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The UK's Best Spa Breaks

When’s the last time you spent quality time with your mum? In today’s fast passed society it’s easy to hit send on a text message and call it a day, but we want to encourage you to slow down and enjoy some quality time with the mothers you love. Whether it’s your own mum, your grandma, or some of your favourite yummy mummies, everyone could do with a break. What better way to spend quality time with the mums in your life than on a girly spa break with some of your favourite mums. We’ve made a list of some of our favourite spa locations to help inspire you.

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Many people flock to the Cotswolds for a relaxing break, whether you’re looking to get out into the beautiful countryside or let yourself be swallowed up in a luxury resort. Cheltenham has been a popular spa destination for many years, as you can see when you visit the beautiful Pitville Pump Room. Although we might not be living in Regency splendour any more, you can still take in a little luxury on a Spa Break in Cheltenham. As you would expect there’s plenty of choice in the area, so you’re sure to find something that works perfectly for you.

To really indulge in regency splendour, there’s no better choice than Malmaison Cheltenham. This centrally located hotel has a selection of spa treatments on offer, and as it’s right in the heart of town you can also treat yourself to some retail therapy.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional feel or contemporary style, the Greenway Hotel and Spa has it all. This unique hotel is based in a beautiful old manor, set deep in the scenic rolling Cotswolds Hills, this amazing retreat is just a short taxi ride from Cheltenham Spa station.

There are plenty more options available in and around the town centre, so definitely a location to check out for those planning a relaxing spa break.  

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The tranquil Surrey countryside makes for an unparalleled destination for a Spa break. With green fields, beautiful hills, and numerous quaint towns, it’s easy to see why many people choose this quiet corner of the world for their spa break. With plenty of choices for those looking for the perfect spa hotel, the hardest part of your journey is going to be deciding where to stay.

Guildford Harbour hotel is the perfect choice for those wanting to stay in the town centre. The location gives you easy access to the vibrant market town and all the distractions it offers, while the indulgent pampering sessions and top-notch restaurant will keep you coming back to the hotel.

Just a short taxi ride from the station is the Manor House Hotel. The location in the heart of the Surrey Hills gives you easy access to the beautiful countryside, including the Newlands Corner, which boasts stunning views of the surrounding area. With sumptuous rooms and relaxing spa treatments, this is the perfect choice for a weekend retreat.

There are many more spas dotted around the Surrey Hills and Guildford station, offering an easy gateway to some of the country’s top choices.

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For a spa break with stunning coastal views, Cornwall can’t be beaten, and if you really want to get to the heart of Cornwall, there’s no better choice than Newquay. With the chance of long walks along the beach, it’s a great choice for romantics, and the excellent choices of luxury spas make it perfect for a girl’s weekend with friends or family. Whatever you’re looking for, Newquay has it by the bucket-load – think style, luxury and relaxation to the max.

The Headland Hotel offers panoramic views of the beach alongside luxurious rooms and pampering spa treatments. Just a short distance from the town centre, the imposing building has commanding views of Fistral Beach - a favourite with surfers. There’s plenty of options to get out and about in the area, although with the range of spa treatments on offer, we’re not sure you’ll want to.

At the other end of Fistral Beach is the Fistral Beach Hotel and Spa. This location has equally stunning views of the beach and allows you to enjoy relaxing treatments. The hotel is exclusively for adults making it the perfect escape from the little ones!

There are plenty more choices throughout Cornwall, so start planning your perfect seaside spa break today!

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This historic city might be better known for its cultural holidays than its spa breaks, but if you haven’t investigated the great choices on offer in York, you’re missing a trick. Alongside relaxing spa treatments, there’s also great retail therapy on offer in the beautiful city of York, making it the perfect choice for a girly weekend away with your friends or family.

Just a stone’s throw from the station in York you’ll find The Grand Hotel; a lavish hotel where you can stay in the lap of luxury. As this location is literally meters from the station, it’s the perfect choice for those travelling by train. You’ll also be able to enjoy a delicious high tea between relaxing treatments – definitely a highlight not to be missed.

Just outside of York you’ll find the beautiful Middlethorpe Hall and Spa. This elegant hotel is the perfect destination for a sophisticated weekend away. Set in 20 acres of sculpted parkland, you’ll feel like royalty in no time, particularly having been pampered at one of the many spa treatments on offer.

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These aren’t the only choices in Yorkshire, there’s plenty more in and around York itself or head to Leeds or Sheffield for a more metropolitan spa break. 

If you’re planning a spa weekend away, there’s plenty of choices across the CrossCountry Network, so check out our journey planner and begin planning your break!

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