Spa breaks close to Surrey
I'll tell you what I want, what I really really want... a massage, mani and Jacuzzi please. Here are 21 spa destinations less than 90 mins from Surrey.
I can’t think of a better antidote to those tough days that life throws at you than something fragrant and pampering to look forward to. Here are the ones I’d most like to be floating blissfully around in a fluffy white robe in the coming months – and we’re not just talking any old spas here. We’re talking the blockbuster, A list, dream destinations that everyone is talking about. Because you’re worth it, obvs.
The Spa at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey
This is pure old-school luxury – a place that knows how to do spa life in style. The spa is vast and spread out over 45,000 square feet – and there’s a Roman feel to them, with grand archways, marble columns and walls of mosaics. You’ll find eight pools, thermal cabins with a range of heat, ice and steam, and 21 spacious treatment rooms. The range includes a 25-metre indoor ballroom pool with underwater music and fibre optic lighting, and an outdoor pool (heated in winter) surrounded by sun loungers. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool, three outdoor heated hot tubs. Newly opened is the Thermal Heaven – the only complete thermal sequencing experience in the UK which includes a laconium, tepidarium tiled beds, herbal saunas, ice igloo, plunge pool and foot spas.
The Coach House Spa at Beaverbrook, Leatherhead, Surrey
An opulent hideaway just outside Leatherhead, The Coach House Spa at Beaverbrook is perhaps one of Surrey’s best-kept secrets. Designed by glass architect Brian Clarke, it’s a beautiful calming space that reflects its beautiful surroundings. There are six treatment suites and a relaxation room, alongside the Thermal Spa which includes a steam room, sauna and and English bath house. There are also indoor and outdoor pools, as well and a gym and a fitness studio for anyone suffering from spa guilt (no, me either). And after your pampering, go for a snack in the on-site Deli Cafe. The hotel also has a Japanese restaurant run by an ex-Nobu chef.
The Runnymede on Thames, Egham, Surrey
With indoor and outdoor swimming pools, whirlpool bath, infrared cabin and traditional saunas, eucalyptus steam room, and a range of treatments for both men and women from luxury brands Guinot, ESPA and Jessica – there’s plenty on offer here. Add to that a gorgeous riverside view for lunch or dinner and you’ve got yourself a great spa day. There’s a good Winter Glow offer for £105 per person.
BSpa at Brooklands Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey
Set inside the modernist glass hotel, BSpa follows the hotel’s super stylish lead with lashings of 1920s and 30s art deco glamour. The spa is tucked away on the third floor of the hotel, with a relaxation rooms and a 12-seater hydrotherapy hot tub on a balcony overlooking the iconic Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit. As well as 11 treatment rooms there are his and hers sauna and steam rooms and a relaxing meditation room with warmed water beds (a space for 4 people to basically zonk out in the dark), and a sunlight therapy room. There’s also a comfortable lounge area where lunch and afternoon tea is served. Ready, steady, relax.
Utopia Spa at Alexander House, East Grinstead, Sussex
Set in 120 acres of gardens, the spa at the five-star Alexander House is pure affordable luxury and perfect for those who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle and completely unwind. Inside you’ll find a stunning indoor pool, 25 treatment rooms (including three couple’s treatment rooms) and relaxation lounges set within calming Grecian-inspired interiors. There’s an outdoor zen garden and a bespoke outdoor barrel sauna and hot tub. Full and half spa days are available, and there are some pretty delicious offers for January starting at £160.
The Spa at South Lodge, Horsham, Sussex
Soon to celebrate it’s first birthday, the Spa at South Lodge is a 44,000 square foot luxury spa with a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio, indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and wild swimming pool, a thermal suite and treatment rooms. It was designed with sustainability in mind, bringing the outside in and extending the spa out into the grounds. Outside you’ll find terraced sun decks, an outside natural swimming pond, hydrotherapy pool and a dining terrace.
Rowhill Grange, Wilmington, Kent
Roman-inspired interiors, water-based therapies and an intimate spa journey await at Rowhill Grange. With 19 single treatment rooms, two couple’s treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, two floors of pools, monsoon showers and more including a hair spa. There are a range of full spa days starting at £139 during January and half days for under £100.
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berks
Not the Jetson’s futuristic crash pad, but Coworth Park’s award-winning spa in Ascot. If you’re looking for a spa break that’ll make you feel like a new woman, we’d suggest the Luxury Spa Package. Enjoy three hours of pure indulgence – an 80-minute Carol Joy Time Defying Signature Facial, sculpting eye lift treatment and the Caviar and Collagen Cocoon body treatment. Basically you’ll come out looking 10 years’ young and 10lbs lighter. Amen to that. This spa day costs £350 (a cheeky overnighter starts at £318).
Cliveden House Spa, Taplow, Berks
Strip down like a Sixties showgirl and get yourself to Cliveden Spa. Loved by celebs, royalty and Muddy editors, it’s a stylish, light filled space of whites and neutrals with deco-inspired touches. The Grade II listed Profumo pool – where Christine Keeler flouted the no heavy petting rule with John Profumo – is FAB-U-LOUS. Inside, there’s another pool, jacuzzi, infrared sauna, steam room and 7 treatment rooms with the most incredible water mattresses. There’s a gym for anyone suffering from spa guilt (no, me neither) and a lovely cafe. It’s grand, beautiful and a ton of packages to choose, from £140, with overnighter will set you back £367.50pp, based on 2 people sharing a room and includes a 60 minute treatment, full use of the facilities, lunch and breakfast.
Run by husband and wife team MaryAnn and Martin this rural retreat, found on a private farm in stunning countryside, is all about getting away from it all and also getting back to nature. Just 37 minutes from St Pancras, if you’re heading out of London, choose from the variety of luxury rustic accommodation on offer and bespoke ESPA spa packages. The owners pride themselves on providing a caring and, above all, curated experience – and your stay can include everything from Yoga classes in The Studio to Art classes. Think home-made soup, hot-tubs and a big hug for the soul.
Situated within beautiful landscaped gardens, and just 5 miles from Ashford International station, this long-established Kent spa was recently taken over by Champneys and offers exactly the quality brand experience you would expect from these luxury health resort giants. Fluffy bathrobes, swish indoor (and outdoor) pool and huge treatment space. The Afternoon Tea here is a strong contender if you’re looking for a special destination for a birthday, baby shower or girlie get-together. Or if no celebration is required, and you just like cake. Lots of options for overnighters – from a Luxe Room in the Main House, to the converted Victorian stables, or the super-cute Shepherd’s Huts… Oh we had you at Luxe Room, did we?
Monkey Island Estate, Bray, Berks
It may sound like something out of a Disney theme park but it’s actually a très chichi boutique hotel that opened in April 2019 on an historic private island in the middle of the Thames. The design team behind The Dorchester in London and The Carlyle in New York are conjuring up 41 rooms and suites, from £275 and all with amazing river views, of course, plus – the tour de force – a floating spa on a converted barge. Because, well, why not?
Poppinghole Farm Spa, Robertsbridge, East Sussex
Relax in your own luxury cottage for the day when you book a spa package at Poppinghole Farm, a countryside retreat in the beautiful Sussex Weald. Use it as a cosy base for refreshments, light lunch and lounging between treatments and dips in the pool. The Elemis spa itself is housed in an oak-framed complex and on warm days the pool doors open onto a patio with sun-loungers. You’ll also find a waterfall, plunge pool and hot tub to help soak your cares away. Enticing treatments include a vitamin-packed superfood pro-radiance facial and a fragrant Garden of England Rose Restore massage. There’s also a dedicated menu of more technical BIOTEC treatments plus a range of Jessica and OPI manicures and pedicures. Spa days start from £150 per person, including an hour’s treatment, lunch, wine and use of a cottage and spa facilities.
The Vineyard Hotel, Stockcross, Berks
A boutique spa one of the UK’s finest wine hotels. Sign me up and pop that cork we’re coming in. The Vineyard Hotel offers delicious overnighters from £148.50. You get to waft around in a fluffy robe, enjoy treatments, using the hotel’s red grape products and there’s 30,000 bottles nestling in the cellar ready for you to retox after the detox. An oasis of bliss and I’ve heard good things about new chef Tom Scade’s food.
Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa, Newbury, Berkshire
How does 7 hours of ‘me time’ grab you? Don’t mind if I do. Donnington Valley Spa, just off the M4, is a light, bright haven to max out on R&R. The minimalist styling, modern art and epic wine list (200 bottles, no less) will have you California dreaming before you know it. Set over 2 levels, the guest relaxation and treatment rooms are upstairs while the 18m indoor pool, jacuzzi, aromatherapy and steam rooms are on the ground. The treatments are epic – and great value for money! Packages start at £69 with bespoke pamper packages for teens and cancer patients.
Agua Bathhouse and Spa, Sea Containers London
You might not consider London for a spa break… what with it not being a particularly relaxing place to hang out, but the city can make for a wonderful wellbeing destination if you leave the kids at home and go straight to a hotel spa. Do not pass go, avoid the underground and shopping hotspots, simply head straight to the stunning Agua bathhouse and spa at the Sea Containers hotel. Think luxe treatments amid a backdrop of floaty ceiling-to-floor white silk curtains and Tom Dixon sculptures. Shall we all hide here and never go home?
The Langley, Ivor, near Windsor, Bucks
The Langley opened last summer after a mega five-year build and it really is a stunner. Head underground and you’ll find a luxe superspa, the second biggest underground spa in Europe, with 1600 sq m of luxury, plus the only hotel hammam outside of London. The spa also features exclusive VIP suites, an amethyst crystal steam room, female only areas, heated relaxation loungers, plunge pool, ice fountain, five treatment rooms, two thermal areas, a remarkable Himalayan salt sauna. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s drop dead gorgeous and, well, you’ll want to stay forever. A treatment list to boot including a range of massages, facials, hair treatments, manicures/ pedicures, waxing, men’s services and fitness counselling. FYI fitness guru Matt Roberts has a gym here too if you want to book in for some buns of steel (yours not his).
Stoke Park, Stoke Poges, Bucks
One of world’s must-visit spas, according to Vanity Fair and pretty damn fine – the spa is situated in The Pavillion with it’s own set of 28 bedrooms if you fancy a relaxing weekender, plus top-notch facilities – an indoor heated pool, Italian marble steam rooms, Scandinavian Suana, hot tub, nail bar and five meter tropical aquarium because why the hell not? Running from Jan – Mar is a Sensory Spa Retreat including full use of the spa, a full body aromatherapy massage with the option of a warming lava shell (alright, go on then!) and two course lunch (cost: £135, £170 if you want a facial thrown in).
Southampton HarSPA, Southampton Harbour Hotel, Hants
For something a touch cosmopolitan, then head to Southampton for the urban cool of HarSPA at the 5* Southampton Harbour Hotel. This waterside spa features seven treatment rooms, a lap pool, hydrotherapy pool, mud rasul, sauna, and steam room. The vibe here is very modern and chic, with the central city location makes it perfect for a post-retail therapy detox. After you finish up your treatments make sure to head to the rooftop HarBAR for a glass of fizz.
Chewton Glen, New Milton, Hants
Yeah baby. Floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light and heavenly hydrotherapy pools at superluxe, 5* Chewton Glen spa in the New Forest. Lose yourself in the sprawling facilities, including an outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, 17m swimming pool, and choose from 50+treatments that use delicious beauty products in collaboration with Oskia. Top top: save up for a stay in one of the treehouses – and make sure you leave time between massages for a stroll down to the beach.
Lime Wood Hotel, Lyndhurst, Hants
A sublime chic New Forest hideaway, Lime Wood’s Herb House spa is your spot for a luxe Sarah Chapman facial – which are like gold-dust because they make you emerge resembling a supermodel. There are indoor and outdoor pools, a hydrotherapy suite, a rooftop gym and helipad – phew, I was wondering where to park my chopper. For New Year there’s a special package for two (Jan – Feb, Mon – Thurs) which includes an overnighter, use of the spa and Champers, from £299.
Any utterly brilliant UK spas I’ve missed off the supers list? Let me know in the comment box below. It’s my duty to try them all.