Whether I’m planning a girly catch-up or simply just need some time out from my busy schedule, nothing appeals to me more than an indulgent deluxe spa escape. Although I’ve been on a fair share over the years, I don’t give myself that much needed R&R time I deserve often enough.
As I’ve approached 2017, I’ve said to myself that this year will welcome a host of exciting new spa destinations for me. My favourite one ever has to be Titanic Spa in Huddersfield (which you can read about here), nestled in the Yorkshire countryside in a beautiful stone building. Everything about it is breath-taking, from the bubbling hot tub outdoors, to the exquisite cocktail bar attached to the spa.
As I don’t want to repeat the ones I have already visited this year, it got me thinking about what to look out for in a spa to make it full of zen, tranquillity and all round perfection. I’ll be turning 31 this May, and I’d love to round up a group of my favourite girls and head off to a luxury spa retreat that has everything you could possibly want.
If you’re in the same boat, take a read of this little guide I put together which I’m using to help me make some spa break decision this year!
Grade II Listed Buildings
There’s something about those old, traditional listed buildings that set the idyllic scene. In London, there’s the boutique Lalit which has newly opened in a Grade II listed building in London Bridge. It’s a new launch for January, and a very tempting location to visit. Going the opposite way on the scale, there is the luxe Four Seasons’ Trinity Square opening complete with futuristic spa facilities in April, and the luxury Curtain hotel and spa in Shoreditch in Spring. These stunning building designs themselves give the most premium experience, and will definitely be something I’ll be looking into.
Outdoor pools and hot tubs are becoming more and more common across spas and boutique hotels. In my opinion, they are an absolute must-have for that experience that offers a little more. In the cold British climate, there’s nothing more exciting and romantic than popping out into the cold, wrapped in a snugly robe and slipping into a bubbling hot tub. With a glass of prosecco in hand, of course. Hot tubs like the ones at Spa City Hot Tubs are my preferred preference. Deep and roomy and elegant in design to give that real luxe feel.
During my research, I discovered the Ye Olde Bell hotel in Nottinghamshire. Its set in a 17th-century inn, and is launching a high-end spa with an indoor to outdoor vitality pool, herbal laconium, 10 hot and cold sections and Britain’s only ‘snowstorm’ experience. It’s this type of outdoor offering, along with the hot tub vibe, that makes a spa retreat extra special.
Luckily, Britain is already brimming with state-of-the-art retreats in the countryside. You have The Gilpin in the Lake District – where you can wallow in a marathon three-hour treatment with swimming, massages and copious amounts of champagne. There is also the glorious Scarlet spa, which up to now appears to be my must have. It’s filled with cosy log-fired hot tubs and is perched on the Cornish coast with stunning country views. I’ve wanted an excuse to escape to Cornwall and the surrounding areas, so this spa sounds a dream of an excuse!
Basically, a spa break should offer the very epitome of zen, with nothing more taxing to think of than where your next soothing silk body wrap or exfoliating face mask is coming from. And next top-up of champers too!