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    The best spa hotels in the north of England

    An insider’s guide to the best spa hotels in the north of England, including the top places for swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, saunas, steam rooms, hammams, Rasul mud baths, hot tubs, beauty centres, nail bars and cutting-edge therapies, including ESPA treatments, in the Lake District, York, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Manchester and County Durham.

    The Midland – Manchester

    From £70 per night
    8/10 Telegraph expert rating

    The Midland boasts one of the north’s best-looking spas. The Thermal Experience is where the fun starts, with alder wood sauna (air infused by a Himalayan salt block); aromatherapy steam room; ‘lifestyle’ shower (think ‘Caribbean storm’ and ‘Arctic rain’ fuctions); and relaxation pool. ESPA treatments include the Serene Sleep range focusing on marma points and rebalancing chakras. Nor is the excitement over when you’re ushered into the relaxation room afterwards – with its ergonomic sleep chambers and hanging pods. Book a luxurious room with city views and nab a table at The French for a menu featuring tatties, trotters and truffles.

    Gilpin Hotel & Lake House – Lake Windermere, Lake District

    From £255 per night
    9/10 Telegraph expert rating

    This 100-acre boutique retreat with its own boat house is about as far from a big, blingy spa hotel as you can get. Hot tub fans are well catered for with cedarwood and ancient-style Japanese ofuro varieties, and private ones installed in several suites. The Jetty spa has a couple’s treatment room that floats in a tree canopy above the hotel’s private lake. There’s also a swimming pool, and salt snug where guests can enjoy a halotherapy treatment inspired by the practices of medieval monks followed by aroma salt scrub.

    Brimstone – Lake District, Cumbria

    From £255 per night
    9/10 Telegraph expert rating

    A curving, contemporary state-of-the-art spa that makes the most of its Lake District scenery. The crowing glory is the Thermal Experience with Finnish cabin, ice fountain, Himalayan salt steam room and lava sauna. Treatments are inspired by Lake District flora: think sweet orchid body nourish wraps, and frangipani-soaked hot-stone massages. A private spa for couples has a ‘heat-and-steam’ cabin. Those committed to the cause can book the Spa bedroom; its humongous bath faces French windows that open straight onto a private terrace.

    Rudding Park Hotel & Spa – Follifoot, Yorkshire

    From £248 per night
    8/10 Telegraph expert rating

    The fabulous spa at this luxury Harrogate hotel has its own rooftop garden with infinity pool, panoramic sauna, foot bubbles experience and herbal steam room. Treatment packages are bracingly bucolic: they can include a juniper log sauna and bucket shower. Facial treatments use in-vogue anti-ageing kombuchka (fermented tea); and the combined head and foot treatment with mango butter mask and acupressure is a fab alternative to a generic massage. Also on offer is, ahem, gentleman’s foot maintenance. The new spa bedrooms have their own saunas, steam rooms, and gold-tiled spa baths.

    The Grand York – York, Yorkshire

    From £109 per night
    9/10 Telegraph expert rating

    York’s only five-star hotel has one of the best city spas in the north of England. The cracking facilities include an indoor jet pool, aromatic steam room, Nordic dry sauna and mosaic-tiled whirlpool. You’ll find many of the latest signature ESPA treatments on offer here, including the Advanced Enzyme Facial with rose quartz and algae-based Detox Wrap. Spa and Stay packages starting at £185 include a one-hour treatment, breakfast and afternoon tea.

    Rockliffe Hall – Hurworth-on-Tees, Durham

    From £210 per night
    8/10 Telegraph expert rating

    lict Victorian mansion is now a five-star golf resort and spa with all the trimmings. The spa garden has an infinity-edge pool with bubbles and massage jets, a second heated pool and landscaped gardens overlooking the grounds. There’s also a glass-fronted sauna and clutch of state-of-the-art self-heating sun loungers. The spa here has collaborated with Neom Organics (founded by a former Glamour magazine editor) to launch four cornerstone treatments for the stressed and sleep-deprived, drawing on everything from Thai massage and shiatsu to meditation.

    Seaham Hall – Seaham, County Durham

    From £310 per night
    8/10 Telegraph expert rating

    This luxurious, cossetting Georgian mansion has a huge Feng Shui-inspired spa. There’s an ozone-cleansed pool with massage jets, hammam, salt sauna, amethyst crystal steam room, outdoor hot tubs, ice fountain, plunge pools and roof terrace. An aerobic studio and hydrotherapy pool complete the offerings. Colourful, vivaciously-patterned bedrooms are a delightful change to moody, bland spa suites. One has twin slipper baths.

    Grantley Hall – Ripon, Yorkshire

    From £347 per night
    9/10 Telegraph expert rating

    This sprawling Palladian-style hall (17th-century origins) set in parkland and formal gardens has a sweep of distractions, from a Japanese garden, wellies to borrow (walking routes are available) and 30 acres of parkland to a wine-tasting room and a choice of restaurants including that of Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin. The most impressive is perhaps the two-level spa with thermal experience and snow room, 18-metre pool, indoor-outdoor hydrotherapy pools, outdoor terrace and hot tub area, treatments by Ila and Natura Bisse, two gyms plus altitude training facilities, and slumber-inducing relaxation areas including an outdoor terrace.

    Swinton Park – Ripon, Yorkshire

    From £185per night
    8/10 Telegraph expert rating

    You’ll need a whole weekend to do justice to the multi-million-pound spa in this staggering country pile once owned by a Bradfordian mill owner. Come in summer for the outdoor sauna fire pit. The dipping pond is fabulous on sunny days – though relaxation beds topped with heated canopies, and furnished with sheepskin rugs and gloves allow guests to enjoy these spaces in winter too. An 18-metre lap pool, smaller hydrotherapy pool, and nature-scented and salt steam rooms provide further pampering. Highly recommended is the Elemis Garden of England Rose Restore Wrap with poppy seeds; the deep tissue massages also hit the spot.

    Ramside Hall Hotel – County Durham

    From £89per night
    8/10 Telegraph expert rating

    The smart Espa spa at this sprawling, 350-acre country estate is the ideal escape for those wanting an ‘away-from-it-all’ setting. It boasts 14 treatment rooms, a relaxation area with sleep pods, a private suite with outdoor infinity pool, saunas, steam rooms and one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pools. There’s plenty on offer for couples too, including the Mud Rasul Ritual, involving earthy handfuls of mud and your own private steam chamber.

    Source : The  Telegraph