The year is coming to an end and no doubt you’re feeling in need of some refreshment and rejuvenation. If that’s the case, here are some suggestions for a relaxing spa break in Devon – perfect for putting the past year behind you and helping you get ready to face 2023.
Whether you want some alone time to be pampered or you want to use a spa break as an excuse to get together for some much needed catch ups with friends and family, the end of one year and the start of another is a great time to indulge and restart. When it comes to booking into a spa for a couple of treatments, Devon is the best location – it’s calming shores and plentiful greenery make it the perfect destination for relaxation.
If you’re looking for luxury alongside your spa break, you can’t go too far wrong with a stay at Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa. Set on the outskirts of Plymouth where you can enjoy everything the city has to offer, this historic Elizabethan manor house is where style and luxury meets history and heritage. With imposing stone towers, a sophisticated restaurant, decadent rooms and a host of treatments available in the Gaia spa (with 10% off for guests) this is the ultimate destination for an indulgent break away. The grounds and the captivating accommodations themselves are enough to help you relax and get away, but the various spa facilities are a great way to really help you rejuvenate ready for what the new year brings.
At the other end of the county on the award winning North Devon coast, you’ll find the Saunton Sands Hotel. Right on the beach, the Saunton Sands is home to North Devon’s finest coastal spa with views across the sand dunes of the region’s biosphere reserve and miles of golden sand. Guests can choose between a variety of spa packages, including pregnancy spa days and there is a full programme of treatments to choose from. Spread over three floors, this luxury spa features everything you could think of for a relaxing break away from it all.
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Woolacombe Bay Hotel is another spa worth your consideration in North Devon. Set within 11 acres of beachside grounds and just a stone’s throw from the Exmoor National Park and Britain’s Best Beach, this is a great place to relax. The spa has a host of handcrafted treatments and unique experiences all designed to help replenish the soul. Their giant copper tub is a huge draw for couples wanting to relax together, while the relaxation room provides the calm you need.
For a choice of accommodation options and the chance to enjoy a range of spa treatments, book a stay at TLH Leisure. Based in Torquay, so you have easy access to a range of eateries and entertainment, TLH Leisure is a resort made up of 4 hotels and self catering apartments, all with their own set of facilities, restaurants and nightly entertainment. The Aztec Leisure facilities which are available for all guests and non guests to use, features two indoor pools, sauna and steam room as well as a gym and the Aztec spa. Those booking treatments alongside their stay, get an additional discount when booking in advance, so make sure to call and get your treatments booked in early!
Similarly, the Cary Arms and Spa in Babbacombe, just on the edge of Torquay has the option to stay in the boutique hotel or to go self catering and enjoy the facilities. The site overlooks Babbacombe Bay giving you incredible views towards the Jurassic Coast. The spa itself faces the sea with a full length windows giving you something spectacular to look at while indulging. Among the facilities on offer are a hydrotherapy pool sauna, gym and of course, all the treatments you can think of. The spa also includes a couples treatment room – should you and your partner want to experience the spa together.
The English Riviera area of Devon has several spa hotels to choose from, not only do we have TLH and the Cary Arms, but also in Torquay is the Headland Hotel and Spa which overlooks the coast on its own headland covered in magnificent grounds and with plenty of coastal walks accessible from the hotel itself. The rooms are all comfortably furnished with ensuites and several have sea views. Once you’re done taking in the view, the pampering can begin at their Hydro Spa where you can really experience tranquillity. Alternatively, there is the Imperial Torquay which also has an enviable position overlooking the Torbay. This hotel has stood in the town since the Victorian era and the architecture really lends to the opulence of the place. The spa itself can be found within the hotel and has its own gym where you can either work at your own pace or team up with one of the gym staff for a full training session. With individual treatments and full day packages available, you can really unwind with the treatments and leisure options here. It isn’t just Torquay offering spa breaks in this part of Devon, in nearby Paignton you’ll find the Palace Hotel and Spa. Located on the Esplanade, directly opposite the sea front, here you have tastefully decorated rooms, many with a sea view, secure parking and incredible service. The hotel’s Genesis Health Suite offers complimentary access to all the facilities for hotel guests, with additional beauty treatments on offer, should you want a little extra pampering during your visit.
While the Torbay is a much loved area of Devon, sometimes you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and truly lose yourself in beautiful surroundings. If that is the case, take a look at the Thurlestone Hotel in Salcombe. Salcombe is well known for being one of the most stunning places in South Devon and here, you can enjoy the best of both worlds with the countryside and the coast right on the doorstep. The hotel’s spa has a host of beauty rooms, as well as the usual facilities you would expect from a top quality spa. In addition, guests are also welcome to use the onsite golf course, which is free of charge to those staying in the hotel. Not everyone finds massages comforting after all, so if your idea of relaxing is playing a few rounds, this is the hotel for you.
It isn’t just the sea views that complement the relaxation of a spa break. The views of the open countryside at some of Dartmoor’s finest spa hotels is pretty good at setting the scene too. The Ilsington Country House Hotel and Spa is set within the Dartmoor National Park but is just four miles from the A38 giving the illusion of being somewhere remote, without having to step too far from civilisation. The hotel has its own 10 acres of private land to explore, as well as incredible comfort and of course, their award winning spa. With the latest facilities at your finger tips, this is a great place for soothing the soul.
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