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Which are the top luxury hotel spas around? Here’s some of the best to get you in the mood

Spas in luxury hotels are big business and over the last few years owners have been making multi-million pound investments in providing the latest in pampering experiences.

But like hotel bedrooms, hotel spas come in all shapes and sizes and if you’re expecting a proper swimming pool then a hot tub and a massage table just really isn’t going to cut it. So here are some of the best luxury hotel spas I’ve been to – proper swimming pool guaranteed!

Lucknam Park near Bath

The 20 metre indoor pool at the spa, with the sauna and other rooms off to the right and the outdoor area straight ahead
The 20 metre indoor pool at the spa, with the sauna and other rooms off to the right and the outdoor area straight ahead

The owners invested millions in the spa at Lucknam Park and it shows. There’s a 20 metre indoor pool which leads to an outside hydrotherapy pool and sunbathing terrace, while back indoors alongside the pool are a whole variety of little cabins housing the sauna, steam room, tepidarium and even a Japanese salt room and an amythest room. There’s a restaurant and bar next door where you can pad about in your fluffy robes feeling all warm and cosy.

Chewton Glen, near New Milton, New Forest 

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The indoor pool at the spa at Chewton Glen – yes, it is this nice

Constantly making the ‘best spas in the UK’ lists, the hotel’s leisure facility boasts a 17 metre indoor swimming pool, one of the largest hydrotherapy pools in Europe, a steam room, sauna and jacuzzi and various treatment rooms offering anything from reiki and hot stone massages to oxygen facials and Manipura body treatments. I had an extremely pleasant full body massage (one hour, £96) and what made it memorable was the womb-like warm and dark treatment rooms which were incredibly relaxing. Continue reading Which are the top luxury hotel spas around? Here’s some of the best to get you in the mood