British spas have realised the appeal of bathing outside, and outdoor pools are becoming a standard fixture for new builds (where space and budget permit). The Spa Man loves to spa outside – the connection with nature while breathing fresh air is truly something special. Post-treatment, relaxing on a sun lounger (in any weather) is hard to beat. On a hot sunny, summer’s day – it’s even better. Here is the Spa Man’s pick of the UK’s best spas with outdoor pools for cooling off on a hot summer’s day.
Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa, Cumbria
This Lake District hotel on the shores of Derwentwater in Borrowdale is a new addition to the UK spa-scene. The setting is stunning and the spa focusses on pampering and celebrations. The view from the pool of the lake. Jaw-dropping.
Aqua Sana Center Parcs Woburn Forest, Bedfordshire
It’s always high on my list of spas I recommend. The infinity edge pool that looks to the forest is pure heaven. The spa is spiffy with lots of heat and thermal experiences to occupy your time. Post-treatment, breathe the fresh air on a sun lounger by the pool. It’s heaven.
The Spa at South Lodge, Sussex
With a £15 million investment and just an hour south of London – this is THE place to relax on a terrace and swim outside. There are hot tubs and jacuzzi’s but the serious spa-goer should head straight to the natural swimming pond. It’s one of the UK’s best spas with outdoor pools. It’s hard to beat.
Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall
Perched on a cliff overlooking a sandy cove and the wild Atlantic Ocean, outdoor bathing doesn’t come much better than this. This eco-friendly spa has an outdoor hot tub and a natural swimming pool with incredible views of the coast. See you in Cornwall.
Portvadie is just two hours from Glasgow on the shores of Loch Fyne. The outdoor infinity pool offers uninterrupted views of the Loch and to the Isle of Arran. Say no more! Well…there’s also a hydro pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation area, indoor pool and gym. Think: lots of glass, steel and stone and seaweed based treatments from ishga. When the sun is shining – this is the place to be in Scotland.
Rudding Park, Yorkshire
Rudding Park has an infinity edge hydrotherapy pool that is set almost in the tree tops. It also boasts a large, landscaped roof top garden with sun loungers, sauna cabin and large jacuzzi. It’s a glorious location anytime of the year.
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