3. Luxury Spa Weekend, Cornwall
COST: From £550PP | 3 or 4 nights
The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall takes luxury spa retreat to a whole new drool-fest level. Classing itself as an ‘environmentally sensitive’ hotel, it’s won many gongs for its sustainable luxury.
Very well-deserved they are, too. Five-stars doesn’t even cut it when you see the curved wooden walls and the floor-to-ceiling windows revealing gobsmacking views of the beach.
Inside, 37 rooms – all with sea-views – Michelin-starred food, and an Ayurvedic-inspired spa awaits.
Speaking of which: tented treatment rooms, cliff-top hot tub, retreat terrace, morning and evening yoga classes, indoor and outdoor pool, plus your own mysteriously-titled, totally bespoke ‘Scarlet Journey’ – it’s all yours to enjoy on a 3 or 4 night spa break.
Go on, blow the budget – The Scarlet is a detox retreat worth every penny.
Includes: B&B; Dinner on 2 nights; full use of spa; 4hr tailored Scarlet Journey programme; relaxation tips to take home.
What to bring:
Weekend holdall – Get one here
Bikini set – Get yours here
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4. Historical Spa Weekend, Bath
COST: From £159PP | 2 nights
Bath is one of the world’s greatest known spa cities and was voted as the world’s favourite British spa destination by TripAdvisor. So a detox retreat in Bath for a weekend is a must.
The Bath Thermae is a day Spa mixing beautiful new architecture with historic buildings. It is also the original and only natural thermal spa in Britain.
The Royal Hotel in Bath offers a couple of weekend wellness retreat packages in partnership with Bath Thermae, but the Classic spa retreat package is the most affordable in my view.
Includes Three-hour weekday session* or a two-hour weekend session, 2 night’s accommodation in a standard double or twin room, breakfast both mornings with a wide choice of healthy options, Champagne afternoon tea – scones, jam and clotted cream, tea with a refreshing glass of champagne after your visit to the Spa.
What to bring:
Cosy slippers – Get some here
Sarong – Get one here
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5. Sunday Sleepover Weekend, Northampton
COST: From £350 | MON – FRID
Homefield Grange in Rushton Northampton is not your average kind of spa. It’s a 5-star experience designed so you can utterly retreat from the outside world and nurture yourself from the inside out.
We arrived late one Sunday afternoon after a long drive, but as we drove gently into the carpark, fields unrolling beside us and the beautiful honeyed walls of the converted farmhouse retreat just to our right, we instantly felt the stress of the motorway melting from our bodies.
Warmly welcomed, we were checked in to our twin room – elegant, luxurious, it was clear that not a penny had been spared with the decor or furnishings.
Our snow-white robe and towels were waiting, as was complimentary sleep mist by the side of our beds, individual schedules of events and treatments, and a map of the spa – with instructions on how to use all its facilities for maximum health benefits.
The spa itself was one of the best I’ve been to. Every inch has been designed to be of use to your body: magnetic loungers to ease muscles, deeply relaxing water beds to cocoon yourself in darkness and peace, infra-red benches to work goodness into your core, a herbal sauna for dry-heat bliss, a salt steam room, aroma showers, ice trough, infinity hydro pool.
It is a spa lover’s heaven, without doubt. And all of this is beautifully and ergonomically wrapped in a Scandinavian stone, slate and cedar-wood design
You will easily lose yourself to Cloud Nine in the spa, but if you can tear yourself away the treatments on offer at Homefield Grange are just as special.
We enjoyed the Top-to-Toe treatment, which is complimentary as part of the Sunday Sleepover Package, as we’ll as a Rasul Ritual with Full Body Massage for two. Both were excellent – the therapists were well-mannered, polite, and respectful and the treatment rooms were perfectly peaceful and private. You won’t hear a pin drop, but you will hear your soul breathe a very large sigh of relief.
That night, we dinned on freshly-made Miso soup (all the food, drinks and juices here are made in the Homefield Health Kitchen) and we slept like doormice.
We woke the next day desperate not to leave. But leave we had to, but only after we’d roused our bodies with yoga, collected our Homefield Grange Goody Bag, and given the owner a huge hug for creating a very special, warm, nourishing spa and wellness retreat.
Includes: All juices, foods, motivational health talks and movies, exercise classes, full use of the grounds and spa, Nordic Walking, Top-to-Toe Therapy, and one-nights’ accommodation.
What to pack:
Walking shoes – Get some here
Swimsuit – Get one here
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