Tried and tested: three of the best spa days

Spa, runnymede-on-thames

Spa, runnymede-on-thames

Tried, tested and rated. There’s nothing like a spa day with your partner, girlfriends, mum or sister to treat yourself to some pampering and treatments.

Whatever the excuse, everybody needs to relax, unwind and spend a few ££s looking after themselves every now and again. Whether that’s a weekend break or just a day, here are our recommendations of some great spas. Now the weather’s getting colder and we’re all starting to get our winter chill on, it’s time to start booking.

the runnymede-on-thames

This luxury four-star riverside hotel in Surrey is the perfect out-of-the-city retreat, and ideal for a day of pampering with your girlfriends.

Try a relaxing facial to sooth tired lines, or a 25-minute massage to iron out all the knots from hunching over your computer. Or, if you’re preparing to party or recovering from a night out, indulge in a foot massage.

If it’s a day out with your other half, boys can have a specially-designed facial including a skin analysis and deep cleanse.

A day spa experience includes treatments, a light lunch, and full use of the spa facilities including the gym, fitness classes,  tennis courts and the new outdoor pool.

Book: An all-day package costs from £70. Call 01784 220 973

Location: the runnymede-on-thames, Windsor Rd, Egham, Surrey TW20 0AG.

Galgorm Resort & Spa

Galgorm Resort & Spa is in scenic County Antrim, just 30 minutes outside Belfast. It boasts fantastic views, with a river that runs through the estate that can be enjoyed from the outdoor jacuzzi. We think its the perfect winter time treat and an ideal setting for an easily-accessible but secluded mini break.

The beautiful indoor and outdoor pools are supplemented by the wellbeing treatments found in most spas – but Galgorm also  offers a mum-to-be package, which includes treatments such as the baby nurturing and back massage, radiance facial, and baby cocooning treatment (not recommended in the first trimester, though).

The food is worth mentioning here too, as a package  includes a four-course meal in the hotel’s Gillies Bar & Grill – don’t go home without trying the ribs.

Book: A two-night package includes breakfast, dinner and a spa treatment, from £265 per person. Call T:(0)28 2588 1001

Location: Galgorm Resort & Spa, Galgorm, 136 Fenaghy Road, Co. Antrim, BT42 1EA, N.Ireland

The City Point Club

The City Point Club is a bit like stepping into a private member’s club crossed with a library. Sweeping and dimly lit corridors are hushed by soft slippers and robes provided to you from the off. And that’s why we like it here: it feels luxurious. Don’t be put off by the regular members and their strict training sessions – get yourself here at the weekend and it’ll be blissfully quiet compared to other health clubs in London.

As well as aromatherapy massages, facials and the likes, the spa also has waxing treatments, a nail bar upstairs and male grooming. If you want to go all out, enjoy the two-hour signature treatment – the ultimate fixer-upper!

There’s also the Therapy Room where you can relax in reclining massage chairs and snuggle up under a warm duvet in a dark room with a four metre tropical aquarium.

Book: Spend a day here and have a 50-minute body treatment. Book early, as you’ll have use of the facilities for the day, too. Priced from £70, and a weekend escape from £99 which includes two treatments. Call 0207 920 6200

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