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National Spa Week 2013

Therme Bath Spa in Bath , people relaxing and enjoying the experience, steam rising off the water with Bath Abbey in the distance

Bath Spa

It’s National Spa Week, 16-22 September 2013, which means that spas right across the country are vying for your attention and usually offering some pretty good deals to get you throught the door. Wahanda is a good place to check out some deals and offers and a great way to experience new spas. Check out the details here . Or over at Travel Zoo there are some substantial savings to be had by clicking here.

I have taken some inspiration from Visit England which is highlighting some of the country’s very best spa locations.

Historical

The Twilight Package offered by Bath Thermae Spa is one of the country’s most romantic spa experiences.  As the sun sets over historic Bath, try out the whirlpools, the neck massage jets and the airbeds, soak in the mineral-rich waters and indulge in a delicious platter and a glass of wine. Once you’re revitalised, take a stroll through Bath’s honey-coloured Georgian streets before sitting down for an intimate dinner at historic The Pump Room Restaurant, with its sparkling chandeliers and grand Georgian pillars. The Twilight Package costs £80 per couple and includes a 3-hour spa session, dinner and wine. For more information, visit www.thermaebathspa.com

Titanic Crystal Steam Room

Eco-friendly

Huddersfield’s Titanic Spa, the UK’s first eco-spa, has been designed within a traditional textile mill. Favoured for its seclusion on the edge of the Pennines, this intimate spa has gone beyond the organic philosophy, offering exceptional results-driven spa treatments and products by Decléor, Elemis Carita and Pinks Boutique. Water is at the heart of the spa, which has its own natural water source, found 100m below the site. Today, it provides fresh drinking water and bathing water for the plunge pool, salt regulated swimming pool, showers and ice experience. Overnight breaks from £79 per person. For more information, visit www.titanicspa.com

City Luxury

For private types, there may be nothing worse than sneaking back to your hotel room after a spa treatment, hair dripping in oil and no makeup. In the capital, the InterContintental London Park Lane hotel has come up with a solution by opening London’s first spa bedroom. For a £2,000 overnight stay, guests get a junior suite that opens onto an adjoining spa suite set up with a massage table, wet room and space to relax. Therapists from the hotel’s Elemis spare on hand to administer massages and manicures.  The price also includes free run of the hotels Champagne bar. The suite is also available for day hire from £500. For more information, visit www.ichotelsgroup.com

The Headland Spa Pool

Coast

This autumn the award winning Headland Hotel, which overlooks the golden sands and crashing Atlantic waves of Cornwall’s Fistral Beach, opens its new spa. This true spa-on-sea has treatment rooms, a Spa Lounge dining room and relaxation area, alongside the existing spa pool, Rhassoul, Cornish salt steam room, Swedish sauna and aromatherapy showers. The Headland Spa’s signature treatment “The Dreaming” is inspired by Cornwall’s coastline and uses Cornish SPIEZIA products. Lasting 80 minutes the treatment is priced from £99. Rooms from £79 per night. For more information, visit www.headlandhotel.co.uk/spa

Coast

The Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Devon has recently undergone a major revamp, and now offers a costal spa retreat, cinema room, and a waterside restaurant that overlooks one of the most dramatic coastlines in England. The hotel’s Harbour Spa offers a combination of ancient and modern therapies using the finest quality ingredients and experienced therapists. The hotel also has a new destination restaurant ‘The Jetty’, with menus created by award-winning Chef Patron Alex Aitken and top local chefs delivering fresh and seasonal dishes. Taking centre stage at The Jetty will be the Crustacean Bar, serving the freshest catch. Room from £210 per couple, per night. For more information, visit www.salcombe-harbour-hotel.co.uk

Gilpin Lake House, new treatment room

Lakeside

Last month, the award-winning Gilpin Hotel & Lake House unveiled a luxurious new ‘Jetty Spa Trail’. Set near Lake Windermere, the hotel’s new spa features two cosy treatment rooms with roaring fires and floor to ceiling windows overlooking a private lake. Couples then enjoy a private swim in the 30-foot heated indoor pool, unwind in the warm salt snug with an aroma spritzer and exfoliate with a salt scrub shower. Then follow a trail through the woods to the private couples’ suite, to enjoy a couples’ massage amongst lit fires and spectacular views. Afterwards, chill out in the Boat House with a warming speciality tea and nibbles, before indulging in a glass of Champagne in the Japanese Ofura hot tub, surrounded by candles, to complete the Spa Trail. The Spa Trail & Bubbles package costs from £605. For more information, visit www.thegilpin.co.uk/lake-house/spa

Country Retreat

The Garage Spa in County Durham is housed in a building with history, transformed from an ancient stopping station into a first-class spa. But this is no ordinary spa. Want your nails done? Step into the paint shop. Not firing on all cylinders? A full body MOT might be just what you need. Those that need to put the brakes on after exploring the gorgeous rolling Teesdale hills should make The Garage their next destination. Relax in the Shepherd’s Hut log sauna and hot tubs set in beautiful gardens, nibble on some homemade snacks in between treatments and feel the warmth in beautiful Romanesque steam rooms. Overnight spa packages from £149 per person, per night. For more information, visit www.thegaragespa.co.uk

Thanks to Visit England for its assistance compiling this list of suggestions.

For more indulgent break ideas, visit www.visitengland.com.

Picture credits:

cover shot: Thermae bath Spa CREDIT VisitEngland_Bath TourismPlus

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