Ah, bank holidays. A time to kick back and relax, enjoying a mini break from work. And what does the British public love to do on these days? DIY. A spot of gardening. Pressure wash the drive. Stage an ill-fated family barbecue that gets rained off just after dad’s incinerated the first batch of sausages.
Well we think there’s a much better way to spend the May bank holiday and that’s having a long weekend away at a remote spa for some “me time”. Here’s a selection of spa hotels from across the UK prove that you don’t need to jet off to a far-flung corner of the world to get away from it all.
1. Crerar Eight Acres Hotel & Leisure Club
If you really want to get away from it all then where better than the remote wilds of the Scottish Highlands. Although near to the small town of Elgin you’re right on the doorstep of the Cairngorns National Park. Our recommendation for some bank holiday bliss? Try the Three Thirty Minute Sensations and enjoy a lime and ginger salt glow, facial and back, neck and shoulder massage in one wonderful 90 minute treatment.
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2. Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
The countryside in Northern Ireland takes some beating, and this spa has incredible views of the Irish sea and some lovely coastal walks nearby along the rugged cliffs. After you’ve arrived and taken in the majestic scenery book in for the complete luxury day ritual. It’s 3 hours and 30 minutes of therapeutic treatments combining massage, facial, pedicure and full body exfoliation.
3. St. Pierre Park Hotel
It doesn’t get more remote than an island getaway, and you don’t have to jet off to the Caribbean to get that far away feeling. Surrounded by 36 acres of cultivated grounds, St. Pierre Park Hotel offers plenty of seclusion. Go for their Summer Escape package and you get a cleansing full body scrub, facial plus back, neck and shoulder massage then your choice of manicure or pedicure. And on top you can indulge in a cream tea and glass of champagne and lounge around the extensive spa and health club facilities for the rest of the day.
4. Cotswold House Hotel & Spa
Few areas in the UK can rival the Cotswolds for stunning scenery. Rolling hills dotted with picture postcard perfect villages full of stone cottages and winding streets make this region the English idyll made real. For some real relaxation try the bespoke shea butter massage, which combines shea butter, an oil of your choosing and herbs from the spa garden to soothe and energise you.
So this coming bank holiday leave the DIY and gardening to everyone else and enjoy a weekend spa break at one of these rural and remote spa hotels. For more information on the best locations for UK spa breaks visit our guide.