Ready, set, relax. For total bliss guaranteed, these are the ultimate wellness weekend escapes to book now. Spa time is the only thing on the menu here.
Everyone deserves a little time to escape the day-to-day in favour of somewhere picturesque to relax and unwind. From countryside retreats to grand Grade-II listed hotels, no matter what your idea of wellness is, these are four of the best spots in the UK for a wellness weekend escape.
You can be certain that total relaxation and recharging will ensue at these inimitable destinations. Offering everything from facials and massages to nails and hydrotherapy pools, there’s something for everyone.
Get set to ramble through the woodlands at the refined country house that is the Lime Wood hotel set in the heart of New Forest. Just a 15-minute walk or five-minute drive from Lyndhurst, this pretty exceptional spot is complete with manicure grounds, a sweeping driveway, untamed forest and well-kept paths.
Originally a mediaeval hunting lodge in the 13th century, this manor was reclaimed for royalty by the Duke of Clarence in the 1740s. After an extravagant makeover, this stately pile of perfection is the perfect place to check-in for a wellness escape. Boasting a heated swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor hot pool and the soul-soothing Herb House spa, you may never want to leave.
The spa is spread across three floors and offers a mud house, sauna, steam house, serene forest views, a sun deck and café the serves fresh smoothies, juices and more virtuous treats.
To escape for a wellness weekend away, book the Lime Wood now
As the old stomping ground for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, it’s no wonder that Beaverbrook – which once was a playground for the world’s luminaries – makes our list. Nestled in the Surrey Hills, the lavish hotel is a Grade-II listed building with interiors by Susie Atkinson of Soho House fame and a Japanese restaurant run by ex-Nobu chef. The perfect setting for a wellness weekend escape.
Designed by architect, Brian Clarke, and inspired by the English countryside, the flower-filled Coach House Spa will immediately send you to the land of bliss. There are six treatment suites, a steam room, a relaxation room, sauna, hammam, indoor and outdoor pools. Take your pick of tailored massages, exfoliating body treatments and honey-infused facials – all use home-branded Coach House oils made from plants, flowers and fruits from the estate. There’s also a nail lounge to top off the spa day before you head to dinner with your newly painted nails. And for those that like a side of exercise on their weekend escapes, the gym is kitted out with cardio machines, free weights and space to stretch. There’s also a rotating mix of fitness, yoga and Pilates sessions on offer. And if that’s not enough, you can also do laps in the spa’s 20-metre-long indoor pool, plus there's also a summer-ready outdoor pool.
Occupying seven acres, this rural retreat is also set in New Forest just around the corner form Lyndhurst in Brockenhurst. With the New Forest National Park surrounding if you decide to venture a little further than the hotel, there are gorgeous villages to see.
A country-house hotel, The Pig offers incredible local food, a laid-back feel and effortless grandeur. The Potting Shed at the bottom of the walled garden is where you check-in for treatments. Although, you can also travel to the sister property we feature above, Lime Wood.
As the unofficial capital of wellness in the UK, if you’re after a wellness break, you can’t go wrong with Bath. Located in the centre of the famous Crescent Street, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa truly has everything your wellness-weekend heart could desire. With cobblestones underfoot and honey-hued views over the city of Bath, the neoclassical hotel offers both a first-class spa and fine dining.
The spa itself, called Bath House, house in a converted coach house is a refined wood- and stone-lined space offering six treatment rooms. With two pools, a sauna and steam room, the spa menu here has all of the usual delightful suspects. This is the ultimate spot for a weekend away where you don’t have to leave the hotel grounds but if you do there’s plenty to do beyond the walls as well.
By Alexandra O'Brien