The UK and Europe have some of the very best spas in the world, marrying beautiful locations with traditional and modern treatments. If you feel in the mood for some well-earned rest and relaxation (and who doesn’t!) then add one of these top destinations to your next motorhome itinerary.
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Whether you're looking for a full day to completely relax or just an afternoon to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, here are the spas to pencil into your diary for next season. Ah, we can hear the hot tubs and Champagne glasses calling already!
Best for healing those aches and pains, just like the ancients - AIRE Ancient Baths, London
Humans have enjoyed the healing influence of spa waters since ancient times. And if you feel like being transported all the way back to ancient Rome then take a dip in the AIRE bathhouse.
AIRE has a very authentic feeling, and yet is housed in the arched cellars of a London townhouse near Covent Garden. With six different sunken pools to choose from, all bathed in warm candle light and a delicious orange blossom scent, it's the ultimate underground spa retreat.
Book in for: For a truly dreamy 90 minutes of slipping in and out of candlelit thermal pools, opt for the Ancient Bath Experience at £90. This lets you explore the Caldarium (hot bath), Frigidarium (cold bath), Tepidarium (warm bath), Balneum (bath of a thousand jets), Vaporium (steam bath) and the Flotarium (salt bath). If you’re feeling flash then add on a 30-minute massage for £150, or perhaps a cheeky bottle of Prosecco?
Best for an energy boost after a long drive - Coach House Spa at Beaverbrook, Surrey
It might sometimes feel like you can’t turn a corner in Surrey without bumping into yet another spa hotel. However, the Beaverbrook really is something special. Nestled in the heart of the Surrey Hills, this Grade II-listed luxury hotel is the former home of Lord Beaverbrook and the quintessential English country estate.
The kaleidoscopic-coloured space of the spa was designed by contemporary artist and architect Brian Clark and is simply stunning. With a warm welcome, state-of-the-art facilities, and a natural healing philosophy, you won’t forget this place in a hurry.
Book in for: If you’re visiting in winter and your energy levels are getting low, then the Winter Warmer Spa Day from £225 per person is worth splashing out on. You’ll receive a full day of indulgence including a 90-minute seasonal winter treatment.
Best for a quick restorative break – The Spa at Coworth Park, Ascot
Part of the Dorchester group of hotels, this beautiful five-star countryside location is the home to an uber-glamorous, high-end spa. Situated on the edge of Windsor Great Park it’s everything a restorative break should be. From the blue-lit heated pool lined with stunning amethyst sculptures to the delightful ‘living roof’ of thyme and lavender, this is luxury with an eco-twist indeed.
Book in for: The ‘Refreshing Spa Morning’ at £190 per person, offers a great start to your day. The package includes a 60-minute treatment from a range designed by Hebridean brand, ishga, a two-course lunch in The Spatisserie and use of the spa facilities. The perfect way to start a long motorhome adventure.
Best for those eco credentials – The Spa at South Lodge, West Sussex
The cool and minimal Spa at South Lodge is an integral part of this beautiful 5-star country house hotel with views over the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
With its flowing meadow roof and green oak cladding, sustainability is at the heart of operations here, with all parts of the business actively working to minimise its environmental impact. Swim lengths in the unique heated wild swimming pool, the huge infinity pool and the outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
Book in for: When you’ve mastered the art of motorhome manoeuvring, a manicure or a pedicure in the Ridgeview Beauty Bar is a great little treat for a job well done.
Best for those who want a dose of spa history - The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath
Think of spas and you’ll no doubt be put in mind of the gorgeous Roman spa town of Bath in the West country. Set in the heart of Bath's iconic Grade I-listed Royal Crescent, is this idyllic spa retreat. Known as The Spa & Bath House here you can plunge headlong into the ultimate spa experience with a range of rejuvenating treatments.
Top-of-the-range facilities include a heated relaxation pool, vitality pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. Once you’re done, take yourself off to the holistic haven that is the Taittinger Spa Garden for a glass of champers. The perfect end to a decadent afternoon tea.
Book in for: Everyone deserves to be treated like royalty once in a while, don’t they? So, book yourself in for the Royal Experience spa day at £170 per person. The package includes a 90-minute Royal Crescent Signature Treatment, an hour to relax in the spa, followed by English high tea in the English country garden. And at the end of the day you leave with two luxurious gifts. Is there a better way to end a motorhome adventure? We don’t think so.
Best for a dose of coastal cool - St Michaels Spa Resort, Cornwall
Overlooking the stunning Falmouth Bay in Cornwall is the world-class St Michaels spa. Here you’ll find the largest hydrothermal pool in the West country, a range of relaxation areas and luxurious treatment rooms.
These include a Moroccan rhassoul, herbal Finnish sauna and various unusual showers and steam rooms. Indeed, they also lay claim to the world’s only Cornish sea-salt steam room.
Book in for: The deeply relaxing Completely Cornish spa day costs £160 and includes a glass of bubbly, a two-course lunch, 3-hour Hydrothermal Experience, a 60-minute Made for Life Organic Hand on Heart treatment and a further 50-minute treatment of your choice.
Best for the spirit of adventure - Wave Garden Spa, Conwy, Wales
Wow! Situated in the Conwy Valley among the stunning mountains of Snowdonia, the Wave Garden Spa overlooks a beautiful inland surfing lagoon. Following a day exploring the sights of this incredible part of the world, this is a fantastic Welsh spot for rest and relaxation.
If adventure is your thing, then this is the spa for you as it’s part of one of the UK’s flagship adventure resorts, Adventure Parc Snowdonia. So, when you’ve done adventuring for the day you can retire to the warm hydrotherapy pool, relaxation pods and fire pits. All sure to keep you cosy and well rested – ready for another day behind the wheel of your motorhome tomorrow!
Book in for: If you’ve never had a Hammam – a Moroccan steam-based cleansing practice – then we suggest booking the spa’s 55-minute Hammam Algae Wrap treatment. Harnessing all the incredible benefits of seaweed this is perfect for a detox and general wellbeing. All treatments come with additional complimentary one-hour access to the thermal spa experience.
Best for combining everyone’s interests - ESPA Life at Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland
Golf is a very popular pastime among all ages, but not everyone enjoys playing. If your other half is a very keen golfer then this can sometimes lead to needless tensions when on a motorhome break. To keep everyone happy, why not combine their love of golf with a trip to the spa?
The 850-acre, 5-star Gleneagles estate in Scotland is home to three phenomenal golf courses and a world-class spa. With an extensive range of treatments mixing European, Eastern and Ayurvedic therapies it’s the ultimate luxury spa break.
Book in for: Opt for the Gleneagles Day Spa for £195 and choose from a range of 80-minute treatments, followed by a sumptuous two-course lunch and access to the spa and health club facilities.
Best for the ultimate island retreat – The Island Spa, Lusty Beg Island, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Billed as ‘An Island Apart’, Lusty Beg Island is a truly idyllic spot at the heart of the wonderous Fermanagh Lakelands in Northern Ireland. While there is a stunning resort here, visitors to the island can also use the retreat’s spa and activity centre.
So you can also have a go at kayaking while you wait for your treatment. The Island Spa prides itself on its organic and wholesome products – in particular the hand harvested seaweed it uses in many of the treatments.
Book in for: You really can’t leave the island without indulging in a Seaweed Leaf Bath followed by a delicious afternoon tea. What a great way to get the full benefits of this magical area. Or perhaps indulge in a Lusty Total Massage Journey for £85, followed by a dip in one of their Lakeside Tubs. Take in the view of Lough Erne as your troubles melt away!
Best European spas to visit in your motorhome
As if you needed an excuse to take a trip over to Europe in your motorhome, there are some amazing spas on offer.
Be aware, if you do travel to the continent in your trusty home on wheels then you’ll need to ensure your motorhome insurance covers you for all the countries you pass through. Give the Motorhome Protect team a call today and discuss your travel plans.
Best for some joie de vivre - Molitg-les-Bains, French Pyrenees
This thermal spa at the Molitg-les-Bains Grand Hotel provides a huge list of treatments ranging from hydrotherapy and sophrology to a Kaolin mud bath. The building is set on the side of a wooded gorge, so you really feel like you’re part of nature.
Book in for: Watsu massage combines the benefits of water and shiatsu for deep relaxation. This aquatic massage is well known for freeing physical and mental tensions – great if you’ve had a hard journey getting there! A 45-minute massage costs €85.
Best for mountain air - Walliser Alpentherme & Spa, Leukerbad, Switzerland
With thermal waters flowing down from the surrounding Majinghorn and Torrenthorn mountains, the Swiss town of Leukerbad has a rich spa history. While there are over 30 pools in the town, the Walliser Alpentherme Spa is something special. Here you’ll find a sauna village, steam baths with hydro pool, Jacuzzi and four steam rooms. The high point for us is the indoor/outdoor thermal pool with phenomenal views. If you’re looking for a bracing dose of fresh mountain air then you’ll get it here.
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Book in for: A 3-hour visit to the thermal baths costs 33 Swiss Francs.
Best for a city spa break - Szechenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary
With more than 100 thermal springs, it’s easy to see why Budapest is known as the spa capital of Europe. The stunning Szechenyi Baths are the largest in the city and one of Budapest’s most visited attractions. Alongside 15 indoor baths and three grand outdoor pools filled with medicinal hot spring waters, there are also 10 saunas and steam cabins, massage therapies and treatments. There are yellow and white neo-baroque buildings aplenty filled with vaulted ceilings, mosaics, statues and painted windows.
Book in for: Simplicity is the key here. A day pass costs around £21. Massages are from around £19 and pedicures from around £9.
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