Britain's best romantic spas

Anna Walker

There's no better Valentine's gift than a spa-break for two. Here are our reviews of Britain's best romantic spas…

Pennyhill Park and Hotel, Surrey

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Surrounded by a leafy park, this stylish Surrey spa offers real variety, making it a great choice for first timers who wish to try a little of everything.

With both indoor, outdoor and hydrotherapy pools, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to taking a dip and the ice cave, herbal sauna, outdoor hot tub and ballroom pool with underwater music keep things exciting. 

From the outside, the 19th-century house looks more like something from a Brontë novel. With a gorgeous ivy-covered exterior and surrounding gardens, taking a turnabout the 123-acre grounds could prove just as relaxing as the spa experience itself.

The nearby Michelin-star restaurant, The Latymer, offers a fine-dining accompaniment to a day of romantic relaxation, but be sure to book, it’s a popular spot.

 

Spa Themes, Manchester

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The steamily-named Fifty Shades of Spa Couples’ Retreat is great for those seeking a weekend focused on privacy. The intimate package includes a 45-minute couples’ massage as well as an hour of private access to a romantically candle-lit, salt-infused cave spa complete with infinity jacuzzi.

Spa Themes is known for its immersive, themed spa days so it’s also ideal if you’re looking for a change from the more traditional schmaltzy Valentine’s. You could sample the Willy Wonka Chocolate themed spa, which includes a chocolate chip body scrub treatment alongside a host of sweet treats, or escape the February chill with the Paradise Beach package, which will have you unwinding in a piña colada scented steam room. 

With so much to explore in Manchester, why not extend your spa trip to a romantic weekend and take in some of the sights of the city.

Read more: How to spend a weekend in Manchester

 

Corran Resort and Spa, Wales

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As you float in the large, blue pool, head tipped back to look at the twinkling star-like lights above, that “aah” moment will sink in at this charming Carmarthenshire country getaway.

With cosy fireplaces and snug accommodations, this is the ideal spa for couples in search of a dose of rustic charm. It’s a must for history lovers too, as the 16th-century building at the heart of the hotel has been expertly restored and is surrounded by the scenic Towy estuary and marshland. 

The focus at the Corran Spa is on aromatherapy, but pausing between treatments for a relaxing dip in the pool, a few rounds in the gym or unwinding with a polished manicure is always encouraged. 

Overnight stayers are greeted with a bottle of prosecco in their room—a surefire way to get the romance started.

 

Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, Bath

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Bath is one of the spa capitals of the world thanks to the ready supply of thermal spring water which once made it so popular with the Romans. 

Combining the fame of Bath’s spa waters with the fame of its Royal Crescent—an iconic row of 30 Georgian terraced houses near the city’s centre—is the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, which sits directly in the middle of the picturesque terrace. 

The five-star hotel is a sanctuary away from the city and their Romantic Hideaway package includes a 60-minute couples’ massage, delicious three course champagne dinner and use of spa facilities including Himalayan salt-infused sauna, blossom steam inhalation room, a vitality pool and a 40ft candlelit pool—the height of luxury relaxation, the way our Roman ancestors intended.

Read more: How to spend a weekend in Bath

 

Spa Verta at the Crowne Plaza, London

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The Crowne Plaza’s Couples’ Refinery Package is an underground haven of relaxation, tucked away in London’s busy Battersea district. With a spacious, dimly lit pool-come-jacuzzi, several steam rooms and experience showers, it’s ideal for those looking for a simple yet luxurious day of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. 

The 55-minute couples' massage treatment offers just the right length of time to fully unwind, and experienced masseurs are able to ease even the tightest of knots—great news for those who spend all day sitting at a desk. 

A surprising highlight is the two-course lunch. With unexpectedly fine dining and an included glass of prosecco, we’d recommend the delicious vegetable pithivier or Thai green curry. The restaurant looks out over a riverside helipad, which adds a sense of James Bond glamour to the occasion. 

Read more: How to spend a weekend in London

 

The Scarlet, Newquay

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There are few sensations more relaxing that sitting in the sunshine and closing your eyes to listen to the gentle lapping of the sea. At the Scarlet Hotel in Newquay, spa visitors can do just that during breaks between relaxing treatments. 

For a mind and body experience, we’d recommend sampling one of the unique “Scarlet Journey” treatments. The Rediscover Couples' Journey includes a two-person synchronised massage, bathing ritual, clifftop hot tub session and
the option of a massage lesson, perfect for couple bonding—and possibly a few giggles—during your romantic escape. 

For those averse to the traditional spa environment, there’s also a range of “Set the Spa Free” treatments on offer, which bring massage and manicures into the stunning surroundings of the Cornish countryside, perfect for getting back to nature. 

 

Jetty Spa at Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Lake District

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Nestled away in the Lake District’s tree canopy are cedar-clad cabins, elevated six feet above ground, with their own personal spas.

This Swedish-inspired experience has been designed specifically with couples in mind and the floor to ceiling windows of the cabin overlook a tranquil private lake. 

The Jetty Spa’s treatment menu is extensive, and couples can book in for all manner of massage techniques as well as facials, manicures and pedicures. 

For even more luxury, the hotel’s five-star individually themed spa lodges have wonderful views of the Lake District moors as well as private outdoor hydrotherapy hot tubs surrounded by walled gardens. And after a hard day of pampering yourself, what better than to fall into one of the lodges' king sized beds?

 

Where to book

Spabreaks.com is the UK’s leading spa booking agency, the beauty of the business is the ability to search for spas across the UK and beyond, including using a simple function to search for a spa local to you. 

The company has spa packages for everyone from simple massages and beauty treatments to spa breaks for those who sports injuries or recovering from illnesses including cancer. They also offer spa break gift vouchers, available for days spas, longer breaks and beyond.