We all need to be indulged in a little relaxation and pampering from time to time. And you don't need to go far to do it. From hot and steamy saunas, perfect plunge pools, tempting body treatments and rejuvenating massages, HELLO! Online picks six of the best spa breaks – and they're all in the UK...
The Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden, London
Nichola Joss, the Brand Ambassador for the Covent Garden spa has personally tended to some of the most beautiful faces in Hollywood such as Gisele Bundchen, Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow. And singer Rita Ora reportedly said recently that she will be spending a spa day with her mum at the Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden.
Pop into The Sanctuary's flagship spa in the heart of central London for a relaxing beautifying treatment and a stimulating massage. Complete with relaxation lounges such as the famous Koi Carp Lounge, two swimming pools, Jacuzzis, a hammam and a sanarium, this beautiful listed building is a hideaway from the city of London where you can really relax, rejuvenate and have fun.
Their range of massages include a hot lava shell massage, a special treatment that elevates hot stone massage to the highest level using tiger clam shells heated by a unique volcanic lava and seaweed mix. Deeply relaxing, the massage also helps detoxify the body.
Gleneagles Spa, Scotland
Set in an 850 acre resort of beautiful countryside in the heart of Scotland, The Gleneagles Hotel's award-winning spa offers one of Scotland's finest pampering palaces. The Spa at Gleneagles boasts a Jacuzzi, a wonderful pool and a number of treatment and relaxation areas. You can even embrace the beautiful surroundings from the year-round, outdoor heated pool.
You'll need to think carefully to decide what to go for – more than 30 body treatments are on offer, and that's without looking at the facials, acupunture, self-tanning, manicures, waxings, ante-natal specials and other rituals.
Babington House, near Frome, Somerset
Despite its grand façade, this chic private members' club – and firm favourite with celebs and the A-list crowd – is family friendly and the Cowshed spa offers a host of treatments in a tranquil and contemporary atmosphere.
With sweeping views of the House's Victorian gardens, where Gavin and Stacey writer and star, James Corden, married his fiancee, former TV producer Julia Carey last year, Cowshed Relax opened in November 2008 and provides the perfect place to indulge and relax. Wooden treatment cabins come complete with lake views, while indoor and outdoor pools, a steam room and sauna and are also at hand.
Enjoy a full-body treatment with the two-handed Cowgroom maintenance which includes a facial, rose-petal foot soak, massage and manicure.
The Grove, Chandler's Cross, Hertfordshire
This stylish celebrity getaway situated just outside London attracts everyone from Kylie Minogue and Max Beasley to Martine McCutcheon. Its award-winning Sequoia Spa, housed in 18th-century stable buildings, boasts 12 treatment rooms, heated beds, a Finnish sauna, steam room, a 22-metre indoor swimming pool and relaxation rooms.
The luxury five-star hotel set in lush British countryside offers advanced facials, hot stones, envelopments, Ayurvedic treatments, as well as a freshly-squeezed juice from teh juice bar and three restaurants. How can you resist?
Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire
The ultimate in luxury, elegance and sophistication, Stoke Park is set in 350 acres of historic Buckinghamshire parkland and brings the finest in sporting and leisure facilities to its A-list guests. Hugh Grant, Tess Daly, Claudia Schiffer and Renee Zellweger have all relaxed in the Georgian mansion.
Among an extensive list of treatments and massages is the Cream tea spa retreat, available until 5 May. It includes full use of the facilities, which go further than the norm and include Italian marble steam rooms, a deep relaxation room and a private atrium with stunning five metre tropical aquarium. And the fun doesn't stop there, with a back, neck and shoulder massage, as well as Cream tea of sandwiches and scones to polish the evening off in true British style.
Champneys Tring, Hertfordshire
Nestled in 170 acres of prime Hertfordshire countryside, the sprawling stately home of Champneys Tring has been a celebrity favourite since it first opened in 1925. Steeped in history and majestically beautiful, it's no wonder everyone from the Beckhams to supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have all chosen to pamper themselves here.
Everything you can think of is on the menu: a huge spa, an extensive 25-metre pool, several Jacuzzis including one outdoors, saunas and steam rooms, a fully-equipped gym, a thalasotherapy pool and a variety of spa treatment rooms and relaxation areas. Luxury day spas are accessible in other UK locations such as Bath, Brighton and Chichester.
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