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Best Spa Breaks In The UK For A Staycation In 2020

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From the Lake District to scenic finds just over an hour outside of London, these are the best spa breaks to go to for a relaxing mini break in England.

Ever get the feeling you're in dire need of some serious TLC? Well if ever, now is the time to feel it. The Christmas period is a super hectic time for most people, and the constant socialising, events and excess leaves us pretty worn out and in need of a chance to just take a breather. Ideally, a breather with better quality air. A break outside of the city - somewhere you won’t have to worry about excessive planning, and can simply unwind and indulge in some self-meditation - is the perfect solution, particularly when it's a spa break escape.

It’s a little known fact that if you’re looking to get away, you don’t actually have to leave the country. That’s where spa breaks are a complete godsend. You get to stay on domestic land but still get to feel detached and replenished. And if you look in the right places, there are some fantastic deals you can score on stunning places, all the way from Cornwall to Cheshire. To help you out we at Octer have put together a list of some of the best spa breaks in the UK to get away to, complete with a list of great spa services, fantastic views, good hospitality, fine dining and more.  

These are some of our favourite, most luxurious and top rated places to get away in the UK for a staycation and a spa break.


The Daffodil Hotel & Spa

Lake District, England

Situated in the middle of the mountains, a short walk from Grasmere village in the stunning Lake District, and right on the shores of the Grasmere water: this setting looks straight out of a scene from Game of Thrones. So to no surprise, this spa is a dream come true for those who want to feel brand new and elated from one-of-a-kind fantasy. Come for the luxury spa complete with Germaine De Capuccini therapies and products, and stay for the stylish rooms and delicious food. Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip!

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Gaia Spa at Borringdon Hall

Devon, England

Devon is already an English hidden treasure, but this spa manages to preserve the treasure inside, and lets you stay there. Their spa facilities are modern and luxurious, and their holistic spa treatments are progressive and truly the creme de la creme of earthly relaxation. In addition, Borringdon Hall, where you can find this spa, has historical significance. It's the building that was once home to Lady Jane Grey and is bubbling with historic royal connections. Try going for their Balancing Spa Break deal, that comes with a weekend bed and breakfast, 3 course dinner in the Mayflower Brasserie on one evening and another dinner in Àclèaf on the other, as well as a choice of luxurious 60 minute treatments and full use of their spa facilities your whole stay.

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Celtic Manor

Cardiff, Wales

While safely located in South Wales just 30 minutes outside of Cardiff, this Manor hotel and spa is truly out of this world - and we are including the star lit ceilings mimic constellations in sauna chamber. For a real indulgent experience, treat yourself to the Renew Spa Break Deluxe deal, where you’ll get an A La Carte Dinner in a choice of one of four restaurants, a 50 minute spa treatment of your choice, and of course the full use of the facilities - along with a renewing bed and breakfast experience. 

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Alexander House Hotel Utopia Spa

Turner's Hill, West Sussex

The atmosphere of this hotel, spa and literal ‘utopia’ is overwhelmingly charming and natural. Just outside of Crawley, this hotel comes complete with a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and hot tub, as well as a hair/ beauty salon and a breathtaking outer courtyard and greenery. It's fair to say this escape will make you want to escape all the time. Go for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary and opt for the Celebration Break package. You'll get stay in a luxury room, a spa treatment and use of full facilities, £35 allocation towards dinner, a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries to really kick off the celebrating.

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Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

Co.Down , Northern Ireland

For a mini break that may require a flight, depending on where you’re based, this healing spa in North Ireland is a fantastic choice for you to really get away and rejuvenate. Just the magnificent views of the Irish Sea and Mourne Mountain from the pool is worth the trip alone. Their Two Night Spa Break will give you all the relaxation you crave, packed with 2 nights stay, a full Irish breakfast each morning and a 50 minute treatment of your choice, including ones like the Ocean and Earth Body Wrap.

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Thermae Bath Spa

Bath, England

This seriously raved-about spa, is worth the ratings. With a rooftop pool with spectacular views of Bath being a main attraction, this hotel does not short on the other wellness facilities you'd require from a relaxing spa break. For a weekend treat, we recommend going for the Saturday & Sunday Taster, choosing one day to have a 3 hour spa session with access to indoor Minerva Bath, Wellness Suite, and open-air Rooftop Pool and a dish and drink from their delightful menu at the Springs Restaurant. This spa would be a perfect choice for the person that want's to get away, but still craves a bit of a buzzing, lively atmosphere to keep them feeling restored and inspired.

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