Hit refresh this New Year at one of East Anglia’s best spas
Written by Georgie Gilding
When the Christmas baubles have been put away and the festive season is well and truly over, it is time to hit the refresh button. Resolutions have been made and it is time to kick start the New Year the right way after the indulgences of the festive season.
With so many desirable spa locations to choose from we have selected the best wellness spas to suit your various needs and to ensure you can stop, revive and thrive…
Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire
Great N Rd, Wyboston MK44 3AL| Tel: 0333 700 7667 | www.yspa.co.uk
If like us, you have the January blues and are in need of a little pick me up then keep reading as we’ve found the perfect spa day escape at a bargain price. Located between Cambridge and Bedford, the Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes has an impressive array of facilities to help you completely relax.
A steam room, salty steam room, two saunas offering a moderate or high heat, frost wall, experience showers and heated outdoor hydrotherapy pool with deck chairs and cosy sofas dotted around the edge – it was easy to spend hours blissfully relaxing before an afternoon treatment.
After your treatment head for the relaxation area which includes a room of pod-like chairs perfect for curling up with a book, and the ‘Big Sleep’; a room of loungers with warm blankets and a fireplace. Most spa days include lunch at the spas restaurant which offers stunning views of the lake. Spa day packages start from £69 per person.
Down Hall Hotel & Spa, Hertfordshire
Matching Road, Hatfield Heath, Essex, CM22 7AS | Tel: 01279 731 441 | downhall.co.uk
Down Hall is the perfect place to relax your mind, body and soul and is conveniently located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop’s Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border. Down Hall Hotel is beautiful inside and out. High ceilings and grand portraits of previous home owners line the corridors and outside the gardens are immaculate. Enjoy a lovely winters walk around the 110 acres of garden and woodland, before popping on your robe and heading to the Eden Spa.
The spa features a sauna, steam and hydro pool and relaxation room. There are a range of specialist treatments from ESPA as well as nail care. Whether you are looking to rest, rejuvenate, or relax, Eden Spa is the place for you.
Ufford Park Woodbridge, Suffolk
Yarmouth Road, Woodbridge IP12 1QW | Tel: 01394 383555 | www.uffordpark.co.uk
The health club, gym and spa is located in 120 acres of picturesque parkland and a 18-hole golf course. The spa includes swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna and steam. The Fire and Ice Experience is a great way to enjoy the Thermal Suite, which uses a series of hot and cooling experiences, guiding your body through a sensory journey with the ultimate aim of inducing deep relaxation. Choose from a full or half day options, both of which include a delicious lunch and 30-minute treatment.
There packages to suit all budgets with experiences starting from just £39 per person. Check out the residential Suffolk Spa Breaks at Ufford Park that all include a 3-course dinner at the Park Restaurant, breakfast, full use of spa and gym, plus treatments
Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, Essex
Stock Rd, Stock, Ingatestone CM4 9BE | Tel: 01277 829990 | www.greenwoodshotel.com
Greenwoods Hotel & Spa is a breathtaking blend of 17th century architecture set in a stunning English garden which is the perfect backdrop for a winter spa break this New Year. Recently refurbished, the spa has a 20 metre pool, nine luxurious treatment rooms, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room plus a manicure and pedicure bar.
To really help give yourself a New Year body boost, we highly recommend The Himalayan Body Brilliance treatment. This uses pink Himalayan sea salt to exfoliate the body leaving it silky soft and delicately fragranced. A blend of 84 trace minerals helps to detoxify the body and encourages nutrient absorption to the skin. And if all that relaxing has left you hungry, the hotel and spa offers one of the yummiest sparkling English Afternoon Teas to truly round off the perfect spa day!
The Pigs, Edgefield, Norfolk
Norwich Rd, Edgefield NR24 2RL | Tel: 01263 587 634 | thepigs.org.uk
Fancy spending hours soaking in a wood fire heated outdoor spa in the privacy of your own room, while catching up on the latest episode of Corrie? Then look no further than The Pigs and book into one of their new seven spa rooms that feature a host of facilities including drench showers, private gardens, massage benches and saunas. Yes, please! If you manage to book in an overnight stay (which we highly recommend), you will also be treated to The Pig’s famous 15 mile breakfast. Using the freshest local produce, this Norfolk hotel and spa gets our vote for food, relaxation and ambiance – and, being dog-friendly, you can also pack the pooch!
Chesham Rd, Wigginton, Tring HP23 6HX | Tel: 01442 291000 | www.champneys.com
If you find yourself in the area, then a visit to this former Rothschild family-owned estate, complete with Downton Abbey-esque driveway, set in 170 acres of idyllic Hertfordshire countryside, is an absolute must. This hotel and spa has a reputation for sheer relaxation and you will be able to completely rewind, rejuvenate and reset here – in one of their many treatment rooms.
The spa here offers treatments that are all based around the concept of seawater therapy, using Thalgo products, the French Marine spa beauty company. They offer four personalised spa packages; the Wellbeing and Rejuvenation, De-stress and Revive, Detox and Cleanse and Slim and Tone. With so much to see and do in addition to treatments, a visit to Britain’s original health Spa in Tring, should be at the top of your New Year’s resolution list. But the luxury of Champeneys does not stop there. When you book a spa day or stay, delicious and healthy meals from the restaurants are included.
The Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk
Horringer, Bury Saint Edmunds IP29 5QE | Tel: 01284735350 | www.ickworthhotel.co.uk
Not only is this one of the UK’s most family-friendly luxury hotels, but it also boasts new treatments this New Year. Situated in 1,800 acres of National Trust Gardens in the Suffolk countryside, it is of the ultimate destinations to enjoy some relaxing family time away. And if you are here with your clan don’t worry about not getting ample ‘me time’ – what puts this spa into its own child-friendly league is that it has its very own OFSTED regulated crèche. You can relax knowing your little ones are in safe hands as you enjoy a facial, massage or body scrubs and make use of the stunning indoor pool. We recommend the Hot Mineral Body Boost, as this treatment stimulates every cell in the body, helping alleviate muscular pain and remove toxins.
After all of that relaxing, you can then enjoy some of the freshest seasonal produce in the region from their restaurant, picked from their walled garden. Or if you want to dine with the little ones, why not have the children’s high tea served in the cinema room for the perfect relaxing combo!