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Top 5 spa hotels in the UK

The Times has unveiled its top spa hotels in the world so we decided to pick out the ones that we love that are close to home (well, for us in London anyway). So if you’re looking to relax this Easter, book into one of these indulgent retreats.

4* Fowey Hall – A Luxury Family Hotel
Overlooking Fowey Port and the sea, this luxury family hotel with an indulgent spa retreat and fun kids’ facilities is a 5-minute walk from the sandy Readymoney Cove. Fowey Hall is a luxury country-house hotel with rich architecture that was inspiration for Toad Hall in ‘The Wind in the Willows’. In the grounds there is an indoor pool, games, a play area and a big trampoline. Enjoy gourmet cuisine, classic bistro dishes and local oysters and mussels from the hotel’s extensive shellfish menu. Find out more here

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5* Seaham Hall Hotel and The Serenity Spa
Indulge and unwind at Seaham Hall, a small, sea-facing luxury hotel with Michelin Star dining and an oriental-style spa. It has a cliff-top setting a 20 minutes from Newcastle. As well as its Michelin Star, The White Room restaurant has 3 AA Rosettes and serves fine, memorable cuisine for a true English experience. Inspired by Feng Shui, the spa connects to the hotel via a magical underground walkway and offers over 45 different treatments. Find out more here

4* Bishopstrow House & Halycon Spa
This English country house in the beautiful Wylye Valley has a luxurious spa, 2 AA Rosette dining in Mulberry, and is a 10-minute journey from Longleat House and Safari Park. Bishopstrow House is perfect for de-stressing and relaxing. Its halcyon spa has indoor and outdoor pools, a Rasul mud therapy room, Elemis treatments, a sauna, steam room and much more. Each bedroom has its own personality and is beautifully decorated. Find out more here

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5* Chewton Glen Hotel
Chewton Glen, probably the best combination of country house grandeur, food and spa facilities anywhere in the uk. A five red star hotel on the edge of the New Forest and just minutes walk from the sea. Chewton Glen is a luxury hotel, spa and country club situated between the ancient New Forest and the sea. Featuring an award-winning restaurant, world-class leisure activities, luxurious accommodation, and modern conference facilities, Chewton Glen is the perfect destination for romantic escapes, relaxing getaways, or corporate events alike. Find out more here

5* Rocco Forte Balmoral Hotel
The Rocco Forte Collection’s Balmoral is a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. With its majestic clock tower, the hotel is a unique and contemporary luxury five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have Edinburgh’s landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. Located on Princes Street, in Edinburgh’s main shopping area and next to Waverley Station, The Balmoral is close to the leading luxury department stores and within walking distance of many Edinburgh attractions. Find out more here

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The Daily Telegraph’s favourite luxury hotels

The Grove in Hertfordshire

The Grove in Hertfordshire

The Daily Telegraph’s Ultratravel 100 Awards, voted for by the Telegraph’s readers, have been announced, celebrating the very cream of luxury hotels. Of course, the award winners were all hotels that Gekko heartily recommends…

Best Spa Hotel: The Grove, Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire

A country house (minus the normally requisite Jane Austen kitsch) that’s only 30 minutes from London with a truly stunning spa? There can’t be many better rural retreats than The Grove, set in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside. So whether you want to pamper yourself in mosaic pools or simply stay in your indulgent suite and order room service, if you need to get away from it, get yourself a room asap.

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Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town


Best Hotel in Africa: The Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

George from Gekko HQ stayed at spectacular Mount Nelson and wants to go back…

“They say it’s the best hotel in Africa. Who can argue? It would be difficult to imagine something better. Staff who just can’t do enough for you (including sending a driver out to check if the jazz club we wanted to go to was still there), the best of facilities, and a wonderful setting under Table Mountain. We can’t wait to go back.”

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Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Burj Al Arab, Dubai


Best Hotel in the Middle East: Burj Al Arab, Dubai

You thought Vegas was a bit OTT? You ain’t seen nothing yet. The world’s only SEVEN star (yes, that’s SEVEN star) hotel is the stuff of pure fantasy, from the startling architecture to the Versace bedspreads and private cinemas. The staff take service to a new level and are used to waiting on actual royalty so they’re perfectly placed to make you feel like a king, queen or sheikh. And that’s before we get to the restaurant where you can either eat in the clouds, or in a coral encrusted enclave in the Arabian Gulf. A pimped up Bond dream all round.

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Raffles Singapore

Raffles Singapore


Best Hotel in Asia: Raffles Singapore

Home of the famous Singapore Sling cocktail, Raffles is still a byword for luxury, albeit a hangover from the days of colonial excess. With elegant suites and an amazing 19 distinctive restaurants and bars, this is one hotel where you will never go hungry or thirsty. There’s also a world famous spa and its own shopping mall, theatre and museum, not to mention the lush exotic gardens.

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Four Seasons George V, Paris

Four Seasons George V, Paris


Best City Hotel: Four Seasons George V Paris

Just a few steps from the Champs-Elysees, the Four Seasons is one of the most elegant hotels in the world with many rooms boasting private terraces looking over the city. Very formal but with service to match the Le Cinq restaurant offers some of the finest French cuisine in town. If you fancy staying where celebs and royalty like to romance, then this place is for you.

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