30m outdoor pool at The Nici with trees behind

The Best Spas with an Outdoor Pool

When the sun’s out there’s nowhere better to while away the golden hours than in, or beside, the sparkling turquoise waters of an outdoor swimming pool or hydrotherapy pool. Whether you’re looking for a cool coastal staycation, or quintessential country spa break, here’s our Spavellous round up of ten of the Best UK spas with an Outdoor Pool for 2024.

 

Estelle Manor

 

New luxury hotel and members club Estelle Manor offers lashings of luxury in its hybrid offering.  And its new spa, Eynsham Baths, continues the decadence in its Roman-style wellness space. But it’s the heated 25-metre outdoor pool on the Riviera-vibed terrace that has our heart. Offering top-end luxury, your pockets will need to be equally deep at this exclusive new boujee bolt-hole. 

Read our full review of Estelle Manor

  

The Nici, Bournemouth 

Another new spa hotel on the boutique spa hotel scene, this reimagined Bournemouth beauty is a game changer.  With a stunning 30m outdoor swimming pool flanked by cabanas, loungers and candy-striped umbrellas (see photo), the 5-star Nici hotel even has its own beach. There’s an indoor pool in the new spa too, and the Miami décor gives you holiday vibes from the second you step into the funked-up foyer. 

Read our full review of The Nici


Art’otel, London

Art’otel is another newcomer, with a stunning rooftop infinity pool offering fabulous views of the new Battersea Power Station development and South London beyond.  Its 14th-floor restaurant, Joia, also enjoys killer views, plus a particularly beautiful bar, and flavourful Iberian cuisine.  Plus, there’s a small but perfectly formed spa at ground level, and contemporary art throughout.  Perfect for a relaxing London spa stay with a difference.

Read our review of Art’otel


The Grove, Watford

All-round luxury playground, The Grove, is another spa hotel that excels in the pool department thanks to its large, moody black mosaiced indoor swimming pool, and inviting outdoor pool in its pretty walled garden. The outdoor pool even has its own sandy beach, bar, and al fresco cinema. Plus, OFSTED-registered childcare’s on hand if you don’t want your little darlings to cramp your swimming style. And, if you’re looking to really splash out, check in to one of the hotel’s recently refurbed suites to take your stay to the next luxurious level. 

Read our review of The Grove


Carbis Bay, Nr. St. Ives, Cornwall

A real coastal cracker, and great all-rounder, Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate are bang on the beautiful sandy beach, just round the corner from St Ives.  With full spa facilities, including an outdoor pool overlooking the bay, you can swim, spa, dine and repeat in luxury – and maybe even spot a seal or dolphin while you’re at it. Plus, the hotel offers guided sea swimming sessions if you fancy a wilder dip.

Read our review of Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa

  

South Lodge, Sussex

As well as boasting a beautiful outdoor hydro pool overlooking the South Downs, South Lodge also has a lovely natural reed swimming pool which comes into its own during the summer months.  There are plenty of great walks around the hotel too and its intimate restaurant, The Pass, now has a shiny Michelin Star.

Read our review of South Lodge


Pennyhill Park, Surrey

Pennyhill Park’s spa playground includes multiple indoor and outdoor pools and is a great choice if you’re looking for outdoor spa r&r.  You might be able to spot a passing England rugby player too as the team trains on the estate. If you’re after a bit of poolside privacy you can now book a designer cabana too.

Read our review of Pennyhill Park

  

The Retreat at Elcot Park, near Newbury

Another newcomer, Elcot Park, is another great option for a stylish spa break with a good-sized outdoor swimming pool.  The family-friendly hotel has tasty dining and relaxation spaces too, and the fact that everything’s new makes it feel even more luxurious.

Read our review of The Retreat at Elcot Park


Cowley Manor, Cheltenham

We’re loyal fans of beautiful Cowley Manor and love how new owners The Experimental Group have reimagined the hotel with French flair and the occasional quirk. The outdoor and indoor pools are as inviting as ever, and rooms are a design-forward delight.  The food and cocktails hit the spot nicely too.

Read our review of Cowley Manor

  

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

With its rich heritage and beautiful grounds, you can bathe in the once scandal-infused waters of Cliveden’s grade II listed outdoor swimming pool, or soak in one of the hotel’s hot tubs while admiring the estate and imagining yourself as lady or lord of the manor.

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With so many wonderful UK spas, we couldn’t include all of the UK’s cool spa pools in our round-up of The Best Spas with an Outdoor Pool. Happily more and more spas are adding wild swimming and contrast therapy to the wellness mix, so, head over to the Spavellous List to check out other great spa options that might float your boat.

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