Slip to into a luxury robe and leave your stresses behind with our editor’s pick of spas to suit all moods and moments in the East of England.
Aqua Sana at Elvedon Forest and Woburn Forest
Set within the Centre Parcs complex, Aqua Sana spas are also open to day and overnight guests. Surrounded by forest and featuring multiple sauna options, scented steam rooms, soothing sounds and outdoor relaxation areas, the spas are reminiscent of luxury Swiss resorts. Though there’s no snow-covered mountains in sight, opt for an evening package for your chance to sip Champagne and bath under the stars.
The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge
The city chic hotel might have a prime location for exploring the city but it’s also home to a small spa and state-of-the-art gym. During your city break, take time for yourself and melt your stress away in the sauna and steam room before relaxing in the bubbling Jacuzzi which overlooks the river. A choice of massages and facials are available using luxury Elemis products. Book here.
Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire
This ticks all the boxes for a spa day. Feel refreshed with a sauna, steam and blast in the ice room. Indulge in a rejuvenating treatment and gently swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool. Watch the steam rise from the water as you sit back and relax. Quietness is key here, take a moment to switch off and snuggle down in one of the cosy relaxation pods. The spa is set to reopen in spring 2022 following a major refurbishment. More information.
The grand Georgian manor will have you feeling as though you’re on the set of Downton Abbey. Champneys is famed worldwide for its health focus and spa credentials. This winter check-in for a ‘Longevity, Life Rejuvenation and Reverse-Ageing Retreat’. Hosted by Dr Alka Patel, a GP, health coach and lifestyle medicine physician, the experience centres around women’s health and how lifestyle can impact the immune system’s age. Taking place one day a month from November to March, the retreat features two engaging and knowledgeable sessions regarding aging and vitality and includes a biological age test.
Cambridge Country Club, Bourn
Previously known as Bourn Golf & Country Club, the facilities are sporting a new name and multi-million-pound extension renovation which includes a luxury spa and gym. Inside the new 43,000 sq ft development marble adorns the floors and ceilings, with views from panoramic windows providing the perfect setting for the ultimate relaxation experience. The spa is beautifully decorated with marble, antique mirrors and gold furnishings completed with blush pink highlights. Facilities include a Himalayan salt spa, relaxation room and rainforest shower. Guests can also make use of the state-of-the-art gym and swimming pool with whirlpool complete with poolside loungers. Guests can indulge in beauty treatments from Elemis and Gerrard International.
Sopwell House, St Albans
For an indulgent overnight spa break check into Sopwell House. Splash the cash on an overnight stay in a stunning suite at The Mews, which includes access to The Club at the Cottonmill. The Club gives visitors entry to areas in the spa, only accessible to selected groups. The glass-fronted sauna overlooks the immaculate zen-like gardens and the swimming pool extends outside for a refreshing experience. There are multiple areas to relax including a darkened mood room, plus steam, gym, and yoga and dance studio. The treatments are pretty impressive too – sand and sound massage anyone?
Weavers House Spa, Lavenham
A little hidden oasis in heart of Suffolk. Surrounded by the town’s iconic timber framed buildings, the spa features a steam room, sauna and vitality pool. Take a plunge in the intimate, heated outdoor pool during the winter surrounded the warming glow of the hotel. It’s a small spa but a welcomed addition to a country break in this pretty Suffolk village. Book here.
Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa, Woodbridge
If you like to keep active and can’t bear to sit around for too long, Ufford Park is for you. Set in calming countryside, near the pretty market town of Woodbridge, the hotel provides a peaceful environment to relax and rejuvenate. Featuring the latest thermal spa facilities, including a series of heating and cooling experiences such as a large hydro-pool, aroma steam room, mineral grotto, and soft sauna, this spa is all about pampering. Before relaxing, work up a sweat or embrace your New Year fitness regime at the hotel’s gymnasium incorporating cardiovascular and resistance equipment or a challenging 18-hole golf course.
Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Frinton-on-Sea
Escape everyday life with a day or overnight stay at Lifehouse Spa and Hotel, near beautiful Frinton-on-Sea. Feel invigorated with a pool dip and time in the sauna, steam and salt inhalation rooms. Switch off completely in the relaxation room which operates a ‘no phone’ policy. Set in 130 acres of grounds, take time to wander the gardens that bloom with each season. The spa offers a wealth of treatments to suit all needs and an extensive activity timetable with classes for both body and mind.
Down Hall, Hatfield Heath
Located on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, the stunning country house with grandeur is ideal for a quiet weekend break. The hotel offers fine dining and a spa, set within 110 acres of immaculate gardens, parkland and woodlands. If you’re looking to escape the bustle of everyday life, this is the spa for you. The spa menu includes a good selection of treatments, including a luxury double room for couples, plus hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna to help you detox.
The Spa at Bedford Lodge, Newmarket
Retaining the charm and character of a country house whilst offering modern comforts and luxury, The Spa at Bedford Lodge is set in the heart of Newmarket, Suffolk. Guests can relax and recharge in the hydrotherapy pool, relaxation room, steam room, sauna and experiential showers. There are a number of packages on offer this winter including the ‘All About You’ option which includes a 30-minute treatment such a detoxifying scrub or a dry flotation for a tranquil state-of-mind, and an exclusive time slot to enjoy a private experience in the rooftop hub top. For those who are back to work, the ‘Evening Bliss’, available from 4pm, could be just the thing to get you through the dark days of winter.