Winter is fast approaching and I think I speak for all of us when I say, I wish it wasn’t. Dragging ourselves out of a cosy bed on a morning and contemplating bringing a hot water-bottle to work are not things I appreciate about the festive season, but, all is not lost. Thanks to the cold, miserable weather, we all have a great excuse to escape the everyday toils of life and head away for a winter spa break. What could be more perfect than some soothing relief for your wind-bitten skin, or a warm Jacuzzi bath, bubbles and all? With an abundance of quality spa hotels across the UK and Ireland we have a great opportunity to live a life of luxury … even if it’s just for a weekend. Here’s my list of the five best spa hotels dotted around the UK and Ireland, all ideal for a relaxing winter spa break.
Cedar Court Grand Hotel, York
As York’s only 5* hotel, The Cedar Court Grand has a huge reputation for being of the highest quality. Situated in the centre of the historic city, you can relax in the spa all day and take in some of the most beautiful and truly ‘English’ views out across the River Ouse and beyond. With the hotel’s Grand Spa Package, you can indulge yourself in an hour long bespoke treatment, catered to whatever you feel your body needs most, as well as afternoon tea and full use of the incredible spa facilities throughout your stay. And with a 2 AA-Rosette Grill restaurant available, the evening will be topped off in delicious style.
Mar Hall Hotel, Glasgow
Sat in 240 acres of luscious gardens, you don’t get much more remote than the inspiring Mar Hall Hotel. The hotel has an extensive leisure centre but more uniquely, they use treatments follows therapeutic traditions from India, using the finest oils and pure flower and plant essences, sourced with environmental consciousness from around the world. Each guest gets to choose any 1 hour treatment from a choice of:
- Elemental nature facial,
- Elemental nature massage,
- Combined pure focus facial & elemental nature massage,
- Back treatment,
- Aqua polish,
- Indian head massage,
- Luxury manicure or luxury pedicure.
3. Northern Ireland
The Slieve Donard resort, County Down
The Mourne Mountains create a stunning backdrop to this tranquil and picturesque retreat, and with 6 acres of private land there’s little chance of your break being disturbed. The spa area of The Slieve Donard is nothing short of heavenly, with sixteen treatment rooms and everything else you’d expect from a spa. A traditional Irish menu and a huge selection of fine wines await you after a day of relaxation, and with thoughtful added extras of a box of chocolates and complimentary welcome drink, the spa break here is one of many perks.
Of course London is filled with luxurious hotels with high quality furnishings and the latest ‘celebrity’ chef behind the menu, but the sheer uniqueness of The Mandarin Oriental make it stand out from all the rest. Set in the incredibly fashionable Knightsbridge area, you can shop ‘til you drop and then recover in their ‘urban spa’. With eight treatment rooms and a very special Vitality Pool, a spa break here is definitely one to remember.
The Club Hotel & Spa, St Helier
Let me guess, you’d have never thought of Jersey when planning a spa break? Well neither would I until I found this place! Without a doubt this is Jersey’s most elegant and high end hotel to stay in, with a 4 AA-Rosette restaurant and stunning décor The Club Hotel & Spa is an experience like no other. The hotel Spa is a fantastic place to relax and treat yourself to a huge variety of treatments and facilities, including salt pools, a hydrotherapy bench and many other fantastic services. Aside from this spectacular hotel, Jersey itself is the ideal location for a relaxing break. Just a 40 minute flight from London, Jersey boasts some of the most amazing beaches in the Northern hemisphere.
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