Five of the Best Day Spa Breaks in the UK

With dropping temperatures and howling winds to go with the holier-than-thou New Year's resolutions and back to work blues, some spa time is, frankly, long overdue...

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Corinthia Hotel London

The spa at the Corinthia - one of our pick of the best new London hotels of 2011 - is pretty special. Despite covering over 2,500 square metres, it feels extremely intimate with its 17 private treatment pods, a Daniel Galvin hair studio and a white leather and marble spa lounge to sip champagne in, all connected around curved walls, black Tunisian marble and textured leather.

This January they’re offering a detox day spa package to help get 2012 off to a healthy, stress-free start. The package includes an introductory medical and lifestyle analysis followed by a full body salt and oil scrub, a body massage, a detoxifying algae wrap, full use of the thermal floors (including the unique amphitheatre sauna and mosaic steam room), a dip in the sunken stainless steel and marble pool and a two-course detoxifying lunch to finish.

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Prices start from £195 per person. To book the January detox day spa package at Corinthia Hotel London call 0207 321 3050 or email espalife.london@corinthia.com.

Or read our full review of Corinthia Hotel London

Blythswood Square, Glasgow

What the Corinthia Hotel is to London, Blythswood Square is to Glasgow – namely, a new luxury hotel which offers one of the very best spa breaks in the UK. This January the sybaritic 10,000 square-foot spa is offering a unique lemon detox package. Favoured by many a celeb, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Beyonce, it’s the ultimate way to clear those Christmas toxins and raise your energy levels. You can choose between the lemon detox day, which includes a thermal experience, seaweed bath, consultation, 60-minute relaxing body scrub or wrap and six of the lemon detox formulas to be taken throughout the day. Or, if you’re after a serious cleanse, you can go for the three-day lemon detox break, which as three days of full-on pampering and relaxation, finally sounds like a detox we might actually stick to...

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Prices start from £200 per person. To book the lemon detox package at Blythswood Square call 0141 240 1622 or email spa@blythswoodsquare.com.

Or read our full review of Blythswood Square

The Feversham Arms, Yorkshire

The gorgeous Feversham Arms is set within the small market town of Helmsley, right on the edge of the North York Moors. And their award-winning Verbena Spa is obviously fully aware of how in need most of us are of a New Year pick-me-up, as throughout January and February they’re offering the ‘Reviver Retreat’ day spa package. For £99 per person, it includes the Verbena full body massage, an Elemis Frangipani wrap and a skin facial which you can indulge in before hiding away in the cocoon area with its sauna and soothing aromatherapy room, or, alternatively, braving a chilly walk to get to the outdoor hot tub.

Prices start from £99 per person. To book the Reviver Retreat day spa package at The Feversham Arms call 01439 772930 or email info@verbenaspa.com.

Or read our full review of The Feversham Arms

Calcot Manor, Cotswolds

If the thought of spending a full day (or three) in a spa seems a bit much, but complete relaxation and plenty of pampering is still an absolute must this January, Calcot Manor has come up with a brilliant option in their ‘Twilight’ spa package. The deal is you can spend a whole day out and about in the idyllic Cotswolds (or maybe just holed up in a country pub by the fire) before retreating to the hotel spa at 5.45pm to begin an evening of candlelit relaxation. You get full use of the sauna, steam room, relaxation areas, indoor pool and outdoor hot tub, followed by a 25-minute treatment of your choice and an evening supper at the Gumstool Inn at 8.30pm.

Prices start from £70 per person. To book the Twilight spa package at Calcot Manor call 01666 891232 or email spa@calcotmanor.co.uk.

Or read our full review of Calcot Manor

Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, Bath

Where better to enjoy an indulgent New Year spa break than in one of the UK’s original spa towns? Bath’s spa credentials date all the way back to AD 70 – although these days you can enjoy a more luxurious take on the Roman bath, most notably in the form of the Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel with its 15-metre indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, infrared heat cabin, rock sauna, experience showers, ice room, aroma steam and salt infusion rooms and hydrotherapy pool. As part of the 'Mini Pamper' spa package, you can use all of these and get a treatment for just £45 per person, or enjoy one of the January discounts on the Decleor aroma body silk glistener treatment or a deluxe pedicure.

Prices start from £45 per person. To book the Mini Pamper spa package at Macdonald Bath Spa call 01225 476862.

Or read our full review of Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel

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