Curated by Priya Faith
There’s nothing quite like taking some time away from everyday life and escaping to a spa. From calming pools to age defying facials, nourishing manicures and cleansing saunas; sometimes you just need to prioritise number one and book your next spa day.
We’re taking a look at five of the best spas the South West has to offer. Each one brings something special to the table and should tick all the boxes for your visit. From the affordable to the unashamedly luxurious, read on to discover some of the finest spas in the area…
Source Spa & Wellness, Saunton Sands, Devon
You’ll find Source Spa seated high on the North Devon cliffs, overlooking the World Heritage Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands Beach. Not only is this stunning coastal location perfect for a relaxing getaway, but its influence can also be felt in the spa itself.
Inside, you can truly unwind in the marine-inspired thermal suite or take a dip in the marine vitality pool with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean.
An extensive range of spa treatments promises guests a 5-star pampering experience. As well as offering their own luxurious Source Spa products, they use Kerstin Florian skincare, Jessica Nails and innovative cosmeceutical brand: iS Clinical.
Guests can make the most of the Finnish aroma sauna, ice fountain and contrast shower, and a roof-top sundeck. Of course, if you prefer to be a little more active, you’ll have access to the gym, and exercise classes such as pilates, yoga and tai chi.
Upgrade to a ‘spa break’ at the Saunton Sands Hotel and you’ll also be able to take advantage of the AA-rosette restaurant The Dining Room. In terms of glorious getaways to North Devon, Source Spa place has all bases covered!
Headland Spa, Newquay, Cornwall
Within the eye-catching Headland Hotel, on the dramatic clifftops of Fistral Beach, you’ll find this truly impressive spa.
The chic Headland spa lounge boasts coastal views that are sure to help you unwind during your stay. Indulge in their healthy spa menu or try one of their famous Afternoon Teas with the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop.
Spa facilities include a hydrotherapy spa pool, a Cornish salt steam room, aromatherapy showers, and a Swedish sauna. You’ll also have access to the gym should you wish to partake in a little exercise on top of relaxation.
You’ll struggle to find a better option for a spa break in Newquay. After all, this is the first ‘Five Bubble’ rated spa in the region!
Bovey Castle Spa, Dartmoor National Park
The Elan Spa at the 5 Star Bovey Castle is a sanctuary of calm tucked away from the bustle of modern life.
This luxurious venue offers its guests access to a steam room, a jacuzzi and a sauna. Only the best products are used in their tailored spa treatments and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide range of facials, massages and beauty sessions available.
If you’d prefer to be a little more active during your visit, head to the indoor Art Deco swimming pool, housed in the Orangery. You’ll also have access to the state-of-the-art gym, should you wish to work up a sweat outside of the steam room.
Although treatments at Bovey Castle Spa come with a pretty hefty price tag, it’s worth every penny…
Elements Boutique Spa, Bridgwater, Somerset
In search of a luxurious spa day in the heart of Somerset? Look no further than the oasis that is Elements Boutique Spa. You’ll find this award-winning venue nestled within the picturesque postcard scenery of the Somerset Levels.
Make the most of a customised spa experience and enjoy luxury facilities, including a steam room, experience showers, a heated pool and a sauna.
When it comes to affordable spa days, Element Boutique is hard to beat. Plus, with onsite lodges and a fabulous café, you can upgrade to a restful spa break for an extra special experience.
The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate, St Austell, Cornwall
The Cornwall Hotel Spa is nestled within 43 acres of natural parkland – the perfect haven to relax and unwind.
Inside, you’ll find a sauna, drench showers, an aroma steam room and a peaceful relaxation space. If that’s not enough, you’ll also find a fully-equipped fitness suite and a juice bar serving up rejuvenating refreshments.
With an extensive treatment list, affordable spa days and an onsite Laura Ashley Tea room, The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate is definitely worth a visit.
Looking for more spa breaks? Head over to our Spas & Beauty section for plenty more relaxing ideas.