Need some time to yourself or want to kick-start your fitness journey? From challenging training sessions to award-winning spas, here are our top picks of well-being retreats.
New Forest | Hampshire
Escape to the wilderness with a relaxing break at Lime Wood. From adorable cottages and cabins to luxury airy rooms, this charming spa is dedicated to all things natural, taking inspiration from its forest surroundings. Spread across three levels, which each look out over the stunning views, Lime Wood features include a sauna, hot pool, eight single treatment rooms, two double treatment rooms and a Mud House. If all this wasn’t enough, there’s also a rooftop gym, 16metre pool with glass doors, an extensive range of fitness classes, and you can tuck into some seriously delicious and nutritious food in Lime Wood’s Raw & Cured. With a selection of spa days at various price ranges, you’re sure to find something to leave you looking and feeling your best.
FYI! Classic spa days at Lime Wood start at £105 per person
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Perthshire | Scotland
Home to three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa and the only two Michelin star restaurant in Scotland, Gleneagles is perfect for a couples getaway. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, off-road driving, archery or falconry are just a handful of activities on offer to guests. Break away from your daily routine and take a dip in one of the two pools, release any tension or stress in the sauna and The Spa by ESPA, or take part in one of the fitness classes on offer. Recognised by the likes of Condé Nast Traveller, you won’t be disappointed.
Mindfulness Spa Days start from £175
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Newquay | Cornwall
Voted one of the top 20 hotels by Condé Nast Traveller readers, The Scarlet takes relaxation to a whole new level. Eco-friendly, The Scarlet embraces all the glory of its natural Cornish surroundings, creating a place of peace and tranquillity. Designed for adults who want to escape the hustle and bustle of their day to day lives, the hotel offers everything from cliff top hot tubs to a natural reed-filtered swimming pool – not forgetting the Ayurvedic-inspired spa with breathtaking views of the beach. A well-being break like no other, The Scarlet works hand-in-hand with the environment to protect its surroundings. Discover deep relaxation with one of the hotel’s spa packages which include full use of the steam room, indoor pool and outdoor pool.
Day Escapes at The Scarlet start at £75 without treatments
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Chippenham | Wiltshire
The epitome of luxury retreats, the grand Lucknam Park Hotel, Spa and Estate combines both country living with five-star facilities, creating an environment like no other. Winner of a Visit Gold England Award, you can dine in the Michelin-starred Park restaurant or explore the 500 acres of parkland on horseback before heading to the spa for a revitalising treatment and indulging in the state-of-the-art facilities. For those seeking somewhere to repair and recharge, Luckham Park offers three Mindfulness Retreats where you can work towards controlling anything from anxiety and fear to helping yourself feel more controlled, happy and focused.
Take a break: Spa and Well-Being Breaks for two from £1,105 Midweek
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Macclesfield | Cheshire
Disconnect yourself from the rest of the world and retreat to the opulent Mottram Hall. Tucked away in the Cheshire countryside this stunning manor house is a great spot for anything from a spa day with your friends to a chilled-out weekend getaway. Challenge yourself in the state-of-the-art fitness centre or rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in the UK’s first Alfresco ThermoSpace. Dine in style at Mottram Hall’s AA Rosette Carrington Grill, or indulge your sweet tooth with a mouth-watering afternoon tea, washed down with a crisp glass of Champagne.
Spa Day packages from £69 weekdays and £79 weekends!
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One of the most well-known health spas on our list offers various retreat packages to help you get into the best shape of your life. Invest in a healthier and happier you through a Health Management retreat, or de-stress at a Yoga and Pilates retreat at one of their four resorts.
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Watergate Bay Hotel
Newquay | Cornwall
Love nothing more than being by the sea? Then a coastal fitness weekend at Cornwall’s Watergate Bay might be just what you’re looking for. Make the most of the environment around you whilst challenging yourself with activities including fitness, beach circuits and guided cliff hikes lead by professional personal trainers. Running from Friday to Sunday on selected dates the Coastal Fitness Weekends are aimed at all levels of fitness and can be tailored to you. After a hard day’s work, return to the hotel and take a dip in the gorgeous infinity pool before grabbing a bite at Zacry’s, or take a leisurely stroll down to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall.
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Cuckfield | West Sussex
Looking to get into shape for your summer holiday? Why not escape to Cuckfield for a fitness retreat at the lavish Ockenden Manor. Including two nights accommodation in one of the Elizabethan manor houses’ grand bedrooms, a private consultation and one-to-one personal training session, Nordic walk, Power Plate session and circuits class; plus an award-winning healthy lunch and full use of the fabulous spa and the in-and-outdoor swimming pool and more. With spectacular views and top facilities, you’re sure to leave feeling relaxed, replenished and ready to work towards your ultimate beach body.
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Watford | Hertfordshire
If you’re stressed, tired and everything in between, there’s nothing more relaxing than a luxurious spa break to release all that unwanted tension in your body. Home to one of the best golf courses in the country and a spa fit for a queen, London’s The Grove is the five-star hotel that will get you back on top form. The Hertfordshire-based estate sits within 300 acres of spectacular countryside whilst being just a short distance from Piccadilly Circus. Take advantage of the kitted out fitness centre, take a dip in the indoor heated pool, or head out into the great outdoors and explore The Grove’s parkland and woodland. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or a quiet weekend away The Grove has everything you need.
Spa Days from £175
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The Clover Mill
Malvern | Worcestershire
A place of peace, tranquillity and relaxation, The Clover Mill aims to rebalance your body, mind and spirit with its wellness retreats. Take time away from the pressures of the outside world and allow yourself to become immersed in the beauty that surrounds The Clover Mill. With retreats running throughout the year from yoga to a range of specialist breaks for the visually impaired, The Clover Mill gives you the chance to rediscover your roots, dine on delicious and healthy meals whilst staying in one of the stylish and contemporary eco-lodges encased in natural beauty.
Fully inclusive breaks at The Clover Mill start from £550 per person for a 2-night retreat
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Shrewsbury | Shropshire
“A place to rediscover your equilibrium and balance.” The beautiful Hencote Estate is the most local and expensive on our list offering a unique take on the wellness break and spa experience. Only a short 45-minute drive from Birmingham and nestled in 60 acres of Shropshire countryside, it offers holistic focused personal well-being breaks for private groups. We even took a visit to make sure it lived up to the hype.
Hencote’s tailored retreats are aimed at both challenging and relaxing the mind and body. You’ll receive a pre-planned itinerary of country walks, runs and HIIT and yoga classes, curated under the guidance of a well-being director and fitness and yoga experts. But of course, these are optional in case you wanted to spend the morning relaxing in the sumptuous Winny Hill suite complete with a roll-top bath (which comes with the Style Birmingham seal of approval.)
The programme is tailored to 80% health and 20% pure bliss, and to ensure you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after an intense introduction to yoga, you’ll have a personal nutritionist, massage therapist and private chef at your disposal. The team are on hand to help rid your body of any energy-sapping toxins.
Holistic well-being packages run for a minimum of three nights and each day you’ll have the opportunity to sample the healthy home-made dishes prepared especially for you.
From freshly made granola and smoked salmon at breakfast, to lentil curry and seared chicken breast with cleansing vegetables at dinner – be prepared to ditch the Pinot for your stay though (hard, we know.) Water is their poison of choice.
Hencote can accommodate groups of three to 12 people in their restored barn with dedicated staff, and provide a concierge style service. The unique offering ensures you can take advantage of the surroundings in style and really make yourself at home, whilst leaving a whole new you. We can’t recommend it enough.