Looking for a reason to treat yourself for absolutely no reason at all? There’s something about winter that really makes us need a rest and recharge – maybe it’s all that boozing and socialising over Christmas that takes it out of us, who knows, but what I do know is… I’m in need of a spa break. Sound familiar? We’ve done the hard work for you, and put together some of the best spa hotels and breaks God’s Own Country, Yorkshire, has to offer.
1. Rudding Park Hotel & Spa, Harrogate
Rudding Park is arguably one of the best choices Yorkshire has to offer for a relaxed weekend away, with their tagged photos on Instagram acting as a true testament to how much guests love spending time there.
The luxury hotel features everything you could hope for in one of the most beautiful places in Yorkshire, including an incredible infinity hydrotherapy pool that looks over the landscaped gardens and woodlands the hotel is so idyllically set in.
This beautiful hotel plays host to 90 rooms, with guests all having access to their Spa. Not only that, their rooftop spa experience includes a panoramic sauna, spa bath and a variety of treatments to enjoy.
Elsewhere, the hotel includes two golf courses, a private cinema, and some of the rooms even have their own steam rooms and spa baths to enjoy in your own privacy.
Treatments vary from standard beauty treatments such as nails, make-up and brows, as well as mud rituals, facials, detox wraps and massages. Room prices start from £217 per night, with options varying from their king size rooms, spa rooms, suites, cottages and even luxury lodges that boast their very own hot tubs. Not only that, there’s also a highly recommended contemporary fine dining restaurant on site, Horto, as well as a bar & restaurant with a much more diverse offering, allowing something for everyone. Book here.
2. Raithwaite Estate, Whitby
A coastal retreat in the historic Whitby, this 4-star hotel features two small, luxury hotels, stone cottages, an “exclusive” lake house and of course, a spa.
While the Raithwaite Estate itself is set in the iconic Yorkshire countryside, it’s proximity to the coast brings in fresh sea air and the option to explore Whitby and it’s history or the nearby North York Moors during your stay.
The estate covers 100 acres of woodlands, with rooms overlooking the picturesque surroundings. The luxury spa includes four treatment rooms, as well as a ceiling-to-floor glass surrounded pool that guests can enjoy while taking in the scenery, a gym, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi and more.
Treatments include a variety of facials, body scrubs and wraps, massages and even packages that include dinner or Afternoon tea for a full day experience on the grounds.
On site, guests can also enjoy their restaurant, The Brasserie, which describes its style as ‘beret meets flat cap’ (translate: french meets Yorkshire), and has been acclaimed for its exploration between the two regions with their dishes. There’s also a cosy bar and restaurant where guests can enjoy Afternoon tea and a daily lunch menu – or even just pop by a relaxed drink. Find out more.
3. The Grand, York
An Edwardian building in the centre of York, The Grand York is a piece of tranquility in an otherwise busy city centre.
The spa is set up in what used to be the building’s vaults, featuring an indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and treatment rooms. And while the spa is tucked away down below, the rooms feature large windows to look out into the city from – capturing the best of both worlds for guests. It’s the perfect choice for those who want to kick back and relax during the day, and hit the town at night.
Treatments vary from facials, beauty and nails, to relaxing massages and body detox treatments to really feel like you’ve had a well deserved break. Book here.
4. Swinton Park, Ripon
If there’s any spa hotel that knows luxury, it’s Swinton Park. With over 20,000 acres to explore at the estate, this multi-million pound spa is definitely one to visit.
Offering a choice of a stay in either the castle, a cottage, a tree lodge, or a luxury yurt – the estate is the perfect place to visit more than once, just to try everything out!
The spa itself features an 18-metre indoor pool, as well as a hydrotherapy pool for guests who want to wind down and relax. If that wasn’t enough, there’s even an outdoor natural pool and a cedar hot tub to enjoy. The premises also include an indoor sauna and steam-room, as well as an outdoor sauna for those enjoying the pool garden.
The treatment area is armed with a number of rooms, including couple’s treatment rooms to share your experience with your fellow guest, whether it be beauty treatments or massages and more. On hand is their Terrace Restaurant and Bar where guests can take a break from all of their relaxing to eat, drink, or even get poolside service. There’s two more eateries on site, including fine-dining restaurant Samuel’s Restaurant, and Cafe Bistro where guests can pop in for a coffee. Fancy something a little bit different? You can even take part in their Cookery School, which features an open kitchen demonstration, with a number of cuisines to learn. Find out more.
5. Grantley Hall, Ripon
A stately 1600’s mansion, Grantley Hall is a beautiful retreat, surrounded by parkland, a river and landscaped gardens that give the illusion you’re living like a royal for your stay. It’s no wonder the spot is a popular wedding destination.
The venue boasts a two-level spa, which features a thermal experience and a snow room. Additionally, there’s indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pools, an 18-metre pool, an outdoor terrace and hot tub area as well as two gyms. Yeah… We know. The spa offers up the usual treatments, including beauty and full body treatments such as massages – as well as holistic treatments and yoga practises.
If you think you’ll be stuck for dining and drinking options, think again, because there’s 7 options for guests to choose from (four of which offer food menus), including their fine-dining experience, Shaun Rankin. Book here.
6. The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey
Deserving a place on the list for many, many reasons, The Devonshire Arms Hotel is based in Skipton, close to the picturesque Yorkshire Dales and on the Bolton Abbey estate. There’s three reasons to go right there.
The country house hotel was formerly a 17th century inn, and still carries a ton of character to this day.
The spa, however, is a real special experience. Housed in an old barn, there’s an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as a gym space for those who want to squeeze in a workout while they have some free time. The spa covers some great treatments too, from facials and massages to body scrubs and wraps.
The food is also something to call home about, with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon visiting for season one of their travel show ‘The Trip’. The estate has two restaurants on offer, including fine-dining restaurant The Burlington, with a less formal restaurant available to eat at called the Brasserie. The Brasserie is a great choice for those wanting to continue their wind-down, with the choice of eating in the restaurant or al-fresco on their beautiful terrace featuring a stunning backdrop of the Yorkshire Dales. Book here.
7. Oulton Hall, Leeds
An 18th century mansion just six miles from Leeds, Oulton Hall is the perfect break away from the city close-by. Boasting 300 acres of gardens and a golf course of its own, the estate has plenty of features to really help you switch off for the weekend.
You really get a stately home feel during your stay, with rooms being large enough to swing a cat in and featuring traditional decor and four-poster beds. Very Downton Abbey, huh?
The spa itself features everything you’d need to enjoy your stay, such as a pool, steam room, sauna and plenty of treatments to treat yourself to. Just as you’d expect, guests will be able to book in for massages, facials and more during their time on the estate.
The restaurant offering includes their AA Rosette restaurant, serving ‘exquisite dishes’, as well as the option for casual dining and even butler service. Very posh indeed. Find out more.
8. The Feversham Arms Hotel, York
Situated in Helmsley on the outskirts of York, The Feversham Arms Hotel and Spa is a former coaching house, just a six minute walk from Helmsley Castle.
The self-described ‘Mediterranean oasis’ and ‘charming countryside retreat’ offers some real cosy touches to make your stay feel home from home – including wood burning fires and pretty terraces that really set the scene.
The spa has a variety of facilities available, including an aromatherapy room, where guests can put their feet up and catch up on a bit of reading, a steam room, hot tub, heated outdoor pool, sauna and foot spas to use.
Additionally, guests can of course book in your typical spa treatments such as massages and beauty treatments – with both fine and casual dining options available on the estate. Their fine dining aims to ‘delight the senses’, where their casual dining is designed for quick bites, or a more laidback meal by the fire. Find out more.
9. The Bridge Hotel & Spa, Wetherby
Previously a 17th century coaching house, The Bridge Hotel & Spa still boasts a lot of its original features for guests to enjoy. Their 37 rooms are chicly decorated, however, so guests can feel right at home when they tuck up for bed at night – and what’s better is that each has its own individual look, feel and style.
The tranquil space offers a number of facilities and packages, with a sauna, steam room, foot spa, hot tub, ice fountain, cold plunge tub and barrel sauna providing just the basic facilities. On top of that, there’s a relaxation room that guests can take advantage of, and tons of treatments like body scrubs, wraps, facials, full body massages and mud treatments.
Their Courtyard restaurant provides really cosy, fire-side vibes, serving up Sunday lunch and classic dishes such as steak and lamb legs. Book here.
10. Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa, Otley
Surrounded by 44 acres of woodland, Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa is the perfect secluded getaway, just 8 miles from Harewood House in Leeds.
If rustic is your thing, you won’t be able to get enough of this hotel – with the hotel itself being the UK’s largest log cabin with 16 rooms available. On top of this, guests can also book woodland cabins and lodges for themselves, situated on the grounds close-by to the main cabin.
Each room features wooden decor that oozes warmth and comfort, and even carries through to the spa with its alpine feel. The spa features an outdoor hot tub and an indoor pool, and offers a variety of spa treatments to enjoy from wraps to rituals to massages to really get you feeling relaxed.
Dining here is really something special too, with their lake-view restaurant (aptly named the Lakeside Restaurant) showcasing beautiful views of the lake and forest surrounding the area. Guests can enjoy meals all day long, with food sourced locally, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner – with classic dishes on offer to indulge in. Find out more.
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