Whether you want an indulgent spa day or a complete spa break, there are plenty of spa hotels in Scotland and the rest of the UK that will pamper you from head to toe and leave you feeling totally rejuvenated. Bliss!
Book a spa day to enjoy luxurious spa treatments and a decadent afternoon tea, or cocoon yourself in luxury with a night or two at a spa resort, where you can enjoy pampering treatments, top-class food and drink and enchanting views.
When it comes to 5-star luxury spa hotels you’ll be spoilt for choice. Unwind, meditate, embrace a digital detox, and slow down away from the busy hustle of everyday life.
You can think spa in Scotland without thinking Stobo Castle. The magnificent castle is located just outside Peebles in the borders countryside and is surrounded by forests, a lake and has a stunning Japanese Water Gardens for wandering in between being pampered.
The award-winning spa retreat is a luxurious haven where you can unwind and enjoy the first class spa – including Scotland’s only 25m Ozone Pool – enjoy an array of tempting treatments and fabulous food.
Push the boat out and book the Cashmere Suite with it’s lovely livingroom, opulent bedroom and private outdoor space for the ultimate treat. their catchphrase is So Special…So Stobo and we couldn’t agree more.
Rooms, including dinner, breakfast and lunch next day, as well as access to the spa, start from £169pp a night See stobocastle.co.uk
MARCLIFFE HOTEL AND SPA
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa is a luxurious 5* country hotel experience, located on the outskirts of Aberdeen at Pitfodels.
The Spa aims to help guests relax, rejuvenate and de-stress, using authentic ingredients and treatments. Book in for a facial or body treatment, a luxury manicure or pedicure, or perhaps a Swedish or hot stone massage
Rooms come complete with all the essentials, including bathrobes, hairdryers, refrigerated mini-bars with soft drinks and snacks, fresh fruit, biscuits, evening maid service, newspapers and magazines,
Dogs are also welcome to stay in the Executive Rooms. An overnight spa stay for two including dinner and a full body massage or a full body volcanic scrub with a back, neck and shoulder massage, is from £355 a night. See marcliffe.com
Trump Turnberry is an Edwardian era hotel and spa that boasts lush golfing greens and fairways overlooking the glorious Ayrshire coastline.
The Spa is set amongst 800 acres of countryside and boasts a 65-foot heated infinity pool and whirlpool with spectacular views of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.
Relax at the poolside bio-sauna or find a true sense of calm in the ladies and gent’s relaxation rooms, each featuring a sensory shower, ice fountain, sauna and steam room.
Trump Turnberry is also a dog-friendly spa hotel, where your pup can stay free of charge, with a bed, bowls, treats and toy provided.
Day spa packages from £95 including treatment and full use of facilities. See trumphotels.com/turnberry
Cosy up on the west coast of Scotland in luxury apartments that overlook Loch Fyne and enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and luxury spa at Portavadie .
The award-winning spa offers therapeutic treatments, a hydro pool, steam room, Scandinavian sauna, and a relaxation space, all with incredible views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran.
Their two hour Spa Experience includes access to Spa Experience costs £80pp. wide selection of treatments available.
Stay over and choose from studio apartments or holiday cottages and enjoy delicious local produce cooked up in the Marina Bar & Restaurant. Rooms from £149 a night. See Portavadie.com
Fonab Castle Hotel & Spa is nestled in the countryside of Pitlochry, Perthshire, where you’ll be surrounded by tranquil landscapes, perfect if you’re looking for a quiet, romantic getaway.
You’ll be treated to luxurious rooms complete with a contemporary design, floor to ceiling windows, magnificent views of the hotel grounds, a balcony, and all the essentials and more to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
Make a trip to the Woodland spa where there is a whole host of treatments and facilities on offer. Book in for a rejuvenating body treatment, get a few lengths of the 15-metre swimming pool in, sweat it out in the sauna, get your lashes or brows touched up.
Tour the Thermal Suite before trying the outdoor Resistance Pool and reward yourself with a dip in the outdoor hot tub. Rooms from £277 a night. See fonabcastle.com
THE GLENEAGLES HOTEL
Set in one of the Highlands’ prettiest locations, Gleneagles’ spa is known for its crack team of practitioners who nudge you back into wellness via tailored diet, fitness and lifestyle programmes.
The range of ESPA offerings cover every conceivable face and body treatment; go for the two-hour Serenity Package, blending body and facial massage with shirodhara (warm oil drizzled over the forehead to relax and still the mind).
With saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy ‘vitality’ pool and superb relaxation areas, you may never want to leave. Feeling energetic? There are indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as croquet, archery and bike hire.
Rates at Gleneagles start from £475 a night, two sharing and including breakfast. Retreats priced separately. See gleneagles.com
Thermal waters are the draw at The Gainsborough – it’s the only hotel spa in Bath with direct access to them. And its Romanesque Spa Village is quite something.
There are three substantial pools in which to wallow – the largest set under a glass-roofed atrium – as well as saunas and a steam room and 11 treatment rooms offering a wide range of massages and Asian-influenced therapies.
Other treatments include ‘freedom’ – controlled submerging with a therapist, which is liberating both mentally and physically – ginger exfoliation, and magnesium wraps.
All hotel guests have free access to the spa from 7am-9am and 8pm-10pm. Otherwise, it’s reserved for those with treatments booked.
Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £290 on a room-only basis. See thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk
RAGDALE HALL SPA
With 40 years’ experience in mastering the art of resetting the mind and body, Ragdale Hall Spa in Melton Mowbray is the grand dame of spas, which takes switching-off seriously.
Set within 13-acres of serene rolling Leicestershire countryside, this rural Victorian country house estate features multiple pools from rooftop to infinity, an arsenal of fitness programmes and over 100 treatments.
The pièce de résistance is its Thermal Spa which comprises a candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall pool, Thought Zone, aromatherapy scented colourflow cave, volcanic salt bath, scented room, rose sauna and a cave shower complete with its own thunderstorm and experience showers.
A two-night taster getaway including a 50 minute treatment of choice from a blissful face and back therapy to a pure radiance facial, use of spa facilities, one healthy buffet lunch and accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. From £394pp. See spabreaks.com
GALGORM RESORT AND SPA
Commanding an enviable position on the beautiful Causeway coastal route in County Atrim, Northern Ireland, and within 163 acres of lush parkland, is the prestigious Galgorm Resort and Spa.
Guests enjoy the tranquility of this lush Ballymena countryside and riverside setting and experience pure relaxation within an extensive selection of riverside hot tubs, indoor and outdoor heated pools, steam rooms and saunas.
The outdoor thermal Spa Village is a watery wonderland and also now offers the Alpine Garden, a 10-metre infinity pool on the banks of the River Maine; the Palm House a new relaxation area within the Serenity Garden with six heated loungers, and a Salt Room for halotherapy experiences.
There’s also three private hot tubs with waterfall views, which sit on the rock break of the river and six brand new riverside cabanas.
The resort has 125 bedrooms including suites, deluxe and superior rooms. Rooms from £185 a night B&B. See galgorm.com
THE SHANGRI-LA AT THE SHARD
Featured in the Spabreaks.com luxurious Elysium collection The Shangri-La at The Shard London, brings the wow factor for the glam squad.
Soaring sky-high on level 52, this urban jewel hosts a jaw-dropping spa with panoramic views of the London skyline and its showpiece infinity pool, the highest in Europe.
Start the afternoon with a dip, steam in the sauna and a work-out in the gym before a personalised massage from your spa suite with awe-inspiring views.
Try a 60 minute aromatherapy massage by Neals Yard Remedies for pure spa bliss before a decadent lunch at Ting – the hotel’s highest restaurant, which serves fusion treats
Costs from £289 per person (£60 allowance towards lunch in TĪNG restaurant, arrival at 12.45 with a 45 minute pre-bookable access to Sky Pool, sauna and gym at 1pm.) See spabreaks.com