Spa breaks in the UK to help you refresh

Margaret Hussey reveals 6 UK spas to visit to help you refresh and rejuvenate.

Dreamy Dormy

Dormy House’s award-winning House Spa in the Cotswolds has a pool, outdoor hydrotherapy hot tub, a Scandi-style thermal suite, a mud room, Champagne nail bar, gym, six treatment rooms and personal training studio. Another new addition is The Tub, offering floatation tank therapy. Not to mention cosy corners, log fires, 39 bedrooms and suites and three restaurants. 

It is also now home to cult beauty brand Tata Harper. The range, popular amongst Hollywood A-Listers and supermodels, is 100% organic, natural and handmade on Tata’s farm.

Rates start at £269 per night on a B&B basis, based on double occupancy and including full use of House Spa facilities. Tata Harper treatments at House Spa range from £75 to £305. 

Taking the waters

Nestled within the hills of the Peak District, the Buxton Crescent really makes the most of the therapeutic properties of its water.

The hotel spa has three pools – the Thermal Pool, a fully refurbished Victorian pool with mineral rich water; a relaxation pool with an atmospheric ceiling pierced with shafts of light and an impressive indoor-outdoor rooftop pool which overlooks the town below. 

Treatments include Indian head massages and targeted body massages. Signature spa offerings include the Thermal Mud Pack, which uses mineral rich mud sourced from Heviz in Hungary and the Co2 Infusion Mineral Bath, filled with Buxton’s Thermal Water. 

The spa has eight treatment rooms, many with original stained-glass windows.

Rates start from £155 per night based on two people sharing an Attic Room on a B&B basis.

Gleneagles glamour 

The Spa at Gleneagles has undergone a complete redesign and the state-of-the-art space is now a perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation, taking its inspiration from the Scottish landscape. 

It has the UK’s first resident Dr. Barbara Sturm clinic, where guests and members can experience her pioneering medical-led approach. On offer is the signature #sturmglow facial and their super anti-aging facial as well as a series of retreats with a resident Dr. Barbara Sturm doctor. It also has Tata Harper’s treatments, with bespoke signature facials created exclusively for Gleneagles. 

While if you want to ‘spa with nature’, its two-day Wild Wellness retreat includes hill walking, fishing, foraging & waterfall bathing. 

Rates at Gleneagles start from £475 based on two sharing and including breakfast. Retreats priced separately. For more information visit

City break

Escape the noise of the city at Richmond Harbour Hotel’s HarSpa. Opening in November, there’s everything you need to reset from a 20 metre indoor pool, Zen garden and Scandinavian hot tubs. Packages include The White Company Sleep Retreat, Refresh Spa afternoons and mornings, a range of facials and body treatments including Seasalt exfoliation. 

Rates at Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa start from £140 per night on a B&B basis.

Capital gain 

The Carlton Tower Jumeirah in Knightsbridge, London, has recently undergone a mind-blowing £100 million transformation. And its Talise Spa is already certainly making a mark. Set across three floors, it boasts the capital’s London’s largest indoor swimming pool and breathtaking views across the city. 

The spa facilities include a sauna, a pink salt crystal steam room and Jacuzzi. 

It’s partnered with Aromatherapy Associates, 111Spa/Clinic and is the only London hotel with Hungarian skincare brand, Omorovicza. 111Spa/Clinic’s body massage collection combines holistic oils, healing scents and signature massage techniques. While all Omorovicza products use natural products, harnessing the mineral-rich waters of Hungary. 

For hotel guests, a selection of in-room treatments are offered from the massage collection and wellness therapies include Osteopathy, Acupuncture, CranioSacral and Sound Baths.

*Rooms from £540 including VAT. For more visit

Monkeying around

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a barge to be your first port of call when it comes to a spa. But Monkey Island’s offering is just as indulgent as any fancy health club. With three treatment rooms, cute reception and an Elixir Bar it ticks all the boxes. 

Monkey Island was founded by monks 800 years ago and the treatments are designed to fit with their past with brands like Moss of the Isles and ISUN. Heavenly. 

Nightly rates from £275 in a Temple Room; 60-minute treatments start from £100; for more visit

All imagery courtesy of hotels/spas. Feature image: Carlton Tower Jumeirah in Knightsbridge