Good for the mind, body and soul, a spa holiday isn’t like a normal holiday.
Whether you’re after the beautification benefits, or just want to recharge and rejuvenate, visiting a spa is always going to be a different type of break. After all, where else can you scroll through a list of services that are purely designed to pamper and please?
Even better, what if there’s something else on the menu that’s a little bit out of the ordinary…
1. Raise the roof
If you have a head for heights, the Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge has roof-to-floor windows.
Pad around in slippers and a fluffy towel and you can see all the sights of this famous university town without having to get dressed. But when you do, you can enjoy a cheeky glass of champagne in their rooftop bar after a yoga or pilates class on the roof.
2. And so to sea
In the middle of the ocean, you’ll have to take a boat to stay in this converted sea fort that’s a mile out to sea from Portsmouth. It was built between 1861 and 1880, and after sleeping in a place where soldiers once carried out gun practice, you can sit in a steaming hot tub and watch the pleasure boats sail by.
The rooms are now luxuriously decorated, each in a different style, and you can even enjoy a hot house experience with an indoor fire pit.
3. Masked ball
Oozing 1920s style glamour and offering treatments extraordinaire, Agua Bathhouse and Spa at the Mondrian hotel in London has state of the art facilities with all the high end treatments you could wish for.
But what’s really special is their Mud Party. Invite your best friends for exclusive use of the spa lounge and after strawberries and champagne, a facial and final finishing mask, you can take home a Supermud or Youthmud mask.
4. Ice, ice baby
With eight indoor and outdoor pools to splash around in, underwater music and a 25 metre Ballroom pool, swimming is a sensational experience at Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Surrey.
Along with thermal experiences, massages, scrubs and wraps, there’s a Diamond Rose Body Ritual where your body is covered in a veil of diamond dust. And then it’s off to the spa’s ice cave, complete with warmed floor, glamorous sparkling walls and an ice fountain.
5. Gentle giant
Galgorm Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland boasts its own thermal village and is set in 163 acres of parkland with glorious views of the countryside.
Along with outside Swedish-style hot tubs and a huge range of treatments, there’s a Cleopatra bath where your troubles will disappear and after getting your nails done, there’s a bizarre towel wafting ritual performed by buff ‘masters’ in the sauna, which sounds steamy.