And relax: The best spas for some serious R&R
Spring is almost in our sights but we’ve still got a while to go before we can enjoy a long, lazy bank holiday weekend. To soften the blow and to get you through the next few weeks, why not book into one of these spas for a little ‘you’ time?
Why? For a full mind and body recharge, this upscale spa hotel has it all, and in picture perfect surroundings no less. The spa features a thalassotherapy pool, gym, sauna, 25-meter pool, steam rooms and much, much more. For fitness bunnies there’s numerous fitness classes (up to 20 a day) including the likes of water polo, aqua aerobics and yoga, the gym comes complete with personal trainers should you need to shed a few of those extra pounds you gained over Christmas. There’s a real focus on healthy living and general well-being here so don’t be surprised if you leave feeling healthier than you did when you arrived. Spa days start from £59.
Where? Gallows Lane, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, DE12 7HD, Champneys Springs
Why? If you want to pamper yourself into blissful oblivion, there’s no better place for it than at Ragdale Hall. If spas were awarded Michelin stars, this one would have its fair share; in fact it was recently honoured the UK’s Best Spa award in the Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016. This red brick country house has been updated into a top-notch spa hotel with all the trimmings including luxury accommodation and an excellent restaurant. The facilities are vast and their thermal spa is described as an ‘indoor playground for adults’ and we can see why. It features an indoor and outdoor waterfall pool, a rose sauna, a colour flow cave with steamy, intoxicating scents, a cave like lagoon and numerous treatment rooms. What more do you need? Spa days start from £59.
Where? Ragdale Village, Melton Mowbray LE14 3PB, Ragdale Hall
Why? The intimate spa at Stapleford Park is perfect for a dose of relaxation. Set in a converted Grade II Victorian stable block, the spa comes with original bars and doors dating back to 1899 and is surrounded by a totally instagram-worthy courtyard. There’s a range of impressive treatments on offer including the indulgent 80 minute coconut exfoliation and body scrub which will buff and polish you all over, leaving you with an all over glow. Enjoy some laps in the indoor pool before finishing off with a decadent tea in the spa’s lounge. Spa days start from £49.
Where? Nr. Mowbray, Leicestershire, Stapleford, Leicester LE14 2EF, Stapleford Park
Why? If you just want a quiet day in peaceful surroundings, the laid-back spa at the Sketchley Grange Hotel is for you. Located in the market town of Hinckley, the hotel’s spa is a relaxed affair and is modelled to look like old roman baths complete with wall paintings and pillars. Flit between the whirlpool, sauce and steam rooms before finishing off with dinner in the restaurant. Spa days start from £35.
Where? Sketchley Ln, Burbage, Hinckley LE10 3HU, Sketchley Grange Hotel
Why? This unassuming country hotel spa housed in a former hunting lodge and overlooking Rutland Water isn’t one to be overlooked. If like me, you enjoy taking a bath by candlelight, you’ll love floating in the Dead Sea flotation tank under its twinkling stars. Apparently floating in the tank for 40 minutes gives your body the same rest as 8 hours of sleep! I need to gets me one of these! Alternatively, choose from one of the gazillion treatments on offer or opt for a treatment package for the ultimate in blissful you-time.Spa days can be booked via Virgin Experiences and start from £40, alternatively you can buy a day pass for £17.50.
Where? Nr Oakham, Rutland. LE15 8AB. Barnsdale Hall Hotel