What it is: A stately home hotel, golf and spa resort set in picturesque countryside.
Highlight: The spacious, candlelit spa treatment rooms.
Matfen Hall, formerly the ancestral home of Sir Hugh and Lady Blackett, is a superb luxury hotel complete with its own championship golf course and spa. Perfect for a weekend getaway, it boasts 53 individually decorated rooms. The spa offers a range of wonderfully relaxing treatments from aroma stone massage to the exotic lime and ginger salt rub.
Matfen Village, Newcastle NE20 0RH 01661 886500 www.matfenhall.com
What it is: A luxury hotel and golf resort with a stylish, newly-opened spa.
Highlight: Reinvigorate yourself with a Mud Rasul Ritual in your own private steam room. Smother yourself in deeply nourishing muds while the enveloping steam warms and cleanses.
Ramside Hall has a longstanding reputation as a destination to relax and unwind, from attractive bedrooms to excellent food. Now with the edition of the stylish new spa you don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy all it has to offer.
Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD 0191 386 5282 www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk
What it is: A magnificent five-star hotel, spa and golf resort.
Highlight: The award-winning Orangery restaurant for a sensational meal.
Rockliffe Hall is one of the region’s most-loved destinations to relax and unwind with extensive grounds, sprawling lawns and a 27 hole golf course. The spa itself provides a tranquil, peaceful place to relax, with outdoor areas if the weather permits and an exotic Roman Suana. Try the Tibetan Sound Massage for ultimate bliss.
Darlington, County Durham, DL2 2DU 01325 729999 www.rockliffehall.com
What it is: A contemporary hotel and boutique spa.
Highlight: Seaham is a treat for the eyes as well as for the body and mind. The beautiful complex boasts a stylish spa with an impressive list of treatments including bespoke seaweed therapies.
For pre-dinner cocktails there is the Ozone bar with its floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around terrace. For those less enamoured by seaweed, why not relax in the sophisticated sports lounge with pool table and leather couches.
Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham, County Durham SR7 7AG 0191 516 1400 www.seaham-hall.co.uk
Wynyard Hall & Spa
What it is: A beautiful four-star hotel set in tranquil parkland.
Highlight: The rose garden is delightful to stroll through.
With 19 bespoke rooms, Wynyard Hall retains a feeling of exclusivity while its Spa boasts a thermal suite with Rasul mud chamber, herbal sauna and salt inhalation room. Take a break outside and watch the world go by over beside the beautiful lake.
Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley, TS22 5NF 01740 644811 www.wynyardhall.co.uk