Is it possible to get pampered and feel like you’ve had a real break after just one hour’s travel? Absolutely. Check out the best UK spas to visit that are just one hour away from London. Facials, massages, spa’fternoon teas and more await…
Best spas near London
Dorchester Collection’s country house hotel, Coworth Park, has an epic eco-luxury spa, just 45 minutes from London. Tucked away in lush countryside, the spa is flooded with natural light and is dotted with modern art and sculptures. Come and spend the day: the upper floor has eight treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure salon, relaxation room and The Spatisserie, for light, healthy fare. On the lower level is the heated indoor swimming pool with underwater music, alongside a steam room.
Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire
Wander through lush English gardens, ride horseback along the rolling hills, or unwind in a Zen-like spa. Set in a restored, 18th-century manor on 500 acres of picturesque grounds outside of London, get active on the tennis court, cycling paths or over a competitive game of croquet or test your aim with some clay pigeon shooting. This hotel is also family-friendly and dog-friendly. For fitness aficionados there’s the ‘Escape‘ package created by a former US military soldier that fuses orientation challenges with a high-wire adventure, Tai Chi, yoga and more.
After a recent £15 million-pound spa renovation on 44,000 sq. ft. of land, South Lodge in Sussex, ticks all the boxes for those seeking the holy trinity of luxury, a breathtaking setting not far from London, and a stand-out spa experience. Wellness enthusiasts will find a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio, indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and a wild swimming pool. Book a weekend spa break now.
Spa’fternoon Tea anyone? The perfect ‘time-out’ with decadent afternoon tea, a glass of Sussex sparkling wine and a luxurious spa treatment – enjoy an afternoon of pampering and indulgence. For romantic types the South Downs Sunset package is sure to appeal. Arrive at 4.30pm to a glass of sparkling wine in the hot tub before enjoying an indulgent treatment. After making full use of the spa facilities, dine at Ockenden Manor’s fabulous restaurant.
At this luxury hotel and spa, you can release the tension in your body and indulge yourself with the delightful culinary experience in the hotel’s Michelin star dining area. Start your day with a lush sunrise brunch enjoying a Pornstar Martini by the pool, or clock out for an afternoon tea, chilling in a comfy armchair in the drawing room before relaxing with a 60-minute facial, massage, or body scrub.
Cliveden has 47 suites, 350 years of history, and is where Meghan Markle chose to stay the night before her wedding. The spa sits within a garden of roses and lavender and offers treatments from Sarah Chapman, OSKIA, and its own new Cliveden Body Collection. For the latter, fragrances including jasmine, wild mint and lily have been inspired by former owner Nancy Astor, the first woman to win and take a seat in the House of Commons 100 years ago. Plus, it’s a 45 minute drive.
The latest addition to gorgeous Beaverbrook is The Coach House Health Club & Spa. When a spa is helmed by AMAN’s former regional spa director, you know you’re in for a treat. Everything is nature-based, inspired by the British countryside, for an experience that is holistic and healing. It’s also visually stunning, with a dramatic, stained-glass entrance, and light-filled treatment rooms. Make the most of the resident naturopath, as well as the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, too.
Ashdown Park Hotel is one of the finest luxury country hotels in Sussex. The Country Club and Spa offers hotel guests and day-visitors relaxing treatments. If you’re a golf fan, then this is definitely the best destination for you. Ease the stresses of daily life with golf in the morning and break with a relaxing afternoon tea. Finish off with a specially designed spa treatment, created in association with the exclusive skin brand, Kerstin Florian.
If you still can’t face commuting outside of London, you can always order a massage to your door with Urban. Wellness for busy people. Book massage, beauty, osteopathy, physiotherapy, fitness and more, at home and online.
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