Top 5 spas in the UK

photo by Dennis Wong

With so many spa towns (some of which originated in the times of the Roman occupation of Britain), it’s not that hard to figure out that the UK is a paradise for spa treatment fanatics. If a rainy or chilly day has ruined your plans of sightseeing or visiting natural attractions, you have the perfect excuse to retreat to a spa and spend the entire day being pampered in every possible way. You can soak in warm water, relax your sore muscles with a massage, sweat it out in a sauna or get treatments for all sorts of ailments, or just for the fun of it. Here are top 5 spas in the UK, for one of those lazy days when you want some you-time.

Thermae Bath Spa, Bath

Bath, one of the most famous spa cities in the UK, also has one of the best spas you can find in the country. One of the best things about this spa is the rooftop hydrotherapy pool, open during the winter as well. There’s nothing better than soaking in the steaming water and looking at the view of the city of Bath, covered in snow. Thermae is one of the most diverse and complete spa centers you’ll ever see, with a number of pools, steam rooms, saunas and treatments.

The Sanctuary, London

photo by Dennis Wong

The Sanctuary is women’s only, which is unfortunate for spa-loving male travelers because this spa is really something different. If you’re jet lagged or have problems sleeping, you can indulge in the Sleep Retreat, which will soothe you with soundware therapy. The spa has dozens of pools, treatment rooms, relaxation rooms and and a la carte restaurant.

Turkish Baths, Harrogate

Harrogate is another hugely famous spa town, and the Turkish Baths have been a fixture in the city since Victorian times. The baths have been lavishly decorated recently, and no amount of luxury was spared. The spa has several steam rooms, plunge pools, and a variety of regular treatments, as well as reiki and massage.

Crewe Hall, Crewe, Cheshire

Crewe Hall hotel used to be an elegant manor house, but when it was turned into a hotel the new owners tried to keep the historical allure of the place as intact as possible. However, a new and modern wing was also added in the back of the building, and among the modern comforts housed within, the spa is one of the best. Crewe Hall’s spa has a technogym, a huge indoor pool, various treatments, sauna, jacuzzi and steam rooms.

Calcot Manor, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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The Cotswolds are the essence of British countryside, and as such they deserve to be explored in detail – which is bound to take a tool on your muscles. You can relax at Calcot Manor’s spa, which is just as high-class as the hotel itself (14th century luxury hotel). The centerpiece of the spa is a heated outdoor pool next to a roaring log fire, which on its own is enough to put this amazing spa on the list of the top 5 spas in the UK.

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