Honestly, there are few days when we are not dreaming of a cheeky spa break. Whether you are in need of a bit of self-care or looking for a romantic weekend getaway, want to spend some quality time with the girls or spoil your mum rotten, a spa break always fits the bill. You can simply never go wrong with a few days spent soaking in hot tubs, detoxifying in a Turkish Hammam, rejuvenating your skin with a facial or being pampered on the massage table!
If you are looking for some serious spa inspiration, you need to know about dedicated spa travel company Spabreaks.com, which has a huge portfolio of gorgeous spa hotels both in the UK and across Europe. Frustrated by the industry’s proliferation of discount-led offerings which put price over experience, this month they launched the Elysium Collection: the first spa-specific collection of exceptional hotels and destinations.
Starting with 15 of the most beautiful and luxurious pampering havens in the UK – with a further ten to be added over the course of summer – if you book a stay within the Elysium Collection through the Spabreaks.com call centre you can not only enjoy extra perks such as a welcome cocktail, preferential treatment time or late check-out, but you will also receive an exclusive luxury gift set from skin care specialist Zelens. Not needing to be asked twice, we had a look and picked our favourite destinations from the Elysium Collection!
St. Pancras Spa: An Exotic Haven In Central London
The iconic silhouette of St Pancras Renaissance Hotel immediately evokes notions of historic grandeur and world travel thanks to its instant access to both national and international rail routes. The subterranean St Pancras Spa is petite but just as spectacular and, thanks to its desirable location in central London is the perfect pampering pit stop whether you want to recover from a long day in the city or prep for an indulgent jaunt to Paris on the Eurostar. The spa is held in a Moroccan aesthetic with touches of classic British architecture and the treatment menu is written like the diary of a Victorian lady recounting her global adventures, with each pampering service also travel-inspired and designed to take you on a journey for all senses.
Top Treatment Pick:
The Gold Vitality Elysium Spa Day includes a welcome vitality smoothie, a 90-minute Carita Sculpting Gold Perfection Facial as well as a 30-minute Intensely Nourishing Mud Sculp Massage and ample time to relax in the spa facilities with infusion teas and nibbles wrapped in your robe and slippers, which are provided along with a towel. Once you are thoroughly pampered and relaxed, the experience continues with an afternoon tea in the Hansom before you head home with a Carita Gold goody bag to continue the feel good factor.
The Discovery Day includes a 60-minute treatment of your choice such as the Ultimate Aromatherapy Facial or Ultimate Aromatherapy Massage, a two-course lunch, delicious smoothie, and full use of the facilities with robe, towel and slippers provided.
See all St Pancras Spa Experiences here.
Gaia Spa At Boringdon Hall: Contemporary Countryside Charm
If you want to escape to the country, Gaia Spa At Boringdon Hall offers everything you could wish from a quintessentially British countryside jolly. Located between Plymouth and the Dartmoor National Park, not only does the hotel boast idyllic surroundings, but also a fascinating royal connections. The romantic luxury hotel was once the home of Lady Jane Grey, the UK’s ill-fated medieval queen of nine days. Now her former Grade II listed residence has been converted into a five-star hotel with a brand new award-winning spa and wellness area that is spread out across three floors. From indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and steam rooms, an ice room and heated lounges, you can easily spend an entire day here. When hunger strikes, head to the Spatisserie spa restaurant, where you can sip Prosecco, enjoy a hearty brunch or elegant afternoon tea wearing your robe and slippers. For a more formal dining experience, why not check out the three-time AA Rosette-awarded Gallery Restaurant?
Top Treatment Pick:
The Balancing Spa Break includes two nights’ bed and breakfast, a three-course dinner in the Mayflower Brasserie on one evening and in the Gallery Restaurant on the other, a choice of one 60-minute treatment with choices including the Back Ritual, Jade Facial, Pure Calm, Deep Relax, Poultice Massage or Mother Gaia, plus full use of the spa facilities. There is an additional 10% off any additional pre-booked treatments.
The Gaia Elysium Day Of Wellness is a day experience designed to really embrace the holistic power of spa and includes a welcome cocktail, brunch, a two-course spa lunch complete with a glass of Champagne, a 30-minute private hot tub session and full use of the facilities until 6pm. The day also includes a 60-minute meditation and crystal healing session and a 120-minute Gaia Ritual spa treatment using advanced Balinese and Lomi Lomi techniques, originating from Hawaii to exfoliate the body before applying a nourishing Gaia mud, then easing muscles with a relaxing massage and finishing with a soothing face treatment.
See all Gaia Spa Experiences here.
Lodore Falls Hotel & Spa: A Romantic Lake District Retreat
The scenic location overlooking Derwentwater and the Catbells Mountain Range in the beautiful Lake District makes this perfect for a couple’s mini break, although we are sure a stay at this country-chic hotel is going to be amazing no matter who you travel with (or come alone, that’s totally cool too). Foodies will delight in trying out the two onsite gourmet restaurants which include Mizu, a Pan Asian eatery offering Japanese, Malaysian and Thai-inspired dishes with a ‘Lake District twist’, and The Lake View Restaurant, which has been awarded two AA Rosettes and offers a more formal dining experience with views of Lake Derwentwater. The cherry on top? You can bring your four-legged pal and enjoy walkies amidst the breath-taking scenery.
Top Treatment Pick:
The Tranquility Spa Break includes two night’s bed and breakfast in a Spa Suite, dinner in the Lake View restaurant on the first night, an evening meal in the award-winning Mizu Pan-Asian restaurant on the second night, a La Sultane de Saba Mud Rasul treatment for two people, a choice of one 50-minute treatment including The Falls Signature Massage or Elemis Superfood Facial, a Pan-Asian Platter with glass of bubbly on day two in the exclusive Champagne bar in the Falls Spa, half a bottle of Prosecco in your room on arrival, and full use of the spa facilities from 1pm on day of arrival until 11am on day of departure.
The Relax & Spa half-day experience includes one 50-minute treatment including a Full Body Shea Butter Massage, Orange Blossom and Argan Oil Facial or a Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage with Mini Facial, a two-course lunch in Mizu or Afternoon Tea, and four hours use of the facilities and relaxation areas.