London’s bustling aura and high energy makes it one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Yet, as a fast-paced metropolis, there are times that one needs to kick back and take a break from city living for a chance to reset and unwind. Home to a number of boutique spas and luxury retreats, London’s outer lands offer a peaceful respite from the capital, popular among urbanites. From Soho House’s countryside spa to a National Trust retreat, here are the best luxury spa breaks near London for a well-deserved escape.
Part of the renowned private members club group Soho House, Babington House is a countryside escape, located a couple hours away from downtown London. The Grade II-listed hotel features an abundance of standalone rooms kitted with steam rooms and hot tubs, within a lush garden space. Facilities at this private retreat include tennis courts, a swimming pool and the indulgent Cowshed Spa – the perfect weekend treat, spent alone or with your significant other.
The Spa at South Lodge
Indulge in the dedicated spa days at The Spa at South Lodge where an incredible 44,000 square-foot spa awaits. Set within Crabtree, Horsham, the retreat features a state-of-the-art gym and spin studio, indoor pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool and wild swimming pool, a thermal suite and treatment rooms available for hotel residents and spa day guests.
Nestled within pristine English countryside, The Grove Herfortshire is only a 40-minute drive from London. Frequented by celebrities, the property has earned its stellar reputation through its holistic spa and championship golf course. Surrounded by 300 acres of rolling hills, lush garden greenery and woodlands, the retreat is the ideal stop for a luxury weekend getaway.
Lime Wood Hotel
Located within New Forest, Lime Wood Hotel is just over 90 minutes away from London by train and welcomes guests into an idyllic countryside setting, fitted with opulent rooms and a rejuvenating spa. Start your mornings with a yoga session at the rooftop herb garden then spend the afternoon at the hydropool followed by post-swim relaxation in the steam and sauna rooms. It’s a blissful escape from any city noise.
Down Hall Hotel & Spa
Recently opening its Eden Spa, Down Hall Hotel is a tranquil escape to relax and unwind. Try one of the chosen ESPA natural skin and spa therapies, treat yourself to a mani-pedi with Jessica Nails and pamper with MII cosmetics for a makeover on a special occasion. If you’re looking for a quintessential English countryside house, this is the place to be.
With history dating back to the 17th century, Cliveden House is a National Trust property in Berkshire boasting 376 acres of verdant greenery. The luxurious five-star hotel features is home to a beautiful spa that offers ‘tailored spa days’ and its ‘Cliveden Dusk Delight’ for all-day—and night—indulgence. Extend your wellness experience by embarking on the property’s onsite forest bathing ritual.