10 of the best spas for foodies
Slippers? Check. Robe? Check. Delicious food to enjoy in between relaxing spa treatments? Double check. That’s right, our definitive guide of spas for foodies is in – so if you like to combine your treatments with a 5-star chow down, then look no further than this mouth-watering edit. Because what’s better than a breathtaking spa? A breathtaking spa with amazing food, that’s what. From smart city eateries to countryside escapes, we know that sometimes to achieve the ultimate in luxury, you have to combine the best of both worlds. Read on to find out more…
Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf and Spa, Luton
Located less than an hour’s drive from London, Luton Hoo Hotel is every spa and foodie lover’s dream. Featuring not one but two award winning restaurants, this exquisite country retreat caters to all tastes – so whether you’re looking for a high end dining experience in their Wernher Restaurant located in the Mansion House, or would prefer the more relaxed setting of Adam’s Brasserie in their luxurious Country Club, you can rest assured all of your culinary delights will be satisfied. Complete with an 18 hole golf course, magnificent spa and over 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens to potter around in after a long lunch, this eye catching spot ticks every box imaginable if you’re in the market for a heavily spoiling weekend.
May Fair Spa at The May Fair Hotel, London
The May Fair Hotel boasts a newly renovated bar with a stellar breakfast and brunch menu along with their light and airy restaurant, The May Fair Kitchen. Famous for its exquisite selection of Mediterranean small plates and delicious selection of fine wines, this hot spot has just about everything to satisfy even the most discernible of palates. And did we mention how great the spa is? Select from a range of packages and spoiling ESPA treatments, then simply hop between spa and restaurant for a day of pure and utter bliss.
The Dorchester, London
If you’re a spa lover with a penchant for fancy food then book yourself in for a spa day at The Dorchester, ASAP. Though we warn you – with so many delicious cuisines to choose from under one roof, one day might not be enough! The ultimate in 5 star luxury, both the spa and the restaurant facilities will have you spoilt for choice. From their chic ‘Spatisserie’, designed for light lunches and afternoon tea or champagne in between treatments, to their award winning restaurant The Grill, serving modern British favourites in the splendour of 1930’s glamour – you might want to clear your schedule for the rest of the weekend to simply fit it all in. And did we mention Alain Ducasse, their three Michelin-starred French restaurant, or the iconic China Tang, serving authentic cantonese food on the lower floor of the hotel? Trust us when we say, we haven’t even scratched the surface. Get booking now…
The Midland, Manchester
The Spa at The Midland in Manchester has nailed tranquility to a T – from spacious and luxurious spa facilities to indulgent ESPA treatments designed to help relax and revive the body and mind, it’s a great place to escape to after a stress-filled week. And you’ll be happy to hear, their food menu isn’t too shabby either. Complete with two critically acclaimed and award winning restaurants, this newly refurbished spa is ideal for city dwellers who want to treat themselves to a well-deserved pamper session, and combine it with the luxury of a delicious meal out while they’re at it. Holding a number of prestigious awards, including a place in The Good Food Guide as one of the top 20 restaurants in the UK, their restaurant The French is a cut above the rest, perfect for special occasions or a spoiling treat. Another award winner, their second restaurant Mr Cooper’s House and Garden Restaurant has just as delicious food but in a slightly more relaxed setting. Take your pick and prepare to be impressed…
The Cliveden, Berkshire
If only the best will do, then a stay at The Clivedenhotel is just what the doctor ordered. Steeped in history as one of the world’s finest luxury hotels, this grand stately home is set in the heart of the Berkshire countryside, surrounded by 375 acres of breathtaking National Trust managed Grade I listed formal gardens and parkland. And the spa is to die for – situated inside the stunning walled garden, and offering an impressive list of beauty and holistic treatments, it’s the perfect place to work up an appetite for a well-deserved meal at their critically acclaimed restaurant the Astor Grill. Overseen by executive chef Andre Garrett, this newly opened restaurant is located in the charming old stable block, which once housed Lord Astor’s most prized fillies. Adopting an equestrian theme in its décor, The Astor Grill is full of character, offering a mixture of classic American and British dishes as a nod to the notorious former owners of the house, The Astors. The perfect place to escape and enjoy a late brunch, early lunch, or a relaxed supper in the most idyllic of settings, be sure to book in at Cliveden for your next seriously special occasion – you won’t be disappointed.
Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall, Plymouth
Described as the ‘epicentre of Boringdon Hall’, food plays a major role in what makes this 5 star 16th century country manor house tick. Situated on the edge of the picturesque Dartmoor near Plymouth, the Gaia Spa is also a major attraction at the hotel, designed to help transcend the stresses of everyday life, and create spaces to help you totally unwind and rebalance. A perfect haven for foodies and spa lovers alike, Boringdon Hall has a number of different eating areas to match your mood. For fine dining, the Gallery Restaurant is where their head chef Scott Paton showcases the finest dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The Great Hall on the other hand is where you can settle by the fire with afternoon tea, a cocktail or a light lunch. Complete with a cosy hotel bar with hedonistic cocktails and a killer wine list, as well as more healthier options from their Spatisserie menu, the staff at this renowned hotel will ensure you leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and totally spoiled. Heaven.
The Health Club at One Aldwych, London
Food lovers unite at the renowned One Aldwych Hotel in the heart of Covent Garden in London. In the mood for something relaxed and informal? Then pop on over to their Indigo restaurant. Looking over the Lobby Bar, the menu focuses on delicious seasonal ingredients carefully sourced from the British Isles. And if you’re looking for something a little smarter, Eneko, their new Basque restaurant and wine bar by renowned chef Eneko Atxa is now open. Warm and inviting, it’s the perfect spot to sit back and relax after a long and stressful day at their state of the art spa. Featuring an extensive treatment list that covers breaks, packages and exclusively tailored beauty treatments, their Health Club is just another reason to check yourself in for a relaxing break away from it all.
Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Hotel Cafe Royal, London
A perfect destination for the health conscious foodie and spa lover, the The Akasha Spa at Hotel Cafe Royal in Piccadilly represents pure and unadulterated luxury at it’s finest. With an exquisite interior and totally spoiling treatment list, this beautifully designed spa is so tranquil and calming that it’s hard to believe you’re just a few feet below one of London’s busiest high streets. And if you’re feeling peckish after your treatment, why not drop by the lounge bar, and get stuck into their selection of healthy and nourishing dishes designed in collaboration with nutritionist Zoe Stirling and Hotel Cafe Royal’s Chef de Cuisine Armand Sablon. Drawing inspiration from the four basic elements of nature; earth, water, fire and air, the menu has been designed as a gastronomic experience while being perfectly balanced and nutritious. Think detox bowls, cold pressed juices and leafy lemon sorbet. Yum.
The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor, Chester
Located in the heart of Chester, the warm and welcoming staff at The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor will ensure you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the door. Combining a specialised selection of lotions and potions from the House of Elemis with a great choice of spoiling spa day packages, the tranquil and relaxing environment of this distinguished spa is bound to please even the pickiest of patrons. And we haven’t even got to the food yet! From the chic sophistication of Michelin starred Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, the elegance of The Arkle Bar and Lounge to the relaxed Parisian style of La Brasserie, The Chester Grosvenor has a dining experience to suit all tastes and occasions. Complete with a carefully crafted wine list and emphasis on using only the very best, fresh local produce, this hotel really is a one stop shop for serious foodies and spa lovers.
Alexander House Hotel and Utopia Spa, East Sussex
Set on the borders of Sussex and Surrey, the prestigious Alexander House Hotel truly is a food and spa lover’s playground. Surrounded by 120 acres of countryside estate, they offer a huge selection of both food and health related activities. So whether you’d like to finish off your massage with a yoga session or a 5 star dinner service, all your needs will be catered for and then some. The Grecian themed subterranean Utopia Spa comes complete with a therapy pool, indoor and outdoor bubble tubs, saunas and steam rooms and a host of seriously high end spa treatments. And when it comes to food, they don’t cut corners either. From their sophisticated AG restaurant serving imaginative food with unrivalled quality, to their newly refurbished champagne bar or smaller restaurant Reflections offering simple and delicious lunch and dinner menus – if you’re stopping in for afternoon tea or want the full gastro experience, their selection of tasty dining options will leave you spoiled for choice.
The Treatwell Affiliate Team