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7 of the best luxury spas in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 13:37 16 October 2019

The pool area at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa

The pool area at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa

You don't have to go miles away for a relaxing break, there are luxury spas right here in Herts and its surrounds that will make you feel like you're back on holiday. Here's our pick of the finest

Is the memory of your summer holiday already fast retreating? With stunning, historic and luxurious spa hotels on our doorstep we can get that holiday feeling as the season changes.

Spa breaks are no longer characterised by a bit of limp salad and a glass of mineral water in return for losing a few pounds. These days you can relax in beautiful surroundings, with quiet areas to contemplate, state-of-the-art gyms that track your fitness, and innovative treatments using luxurious products that will relax, detox and energise.

So book up a short break at home, pop on that towelling robe, slip on those slippers and make like it's the Riviera.

Is the memory of your summer holiday already fast retreating? With stunning, historic and luxurious spa hotels on our doorstep we can get that holiday feeling as the season changes.

Spa breaks are no longer characterised by a bit of limp salad and a glass of mineral water in return for losing a few pounds. These days you can relax in beautiful surroundings, with quiet areas to contemplate, state-of-the-art gyms that track your fitness, and innovative treatments using luxurious products that will relax, detox and energise.

So book up a short break at home, pop on that towelling robe, slip on those slippers and make like it's the Riviera.

- Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa

Walk in the footsteps of Russian royalty, prime ministers and the Queen at the 5-star Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa near Harpenden.

Set in more than 1,000 acres of beautiful countryside, the grand mansion has a history taking in the Romanovs, Winston Churchill addressing 100,000 people, and the Queen's honeymoon.

The spa is housed in an impressive oak-framed building. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor relaxation areas with floor-to-ceiling windows looking on to the gardens, an infinity swimming pool, vitality pool and heat therapy suite. For those eager to exercise there's a fitness studio with Technogym, two outdoor all-weather tennis courts, a restored Victorian grass tennis court, mapped walks and jogging trails and golf course. ESPA natural skincare products are used for the range of treatments for both men and women.

Try the Luton Hoo signature massage. An 80 minute treatment incorporating a therapeutic full-body massage with a scalp massage using warm rose quartz crystals is £130.

- Cottonmill at Sopwell House

Cottonmill at St Alban's Sopwell House, a 4-star Georgian country house hotel, opened in August following a £14m investment. The three-storey, state-of-the-art private members spa features indoor swimming and vitality pools and a hydrotherapy pool that opens up to the garden.Outside, loungers, cabanas, firepits and hot tubs are in an oasis of flora and fauna.

A thermal suite offers four choices of steam and sauna rooms -including a salt steam room. Completely unwind in the Rose Relaxation and Deep Relaxation rooms or try the Whisper Room or Garden Room which have soft beds and chairs looking on to the spa garden. Hit the gym with Technogym Artis equipment and the studio with classes including HIIT and yoga. Innovative treatments include an amber and quartz crystal bed which uses sand mixed with fine crystals to relax and detoxify the body - the first of its kind in a UK spa.

Cottonmill has also embraced the growing role of technology in treatments with the Elemis Biotec machine that increases the skin's natural cellular energy.

The Elemis 60 minute amber and quartz body restore ritual is £99.

- Y Spa at The Waterfront Hotel, Wyboston Lakes Resort

This resort is described by the Good Spa Guide as a 'unique little hidden gem'. Its thermal spa suite has a sauna, salt cabin, steam room, 'experience showers' with different essences such as eucalyptus, a mud treatment room, the UK's first Kelo log sauna built with 100-year-old Finnish timber, and an innovative 'frost wall' - great for cooling off. An outdoor hydrotherapy pool links to the indoor thermal facilities. Chill out areas include therapeutic water beds and cosy hideaway reading pods. There's also golf and watersports on site.

Although the award-winning resort's philosophy is health, wellness and rejuvenation, you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or a brownie in the Y Spa Café.

Try the treatment of the month. For October it's an Elemis body nectar nourishing wrap for £50.

- Sequoia Spa at The Grove

Slip into luxury robes and leave your stresses behind at The Grove in Chandler's Cross. This 5-star hotel in 300 acres has award-winning spa facilities including a striking black mosaic-tiled pool, a sauna, steam rooms and rainfall shower. Revitalising treatments use luxury skincare products by Natura Bissé, ESPA and OSKIA. Tire yourself out in the 22m indoor swimming pool, then hop into the jacuzzi or vitality pool for a luxury soak, or just relax on the poolside terrace.

For those who want to burn calories, the fitness studio is equipped with Technogym machines, while the exercise studio offers a range of classes from yoga to cardio. Head to the juice bar for a healthy smoothie to revitalise afterwards. From April to September there's an outdoor heated swimming pool and beach area.

Try the Natura Bissé orangery experience, a skin rejuvenating treatment lasting nearly two hours for £185.

- Eden Spa at Down Hall Hotel & Spa

This Italianate hotel's wellness retreat is surrounded by 110 acres of landscaped gardens and mature woodland in Hatfield Heath near Sawbridgeworth. The spa features a hydrotherapy pool with massaging jets to soothe muscles, a sauna illuminated with stars, and a steam room and relaxation room. A terrace looks over the grounds with relaxation beds shaded by a grand fir tree. The spa has four treatment rooms, including a double treatment room for massages, scrubs and age-defying facials. Guests can wander the hotel's fine grounds, hit the gym or take to the tennis court. Alternatively, relax on the terrace and enjoy the outdoor gin bar.

Sleep in grand rooms under the mansion's high ceilings or splash out on a master suite for a soak in a copper roll-top bath.

Try the 55 minute age defyer facial to leave your complexion radiant and rejuvenated, £84.

- Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club

Relax and revitalise at this 17th century country house near Ware, also popular with golfers for its championship course.

The spa facilities, with neoclassical influences - it feels like a Roman bath - include an indoor pool with outdoor terrace, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, manicure and pedicure area and seven treatment rooms. Guests can also make use of the cardio and weights gym and fitness classes. There are tennis courts, walking routes around the 200 acres of parkland, and golf can be arranged.

Try the Hanbury signature total body experience - an Elemis taster facial, full body exfoliation and a relaxing massage for £115.

- Champneys Tring

A bastion of health and wellbeing for over 90 years, the mansion housing Champneys was once owned by the Rothschilds and sits in 170 acres. The newly-opened marine and wellness spa mixes seawater therapy with marine wellbeing treatments - the first of its kind in the UK. Facilities include a 25 metre swimming pool, a hydropool and whirlpool, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, a ladies' laconium heating room, mindfulness studio, gym and workout pod, and fitness studios offering up to 20 classes a day. If you just want to sink into a sofa there are relaxation hideaways. The resort also offers boot camps and yoga retreats.

Try Champneys' moisture miracle facial, a deeply relaxing massage with manual face lifting techniques to improve muscle tone - £79 for 50 minutes.

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