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Great British Spas: 6 to Visit

Updated on February 18, 2013

Great British Spas

Many vacations, as well as honeymoons, now include time spent relaxing and rejuvenating in a pampering, luxurious spa. Britain is home to many great spas located throughout the country and in London hotels.

If you are planning a vacation in the UK, you may enjoy spending part of the time treating yourself to a short stay at a spa. Some spas have packages allowing you to stay overnight or longer, while others such as the Thermae Bath Spa, offers services and recommends a nearby hotel.

Following is a list of 6 great British spas:

1 - Thermae Bath Spa, Bath - Britain's original and only natural thermal spa. It was called 'taking the waters' back then (see link to thermal spas in the US which offer 'taking the waters') and here you can take the waters in an 18th century pool. The spa has four stories of treatment rooms, pools and steam rooms. On the rooftop is a steaming open-air pool with views of the surrounding -- and quite impressive -- Georgian architect. The spa is crowded on the weekend so during the week is best. A recommended treatment is Watsu - a therapist will cradle and massage you while you float in the mineral-rich warm water.

A recommended hotel is the nearly Queensberry Hotel and there is much to get out and see.

Note: Bath is a lovely city to explore. My cousin and I visited some years ago and made it a point to stop at Sally Lunn's for the famous yeast bun. This historic home is not only the oldest house in Bath, but also houses a museum and has a quaint restaurant serving morning coffee through dinner. When visiting Bath do make a stop at Sally Lunn's and enjoy a treat of the buns that are still made from a secret recipe. Quite delectable. And of course we ate a lot of other good food here as well. Lots.

2 - Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, near Bath - In this 5-star hotel in the countryside, you will find a mix of luxurious old and new, such as four-poster beds and sash windows, but with a super slick spa hidden behind a walled garden. There is a large spectacular indoor pool and an outdoor saltwater plunge pool. The spa is open until 10pm and early weekday evenings are the most serene. The recommended treatment is the De-stress Oil and Herbal Back Therapy treatment.

3 - Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa, Yorkshire (see photo) - Located on the edge of the North Yorks Moors. The outdoor pool (in the photo) is heated year-round. There is also a tiled steam room, superheated sauna and wood clad-alfresco whirlpool tub. The Feversham has a cosy feel with its plush sofas, ottomans and throws.

4 - The Dorchester, London (Parklane, Mayfair) - The basement spa in the Dorchester has been recently renovated and exudes 1930s art deco glamour. In 2010 the spa was named Boutique Spa of the year and was also voted a favorite by readers in Conde Nast Traveller (UK). Expect a doorman's welcome to heated treatment couches in nine spacious, sound-proof treatment rooms. Signature facials are a specialty.

5 - The Grove, Hertfordshire - Offered is a 3-day Ayurvedic retreat in the Seqouia Spa, which provides a whole host of treatments. The highly rated spa is located less than 1/2 hour outside of London and has a bit of an urban feel and glamour. This includes the black mosaic pool and whirlpool. Also included is a crystal steam room and a saltwater vitality pool. This is where the England football team stays during training.

6 - Titanic Spa, Yorkshire - The UK's first eco-spa and the winner of many awards. The roof is covered in solar panels and the water comes from a natural spring. Energy is generated from wood chippings. The Carita Pro-Radiance facial is recommended. The spa is located in an old converted mill. Overnight accommodations are available which includes a continental breakfast in a Titanic Spa Apartment.

For a list of thermal spas in the US and some pampering treatments you can do at home, see links below:

Feversham Arms, Yorkshire
Feversham Arms, Yorkshire


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    • CountryCityWoman profile image

      CountryCityWoman 6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      I've had the pleasure of visiting Bath and yes, those Sally Lunn yeast buns are so good!!! I can almost taste them. We even went to the ancient spa before it was opened to the public and got to taste the fresh water. Mmmmm. I've even been to Hertfordshire but it never occurred to me to look for a spa there. Next time. Thanks for the list - rated up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've spent a lot of time in England - and traveled all over. Going to one of these luxurious spas in the countryside would have been fabulous. What a good idea to stay on site at one of these places.

      I too have been to Bath and the architecture is wonderful, the Sally Lunn buns are great and I seem to remember shops on the bridge.

      Great informative hub with good suggestions! Rated up.