Romantic spas and spa hotels

404, have compiled a list of the most romantic spas and spa hotels in the UK. If you’re planning on taking your loved one away to a spa or want to escape for a romantic getaway later in the year, here’s our favourites…

A longstanding favourite of the team, Lifehouse Spa and Hotel is a favourite for couples. It combines health, wellbeing, pampering and a contemporary style that’s enjoyed by both men and women in equal measure. Architecture is like modern art here – sculpted stairwells, Scandi-style rooms, glass walls and polished concrete floors. It all looks out onto beautiful gardens and a lake, and feels both open and intimate at the same time. Food can be indulgent, healthy or both, and the spa facilities are super. It is very much an adult experience rather than one for families, and on Valentine’s Day in particular their Soulmates Spa Break includes 2 hours and 55 minutes of treatment time in their exclusive (and private) Hidden Sanctuary Experience. It’s all topped off with Champagne and chocolates to enjoy at your leisure.

An unashamedly decadent country house hotel, Down Hall Hotel and Spa dates back to 1322 and is all Italianate details, ornate ceilings and space to feel like royalty. Very much a hotel with spa facilities rather than a destination spa, treatments here are all about enjoying yourself and feeling totally pampered. No need to expend energy on exercise, just relax and unwind. Maybe even play a game of giant chess in the grounds for good measure. Take a stroll in 110 acres of surrounding woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens and tuck into a traditional afternoon tea. It’s a chance to spoil yourself, and someone you love.

Widely reputed to be one of the largest and best spas in the UK, Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa has two distinct sides to it that operate beautifully both on their own and in tandem.

The hotel is a five star destination in a historic building dating back to 1609.

Sympathetically updated over the years, everything is sumptuously furnished to the highest standards. While all the food is superb, it is the award-winning Latymer that garners the most pronounced reputation for dining. Meanwhile, the spa sits just a short walk from the hotel, within the grounds, and is a destination in its own right. With every conceivable facility available both indoors and out, a £1.2 million refurbishment a couple of years ago has kept it at the forefront of the industry. Enjoy the ballroom pool with underwater music, the 11 heat experiences and the two level floating DROM saunas. One of the chief attractions is the Natura Bissé ‘bubble’, one of only 24 in the world. Here you can indulge in treatments that feature crushed diamonds and rose essence. What more could you want on Valentine’s Day?


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