The Good Spa Guide recommends the best spas to visit along the Thames.
The Spa at Coworth Park
Set in a Georgian manor house hotel with impressive eco-credentials, this country cousin of The Dorchester is home to a stunning spa. The Spa at Coworth Park is set into a hilly Berkshire bank, so its curved C-shape faces west and gathers the sunshine. From the pool lined with stunning amethyst sculptures to the sedum rooftop herb garden, this is eco-spa luxury at its finest.
The hotel is delightfully, beautifully British with tweed-clothed staff and rose-lined pathways. Coworth Park also offers fabulous food in Restaurant Coworth Park, The Barn and The Spatisserie.
the runnymede-on-thames is a modern hotel complex overlooking the River Thames. The indoor pool acts as a centre point to the spa and has floor to ceiling windows providing natural light and plenty of space for swimming lengths, or just enjoying the water. Our Spa Spy™ loved the perfectly heated sauna and eucalyptus steam room and the super-hot Jacuzzi will soothe your muscles.
Excellent treatments, facilities, and customer service make this a spa experience not to be missed.
Stoke Park Spa
Stoke Park Spa is a purpose-built haven of peace and quiet, set in a Palladian mansion hotel and 300 acre estate. The spa is luxuriously restful and calm, with a 16-metre pool, marble steam rooms, and unusual and interesting treatments.
Retreat behind the mesmerising tropical aquarium to the atrium lounge and the cocoon-like deep relaxation room.
Stoke Park Spa is a Five Bubble™ spa which offers luxury treatments that transcend you from your everyday hectic lifestyle into a world of tranquil escapism.
The Spa at Pennyhill Park
The Spa at Pennyhill Park is an adult-only, mobile-free zone with indoor and outdoor pools, heat experiences and gorgeous relaxation spaces.
The ozone-treated ballroom pool is lit in cool and calm colours, dip your head under the water and you’ll hear underwater music playing. Head to the sensory relaxation lounge, lay back in a gel bed and feel blissfully at peace.
The treatments are excellent, the staff highly trained and the customer service is impeccable. Remember to arrive early, there’s 45,000 square foot of bliss to explore at this Five Bubble Luxury™ spa.
If social spa is your thing, Nirvana Spa near Reading is a great place to go with a loved one or group of friends. With six pools fed from an underground spring it is certainly a spa for waterbabies, with the light filled Roman Room taking centre stage.
The spa has a whole host of offerings including a thermal suite, a surf pool with 53 hydrotherapy jets and a starlit celestial floatation pool. If you visit in the summer, don’t forget to check out the spa garden with a heated pool and over 100 sun loungers.
Cliveden Pavillion Spa
There aren’t many spas that can claim to have changed the face of British politics, but Cliveden is one. Within the walled gardens, the Pavillion Spa hosts an ozone-treated indoor pool and Jacuzzi, and an outdoor pool and Canadian hot tubs. There are also single sex steam rooms and saunas.
The Terraké and Carita treatments are excellent, our Spa Spy™ still raves about a life-changing facial she had at the spa! Sitting in the hot tubs in the walled garden is a priceless and unmissable experience.
Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa
The spa at Lucknam Park Hotel is a Five Bubble Luxury™ spa, and it is seriously special. Swim by firelight in their 20-metre pool, drift from the steam room to the Japanese salt room to the amethyst crystal room to the perfectly-heated tepidarium. The Wellness House is a holistic haven with yoga, pilates, floatation and sunlight therapy on offer.
Lucknam Park Spa gets it spotlessly right from the moment that you arrive, to the care taken by your therapist. It should be enjoyed by anyone who likes a little luxury in their lives.
The Bulgari Spa
The Bulgari Spa is the perfect pampering spot for the capital’s spa aficionados. On two subterranean levels, this elegant spa is adorned with marble and Italian glass, and offers excellent treatments by ESPA.
Make sure you take in the cabana-lined main pool, the gold-leaf tiled vitality pool, and the spa programmes designed to help you boost, refresh, reboot or revive. Our Spa Spy™ tried the “perfect legs” treatment and she felt instantly like a super model!
ESPA Life at Corinthia
ESPA Life is a haven of spa and wellness in busy Whitehall. Get rid of the suit and spend the day exploring the four floors of spa experiences. The changing rooms are larger and better equipped than some spas in their entirety, all the more impressive for the SW1A postcode.
We loved the stainless steel pool with a black marble surround and the ultra-glam relaxation area. Don’t miss the sleep pods, you can snuggle down in private and have a post treatment snooze.
Step away from the busy streets of central London and switch your speed to super-slow at Spa Verta. You’ll find this chic hotel spa on the banks of the Thames, in Battersea. Enjoy a delicious Anne Semonin treatment, swish in the hydrotherapy pool or cool down on the ambrosia balcony.
The design is inspired by the glamour of the 1930s; the atrium has a sweeping spiral staircase and stylish furniture, accented by striking artwork and original vintage accessories. Our Spa Spy™ felt like a pampered deb waiting for a ball.
Agua at Mondrian London
Agua Spa in Mondrian London at Sea Containers is a new contender on the London spa scene, but it has arrived with the Hollywood glamour of its New York and LA stablemates. The bold design incorporates minimalist elements where you can relax with no distractions, but also makes use of the rich East End maritime history.
Expect super white changing rooms, bold brass sculpture, a diverse range of spa therapies, and a glam rock inspired spa playground. Our Spa Spies™ loved it!
The Good Spa Guide is the expert guide to the best spas and treatments in the UK. The Spa Spies™ review hundreds of spas and treatments each year, it’s a tough job but someone has to do it! From Jacuzzis to the gym, massage to mud wraps, there is nothing we won’t try to find the pinnacle of pampering perfection.