In the old days, you had to travel far to find the real spas, the temples dedicated to the mind and body spread over several floors, the Ayurvedic ‘travels’, the outdoor thermal spas and hydrotherapy suites where you can spend hours in the rise of the other side, reborn.
Not anymore. After a quick car or train journey, float on your back in an outdoor pool while gazing at the sky before stepping into the roasted sauna inside. You can flip flop between impressive indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pools, swim through open-air infinity pools overlooking the surrounding English parkland. You can go underground to soak in rejuvenating, mineral-rich Scottish seaweed or even bathe in the stuff flown in daily from the Hebrides.
Yes, spa breaks in this country are easier than ever to book. Whether that’s for a day, night, weekend or week, here’s our pick of the best UK spa hotels.