Top 10 Recommended Spas

Tourists have discovered that having rejuvenating spa treatments while on holidays makes for a very relaxing getaway.  As a result, many hotels have moved to establish world-class spas in their premises and “spa hotels” have become very popular.  A spa hotel is a building purpose-built to offer world class spa facilities, with accommodation on site.  Here are the top 10 recommended spas in the UK!

Montpellier Chapter (Cheltenham)


Montpellier Chapter Spa

One of the most luxurious hotels in Cheltenham, the Montpellier Chapter offers very modern spa facilities for guests.  This hotel spa offers a number award winning REN spa treatment packages.  REN products are focussed on using the body’s natural processes to protect, repair and renew the skin.

The spa has a comprehensive range of treatments including five types of body massages, a REN pregnancy massage, REN body contouring detox wrap, REN facials, REN pedicure and REN manicures.  The Montpellier Chapter offers a 20% discount on all REN treatments from Monday to Thursday.

The Scarlet Hotel (Cornwall)


The Scarlet Hotel Spa

The Scarlet Hotel is well located next to a pristine beach in the town of Mawgan Porth, Cornwall.  This hotel spa has a luxurious steam room, indoor pool and beautiful natural reed filtered outdoor pool.  There is also a deep relaxation space, meditation room and cliff top hot tub.

The hotel offers special couples packages with an Ayurvedic consultation, bathing ritual and massage lesson — perfect for a romantic getaway.  Some of the other packages are themed and including the:

  • Elevate Package (inspired by air)
    Padabhyanga Ayurvedic foot and lower leg massage, Shirobhyanga Ayurvedic head massage and Cliff top hot tub.
  • Repose (inspired by earth)
    Hammam full body salt scrub & mud mask, Shirobhyanga Ayurvedic head massage or padabhyanga Ayurvedic foot & lower leg massage, Cliff top hot tub.
  • Peace (inspired by wood)
    Short journey Ayurvedic massage, Scarlet foot ritual with polish, Cliff top hot tub.

Visitors to the spa can also participate in a number of yoga, tai chi and fitness classes.

Dorchester Hotel Spa (London)


The Dorchester Spa London
The Dorchester is a very elegant and glamorous hotel that exudes an old-world charm.  In 2009 the spa was refurbished and a range of new treatments were added.  The new look of the spa combines 1930s Art Deco style with contemporary design and luxury.

The spa has nine treatment rooms, a manicure-pedicure suite, separate male and female steam rooms, and a beautiful relaxation room.  There is also a fitness room with weights, medicine balls and other gym equipment.

Cowley Manor (Gloucestershire)


Cowley Manor Spa
If you want to get out of the city and relax in a contemporary country house, Cowley Manor may be your perfect destination.  Set in the heart of the Cotswolds and surrounded by 55 acres of parkland, Cowley Manor is the perfect place to have a relaxing holiday.

The spa features a 17 metre indoor heated pool, a 15 metre heated outdoor pool, four treatment rooms, separate manicure/pedicure area, steam room, sauna and a gymnasium.  The hotel has its own range of “Green & Spring” products with natural herbal ingredients.

Chuan Spa Langham Hotel (London)


Chuan Spa London

Located in the heart of London, this is a spa with a difference.  The Chuan spa focusses on traditional Chinese medicine, massages and facials.  The Chuan spa has a philosophy that suggests stress relief does not come from pharmaceuticals, but from deep within ourselves.

The interior of the spa is calm and relaxing, with traditional Chinese motifs creating a beautiful ambience.  The spa has a 16 metre swimming pool, sauna and herbal steam room.


Gleneagles Hotel (Perthshire, Scotland)


Gleneagles Spa

Set within 850 acres of estate, Gleneagles Hotel is a perfect destination for people who want to leave the city life behind for a few days.  The luxurious spa offers natural facials, hydro therapies, oriental-inspired reflexology, Ayurvedic massages and much more.

Many of the spa treatments use ESPA skincare products.  Treatments include: ESPA facials, ESPA body treatments, Ayurvedic inspired treatments, oriental treatments, ESPA massages, ESPA maternity treatments and ESPA for men.

Dormy House (Worcestershire)


Another country house located in the Cotswolds, this spa is of the Scandinavian style with a very clean and elegant aesthetic.   The spa has more than 50 luxurious treatments available including: “Yummy mummy to be” for expecting mums, the “Lovely dorm day” featuring multiple treatments & lunch, and the “Mad for massage” package which includes face, back, neck and shoulder massages.

The spa features a lavender sauna, mud room, salt therapy room, hot tub, nail parlour and infinity pool.

Calcot Manor (Gloucestershire)


Calcutta Manor is a charming country house and spa set in Gloucestershire.  The spa features an outdoor pool, outdoor hot tub, indoor pool and seven very modern treatment rooms.  Some of the treatments include massages, men’s grooming, manicures, Reiki, reflexology, waxing, pedicures, aromatherapy and facials.

Lucknam Park (Wiltshire)


Lucknam Park Spa

The Lucknam Park Spa is set alongside the classic Georgian mansion and beautiful grounds.  With 12 treatment rooms, hot tubs, an indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pools, relaxation rooms, thermal cabins, tennis courts and a gym, it is one of the larger spas on offer.

The spa features treatments using Anne Semonin, Carita Paris and Ila.  Treatments include: a range of facials, “Little Miss” (for young girls), “Body therapy collection” (a huge range of massages), “Mens therapy” (massages and grooming for men) and “Beauty essentials” (waxing and tinting).

Garage in County Durham


Garage Spa Durham

For a spa that is slightly unusual, you could try the Garage in Durham.  Set next to the historic Morritt Country House Hotel, the Garage used to be a real garage and has been transformed into a luxurious spa.

The Garage offers a range of overnight, half-day and full-day spa packages,  Facilities include indoor and outdoor hot tubs, relaxation pods, salt room, steam room, sauna and relaxation rooms.


Having your Cake and Eating it!


If staying at a Hotel is not your thing another option is to stay in an exclusive use property which is connected or very near to one of these hotels. That way you get the best of both worlds of having the privacy of an exclusive use stay but also can use one of the best Spas in the UK.

For example:

Lansdown House is very close to the Montpellier Chapter Hotel.

Foxhill Manor is owned by The Dormy Hotel and is next door.

Finally there is Glo Pamper who are a nationwide mobile spa company who can turn anyone of kate & tom’s houses into your own personal spa.

… enjoy eating your cake!


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