Treat yourself to a little R&R with an overnight stay at these seriously relaxing spa retreats.
Relaxing spa facilities? Check. Rejuvenating treatments? Check. Luxurious accommodation? Check and double check. Set in picturesque spots around Yorkshire, these spa breaks will whisk you away from your everyday stresses and strains to give you a much-needed breather. Whether you want a mid-week break or a weekend getaway, you’ll leave you feeling fully rejuvenated. The only question is, which will you try first?
A fully-fledged castle in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Swinton Park Hotel is a sight to behold. They’ve kept the decor true to its 17th-century roots, with old-fashioned portraits, one-of-a-kind antiques and cosy soft furnishings. Their 32 bedrooms have the same sense of grandeur and come complete with views over the estate. Hungry? Head to Samuel’s Restaurant or take afternoon tea by the fire in one of their historic living rooms.
The onsite spa has a thermal suite with an aroma steam room, Finnish sauna and a cleansing salt room, so if you’re a fan of natural therapies, this is the spa break for you. Outside, they have a chemical-free swimming pool that looks out onto the rolling Yorkshire countryside – in this incredible setting, you can take a swim, relax on the deck chairs or try their whirlpool. They also have eight treatments rooms where you can enjoy nutrient-rich body wraps and bespoke hot stone massages.
Swinton Park Hotel, Swinton, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4HJ. Spa day prices start from £49 per person and an overnight stay prices start from £170 per night for two people.
An eco-spa with state-of-the-art facilities, Titanic Spa is one of a kind. It’s tucked away in a former 20th-century textile mill and offers views of the West Yorkshire countryside. Their apartments are fitted with plush double beds, a kitchen suite and balconies that look out over the surrounding hills. But despite all of this, the spa is the real star of the show.
They specialise in heat and ice experiences, so you can start in the sauna cabin and steam rooms, before stepping into the sensory shower, or if you’re brave, the plunge pool. When it comes to treatments, you’re spoilt for choice with everything from frangipani body wraps to milk bath hand massages – you can even enjoy a skin-softening mud chamber experience. When it’s time to refuel, head to their bistro for a nutritious lunch made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Titanic Spa, Low Westwood Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5UN. Spa breaks start from £129 per person.
A countryside getaway just five miles from Leeds city centre, Oulton Hall promises a rural escape with all the perks of a city centre getaway. It’s a spectacular setting for your spa weekend, with 300-acres of landscaped gardens and a 27-hole golf course right on your doorstep. The rooms are comfortable with a traditional decor – think sumptuous armchairs, mahogany tables and four poster beds. Add a champagne bar and an AA Rosette restaurant for a truly luxurious trip away.
The spa itself is low-lit with a large pool and oodles of spa experiences. There’s a steam room, a whirlpool and a sauna, all at your disposal. The treatment rooms are fitted with thick curtains and dark wood furnishings, so you can enjoy a detoxifying superfood facial or a soothing hot stone massage in luxurious surroundings. It’s the perfect way to ease away the stresses and strains of modern-day life. Planning a romantic escape? They have a couples room with two beds and its own hot tub, so you can do your pampering together.
Oulton Hall, Rothwell Lane, Oulton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS26 8HN. Spa breaks start from £119 per person.
Feversham Arms Hotel
The Feversham Arms Hotel is one of the best luxury spa breaks in Yorkshire. It’s a countryside retreat with cosy wood-burning fires and luxurious rooms that surround a Mediterranean terrace. Their poolside suites have king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs and a spacious living area. In the evening, you can head to The Weathervane, an AA Rosette award-winning restaurant that uses locally-foraged ingredients from the North York Moors.
They have a mix of indoor and outdoor spa experiences. You can move between five different heat experiences, including a candle-lit steam room, an experiential monsoon shower and a relaxing aromatherapy room infused with essential oils. Outside, they have a jacuzzi and a large heated pool lined with sun loungers. Treatments include detoxifying mud wraps and facials tailored to your skin-type. If you’re feeling peckish, head to the Spa-tisserie restaurant where complimentary iced tea and a menu of nourishing dishes await.
Feversham Arms Hotel, Church Street, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG. Spa breaks start from £135 per person.
The Bridge Hotel and Spa
Once a 17th-century coach house, The Bridge Hotel and Spa is now one of Yorkshire’s best spa breaks. Inside, it’s been lovingly restored, so you’ll be surrounded by original features, like their 250 year-old oak panelling. There are 37 rooms in the hotel and they’ve all been individually designed and decorated, so you could find yourself in a world of rich earth hues or brightly coloured crushed velvet. On an evening, you can enjoy beautifully-crafted dishes in the Courtyard Restaurant.
The spa is Nordic-inspired and has a range of experiences, including a steam room, an experience shower and an applewood vapour sauna. Outside, they have a hidden courtyard with hanging chairs and fragrant lavender patches – you can even soak in a wooden hot tub that seats up to 10 people. Follow up with one of their indulgent spa treatments, like the dry floatation experience where you relax on a mattress filled with warm water while music pushes through the bed.
The Bridge Hotel and Spa, Walshford, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 5HS. Spa breaks start from £72 per person.
Rudding Park Spa Hotel
Set in the heart of North Yorkshire, Rudding Park has two golf courses, a private cinema and is one of the best spas in the region. This is the lap of luxury – not only will your room have a king-sized bed, but you can enjoy your own private spa bath, sauna or steam room, perfect for late-night pampering. The hotel is surrounded by 300-acres of landscaped gardens and natural woodland, so you can get back to nature even as you indulge.
The rooftop spa is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It has a panoramic sauna, jacuzzi and hydrotherapy infinity pool which is heated to a cosy 40 degrees. If you head inside, you’ll find a herbal steam room, a bubbling foot spa and a peaceful Escape Room filled with leather recliners and soothing ocean waves. They also offer a range of relaxing treatments, including hot stone massages and Moorish mud treatments.
Rudding Park Spa Hotel, Rudding Park Spa Hotel, Rudding Lane, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH. Spa breaks start from £193 per person.
Set in the Whitby countryside, Raithwaite Estate promises fresh sea air and gorgeous surroundings. You can stay in one of their grand hotels or settle into one of their cosy stone cottages. Whichever you choose, you’ll be guaranteed plush beds and woodland views, but don’t hide away inside – their acclaimed restaurant, The Brasserie, offers a menu of French-Yorkshire fusion dishes worth leaving your room for.
Their modern spa has ample space to switch off and relax. The light and airy pool area has floor-to-ceiling windows and padded reclining chairs, but if you want a little me-time, the wooden sauna and steam room offer the perfect escape. To make the most of your visit, why not try one of their luxury treatments? You can get a tailored massage or go all out with a champagne and truffle facial. They also offer joint treatments in their couple room, so you can indulge in a little R&R with your other half.
Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3S. Rooms start from £110 per night and spa day packages start from £70 per person.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa is nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside. It’s one of the more traditional spa hotels in the region, with grand dining rooms and extravagant bars. Most of their rooms have four poster beds and fireplaces, so it’s the perfect winter hideaway. When it comes to food, The Burlington promises delicious fare by award-winning chef Paul Leonard.
Tucked away in a renovated barn, the spa has top-of-the-range facilities, including a sauna, steam room and Rasul temple where you can get luxury mud and mineral treatments. While you’re here, you can enjoy a relaxing dip in the pool or jacuzzi, before settling down in the relaxation area to await your treatment. Their Mediterranean oil body massages and sugar body scrubs will leave your skin feeling irresistibly soft. For a more tailored experience, go for one of their cleansing facials that cater for every skin-type.
The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa, Bolton Abbey, Bolton Bridge, Skipton, BD23 6AJ. Spa breaks start from £165 per person.
Wood Hall Hotel and Spa
Set in a country house surrounded by swathes of greenery, Wood Hall Hotel and Spa is the perfect rural escape. The bedrooms have an air of luxury with statement king-sized beds and padded ottomans, but they also have all the modern cons, including sleek flat screen TVs. Downstairs, you can dine in a 2 AA Rosette restaurant or enjoy afternoon tea in the light-filled Drawing Room.
Their small but perfectly formed spa promises top-of-the-range experiences. You can relax in their low-lit swimming area, which has a jetted spa pool and a steam room. There are over 70 treatments to choose from here too, so you’re absolutely spoilt for choice. They do nutrient-rich wraps, skin-firming facials and relaxing Indian head massages – you can even indulge in an extra deep hot stone massage to loosen your muscles and ease away tension.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, Trip Lane, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4JA. Spa breaks start from £178 per person.
The Grand York
The Grand York has a secret – a luxurious spa in the former North Eastern Railway vaults. Set in the historic city of York, this five-star hotel offers one of the best spa breaks in Yorkshire. The spacious rooms are fitted with flat screen TVs and have statement beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. They have two restaurants, including the 3 AA rosette-standard Hudsons, and a cocktail bar where expert mixologists whip up delicious concoctions.
Hidden below the hotel is their crowning glory – a secret spa. They’ve transformed the vaults into a tranquil space with a 14-metre pool and a vast array of spa experiences. You can move between the Nordic dry sauna and steam room, after dips in their whirlpool. They offer indulgent treatments, including a soothing essential oil massage and an award-winning facial that uses a truffle formula to leave your skin feeling silky-smooth.
The Grand York, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GD. Spa break prices start from £185 per person.Cover image credit: Titanic Spa