Best Spa Hotels in the Lakes Region | The independent
Each year, some 15 million people come together to explore the rugged hills and sparkling mountain tarns of the Lake District National Park. But this place – once a mere collection of remote counties of Cumberland, bordered by the Irish Sea and the Pennines – didn’t even get its name until 1730.
But since the arrival of the Romantic poets in the 19th century, Lakeland (as locals call it) has been a cultural phenomenon, beloved by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ransome, and Beatrix Potter, who lived and wrote in the lakes. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s more popular than ever, which means you’ll need a restful place to relax and escape the crowds with a soothing spa session.
The best hotels in the Lake District are:
- Ideal for tired walkers: Rothay Garden Hotel and Riverside Spa, Booking.com
- Ideal for couples: Sulfur
- Ideal for the Scandinavian style: Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
- Ideal for lake views: Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa
- Ideal for a modern atmosphere: The Hotel and Spa Jonquille, Booking.com
- Ideal for the appeal of the store: The Swan Hotel and Spa, Booking.com
- Ideal for active types: Another place
- Ideal for being in the heart of the action: Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa, Booking.com
- Ideal for having your own hot tub: Aphrodites Boutique Suites, Booking.com
- Ideal for the charm of a country house: Holbeck Ghyll, Booking.com
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Best for couples: Brimstone
Arguably the most sultry hotel of the lakes, the chalet-style Brimstone features neutral-hued suites, side-by-side soaking tubs, moody lighting, and a private spa for two. Located on the original site of a gunpowder factory at the foot of a million-year-old volcano, it is part of the scenic Langdale Estate, surrounded by low bogs, meandering lakes and forests dotted with owls. Choose from candlelight massages and body treatments, invigorate yourself with networks of footbaths, ice showers, steam rooms and saunas, then float on your back in the heated rooftop pool as the moon projects its glow on the water.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 332, room only
Ideal for Scandinavian style: Gilpin Hotel and Lake House
The folks at Gilpin Hotel & Lake House have built their brand on the âbounce backâ philosophy. The Swedish-style Jetty Spa features a series of soothing Scandinavian wooden buildings designed for you to take a ‘spa trail’: meander through deer-spotted forest, jump into private pools and spa suites, knead your knots in front of you. a roaring fire. Try hot stone massages in the early evening as the mists settle, then relax in the boathouse for cream tea and views of the lakes. If you want something more energetic, there is also fishing, shooting, horseback riding, mountain biking, and paintball.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 255, B&B
Great for lake view: Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa
There is nothing fancy about this Victorian lodge-style building, with its central tower, high gables, and a light, contemporary touch throughout. But its Falls Spa – overlooking the stunning waterfalls, lakes, and mountains of Derwentwater – is surprisingly chic, with a champagne bar, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, spa suite, and free shoe rental for you to explore. Surrounding hiking trails with muddy glee. There is also a private Rasul room for Arab wellness rituals and unusual ‘liquid gold’ scalp massages.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 185, B&B
The Rothay is a warm, adults-only hotel where healthy well-being goes hand in hand with the luxury of floor-to-ceiling windows. The intimate and bright spa offers views of the rolling hills and sparkling waters beyond and is the perfect space to relieve limbs tired from walking. Choose between a dip in the circular hot tub (or an aquatic lounge on the sunken beds) or warm up your muscles in the infrared lounge chairs, before putting your feet first with a bit of reflexology on the hot stone walkway. .
Price: Doubles from Â£ 115, B&B
With candle lanterns, fiber optic lighting, brushed concrete walls, and touches of abstract art, The Daffodil’s spa – on the shores of Grasmere, opposite Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage – is modern and stylish. In its center is a bubbling thermal swimming pool enclosed by a sauna, a hammam and a tepidarium. The treatment menu is extensive – including Rasul mud treatments, regenerating massages and botanical facials using Germaine de Capuccini products. Rooms are crisp and contemporary, and most have stunning lake or valley views.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 168, B&B
Tucked away on the first floor of the jewel Swan Hotel, which sits on the forest-fringed southern tip of Lake Windermere, you’ll find a small spa haven. Treatments here range from Swedish ESPA massages and intensive bespoke facials, to invigorating Indian head massages and detoxifying seaweed mud wraps. After-spa (definitely a thing), unwind in the river-view relaxation room or take a dip in the pool, flanked by colorful loungers and a small juice bar. Restless people can hike or potter around the local marina, before returning to holy Buddha bowls and afternoon tea at The Swan Inn.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 155, room only
Great for active types: another place
Georgian grandeur meets contemporary chic at Another Place, a sort of open-air hotel, where windows open to panoramic views of rolling hills and sails weaving their way across Lake Ullswater. There are water views from almost all 40 rooms, and the Swim Club Spa has an impressive infinity pool facing the water covered with sculptural glass walls. The spa is a calming sanctuary with two treatment rooms for massages, body scrubs, wraps, and facials, plus a cozy space for indulgent manicures and pedicures. Outside you’ll find a hot tub, perfect for stargazing (since this national park has two Dark Sky Discovery areas).
Price: Doubles from Â£ 180, B&B
This 18th century inn covered in creepers – with monochrome furnishings and tangerine accents – has undergone a spectacular Â£ 20million renovation, adding a leisure center and a brand new bedroom wing to his offer. Once a working farm, it is now home to an elegant spa overlooking blustery Lake Windermere. With Himalayan salt scrubs; face, foot and scalp massages; and detoxifying hip and thigh massages using ESPA products (great for soothing tired hiking muscles), it’s perfect for those with indulgence in mind. The leisure center has a gym, indoor and outdoor infinity pools and an outdoor sauna. Guests receive a 10% discount at the on-site water sports center.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 151, B&B
With hot tubs overlooking the garden on the patio, sultry hammams, and a tranquil, glass-enclosed indoor pool, Aphrodites does the indulgence very well. Set on immaculately manicured private grounds overlooking Windermere, most suites come with chic Villeroy & Boch ‘spa bathrooms’ with couples air massage tubs, log fires, and free minibars (the Tranquil Retreat Suite even comes with its own Swedish barrel sauna). Treatments range from Hopi ear candle sessions to cleansing back scrubs, and there are tennis courts, hiking trails, and bike rides right on your doorstep if you want something a little more sweaty.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 320, B&B
From his elevated position on the shores of Lake Windermere, Holbeck Ghyll gazes out over the old man of Coniston, Crinkle Crags and Langdale Pikes – all places that look like they should be in a Tolkien novel. Fires blaze in the cozy wood-paneled lounge while the restaurant serves satisfying British fare, from pork cheek to Gigha halibut. The spa here is small but perfectly formed, offering Swedish massages, hot and cold stone treatments, reiki, reflexology, and leg and back massages to meet the strained hamstrings of avid walkers.
Price: Doubles from Â£ 150, B&B
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