The UK has hundreds of spas to choose from, but there are just a few that are truly world-class, five-star facilities. If you are ready to get pampered, then visiting one of these top spas makes the experience that much better. Here are this year’s very best five-star spas chosen by TLE.
1. Gleneagles Hotel Spa: Perthshire, Scotland
If you happen to think that the Gleneagles Hotel Spa is among the best in the world, you are far from alone. The prestigious Conde Nast Magazine awarded this spa its highest honor of the Traveller Spa Award in 2013. The forest surroundings set the scene for complete relaxation and serenity, and staff aim to make it about more than just a singular treatment. Guests should arrive at least an hour prior to their appointment in order to shower, change into a robe and spend time in either the crystal steam room or the hot sauna cabin. The treatments menu is too extensive to list, but some of the most popular options include applied yoga massage, facials and maternity sessions for expectant mothers.
2. The Grand Hotel Spa: Brighton, England
The Grand Hotel is far from an ordinary international accommodation choice. It boasts a Victorian charm that is not easy to find, and the onsite spa reflects the same boutique decor and uncommon amenities that sets it apart from others in the area. The spa features spiral staircases, liberal use of luxury marble and giant steam showers designed to set you completely at ease before your treatment even begins. Bespoke treatments include the Brighton rock exfoliation treatment to reveal softer skin, a reviving sea salt massage and advanced age-defying facials using enzymes.
3. Claridge’s Hotel Spa: London, England
Claridge’s is perhaps one of the best-known luxury hotels in the United Kingdom, so it makes sense that the spa would also make this list. Located in the upscale Mayfair neighborhood of London, the Claridge’s Spa is found on the top floor of the building and boasts stunning views of the surrounding area. All of the beauty treatments use high-quality French products made by Sisley. Along with standard spa services like waxing, manicures and massages, the spa offers anti-aging exfoliation treatments and even aromatherapy to induce deep relaxation.
4. Aman Spa at the Connaught Hotel: London, England
This spa is far from ordinary, and it can transport guests to a different part of the world entirely. Asian and Indian decor removes you from the busy streets of London, and the facilities are truly world-class. The treatments draw inspiration from Thailand and Delhi, and include acupressure massage to relieve back pain, Thai steam massage and Navajo facials that use rejuvenating Native American herbs for incredible results. Finish off with a dip in the pool or some time relaxing in the steam room.
5. Stobo Castle Spa: Stobo, Scotland
This impressive castle located in a peaceful and rural part of Scotland may be an incredible place to stay, but it is the spa that receives most of the praise from visitors. The variety of treatments is one of the things that sets this spa apart from others. You can visit and enjoy a range of couples treatments, hair styling, reflexology, massage, reiki, aromatherapy and so much more.