12 of the best spa hotels in the UK

05 Apr 2016

If you need to recharge your batteries, few things do the job better than a spa break – time in a top-notch hotel, where you can unplug, unwind and be pampered to your heart’s content.

Below, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite hotels for an indulgent break. Even better - many of them offer exclusive perks for Travelzoo members.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa 

Location: Bath
The hotel: The Gainsborough (main picture above, and below) is a grand 5-star property spread over two Grade II-listed buildings at the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage city. The Daily Telegraph praises the “immensely comfortable” beds and “delicious” food, calling the hotel a “stunningly imagined addition to the city”.Why we love the spa: One of the highlights of the hotel is the luxurious Spa Village, which taps into Bath's natural thermal, mineral-rich waters. Facilities include two thermal pools, traditional and infrared saunas, a steam room, an ice alcove and relaxation areas. There is also an extensive menu of spa treatments and a 24-hour gym.
Price: from £245 per night for a Double Room
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Moonfleet Manor

Location: Weymouth, Dorset
The hotel:
This converted stately home has an enviable spot overlooking Dorset's Chesil Beach. It’s an ideal spot for walkers, with plenty of stunning scenery and rambling routes on the doorstep. If you’re travelling with little people, you’re in luck, as the hotel is also a member of the Luxury Family Hotels group, so has all the right ingredients for a family break.Why we love the spa: It has three heated indoor swimming pools, a sauna and selection of relaxing treatment rooms. It’s not just us that love it either - The Daily Telegraph calls it “glorious”. 
Price: from £105 for a Double Room, including breakfast
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Retallack Resort & Spa

Location: Winnard's Perch, near Newquay, Cornwall
The hotel: The Retallack is a self-catering resort on the north coast of Cornwall. The well-equipped wooden lodges are in a prime position for windswept walks or surf lessons in nearby Newquay. Alternatively, you can uncover Cornwall’s foodie delights in Padstow.Why we love the spa: Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a steam room, a sauna, a spinning studio and tennis courts. Plus, the hotel boasts Cornwall's only FlowRider - a surf wave pool where you can practice your pop-ups.
Price: from £99 for an Apartment for two
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Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Location: Chipping Campden, Cotswolds
The hotel: Set in a Regency townhouse with two acres of gardens, this Condé Nast Traveller-recommended hotel is nestled in the heart of the idyllic town of Chipping Campden, at the start of the Cotswolds Way National Trail. Expect contemporary country-style rooms, locally sourced food and a hidden gem of a spa.Why we love the spa: The spa is a real highlight, set in a converted coach house in the hotel grounds. Guests get free access to the facilities, including an aromatic steam room and a hydrotherapy pool, plus there’s a nail bar and six treatment rooms.
Price: from around £120 per night for a Double Room  
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K West Hotel & Spa

Location: Shepherd's Bush, London
The hotel: The Guardian lists K West Hotel & Spa as one of London's top five hotels to visit. Indeed, this deluxe 4-star hideaway has it all: fine dining, a chic cocktail den and an award-winning spa, plus easy access to the sights of central London.
Why we love the spa: The serene K Spa offers a range of specialist treatments alongside a sun meadow room, a hydrotherapy pool with recliners, a sauna, eucalyptus steam rooms and a snow paradise - a minus-15-degrees room filled with snow to stimulate circulation.
Price: from around £119 for a Superior Double Room
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The Grand Hotel & Spa

Location: York city centre
The hotel: The Grand Hotel & Spa is a historic 5-star hotel in the centre of York. Set within the city’s 13th-century city walls, the property is a short stroll from the train station and city-centre attractions, and a 10-minute stroll from the River Ouse. Why we love the spa: It’s secreted away down in the building's old vaults, giving it a true sense of peace and quiet. There’s a 14-metre heated pool, a Jacuzzi, a dry sauna and a steam room, plus a range of pampering spa treatments on offer.
Price: from around £160 for a Classic Double Room
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The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire
The hotel: Once you arrive at Mere Golf Resort & Spa, set alongside Mere Lake in the Cheshire countryside, it’s unlikely you’ll be venturing very far. The hotel has something for everyone, with a championship golf course, a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant and an award-winning spa.Why we love the spa: The Health Club & Spa, recipient of a coveted 5-bubble rating from The Good Spa Guide, is elegant and equipped with excellent facilities. It has a fitness suite, an indoor swimming pool and a thermal zone, plus a selection of premium treatments.
Price: from £150 for a Double Room
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Losehill House Hotel & Spa

Location: Hope Valley, Derbyshire
The hotel: Hidden away in the heart of the Peak District National Park, the 4-star Losehill House Hotel & Spa offers uninterrupted countryside views alongside 2-AA-Rosette dining.Why we love the spa: The sumptuous in-house spa has a heated indoor pool, a sauna, a steam room and a selection of treatments. We strongly recommend you spend some time in the outdoor hot tub while taking in views of the Hope Valley.
Price: from around £235 for a Double Room
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Lion Quays Hotel & Spa 

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire  
The hotel: Situated on the banks of the Llangollen waterway, the Lion Quays Hotel & Spa is praised by The AA for its "magnificent" grounds and countryside views.Why we love the spa: Named Decléor's National Residential Spa of the Year in 2012, its facilities include a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a steam room and a gym. There’s also a Thermal Suite with a hydrotherapy pool, experience showers, a relaxation room and a snow cave (an indoor snow experience to stimulate circulation and aid muscle regeneration).
Price: from £89 for a Standard Double Room
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G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
The hotel: Right on the Royal Mile and less than a 5-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel (formerly Hotel Missoni) is a seriously designer establishment. It’s home to the 2-AA-Rosette Cucina restaurant and the hip Bar G&V.Why we love the spa: This small but perfectly formed space benefits from the same approach to décor as the rest of the property (think bold, striking colours), and offers big-name treatments from the likes of Eve Lom and Aromatherapy Associates.
Price: from around £180 for a Signature Room
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The G Hotel and Spa

Location: Galway, Ireland
The hotel: Designed by celebrity renowned Philip Treacy, this chic 5-star hotel is a flamboyant gem with a decadent cocktail den and 2-AA-Rosette restaurant in addition to the award-winning spa.

Why we love the spa: The Asian-inspired rooftop spa by ESPA has won a Tatler award for its hot-stone treatment. There is a vitality pool, a crystal steam room, a rock sauna, an ice fountain and a relaxation room overlooking the zen garden.
Price: from around £126 for a Superior King Room
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Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa

Location: Anglesey, Wales
The hotel: This 19th-century mansion on the island of Anglesey is set in landscaped gardens with views of the Snowdonia Mountains, the hotel has attracted a host of awards and celebrity guests thanks to its top-notch features and service. Why We Love the Spa: Highlights include the Thermal Suite, with an experience shower, an ice fountain and salt-inhalation therapy room, an indoor pool and well-equipped gym. The Daily Mail says the facilities and ambience "easily rival those of any opulent London spa".
Price: from around £140 for a Double Room
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