12 of the Best Spa Breaks in Yorkshire and the North East
Now the kids are back to school, take some time for yourself
Recapturing Harrogate’s spa heritage using natural spring waters from its grounds, Rudding Park’s Rooftop Spa offers a range of hydrotherapy and thermal experiences, whilst the Escape Zone is a peaceful, serene space for guests having treatments. New this year, the Woodland Spring Bathing experience, with two private fresh water tubs, allows you to soak in the great outdoors with a glass of Champagne or refreshing beer in hand. Apply your moorish face mud, drop a mineral bomb in the water and relax in the peaceful surroundings.
Rudding Lane, Harrogate HG3 1LL
Forest Spa at Middleton Lodge
In Middleton Lodge Estate’s 200-acre grounds you’ll find the newly opened Forest Spa. Centred around a large heated outdoor pool, the thermal spa features a sauna with panoramic vistas of the estate’s beautiful woodlands, steam room, stone plunge pool and a relaxation zone with a wood-burning stove and poolside seating. Treatments at the Forest Spa range from organic seaweed facials and deeply relaxing body massages to aromatherapy bath experiences, plus you can enjoy half- or full-day retreats, or indulge with an evening spa followed by dinner at The Coach House or Forge restaurants. Check out our review here.
Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ
At around 50,000 square feet, the spa at Rockliffe Hall has everything you need for total wellbeing. As well as a range of unique treatments, Rockliffe have a thermal suite with both hot and cold experiences and spa pools which enhance circulation and boost your immune system. Swim or soak in the 20-metre long indoor pool before detoxifying in their hot Roman sauna, or head to the outdoor spa garden. There’s an infinity-edge pool overlooking the tranquil grounds and you can dry off on the Tepidarium beds, contoured to reduce stress and enhance relaxation.
Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU
Verbena Spa at Feversham Arms Hotel
Whether you’re looking for a spa day experience or a much-needed break to restore your wellbeing, the Verbena Spa at the Feversham Arms Hotel has everything you need to relax. Tucked away in the picturesque town of Helmsley, this countryside retreat offers massages, facials and whole-body treatments which can be tailored to your needs. Try the Rasul Arabian mud ritual for something a little different, where mineral-rich mud is absorbed into your skin to draw out impurities, leaving your skin smooth and nourished. After your treatment enjoy the outdoor pool, sauna and monsoon shower before taking a leisurely lunch poolside.
Helmsley YO62 5AG
Seaham Hall and Serenity Spa
Influenced by the tranquility of the far East, Seaham Hall’s Serenity Spa engages the senses and nurtures the mind, body and soul. Take a dip in the 20-metre pool before relaxing in the steam, salt sauna and hydrotherapy thermal experiences. If you’re looking for treatments, there are plenty here, with everything from top-to-toe rituals and hot stone massages to seaweed wraps and holistic therapy treatments.
Lord Byron’s Walk, Seaham SR7 7AG
0191 516 1400
Swinton Estate’s Country Club and Spa is a place to recharge the body, mind and spirit and restore your sense of calm. With beautiful indoor and outdoor pools, thermal experiences and spa gardens, there’s plenty of space to relax. Start your day with a holistic treatment, try one of the therapy classes or book a bespoke facial or body treatment. For a spa experience which allows you to get closer to nature, we recommend forest bathing or wild swimming in the lake within the Swinton grounds. If a more traditional spa break is what you’re after, you’ll want to book beauty, skin or spa ritual treatments which take place in the relaxation rooms, and afterwards you can slumber in the starlit pods or have a nap on one of the heated water beds.
Masham, Ripon HG4 4JH
The Retreat at Matfen Hall
Whether you’re looking to destress, recharge or restore your balance, choose to slip into the 15-metre pool at The Retreat at Matfen Hall before visiting the spa for a treatment or ritual by one of their specialist therapists. Soak in the jacuzzi before heading to the steam room or sauna, or why not try the ice cold bucket shower or the monsoon shower to awaken your senses?
Northumberland NE20 0RH
Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall
From spa days and twilight experiences to full weekends of pure bliss, Grantley Hall has a wellness package for all occasions. Experience five-star treatments including full-body rituals, hand and foot treatments and a range of holistic experiences here. Citrus Drench full-body hydration is the perfect post-summer treatment, with a full-body scrub followed by a citrus soufflé mask and oil applied to improve your skin’s elasticity, firmness and vitality. After your treatment, visit the Nordic Spa Garden for an ice bath or sauna, lounge on the outdoor beds, or chill out by the indoor pool on the comfy day beds.
Ripon HG4 3ET
Spa at Ramside
Set in 350 acres of private grounds and boasting five pools, including one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pools and an outdoor infinity pool, The Spa at Ramside provides the ideal opportunity to unwind. Pamper yourself with one of the many treatments available, or take your spa break to new heights with an overnight stay in one of their luxury A-frame treehouses.
Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD
0191 375 3088
Yorkshire Spa Retreat
In the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors countryside, just a stone’s throw from Helmsley, Yorkshire Spa Retreat is a luxurious getaway for a serene spa break. The beautiful outdoor spa is centred around a unique wild swimming pond and following an invigorating swim experience (great for detoxing and stimulating white blood cells) guests can indulge in a range of thermal therapies including the hydrotherapy pool, herbal steam room, sauna and salt chamber. When you get hungry, head to The Dome spa restaurant overlooking the natural pond.
Gale Lane, Nawton, York YO62 7SD
Perched on Wynyard’s lake, the spa offers a tranquil hideaway where guests can enjoy a range of facials and massages along with a bespoke lunch menu in the spa conservatory. The spa’s outdoor hot tubs, herbal sauna, salt inhalation room, ice fountain and relaxation rooms take relaxation to a new level. Wynyard also offer several bespoke packages to make your spa visit extra special such as exclusive use of facilities or packages combined with overnight stays in their charming cottages.
Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF
Turkish Baths Harrogate
Immerse yourself in the unique surroundings of Britain’s most fully-restored Victorian Turkish Baths. The Baths’ Moorish design with Islamic arches and screens, arabesque painted ceilings and terrazzo floors (laid by the very best Italian experts) all add to its historic feel. Heat up in the steam room before cooling off in the plunge pool, and enjoy one of the many contemporary spa and holistic options, which originate from around the world.
Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2WH