An English winter is typically rather gray, bleak and, of course, wet—more of a Caspar David Friedrich landscape than a verdant Monet. So without question the most inviting way to while away the last few weeks of the season is at a tranquil hotel spa.
Much in the United Kingdom has progressed beyond the tepid waters of the Roman baths in Somerset. Take the magnificent ESPA Life Spa at the Corinthia Hotel in London, whose building was originally built in 1885; the newly renovated boutique Cotswolds hideaway Dormy House, with its candlelit indoor infinity pool; or the lovely Chewton Glen, located steps away from New Forest National Park and awash in active pursuits and natural approaches to treatments.
Stays at these spas are full service to say the least, including not only stellar treatments for face and body, but nutrition, fitness and wellness-related instruction and top-tier staff at the ready. And the bucolic surroundings—stately Victorian homes, cobblestone lanes, thatched cottages—produce an aesthetic that is all its own. We’ve pulled 12 of them that will leave you feeling rested, revitalized and eager to return for more.