yard Remedies for pure spa bliss before a decadent lunch at Ting – the hotel’s highest restaurant, which serves fusion treats

Costs from £289 per person (£60 allowance towards lunch in TĪNG restaurant, arrival at 12.45 with a 45 minute pre-bookable access to Sky Pool, sauna and gym at 1pm.) See spabreaks.com


Billesley Manor Hotel & Spa is set  in the heart of rural Warwickshire nestled in 11 acres of countryside, just three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.

Following an extensive £5.6 million refurbishment, guests looking to wind down can experience a number of indulgent beauty therapies within the newly refurbished Decleor spa, including a relaxing Swedish massage with essential oils, to soothe and relax the mind and body.

Take a dip in the pool followed by a steam and a sauna, or make use of the secluded yoga hut and fantastic gym facilities.

The romantic and historic topiary garden offers an idea backdrop for sunrise yoga and meditation which guests can enjoy on their own accord after picking up a yoga mat from reception. 

Nightly rates from £160 a night, B&B, two sharing. See Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa



Set on the banks of the River Thames in Surrey, The Runnymede On Thames is the perfect choice for those seeking a tranquil and relaxing day trip or weekend away.

The abundance of surrounding green space means guests can enjoy a refreshing walk before winding down at the award-winning spa which is complete with a swimming pool, whirlpool bath, infrared cabin and eucalyptus steam room.

During the warmer months, guests can make full use of the spectacular, seasonally-heated outdoor swimming pool and after a refreshing dip, can bask in the sun on luxurious loungers with a drink in hand, or take part in a relaxing al-fresco yoga class in the orchard. 

Don’t miss the Whirlpool By The Weir experience, where they can sit in the outdoor whirlpool overlooking the river with champagne in hand! 

Nightly rates at The Runnymede start from £170 for a Double Room, on a room only basis. See The Runnymede on Thames

The outdoor pool at the Runnymede on Thames


The outdoor pool at the Runnymede on Thames