Liverpool is a city with great nightlife, plenty of culture, and an UNESCO World Heritage city centre. But when you are looking for somewhere to relax and escape the stress of daily life, Liverpool and the surrounding area is home to some fabulous wellness and spa hotels, all within an hour’s drive.
So why not treat yourself to a weekend of R&R in pools, saunas and luxury hotel rooms – or even splash out on a spa treatment such as a massage or facial? There’s something for everyone in this list of 5 sumptuous spa hotels within an hour of Liverpool.
No.1 Thornton Hall & Spa
A delightful country house hotel, Thornton Hall features an award-winning spa previously named the Best Beauty Spa in the UK. The spa centres around a large roman-bath style pool, offering 20 metres of unhindered length-swimming. Once you’ve warmed up a bit you can head to the Hydro Spa Pools outside, where you can relax in the heat whatever the weather and maybe even treat yourself to a glass of Prosecco.
There’s a relaxing outdoor area for when the weather is good, but if not you can always use the thermal zone, an area that includes a steam room, sauna, and a snow cave – designed to exhilarate your senses providing a sharp contrast to the thermal sauna.
The Thornton Hall spa offers clinical treatments such as 3D lypo procedure or colonic hydrotherapy, alongside holistic treatments such as massages and facials. If you are preparing for a special event then the hair and make-up studio will help you to shine your brightest.
All 62 bedrooms at Thornton Hall are individually decorated, making the hotel feel like a smaller boutique or design hotel where every room reflects its own personality. Every room includes features such as Smart TVs, offering a huge selection of channels, Netflix, Love film plus BBC iPlayer and Skysports. The hotel offers everything from a Penthouse suite, to large suite-style rooms with four-poster beds and plush furnishings, Executive Boutique Rooms, and classic Club Bedrooms with all the trimmings of a 4-star hotel.
No.2 Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa
Formby Hall is one of the most prestigious spa hotels in the North West and features a luxury retreatdesigned to be a haven from the toils of every-day life. The spa features seven luxury treatment rooms where you can have anything from a relaxing massage with ESPA amenities, a manicure using O.P.I nail varnish, to a professional fake-tan using Fake Bake Gold.
The 20-metre swimming pool is complemented by several foot spas, steam rooms and ice fountains so that you can test your limits by going from hot to cold as often as you wish. Take some time out from all the different treatment rooms and chill-out on a heated relaxation bed, before continuing your spa tour by testing out the dry float bed and the Rasul mud steam room.
Set in 200 acres of parkland at the heart of England’s Golf Coast, the hotel’s 18-hole Championship course is the jewel in its crown. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this golfers’ paradise.
Each of the luxurious hotel rooms are individually decorated and include spacious four-piece bathrooms, plasma TVs, hairdryers, fridges and full internet access so you’ll have everything you need to keep you comfortable throughout your stay.
No.3 Carden Park
Cheshire’s country estate, Carden Park is nestled in 1,000 acres of countryside, the perfect luxury getaway within an hour of Liverpool. With 196 bedrooms and a Championship Nicklaus golf course it’s the perfect location for a girls’ and guys’ getaway where the guys can Tee-up and the girls can hit the spa.
The spa facilities include a fully equipped gym which overlooks the 20-metre swimming pool, perfect for relaxing in after a hard work out. Free your body of toxins by spending some time in the sauna and the steam room, before heading to the hydrotherapy pool to get your circulation going.
Strands hairdressers is conveniently located next to the Carden Spa, so once you have finished being pampered you can head next door to have your hair cut, shaped and styled ready for the evening. Strands is also well-known for its bridal hair styling which is very convenient if you are getting married at the hotel.
Carden Park offers everything from suites, to family rooms and standard double rooms. A Carden luxury suite is the utmost in opulence. The stylish décor, floor to ceiling windows, deep stone bubble bath and selection of cakes accompanied by a sparkling wine are waiting to greet you as you enter the room. The windows offer unprecedented views over the vast golf course and both the bedroom and bathroom feature special star-light ceilings.
No.4 Double Tree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool
Liverpool city centre
Located in a historic building in the heart of Liverpool, the Doubletree by Hilton is a grand affair of Corinthian columns, sweeping staircases, Italian mosaic floors and contemporary interiors with modern amenities. One of our favourite things about any Double Tree is the signature warm chocolate chip cookie you get on arrival – it sets the tone for the rest of your stay in exactly the right way.
The Eforea Spa is an oasis in the heart of the city. Featuring an aroma steam room, sauna, whirlpool and hydrotherapy pool, the spa area is a haven of relaxation surrounded by several dedicated rooms providing indulgent beauty and body treatments . Spoil yourself with a relaxing facial or a full-body exfoliation followed by a de-toxifying body wrap and come out feeling like a new person.
The spa features a health and fitness suite lined with state-of-the-art equipment. The cardio machines all feature integrated flat screen TVs so you can tune out whilst you work out, plus an iPod dock should you wish to simply listen to your own playlist.
Guest rooms at The Doubletree are modern and elegant, decorated in neutral tones, with large Sweet Dreams beds, complimentary WiFi and plenty of space should you need to get a bit of work done. Treat yourself by booking into a suite, and enjoy luxuries such as an Xbox, mini bar, Elemis bath products, a private dining area and original architectural details.
No.5 Liverpool Marriott Hotel
A four-star luxury hotel in the centre of bustling Liverpool, The Marriott Hotel is the perfect getaway for combining spa time with shopping and a night out on the town. Located inside the hotel is the Urban Peace Health & Beauty Spa, featuring a wide range of spa and salon treatments using luxury spa products to leave you feeling utterly pampered.
Treat yourself to a manicure or specialist eye treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and leave your eyes feeling fresher and brighter. Or, perhaps you would prefer an all-over body scrub to leave you gleaming from head to toe?
The spa includes a large indoor swimming pool, surrounded by relaxation beds and a fitness centre including a free-weights section alongside cardiovascular equipment. For when you are finished, there’s also a sauna to de-toxify your skin.
The hotel restaurant, The Lounge, is a casual bar and grill serving hearty pub fair including salads, burgers and more. In the mornings, it hosts a large buffet breakfast for a reasonable price or if you prefer, a continental breakfast. All the bedrooms at The Marriott Hotel are bright and airy, offering plenty of space, large deluxe beds, fluffy carpeted floors and well-appointed en-suite bathrooms.
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