Incredible spa hotels in the New Forest for a weekend of pampering

By Katherine Sparshatt,

The New Forest is a gorgeous national park in Hampshire, filled with stunning landscapes, wild ponies, beaches, and country manor house hotels with decadent spas.

We’ve chosen our favourite spa hotels in the New Forest, featuring indoor pools, saunas and steam rooms plus exotic treatments and beauty therapies. Just a two-hour drive from London, the New Forest is perfect for a weekend break of indulgent pampering.

A spa hotel in the New Forest that also offers cooking classes

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A spectacularly luxurious country house hotel and spa, Chewton Glen is the crème de la crème of country getaways. Whether you spend your days exploring the magnificent grounds, gorging on the fantastic gourmet food, or getting lost in the frankly huge and delightful spa you are guaranteed a good time!

The spa includes a 17-metre indoor pool, a hydrotherapy spa pool, an aromatherapy sauna, crystal steam rooms, plus 12 individual treatment rooms where you can choose from a list of over 50 treatments and holistic therapies. If you are feeling energetic, check out the tennis courts, dance studio, gymnasium, or even play a round on the nine-hole golf course.

The cookery school at Chewton is exemplary and offers full day, half day, and specific courses such as pasta making. Chewton’s restaurant, The Kitchen, serves dishes curated by Michelin starred chefs using produce from the hotel’s garden and local farmers and artisans. A fun fact about Chewton Glen – in case you needed further persuasion- they have 1900 wines on their wine list. Just FYI…

A spa hotel in the New Forest with incredible views

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Set in the very heart of the New Forest National Park, Lime Wood is a gorgeous spa retreat designed to be relaxing and stimulating at the same time. Enjoy the surrounding nature by hiking or biking, take a cookery class at the on-site cookery school or simply detox in the decadent spa area.

The Herb House Spa is inspired by the forest surroundings and laid out across three levels, including a massive sauna, an indoor hydro pool with incredible views of the surrounding treetops, a Mud House, and a steaming outdoor hot pool. There are also eight spacious treatment rooms where you can enjoy a massage or specialist beauty treatment, plus two couple’s treatment rooms should you want to both enjoy a massage together. To top it all off, there’s a rooftop gym so you can work up a sweat on state of the art equipment and take a few laps around the special ozone treated indoor lap pool.  Working your way around that spa circuit is bound to keep you busy all weekend – in the best possible way, of course!

There’s a wide range of rooms available at Lime Wood, from spacious suites to budget-friendly cosy crash pads. Our favourite room type is the Generous, which includes an inviting king size bed, a romantic free-standing bath, an opulent marble-clad bathroom, an open fire and a large balcony taking in the panoramic views of the forest. Generous indeed.

A family-friendly spa in the New Forest

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Standing on a site that dates back to the Roman occupation of Britain, and once a royal hunting lodge of King Charles II, New Park Manor is a long-standing feature of the New Forest and a popular getaway for families.

The best part of the spa is that a family swim with the kids is welcomed, but they’ve also created an adults-only space on the terrace, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The 16-metre indoor pool takes in views of the surrounding forest as does the Canadian hot tub – a perfect spot to watch the sunset. The spa also includes a steam room, sauna and sanarium, which combines humidity with a slightly less intense heat of a sauna.

If you’re travelling with an infant then you can take full advantage of the video baby-monitors, so you can still enjoy time alone together while having peace of mind that your little one is safe and sound. There’s also a creche available for children over 3 months old, plus all the baby equipment you could ever need to make packing light, and a chef that can make pureed baby food from 7am to 9:30pm.

A spa hotel in the New Forest with an outdoor pool

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A blend of Tudor and Gothic architecture, Rhinefield House is an incredible mansion set deep in the New Forest. This is the perfect resort for those looking to make the most of the surrounding nature. You can go pony trekking through the forest, go hiking, biking, or even take a trip down to the beach and along the cliffs.

The spa includes an intimate health suite with two treatment rooms, a manicure station, an 8-piece Technogym a steam room, sauna, spa pool, and a 9-metre indoor splash pool. In the summer you can enjoy the outdoor pool set in the manicured gardens or have a drink on the terrace whilst catching some rays.

A classic room at Rhinefield House features a king-size bed, clad in crisp linens and surrounded by plush carpets and curtains framing the windows onto the forest. A suite at Rhinefield includes a little more space, plus integrated period details such as fireplaces, oak panelled walls and luxurious roll-top baths

A spa hotel in the New Forest with a delicious restaurant

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A classic country house hotel in the heart of the New Forest, Blamer Lawn seamlessly blends the traditional with the modern, and emphasises comfort along with great service.

The Saltus Spa is the perfect place to enjoy an invigorating massage or a rejuvenating facial, all in partnership with ESPA products. If you are looking to splurge then opt for a Hot Stone Massage, which includes a full-body therapeutic massage, plus the aromatherapy power of using warm volcanic stones to soothe aches and pains in tense muscles and leave you feeling like a new person.

If you’re a devoted foodie, then this is definitely the hotel for you! The Beresfords Restaurant is an award-winning eatery, serving up delicious seasonal fare featuring the finest local produce and guaranteed to be mouth-watering. If your idea of a good night is a chargrilled steak followed by an extensive cheeseboard, you’ve found your tribe.

A spa hotel in the New Forest with world-class hydrotherapy facilities

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A relaxed and stylish 18thcentury manor house nestled between the New Forest National Park and the Solent, Carey’s Manor House hosts 77 bedrooms and suites, three on-site restaurants, and an award winning SenSpa.

The SenSpa is a world-class spa particularly known for its hydrotherapy facilities, combining ancient rituals with state-of-the-art technologies to create a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. The Hydrotherapy pool includes underwater benches where you can recline and enjoy the massaging bubble jets, and there’s also a detoxifying herbal sauna, a crystal steam room, a tepidarium and laconicum, plus an ice room and experience showers. Opt for an authentic Thai massage to have a transformative experience or a fun Rhassoul mud treatment where you can enjoy being covered in a healing mud paste.

Dining at Carey’s Manor House is a choice between three delicious dining venues. First is Cambium, a newly renovated fine-dining restaurant space that draws influences from the surrounding forest. The second option is Le Blaireau a hearty French brasserie serving up delicious rich home cooking, with everything that makes French cooking great, tender meat, and plenty of cream and butter. Finally, there is the Zen Garden restaurant, offering mouth-wateringly good Thai food in tranquil surroundings.