The Best Spas Near London
Looking to escape the big smoke for a little well-deserved R&R? Here are our Spavellous choices for the best spas near London for a relaxing retreat.
While London boasts some of the best spas in the UK, sometimes we all need a change of scene to properly unwind. Fortunately, there are some seriously special spas and spa hotels within an hour or so of the capital.
Whether you’re looking for a quintessential country retreat with an outdoor pool, or a destination spa where you can spend the day flip flopping from pool to hot tub to cabana, these near London spas and wellness venues offer the perfect escape. So why not take a break, breathe in some fresh country air, and head to the hills – or at least countryside – for a restorative rural retreat.
Here’s our round-up of hand-picked favourites and best spas near London for 2024:
The Retreat at Elcot Park, near Newbury and Hungerford, Berkshire
Recently crowned ‘Britain’s Best Hotel’, The Retreat at Elcot Park, near Newbury in Berkshire, is a freshly funked-up Georgian mansion that’s been re-imagined to offer a colourful country spa escape.
Sitting at the more affordable end of the spa hotel spectrum, The Retreat at Elcot Park’s Spa is a great place to spend an hour or two enjoying the indoor hydro pool, sauna and steam room. And there’s a lovely heated outdoor pool too, with plenty of loungers for some pool-side R&R.
The Retreat’s Signet Spa offers luxurious Gaia treatments, tailoring the brand’s naturally nurturing treatments to each guest, including rejuvenating facials with jade, and restorative hot stone massages.
There are appreciated extra touches for hotel guests too, like a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and the free snack-filled Pantry on each floor. The Retreat offers two tasty dining options: Yu, a stylish adult only pan-Asian restaurant, and the hotel’s main 1772 brasserie with its own buzzy bar. There’s a large lounge and it’s a great place to celebrate a special occasion. Plus, there are plenty of country walks near the hotel, and no need to bring wellies as the hotel has its own colourful supply.
Spavellous for: a fun and good value spa break with a new spa and an outdoor pool.
Great choice for a multi-generation stay too.
Read our full review of The Retreat at Elcot Park here
The Grove hotel, near Watford
The Grove is less than 20 miles from London and is another great choice for a relaxing country escape. With spacious, attractive grounds, cool meets calm throughout the hotel. There are plenty of delicious dining options, a recently extended spa and activities to keep everyone entertained for days.
The Grove has long been considered a playground for the glam crowd and the hotel has kept standards up over the years to make sure that it’s stayed at the top of its game. The estate has benefitted from a lot of development over the past decade and many of the rooms have enjoyed a decadent refurb. The new look suites in the main house are particularly luxurious and the fresh décor has given them more of a natural, quietly luxurious feel, making their beautiful original features sing.
Sequoia Spa has a large and distinctive black mosaic indoor pool with a bubbly hydro pool, a new separate wellness pool space and relaxing spa terrace.
There’s a lovely outdoor pool too in the pretty walled garden, and a separate indoor kids’ swimming pool. The treatment menu has also had a glow-up with indulgent 80-minute treatments as standard, including new facials and body treatments by sustainable luxury Brit brand Bamford.
Spavellous for: A stylish, crowd-pleasing escape with a lovely spa and plenty of fun for all.
Read our full review of The Grove Hotel here
Club Cottonmill, Sopwell House, St Albans (shown in photo)
Club Cottonmill at Sopwell House, is a new (2020) 3-floor luxury spa just outside St Albans.
With a large in-out hydro pool, Club Cottonmill has enough saunas, steam and relaxation areas to keep you occupied for a whole fabulous spa day. We particularly loved relaxing in the large Japanese-inspired spa garden with its cool cabanas, hot tubs and gentle water features. And the spa has some rather special treatments too like the Sound and Sand treatment which incorporate singing bowls.
If you really want to push the boat out, you can book one of the new Mews Suites which have their own private hot tubs.
Note, take care when making your booking that you book the ‘Club at Cottonmill’ experience as Sopwell House also has a basic leisure offering which isn’t nearly as Spavellous.
Spavellous for: a luxury near-London spa day with a beautiful spa garden
Read our full review of The Club at Cottonmill here
The Coach House spa at Beaverbrook, near Leatherhead, Surrey
Perched past within acres of gorgeous grounds in the beautiful Surrey Hills, near Leatherhead and Dorking, Beaverbrook’s a classy, top-end choice for the discerning wellness seeker.
The Coach House Spa, Beaverbrook’s stunning stained glass-roofed spa, has large indoor and outdoor swimming pools and six tranquil treatment rooms. There are also tennis courts, a private cinema and a charming ice rink that pops up for the Christmas period.
Offering everything from the natural Apothecary Meadow Facial to pregnancy and couples’ treatments, The Coach House Spa also has a variety of wellness-oriented therapies on the menu too, like oxygen therapy and vitamin infusions. Or, if you fancy a deeper dive, check out their retreats, hosted by guest ‘masters’, on topics like gut health and the Wim Hof Method.
The hotel gives a fashionable, modern take on the classic country house hotel and has an intimate feel, with just 18 rooms in the main house. There are two very good restaurants, our favourite being the elegant Japanese Grill, which is perfect for a special celebration, especially in the summer months where you can dine outside and take in the beautiful rural views. We recommend that foodies venture out to Dorking’s Michelin starred Sorrel restaurant too, where advance booking is very much advised.
Beaverbrook’s gardens and surroundings are quintessentially beautiful, and nearby Box Hill and Denbie’s Wine Estate are well worth a visit too.
Spavellous for: A top-end treat in the country
Coworth Park, Ascot
Luxurious country escapes don’t come much more decadent than to Coworth Park near Ascot.
Housed within a 17th-century mansion and polo estate, the hotel’s modern eco-forward spa sits across from the main hotel building and houses a beautiful indoor pool, complete with underwater music, eight treatment rooms and a small gym.
The Spa offers results-driven treatments by Swiss brand favourite Valmont, and relaxing spa journeys including Ishga’s new Hebridean Sound treatment, which treats you to a chilled ocean soundtrack while you enjoy a soothing massage to take your relaxation to the next level. The Spa also has its own café, The Spatisserie, where you can enjoy a light lunch, afternoon tea or refreshments, in the comfort of your spa robe.
Coworth Park has three exceptional dining options, including the freshly Michelin-starred, Woven by Adam Smith. And the hotel has its own equestrian centre on the estate, and beautiful wild meadows which come into their own during the summer months.
Spavellous for: A celebration or special occasion spa hotel treat with great food
Read our full review of Coworth Park here
Park House Hotel and Spa, Bepton, near Midhurst, West Sussex
This one’s a bit of an under-the-radar option, a family-owned hotel with a spa in the beautiful South Downs National Park. Nestled in the charming village of Bepton, near Midhurst in West Sussex, Park House Hotel and Spa is a bit of a hidden gem that’s perfect if you’re looking for a rural boutique spa escape.
Edwardian Park House is a family owned hotel with 21 rooms, all with a homely feel. The boutique spa has an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, and treatment rooms offering treatments by Voya, Caudalie and Germaine de Capuccini. The hotel also has a heated outdoor pool with loungers, flanked by pretty gardens and a croquet lawn.
The food’s good too, with a popular fine dining restaurant serving up locally-sourced dishes. And the pretty outdoor terrace is a great choice for a lazy lunch when’s the sun’s out.
Spavellous for: A boutique country spa escape
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
A current favourite with the ‘in’ crowd, and for good reason, Heckfield Place sits in a 400 acre estate near Hook in Hampshire and has recently opened the doors to its long-awaited wellness space, The Bothy. With a serene indoor pool, luxurious natural treatments and visiting wellness experts, it’s a hot ticket for a top-end near-London spa escape. The Bothy’s currently only open to hotel guests.
Everything about the hotel is quietly stylish, from the art-filled rooms to the retro uniforms of the gardeners who carry flower-filled trugs around the manicured grounds. Food is taken seriously here too, with Skye Gyngell directing the innovative farm-to-fork fodder at the hotel’s finer diner, Marle, which has a well-deserved green Michelin star.
To make the most of escaping the big smoke why not indulge in a spot of guided birdwatching while you’re there and enjoy a country wander around the hotel’s beautiful gardens, lakes and woodlands. Heckfield Place has recently introduced retreats at The Bothy too if you’re looking for a longer stay.
Spavellous for: A luxury spa retreat with fabulous farm to fork food
Read our review of Heckfield Place here
Eynsham Baths at Estelle Manor – spa coming soon.
New kid on the block Estelle Manor in rural Oxfordshire is a hotly-tipped contender for the title of Best Spa in the Cotswold when it opens in Spring.
The luxury hotel and members Club are already open and Estelle Manor’s receiving glowing reviews for its five-star offering and finishing touches being put on Eynsham Baths as we write.
The spa promises to take the already luxurious guest experience to the next level with an impressive five pools in its Roman styled spa with a large, social tepidarium, an ambient room with heated stone loungers.
Eynsham Baths will be open to club members and hotel guests only and that there will be an additional charge to use the spa, with off-peak spa packages available.
Read our review of Eynsham Baths at Estelle Manor here
We’ve visited all the above spas (that are open!) in person so feel free to message us @Spavellous on Instagram if you have any specific questions.
Please note that we only recommend spas and wellness venues that are in line with our strict ‘Spavellous’ standards and based on our personal visits and independent expert opinion. We may earn a small commission if you make a booking using one of our links but this will not affect the price you pay.