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By Talya Honebeek

After a year without spas, there’s never been a better excuse to treat yourself to a day of pampered indulgence.

But if you need a little help deciding which spa to book, we’ve rounded up the best new UK spas which have recently opened or are set to open in 2021.

From a Cheshire spa which has already won an award, to an ancient thermal baths experience in London, and the North of England’s first Champneys, these are the new UK spas to have on your radar.

The Best New Spas In The UK

The Spa at Carden Park, Cheshire

new UK spas The Spa at Carden
Credit: Carden Park

The Spa at Carden was only open for a few months last year, but that was long enough for the Good Spa Guide to crown it Best New Spa.

Set in 1,000 acres of beautiful Cheshire countryside, Carden Park Hotel sees itself as a ‘new era of wellness escapism’ – and it’s certainly got the facilities to back it up.

Outdoor highlights include a vitality pool, hot tubs, garden sauna, thermal garden pods – and an all-weather Bollinger champagne bar.

Inside is a Thermal Suite comprising of another swimming pool, Finnish sauna, tediparium, aroma and salt steam rooms, experience showers and heated relaxation beds.

Treatments include a Muscle Melt Massage or a Macadamia and Papaya Body Scrub. Or book into the Bollinger Beauty Bar for manicures, pedicures, facials, or just to get your make-up done.

Prices start from £55pp for a half-day experience, excluding treatments

Book The Spa at Carden here

AIRE Ancient Baths, Covent Garden, London

New UK spas AIRE Ancient Baths London
Credit: AIRE

First launched in Spain 20 years ago, AIRE Ancient Baths are inspired by the tradition of ancient Greek and Roman bathing.

The new London Ancient Bath Experience, which debuted in June under the bustling streets of Covent Garden, marks the first AIRE spa to open in the UK.

Guests are invited to embark on an indulgent journey through seven thermal baths, all with different but specially optimised temperatures to create the ultimate sensory experience, which is completely in candlelight.

Start in the warm waters of the Tepidarium and Caladarium before taking a dip in a cool water bath, known as the Frigidarium. Next comes the Vaporium steam bath followed by Balneum – bath of a thousands jets – to awaken your senses.

Another highlight is the Flotarium, a warm salt bath designed to replicate the floating waters of the Dead Sea.

There are nine treatment rooms offering individual and couples massages. More adventurous spa-goers should try their signature Wine Ritual treatment, where you literally bathe in red wine (and you get to drink some too!)

Prices start from £150pp

Book AIRE Ancient Baths London here

The Spa at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London

The Spa at 45 Park Lane new UK spas
Credit: The Dorchester Collection

The Dorchester Collection’s Mayfair hotel has been given an upgrade in the form of a brand new 10,000 square foot spa – and it’s pretty impressive.

A floral mosaic created by Venetian artists provides a beautiful backdrop as you take a dip in the 20-metre heated swimming pool or relax on one of the luxury loungers.

Other state-of-the-art facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, gym, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounge, as well as a treatment room offering soothing treatments courtesy of Valmont and Aromatherapy Associates.

The only downside is you have to be a hotel guest or a resident of Mayfair Park Residences to be able to use the spa, but it does mean it is super exclusive.

Prices start from £750 per night for a deluxe room

Book The Dorchester London here 

Champneys Spa at Mottram Hall, Cheshire

New UK spas Champneys Mottram Hall pool
Credit: Champneys Mottram Hall

The brand new state-of-the-art £10 million Champneys Spa is the first to open in the North of England.

Set in the heart of the recently revamped country house hotel Mottram Hall, the spa has quickly become one of Cheshire’s most stylish and in demand destinations – and we can see why.

The health spa features a 20-metre swimming pool, private cabanas, gym, activity studios and the UK’s first Champneys barbershop.

The star of the show is the sophisticated thermal suite, which has steam rooms, saunas, monsoon and drench showers and a range of luxurious treatments with Elemis and Clarins products.

Don’t forget to take your phone along, as guests are also treated to a complimentary healthy lunch in the highly Instagrammable spa café. 

Prices start from £79pp

Book Champneys Spa at Mottram Hall here

Wave Garden Spa, Snowdonia, Wales

Wave Garden Spa Snowdonia
Credit: Wave Garden Spa/Hilton Hotels

Surrounded by the magnificent landscapes of North Wales, the new £1.25 million Wave Garden Spa, which launched in spring 2021, has been carefully designed to make the most of its stunning natural setting.

Inside guests are taken on a thermal journey around the warm vitality waterfall pool, steam rooms and oversized Himalayan salt sauna.

Outside, guests can unwind in the hot whirlpool which overlooks the mountains, forests and the world’s first surf pool, set in the award-winning Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

Other facilities include a traditional wooden barrel sauna, relaxation pods and a double hammam for steam-based cleansing and purifying treatments.

The spa is connected to the new Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia so it’s easy to turn this into a spa stay.

Prices start from £145pp for a full spa day including treatments

Book Wave Garden Spa here

Fairmont Windsor Park – opening September 2021

new UK spas Fairmont Windsor Vitality Pool
Credit: Fairmont

This 200-bedroom regal hotel next to Windsor Great Park is set to be the UK’s next leading wellness retreat.

The world-class spa facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a stunning courtyard vitality room (pictured), a Himalayan salt room, hammam and Japanese foot spa.

Wellness experts are on hand to give guests consultations and a range of relaxing and restorative treatments for the mind, body and spirit across the 18 dedicated treatment rooms.

A six person cryotherapy (cold therapy) chamber – the first of its kind in the UK – has also been installed, so you can literally chill out with your friends.

Spa membership, which includes access to the Wellness Suite and classes such as Pilates, Meditation and Aerial Yoga, is available.

We’re still waiting to find out about spa days, but this is one worth turning into a spa stay as the hotel has an Orchid Tea Room for afternoon tea, a botanical gin bar and fine dining restaurant, 1215.

Prices TBC

Book Fairmont Windsor Park here

Harbour Beach Club Hotel & Spa, Salcombe, Devon – opening summer 2021

Harbour Beach Club Devon
Credit: Harbour Beach Club

Harbour Hotels’s second Salcombe establishment, Harbour Beach Club Hotel and Spa, is opening this summer.

The luxury hotel almost touches the end of the South Sands beach, and overlooks the estuary in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

A stylish waterfront hotel and resort, the Harbour Beach Club will feature 50 bedrooms and suites, which all come with a lovely selection of complimentary ‘Little Luxuries’, including gin, sherry and locally-sourced organic toiletries.

As well as a beach bar, wide outdoor terrace and laid-back restaurant, the Beach Club Spa has an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, state-of-the-art gym and even a crèche, so parents can make the most of some well-deserved pamper time.

On top of this, there are five relaxing treatment rooms for guests to enjoy a range of marine-inspired treatments alongside a selection of luxury Temple Spa experiences.

Luxury spas days will be available, but information and pricing has yet to be released.

Prices TBC

Book Harbour Beach Club Hotel and Spa here

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