ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • CountryCityWoman profile image


      7 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!

    • BkCreative profile image


      7 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.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)