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Holidays in the UK: Wellness & Spa Breaks

Wellness trips are a chance to restore body and mind. By taking yourself out of the hectic everyday and giving you space to think and recuperate, they're a chance to return refreshed and ready to take on anything. Be inspired with the options for different types of wellness holidays to suit your own tastes.

A spa holiday is perhaps the undisputed king of all wellness trips. Although they're certainly a taste of luxury, they don't necessarily have to break the bank. We've got a whole range of spa deals, from all-inclusive to last-minute and bargain offers. You also don't need to travel far! A wellness staycation holiday is easily possible thanks to the high number of spas and wellness retreats dotted across the UK! Just check out some of our favourites below!  

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Get away from it all with a spa break in the UK

Pirates, whether you are looking to go for a romantic weekend, a break to relax and recharge or simply an escape from the cold weather in a holistic, peaceful and stress-free environment, there is no place better place for wellness than a spa. Spa holidays come with a variety of activities including massages, saunas, yoga, golf, luxury hiking, beauty treatments, and healthy food to give you a rewarding breather from your busy work schedule. You are probably thinking that such places do not exist in the cold UK, but you would be surprised at how many of these hidden treasures are to be found close to home. Here are a few suggestions from us!

Top UK destinations for a spa weekend

We are firm believers in “the colder the weather, the better the sauna” and you can get great spa break deals close to a buzzing city or further out into the peaceful countryside. The choice is yours.

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Winchester Hotel & Spa 

In Hampshire, you can take a mini break with the family, or take the ladies for a memorable hen do with beauty treatments at the stunning Winchester Hotel & Spa. Children are welcome, so you can all relax and recharge together.

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St Michael's Resort in Falmouth

Or how about combining your spa weekend in the UK with some culinary highlights? The St Michael's Resort in Falmouth, Cornwall offers a three-hour pampering followed by a delicious three-course meal. And with their luxurious bedrooms, this place is a great retreat for couples looking to treat themselves.

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Ruthin Castle Hotel & Spa

Don’t forget, Scotland and Wales also have amazing spa weekend destinations. For example, Ruthin Castle Hotel & Spa in Wales is popular for its skincare products that you can take home and continue to spoil yourself.

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Gleneagles

If you are looking to get more out of the trip than just relaxing treatments, The Gleneagles in Perthshire is an amazing spot to stay. With horse riding, scenic hiking trails and great golf courses, this destination is a perfect combination of adventure and bliss. What more do you need?


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Will a spa weekend break the bank?

Although you cannot really put a price on self-care, there is something for everyone and prices vary depending on what you are looking for. Prices including treatment can start at £75 pp and spa break deals for just an overnight escape including breakfast can be found for £45 pp. For a really luxurious and indulgent break –and if money is no object – expect to pay up to £990 pp.

What’s the best way to book?

It’s important to strike the right balance when booking a spa break, and finding something that caters for both mind and body is key. Booking directly with the destination allows you to explore all its facilities. But don’t forget that you can also find great spa weekend deals on our site! And the best thing about these restorative getaways? They are available all year round!


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The benefits of taking wellness trips

While all holidays are partly intended to help travellers de-stress and escape reality for a while, wellness holidays take this to another level. Rather than rushing around seeing sights and indulging in foreign nightlife, the focus is on taking it easy and enjoying some luxury. Yet, a wellness holiday package doesn't necessarily cost as much as you'd think. Many are designed with simplicity in mind, perhaps spending most of the time within a single location, yet giving you space to really unwind and let the stress slip away. There are lots of variations on the theme of wellness to match your activity level and preferences. For some, there's nothing quite like an expertly-delivered spa massage to take your mind away from stress. Others may prefer to get fit and active with adventurous activities like canoeing or even bungee jumping.

Ideas for wellness trips catering to body and mind

Delight the physical senses and unwind with these recuperating break ideas.

  • Learning from the masters at yoga retreats in Goa, India.
  • Escaping urban life at Jolly Beach in Antigua in the Caribbean.
  • Indulging in much-needed pampering at a spa retreat in Antalya, Turkey.
  • Reconnecting with nature at the thermal Blue Lagoon close to Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Letting off steam with skiing in the Austrian Alps, or simply meditating in majestic settings.
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How to save money on wellness trips

You can opt for upmarket retreats that are designed to pamper, yet wellness can also be surprisingly accessible.

  • Head to European destinations which offer low-cost entry to local spas. Budapest, Hungary is an excellent example.
  • Discover the splendid beaches of Spain and Portugal away from the usual crowds, such as Parede close to Lisbon.
  • Release endorphins by getting active. Make the most of group rates on adventures like paragliding and snorkelling with friends, such as in Possidi, Greece.
  • If you find it hard to focus when meditating, a secluded mountain area can be just the ticket to getting the hang of it. The Alps are superb for this.

Why try yoga on a wellness holiday?

Yoga is a perfect exercise for wellness seekers of any experience level including beginners. You may even fall in love with it and go and seek out the best yoga retreats the world has to offer! As well as building strength and flexibility, the psychological effects of yoga are well documented. A guided yoga retreat can be the ideal way to introduce yourself to this marvellous exercise practice from the East.

The benefits of yoga include:

  • Increased flexibility and muscle strength
  • Better posture 
  • Increased bloodflow and a balanced metabolism
  • Protection against injury and pain reduction