Spa hotels in Devon: escape to the country for a relaxing rural retreat

By Katherine Sparshatt,

Unwind with a well-deserved break in one of Devon’s luxurious spa hotels. With its scenic coastal paths and quaint harbour towns, this fabled spot in the South-West of England embodies rural escapism. Explore bike trails in the moorlands, or simply soak up the sun stretched out on a beach.

After a day of exploring head back to your hotel and unwind in the spa. Take a swim in the pool, detox in the sauna or even treat yourself to a massage to ease away any aches and pain.

A spa hotel in Devon inspired by Mother Nature

 

Hotel highlights

  • Nature-inspired spa facilities
  • At the edge of the Dartmoor National Park – ideal for walkers
  • 10 minutes’ drive from bustling Plymouth

Spend a weekend in the relaxing seclusion of Boringdon Hall, a 5-star manor-house hotel in the midst of rural beauty, at the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

The hotel’s Gaia Spa takes inspiration from Mother Nature. Rustic touches ripple throughout, such as cool stone décor and large windows that let in plenty of natural light. Take a dip in the inviting indoor pool before detoxing in the crystal salt steam room or Finnish sauna, followed by an indulging massage or raindrop therapy. The spa also offers body treatments, facials plus pre-and-post natal treatments.

Rooms and suites seamlessly combine period décor with modern amenities, opt for a suite to have a decadent free-standing bath within your room. Downstairs you’ll find the intimate fine-dining restaurant that combines impeccable service with delicious cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.

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A spa hotel in Devon with contemporary sophistication

 

Hotel highlights

  • Comfortable rooms featuring original artwork
  • Spa set within tranquil gardens
  • French-inspired cuisine

Much like Exeter city centre, the Du Vin Exeter is brimming with character. Stroll the hotel’s pristine walled gardens and splendid architecture, or spend the afternoon browsing the library. The hotel’s bistro takes its cue from traditional French cuisine, favouring rich and robust flavours and time-honoured cooking techniques.

The REN Spa is tucked away in the tranquil gardens of the hotel, which you can admire as you swim from the indoor to the outdoor pool. Whether you are looking for a totally indulgent top-to-toe massage or simply a top up of your gel nails, you’ll find a range of beauty and therapeutic treatments to suit you.

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Seaside seclusion in a spa hotel in Devon

Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth

 

Hotel highlights

  • Surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the Sid Valley
  • Features an elegant restaurant, pampering spa facilities and a golf course
  • Set in manicured private gardens

Located on the coast with views over windswept Lyme Bay, the Victoria Hotel is also perfectly placed for exploring the nostalgic town of Sidmouth.

Every detail is carefully considered in this 4-star hotel, from the intricately decorated rooms to the luxurious products used in the spa treatments. In this oasis of calm and tranquillity, you’ll find an indoor swimming pool, sauna and heated stone beds. Treat yourself to a facial, massage or even a reflexology session.

The hotel’s Jubilee Restaurant, holds an AA Rosette for its excellent food which you can enjoy to the tinkling sounds of the piano played by a resident pianist, whilst you relax in the calming and refined atmosphere. 

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A quintessentially English spa hotel in Devon

 

Hotel highlights

  • Refined yet homely surroundings
  • Spa with hydrotherapy pool and steam room
  • Restaurant with two AA rosettes

Ilsington Country House is a 3-star hotel that boasts sweeping views over the Devonshire countryside, elegant accommodation and a state-of-the-art spa.

The Spa at Ilsington fuses the latest facilities with atmospheric Tibetan influence. Here, you’ll find a hydrotherapy pool, fitness suite, sauna and steam room, all with mood lighting and soothing scents. Take your pick from treatments including a range of restorative facials, massages, body wraps and reflexology.

Country charm is apparent throughout the hotel’s spacious interiors. Each luxurious room at Ilsington Country House Hotel is equipped to help you feel at home, offering warm flapjacks on arrival and coffee and tea making facilities. The restaurant serves up mouth-watering cuisine that on fine sunny days you can enjoy al fresco on the terrace.

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A spa hotel in Devon that combines tranquility and charm

 

Hotel highlights:

  • Located in Exeter city centre
  • Luxurious spa and fitness room

With its quiet atmosphere and central location, the Mercure Exeter Southgate is perfect for both business and pleasure. This hotel’s rooms look out over the historic city of Exeter and surrounding rolling countryside.  

Set yourself up for the day with cooked-to-order dishes from the buffet breakfast. In the evenings, feast on contemporary British cuisine at the hotel’s Gatehouse Restaurant.

After a day of exploring the city return to the hotel’s spa which includes a whirlpool, sauna, solarium, a 15-metre indoor swimming pool – and a fitness room where you can work up a sweat, but no pressure, you’re on holiday!

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Beachfront relaxation in a spa hotel in Devon

 

Hotel highlights:

  • Spectacular setting with sea views
  • Friendly, family-run hotel
  • Two AA Rosette-awarded Dining Room, which offers classic British dishes.

Experience the best of North Devon at this gorgeous art-deco hotel, which overlooks the golden dunes of Saunton Sands and boasts a family-friendly atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home.

Pack the kids off surfing and treat yourself to a day relaxing in the spa. The spa is being updated in 2018 but whilst the new complex is being renovated the rest of the spa is still fully operational and available for massages accompanied by champagne truffles, a heated outdoor pool and if you’re feeling active, you can always play a round on the outdoor tennis courts.

The hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms with expansive views of the sea and the lush green Devon landscape. Apartments and family suites are also available.

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Waterside wonder in a spa hotel in Devon

 

Hotel highlights:

  • Private cinema
  • Restaurants celebrate fresh local seafood
  • Fresh and modern interiors

Situated on the edge of Salcombe Estuary, the 4-star Salcombe Harbour Hotel is perfect for exploring Devon’s winding coastal paths and taking in the views of the sea far below.

Go for a bracing walk in the craggy cliffs before retreating to the Harspa. The spa is inspired by the soothing properties of the ocean and features a deep blue indoor pool, outdoor terrace area with sea views, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, crystal sauna and five private treatment rooms. Pampering options include massages, holistic therapy and beauty treatments.

Rooms and self-catered villas are available, many with private balconies. The Jetty restaurant overlooks the Estuary and uses local, seasonal ingredients. Try the private cinema after a fine dining experience at the waterfront restaurant.

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A luxury spa hotel in Devon in a majestic castle

 

Hotel highlights:

  • Luxurious spa with jacuzzi and steam room
  • Located in Dartmoor National Park – perfect for scenic walks
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Dog-friendly

Perched on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, the exclusive 5-star Bovey Castle is ideally located for a rural escape. With its award-winning 18-hole golf course and 275 surrounding acres of countryside, it’s perfect for both relaxation and exploring Devon’s hiking trails.

Spend the morning rambling in the moors or unwind in the Elan Spa. The spa features a Jacuzzi, spacious indoor pool, sauna and steam room, and offers a range of facials, foot treatments, body therapies and massages. Indulge in a hot stone massage to soothe your muscles or an exfoliating body wrap.

To refuel, sample locally sourced ingredients in the hotel’s restaurants, such as aged Exmoor beef or grilled seafood. At the end of the day, sink into plush comfort in spacious rooms with views over Devon’s gentle rolling hills.

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