Treat yourself to some much-needed R&R with an overnight stay at these seriously relaxing spa retreats.
Relaxing spa facilities? Check. Rejuvenating treatments? Check. Luxurious accommodation and equally luxurious dining? Check and double check. Set in picturesque spots across Yorkshire, these spa breaks at some of the region’s finest spas will whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to give you the breather you deserve. Whether you’re after a mid-week break or a weekend getaway, you’ll leave feeling fully rejuvenated. Only one question remains – which will you try first?
Swinton Country Club & Spa
Set in a 17th-century castle, surrounded by 200 acres of Yorkshire parkland, awaits Swinton Country Club & Spa. Luxury isn’t the word. This stunning hotel is the epitome of regal, making it the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or healing retreat. The decor has been brought firmly up to date, while state-of-the-art facilities have been installed in the spa.
On a spa break here, you’ll start with a full-body scrub before enjoying a full-body massage and rejuvenating facial. Then, you can enjoy a leisurely swim in their 18-metre indoor pool, relax in their hydrotherapy pool or treat your skin to a dip in the natural pool outside in the garden – the water will leave your skin baby soft. The Thermal Suite is a real treat, with an aroma steam room and dry sauna where you can melt away the stress, as well as showers and foot spas. To top it all off, a two-course lunch is yours to devour.
Swinton Country Club & Spa, Swinton, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4HJ. Spa breaks start from £159 per person.
If you’re looking for a luxury wellness retreat in the Yorkshire Dales, Grantley Hall may just be the ticket. This 47-room hotel boasts five restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, and three gorgeous bars. It’s also home to the Three Graces Spa, the ultimate relaxation station, where the focus is all on balance, to help you inject some harmony back into your life.
As soon as you arrive, the experience begins with a welcome ritual, leading into a 60-minute treatment of your choice. Will it be the D-Stress oxygen therapy, the skin recovery or recharge facial, or the deep tissue massage? You’re then free to roam the spa and its 18-metre indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and cedar hot tub. Wait, there’s more – check out the steam room, sauna and snow room – yes, a snow room! And the serenity doesn’t stop there, as you’ll be retiring to an immaculately made bed in a luxurious bedroom.
Grantley Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3ET. Spa breaks start from £165 per person.
Eco-spa breaks are what Titanic Spa do best. On an overnight getaway at this former 20th-century textile mill, you’ll stay in a luxury apartment, with a kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom all to yourself. And it only gets better, with unparalleled views over the West Yorkshire countryside, second only to the revitalising on-site spa.
They specialise in heat and ice experiences, so prepare to kick off your spa break in the sauna cabin and steam rooms, before stepping into the sensory shower, or even braving the plunge pool. You can take advantage of some of their treatments, from frangipani body wraps to milk bath hand massages, or a skin-softening mud chamber experience. After all that, you’ll be treated to a single course light lunch, while for dinner it’s two courses. Once you’re fed, you’ll have exclusive access to Bar1911, their evening cocktail and Champagne lounge.
Titanic Spa, Low Westwood Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD7 5UN. Spa breaks start from £129 per person.
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa
Looking for a proper Yorkshire countryside retreat? That’s what you’ll get on a spa break at the Feversham Arms Hotel. Their cosy suites are kept simple but sophisticated, with soft furnishings aplenty, checked patterns and easy-on-the-eye colours, each a little different from the last. Once you’ve unpacked, you may not want to leave, but the Verbena Spa will have you out the door in a heartbeat.
Your mind and body will be well taken care of here, with a welcome drink to kick things off before your chosen treatment – the full-body massage is their signature for a reason. They have a good mix of indoor and outdoor spa experiences and you can move between the different heats, from the candle-lit steam room to the monsoon shower and aromatherapy room. Included with every spa break is a half day’s worth of access to their spa facilities, as well as a one-course lunch and a glass of Prosecco.
Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, Church Street, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AG. Spa breaks start from £210 per person.
The Bridge Hotel & Spa
Once a 17th-century coach house, The Bridge Hotel & Spa is now a place where you can indulge in a luxurious spa break in North Yorkshire. The pretty outside and sprawling gardens are impressive to say the least, but inside is where all the magic happens. You’ll be surrounded by original features, like oak panelling, but it’s the promise of the Nordic-inspired spa that makes it a must-visit.
On a one-night escape here, you’ll get access to their eucalyptus crystal steam room, Rasul mud room and the applewood & Nordic barrel thermal suite sauna. That’s without mentioning the outdoor hot tubs, perfect for chilling with a glass of something sparkling. In between it all, pay a visit to one of the treatment rooms for a massage or a facial – they do couple’s treatments too. Come dusk, treat your tastebuds to a fine meal in the Courtyard before taking respite in one of their 37 rooms, each one individually designed with a particular theme.
The Bridge Hotel & Spa, Walshford, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 5HS. Spa breaks start from £102 per person.
Rudding Park is the lap of luxury. This is more than your average hotel and spa. Oh yes, it’s got two golf courses and even a private cinema. It’s also surrounded by 300 acres of natural woodland and the landscaped gardens ensure a pretty view in every direction you look. Did we even mention its spa is one of the best in Yorkshire too? Well, you’ll soon see why.
The rooftop spa is the best place to enjoy those sweet, sweet Yorkshire vistas. It’s where you’ll also find the panoramic sauna, jacuzzi and hydrotherapy pool, which is heated to a cosy 40 degrees – just right. Inside you’ll find the herbal steam room, bubbling foot spa and the peaceful Escape Room, furnished with leather recliners and the soothing sound of ocean waves – the only kind you’ll find in this side of Yorkshire. They also offer a range of luxurious treatments, from hot stone massages to mud masks. Dinner, a room for the night and a Yorkshire breakfast in the morning are included in this spa break.
Rudding Park Spa Hotel, Rudding Lane, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH. Spa breaks start from £448 per person.
Head Whitby way for a stay at the Raithwaite Estate – home to a hotel & spa that promises fresh sea air and some of the most splendid surrounds that North Yorkshire has to offer. Their modern spa has ample space to switch off from the outside world and truly relax, while their snug, stylish bedrooms offer an ultra-cosy place to stay.
The airy pool area has floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with light and padded reclining chairs where you can soak up some of that all-important vitamin D. The wooden sauna and steam room offer a heated escape, but if you’re after a bit of me-time, why not give one of their one-on-one treatments a go? You can book in for a tailored massage or an oh-so-luxurious facial – or both! They offer joint treatments too, so you can indulge in a bit of R&R with your other half. When hunger strikes, head to The Crab Shack for a menu full of French-Yorkshire fusion dishes.
Raithwaite Estate, Sandsend Road, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO21 3S. Spa breaks start from £390 per person.
The Devonshire Arms
Nestled in the rolling God’s Own Countryside is The Devonshire Arms, one of the more traditional hotels for spa breaks in Yorkshire. It boasts grand dining rooms and extravagant bars worthy of a martini or two, while the rooms are graced with four-poster beds and fireplaces. As for food, The Burlington promises delicious fare by award-winning chef Peter Haworth.
Their state-of-the-art spa is tucked away in a renovated barn and includes a sauna and steam room, as well as a Rahul Temple where you can reap the benefits of their luxury mud and mineral treatments. Take a dip in the pool or sit back and relax in the jacuzzi, before heading to the relaxation area before your treatment. Will it be the Mediterranean oil massage or the sugar body scrub that tempts you? And if you really want to push the boat out, their Secret Spa promises a series of sanctuaries overlooking the Yorkshire Dales. Pure bliss.
The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, Bolton Bridge, Skipton, BD23 6AJ. Spa breaks start at £145 per person.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa might just be the perfect rural escape in Yorkshire. Outside, it’s surrounded by nothing but greenery, while inside, plush king-size bedrooms promise a good night’s sleep. Downstairs, you can dine in luxury at their 2 AA Rosette restaurant or enjoy afternoon tea in the opulent Drawing Room.
Their spa may be small but it more than makes up for it with top-of-the-range equipment. Here, you can relax in the low-lit swimming area, which brags a spa pool with jets and a steam room. There are over 70 (yes, 70!) treatments to choose from, so you’re properly spoilt for choice. From nutrient-rich body wraps to skin-firming facials and tension-releasing head massages, they’ve got something for all of your relaxation needs. Heck, you can even indulge in a deep hot stone massage to loosen your muscles and untie those knots. One thing’s for sure, you’ll leave feeling completely refreshed.
Wood Hall Hotel & Spa, Trip Lane, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4JA. Spa breaks start from £163.50 per person.
The Grand York
The Grand York is a five-star city hotel that also happens to offer one of the best spa breaks in Yorkshire. The spacious rooms are the height of luxury, with flatscreen TVs and statement beds with Egyptian cotton sheets. They have two restaurants, including the 3 AA Rosette Hudsons, and a cocktail bar where expert mixologists whip up impressive concoctions.
Hidden below the hotel is their crowning glory – a secret spa for all your relaxation needs. The former North Eastern Railway vaults have been transformed into a tranquil space with a 14-metre pool and professional spa facilities. You can move between the Nordic dry sauna and steam room, in between dips in their whirlpool. They offer an array of treatments, including a soothing essential oil massage and an award-winning facial that uses a truffle formula to leave your skin feeling oh-so-silky smooth.
The Grand York, Station Rise, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6GD. Spa breaks start from £470 per room for two adults.