While lockdowns have shown us it’s now fully acceptable to walk around in a dressing gown all day, it’s never the same when there’s not a lovely facial or massage to look forward to. Step forward the UK spa stay. If you’re going to staycation like the majority of the nation it’s high time you did it in style, enjoying a short break at one of these top five retreats. You might even find yourself in the hot tub or plunge pool with any number of famous faces.
1. Glass House Retreat
Essex-based Glass House Retreat offers bespoke programmes that are designed to champion fitness, wellness and detox. Offering 21 rooms, a Himalayan salt sauna, indoor heated swimming pool, a new outdoor sauna, a new outdoor natural swimming pool, a panoramic gym and a plethora of Elemis spa treatments, it’s the perfect haven for tranquility. It’s also great for star spotting: TOWIE’s Yazmin Oukhellou and Bobby Norris, Geordie Shore’s Vicky Pattison and Marnie Simpson, and Blue boybander Duncan James are just some of the stars who’ve visited.
2. Rockliffe Hall
Rockliffe Hall is a tranquil resort on the banks of the River Tees, in the North East of England. Offering an award-winning spa, 18 hole championship golf course, two restaurants, and 61 bedrooms, it dates back to the 1800s and is steeped in history. Unique to Rockliffe Hall is their Mind Therapy Room, boasting technology that can reduce stress and improve sleep. Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffat recently stayed here with her partner Scott, while actress Gemma Atkinson celebrated her engagement here with fiancé Gorka Marquez.
3. Ragdale Hall
Olympic champ Jessica Ennis-Hill and TOWIE’s Sam Bailey are among the famous faces who have enjoyed the many benefits that come with a stay at this spa retreat. Located in the rolling Leicestershire countryside, this Victorian country house estate has six pools, heat and water experiences and a range of fitness classes and decadent treatments. For a real treat why not book their Two Night Taster Break, which includes a choice of three treatments and full board for the duration of your stay?
4. Chewton Glen
This privately owned luxury country house hotel and spa is located on the fringe of the New Forest. Just two hours from London, it’s got 72 rooms and suites – 14 of those luxury treehouses – as well as over130 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland. The spa currently boasts 12 treatment rooms, a 17-metre swimming pool, fitness suite, dance studio, sauna and steam rooms, nail studio, hydrotherapy pool and hot tub. It’s an incredible place to stay and well worth every penny – plus you could see the likes of Saturday’s girlbander Mollie King and TV presenter Tess Daly, who’ve both enjoyed a break here.
We couldn’t include a spa round-up without including one of the celebrity favourites now, could we? Kristina Rhanoff and Kylie Minogue have stayed at one of Champneys’ six countryside locations – while Celebrity Secrets themselves shot on location with TOWIE’s Jessica Wright at Champneys Tring! Featuring a 25m swimming pool, indoor hydropool, whirlpool and jacuzzi, its treatments range from traditional massage to clairvoyance, deep energy healing and more.
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