Eight of the finest UK spa hotels near London

If the cold weather is wearing you down and all you can think of are a muscle-loosening massage, a swim in heated waters or a warming body wrap, seek out unbridled rest and relaxation at these rural spa sanctuaries. Known as the masters of well-being and hospitality on the outskirts of London, they couple grand wellness facilities with supreme dining, decor, accommodation and surroundings, for a spa sojourn you’ll wish would never end.

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Champneys Henlow, Bedfordshire

Set on 150 acres of Bedfordshire parkland, a 70-minute direct train or 90-minute drive north of London, this converted Cistercian monastery delivers old-world grandeur, brought into the 21-century by way of refreshingly bright interiors, stylish contemporary furnishings, and state-of-the-art spa facilities of nationally-recognised Champneys fame. The wellness offerings here are plentiful and don’t disappoint: expect a swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, laconium and relaxation areas, alongside a gym, tennis, badminton and table tennis facilities, and a chance to partake in guided resort walks to get the blood circulating in your legs. If you’re in the mood for pure indulgence, a flurry of facials, body treatments, beauty therapies, massages, mani-pedis and alternative options are all on hand – try the restorative Elemis Absolute Spa Ritual, before an acupuncture or hot stone reflexology session.

Address: Coach Rd, Henlow SG16 6BT

Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa, West Sussex

Five-star hospitality and spa-focused excellence are key at this elegant East Grinstead property, whose Utopia Spa is an ever-popular pick amongst wellness enthusiasts and serenity-seekers. Alongside ultra-chic fine dining options, a cosy champagne bar, a refined afternoon tea experience and to-die-for guest rooms and suites awash in calming hues, you’ll find all manner of spa treatments on hand at the spa, unsurprisingly awarded Five Bubbles by the Good Spa Guide. You’ll find 25 treatment rooms here, alongside an outdoor barrel sauna, a hot tub, a gym and a treatment to suit each of your needs – whether a full-body Swedish massage to knead you back into shape, a thirst-quenching facial filled with antioxidants and anti-ageing properties, a detoxing mud therapy rich in natural vitamins and minerals, or a satisfying body scrub to help restore your glow. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, Alexander House Hotel is just under two hours from London’s heart.

Address:  East St, Turners Hill, East Grinstead RH10 4QD

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Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa, Hampshire

Nestled in the New Forest’s Brockenhurst, two hours from central London, this divine manor hotel ticks all boxes for discerning travellers and spa-lovers. Refined country-style guest rooms, a beautiful setting amid woodland, and elegant dining options (including the irresistible Cambium, where you’ll feast on locally-themed fare within a chic yet inviting space) are just some of the draws here. Most spectacular, though, is the SenSpa – a Thai-inspired hideout featuring a sensational hydrotherapy pool, herbal sauna, crystal steam room, laconium, tepidarium, ice room, rhassoul mud room, Vichy showers, a Thai temple studio and no fewer than 18 treatment rooms, where you could opt for lush body wraps, organic facials and a plethora of luxury massages (don’t miss the Thai poultice back massage, which uses herb-filled hot compresses to relieve back pain). A Gold Green Tourism award, three AA Rosettes, a Five-Bubble award by the Good Spa Guide and a four-AA-star rating all ensure a stellar, away-from-it-all escape.

Address: Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst SO42 7RH

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Homewood Park Hotel & Spa, Somerset

For an even more laid-back break, head a little further away from the capital for a stay, located three hours from London yet worth every minute of the commute – not least for its inspiring green surroundings, clean and refined dining (the afternoon tea, served on the terrace or by a log fire during the colder months, is a real draw), and endearing blend of plush décor and country-chic flourishes across the uniquely-styled guest rooms. The spa is, of course, a must-visit, with its heated outdoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room, sauna and all-too tempting treatment menu comprising age-restoring facials, detoxifying body scrubs, bespoke full-body massages, and much more. The treatments here make the most of all-natural and organic, exclusive Homewood spa products, crafted in the Cotswolds and available for you to purchase and take home with you.

Address: Abbey Ln, Freshford, Bath BA2 7TB

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Pennyhill Park, Surrey

It’s all about the 45,000 square feet of incredible well-being facilities at Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel member and idyllic Bagshot base offering traditionally-themed guest rooms, fantastic Michelin-starred dining, a relaxed brasserie and an attractive luxury spa brimming with state-of-the-art facilities and modern, light-filled decor. You’ll find a whopping eight indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs on site, alongside a relaxation lounge, ice cave, herbal steam rooms, tepidarium and laconium. The high-tech Natura Bissé and indulgent gold, caviar and pearl facials are particularly pampering, while the classic, stress-busting hot stone massage is not to be missed. Holistic therapies are also on hand here, from Reiki to reflexology, if you fancied an alternative method to unwind, rebalance and eliminate any toxic energy. Best of all, you’ll be a mere 90 minutes away from the Big Smoke’s buzz.

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Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Essex

A two-hour drive northeast towards Clacton-on-Sea will bring you to the four-star Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, where fresh, modern interiors and lovely green surroundings provide the ideal backdrop for a weekend of fine-tuned spa pampering. A Good Spa Guide Awards finalist in 2016 and 2017, this Five-Bubble spa takes your relaxation and well-being seriously, whether you’re blissing out with a Decléor Ultimate Vitamin Glow Facial, a Salt and Oil Scrub filled with the scents of lime, lemongrass, nectarine and honey, or some time to yourself in the hidden sanctuary, available for private hire. Thalgo, Clarins and OPI are just a few more brands to feature on the treatment menu here, while those interested in a recovery treatment can seek out the care of NHS Christie Trust-trained therapists.

Address: Frinton Rd, Thorpe-le-Soken, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 0JD

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Grayshott Health Spa, Surrey

Fill your days with soul-soothing spa bliss and your nights with sweet dreams at this multiple award-winning, four-star health spa hotel, where the rooms are pleasantly pretty, the culinary options are healthy but not boring, and the spa itself is something of a phenomenon – from its lounger-lined pool beneath a warped reflective ceiling, to its male- and female-only sauna and steam room, to its quality treatments ranging from oatmeal baths and lymphatic stimulation, to skin-boosting facials and deep tissue massages. Further facilities include a gym, exercise classes, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a seasonal outdoor pool, and a golf course. Located within reach of the South Downs National Park in Surrey, you’ll be just over a 90-minute drive from London by car or train.

Address: Headley Road, Grayshott, Surrey GU26 6JJ

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Cliveden House, Berkshire

A 90-minute drive from London, Berkshire’s Cliveden House makes the ideal five-star abode if you’re after a truly exceptional getaway dripping with class and sophisticated. The Cliveden Spa is designed for you to enjoy all-out pampering, whether with a dip in the gorgeous pool lined with soft gold lighting, or a session in the infrared sauna, Jacuzzi, infused steam room or two outdoor hot tubs. The treatments available here offer a chance to refresh and renew your mind and body; they include the Rose Garden Experience to nourish your skin and awaken your mind, the Signature Oskia Glow Facial to illuminate and rejuvenate your skin, and the Sarah Chapman Skinesis treatment for fatigued eyes. Add to these mani-pedi and hairdressing services, a fitness studio, personal training sessions and a selection of tennis courts, and you’ll never be out of ways to preen yourself and keep on your toes.

Address: Cliveden Rd, Taplow, Maidenhead SL6 0JF

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