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When it comes to secluded retreats, luxury resorts and spa hotels UK residents really are spoiled for choice. Whether you’re in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, you’re never too far away from somewhere to relax, unwind and have life’s stresses and strains soothed out of you by a good dose of pampering.
Here are the spa hotels we see as the current cream of the UK crop:
1. Galgorm Resort and Spa, Northern Ireland
Just half an hour away from Belfast city centre, set amongst 163 acres of green parks and meadows, is the world class Galgorm spa resort. Still feeling the benefits of £11million of investment in 2007, this 75-room deluxe resort offers everything you could possibly need for a relaxing short break or an extended stay close to Northern Ireland’s capital city. Enjoy the infinity hydrotherapy pool, ice rub massages, an outdoor hot tub and serenity spa rituals in the Galgorm Spa, with its calming local stone and natural wood décor. Make sure you sample the cuisine at the two AA Rosette-winning River Room Restaurant, with its panoramic views over the River Maine.
2. Bodysgallen Hall, North Wales
A 50-foot swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna, relaxation room, and no less than five beauty treatment rooms await your visit to one of the UK’s most historic spa hotels. Bodysgallen Hall is thought to date back to around the 13th century and the rich traditions of this esteemed hotel and spa are being upheld today by some of the finest people in the UK hospitality industry. During your visit, as well as being able to explore over 200 acres of parkland and purvey the panoramic views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, you will be treated to some of Wales’ finest cooking at Bodysgallen’s two restaurants; the three AA Rosette-winning Main Hall and the brand new 1620 Bistro. You can then burn off those calories at the fully equipped gymnasium, or simply continue to relax at the spa hotel named as one of the 10 best in the UK by the Sunday Times.
3. Airth Castle Hotel and Spa, Scotland
Winner of the ‘Best Spa Treatment Award’ in the 2010 Scottish Hotel Awards, Airth Castle is a 14th century castle located on the outskirts of Stirling, almost equidistant to Glasgow and Edinburgh. The hotel itself is a sight to behold, hidden amongst thick woodland below a stunning backdrop of Scottish hills and mountains. Inside are 125 bedrooms, including an extravagant honeymoon suite, and of course the Cloud Nine Spa, with its sauna, steam room, tanning salon, solarium and beauty spa rooms. Airth Castle is the best place in Scotland to enjoy award-winning spa hospitality.
4. Chewton Glen, Hampshire, England
For sheer luxury and decadence, it is hard to beat Hampshire’s Chewton Glen. This 5-star hotel in the New Forest offers 58 first class bedrooms and suites, all decked out in elegantly traditional English styles. Readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine voted Chewton Glen their favourite UK spa retreat and once you see the facilities, you’ll most likely agree with them. More than 60 beauty and body treatments await visitors to the spa, along with hydrotherapy pools, an outdoor whirlpool, cold drench showers, a grooming lounge, saunas, steam rooms and a state-of-the-art gymnasium as well as much more. With facilities this good, a long weekend might not be enough.
This was a guest post by SpaBreaks.com
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