To spa by the sea is divine, but to spa by a lake – now that elevates the experience to a whole new level. Long established in Austria and the Italian Lakes, the past few years have seen rapid growth in the lakeside spa market, especially in the UK. Lakeside spas offer a unique experience to enjoy fabulous spa treatments and the scenic beauty of lakes and mountains. Here’s a round-up of some of the best from across Europe. Pictured right: Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy.
Lake Garda, Italy
Lefay Resort & Spa Lago Di Garda is a five star hotel and resort is located in the picturesque village of Gargnano, Lake Garda, inside an 11 hectares natural park. With commanding views across the lake and the surrounding hills, you can relax in your lounger or swim in the pool whilst looking across the lake. Focussing on health and wellness, The Lefay SPA is divided into three areas: the “World of Water and Fire”, which includes all areas connected to swimming pools, saunas, grottos and small lakes; “Nature and Fitness”, which consists of a large gym; “In Silence and among the Stars: Trilogy in the Air”, which is made up of all the outdoor areas equipped for sporting activities and trails dedicated to wellness and relaxation.
Lake Vyrnwy, Wales, UK
Situated on the edge of a mountain-ringed lake, Lake Vyrnwy Country House Hotel & Spa commands dramatic and breath-taking views which can be enjoyed from the comfort and warmth of the spa. Part of the Vyrnwy estate in mid-Wales you can walk, hike or simply relax and enjoy the view. The spa includes a sauna, aromatherapy salt inhalation room and Arabian rasul mud therapy chamber.
Lough Eske, Donegal, Ireland
Spa Solís is situated in the gardens of Lough Eske Castle Hotel and nestled by the side of Lough Eske. Long walks, gourmet food or a relaxing break in the spa, this place has it all. Winner of the Irish Tatler Spa Awards you can indulge in Aromatherapy Associates treatments, or for a real taste of Ireland, try the peat based organic range, Ogra which is Irish skincare range offering a host of unique spa therapies.
Lake Worthersee, Austria
Set on the shores of Lake Worth in Austria the Mayr and More Clinic and spa is famous the world over as a medical health retreat offering detox programmes based on the methods of founder, Dr F.X. Mayr. Focussing on the rehabilitation and purification of the digestive system with holistic healing – this isn’t for luxury pampering or a champagne lifestyle. It’s true wellness at its very best and in a wonderful setting.
Windemere, Lake District, UK
Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is set on the shores of Lake Windermere – England’s largest lake – with impressive views, it offers a great location for weddings. Fitness suite and 20 metre pool, relaxation area and treatments from Elemis and Jessica.
Lake Como, Italy
Dating back to 1910 and Art Nouveau in style and decoration, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo commands one of the most enchanting positions on Lake Como with spectacular panoramic views of both the town of Bellagio, lake and mountains. The T Spa features ESPA products and treatments and has panoramic views over Lake Como. Facials and destressing therapies are top of the menu and there’s a new T Spa Suite that has just launched, situated in the garden. Designed as a private spa for two people it boasts a whirlpool hot tub, suana, steam bath and cascade shower.
Grasmere, Lake District, UK
Daffodil Hotel and Spa, nestled on the banks of Grasmere is a relative newcomer to the spa scene in the Lake District. Boasting a thermal pool, sauna and steam room and tepidarium, the mud rasul includes treatments that bring the lakeside theme into the spa. Offering a full menu of Germaine de Capuccini treatments, you can pick from therapies like Lakeside Surrender and Cumbria Sparkle.
Loch Lomond, Scotland, UK
Carrick Spa, Cameron House offers fine dining, golf and boat trips on one of Scotland’s finest lochs. The very well appointed Carrick Spa awaits which is decked out with the latest equipment and high-tech spa offerings including Vichi Shower, Rasul, tepudarium, caldarium, sauna, aromatherapy room, rooftop infinity pool, swimming pool and a host of fitness options. Winner of spa awards – and no wonder. It’s got everything including Carita and ESPA.
Windemere, Lake District, UK
The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House feature The Jetty Lake House Spa which is set on a beautiful four-acre private lake. Designed with couples in mind, the Swedish style spa treatment room has been built to blend with the environment, raised 3 metres into the tree canopy, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the lake. Heated swimming pool, hot tub and patio doors to the lawn – forest, spa and the lake become one.