There can’t be many people who don’t enjoy a chance to be pampered and preened on a weekend away and a spa break in lovely surroundings can tick all the boxes.
Booking a getaway surprise as a gift can be a real treat for all involved as the giver can get to tag along too, making an outing to a spa an ideal choice for a Mother’s Day present.
Like holidays and mini-breaks, spa break bookings have been in increasing demand since Covid restrictions lifted and – especially after the past two stressful years we’ve all shared – they can be just when is needed to soothe away the stresses of life.
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Whether looking for that Mother’s Day gift, just fancy some ‘me time’ or are in need of that serious de-stress, there are plenty of spas across the North East which can fit the bill. Here is a list of venues in the Newcastle area, or within easy driving distance of the city centre, which are open to customers to unwind.
Slaley Hall, Coal Road, Hexham, NE47 0BX
Slaley Hall spa is nestled in 1,000 acres of serene Northumberland countryside where it invites customers to unwind and recharge.
Its Serenity Spa boasts a 20-metre pool with a massage station and it has a black granite steam room with amethyst crystal; a sauna with quartz crystal; outdoor hot tubs; a fitness studio and hydrotherapy pool.
There are nine treatment rooms, including a Luxe Dual suite and a ‘finishing touches’ studio with a range of products to add to customers’ home spa routines.
It has also partnered-up with skin care brand Elemis on its spa break products. Options include:
Slaley Holistic Body Experience
An all-encompassing treatment starting with a full-body skin brushing and exfoliation to prepare the skin, then a deep body, face and scalp massage using a blend of essential oils to suit individual requirements.
The 50 minutes treatment is £129 from Monday to Thursday and £139 on Friday and Saturday.
This 50-minute Elemis aromatherapy massage uses a blend of individually-chosen oils and is described as “lavishly hydrating”. The cost is £84 (£94 on Friday and Saturday).
There are also packages to look out for which come with use of the hotel’s leisure facilities and including a Twilight offer, with a glass of prosecco, and Serenity, Indulgence and Ultimate packages which include both fizz and a light lunch.
A current spring offer includes a free Elemis gift worth £54 when booking a one or two-night getaway, including a treatment, dinner and breakfast before April 3 for stays until May 15: see here.
For more booking details see here.
All About You – Urban Beauty Retreat, Grey Street Hotel, Newcastle, NE1 6AE
The “All About You” ethos of the retreat sees it offer a chilled-out environment to relax and have personalised treatments using brands such as Elemis, OPI, Delilah and Lycon and including an array of facials, massages, body treatments, manicure, pedicures.
A former winner and a finalist last year in the Professional Beauty awards, it describes itself as an “oasis of calm” hidden away in Grey Street and an idea of its ‘All About’ packages include a separate focus on face, body, hands and feet or men plus ones including hotel stays.
Deluxe Pamper Package
- 30-minute Elemis facial
- 30-minute hot stone back massage
- A glass of prosecco
This costs £75. See here.
Winter Warmer Package
This current treat offers a back massage and scalp massage, using warm essential oils, for £49.50.
Another included in the energy-boosting and ‘muscle ease’ category is an hour-long Garden of England Rose Restore, conjuring up a walk in an English rose garden with a hydrating massage and micro wrap using rose, camelina and poppy seed oils, for £65. See here for the whole menu.
What’s your favourite spa in the area? Let us know in the comments below.
Malmaison, Newcastle Quayside, NE1 3DX
Malmaison Spa in the city hotel is doing its bit to conjure up a world of calming therapies, including packages which offer aromatherapy and deep tissue and salt scrub treatments as well as tailor-made top-to-toe experiences and spa nights in.
The spa is only from Friday to Sunday.
Half-day Holistic Body Care
This lasts for two-and-a-half hours and for £145 on weekdays and £155 at weekends. It includes:
ESPA Inner Beauty Facial
ESPA Inner Calm Back Massage
Prescriptive Manicure or Pedicure
Lunch with a glass of fizz and chocolates.
Afternoon Tea Spa
Guests can choose two 30-minute treatments – from Back Massage, Scalp Massage, Express Facial, Salt Scrub or File and Polish on hands or feet.
They can wrap up in their towel, robe and slippers in between and enjoy afternoon tea.
The cost is £90 (£100 at weekends). For the whole range of what’s on offer, including overnight packages, see here.
City Retreat, Jesmond, Osborne Road, Newcastle, NE2 2AL
A stone’s throw away from the centre of Newcastle, this Jesmond spa (there’s also the branch in Grey Street) offers treatments ranging from massages, luxury manicures and pedicures to non-surgical face and body lifting plus packages. It says they offer the “perfect Mother’s Day treat”.
Seventh Heaven Spa Retreat
Among the options is this five-hour package for £170.
- Full use of private spa suite
- AromaWorks nurturing back massage with hot stones
- Elemis Skin Solutions Prescription Facial
- Hands and feet retreat
- Afternoon tea and refreshments
Chill-Out Spa Retreat – lasting 2 hours 45 minutes, this includes full use of the private spa suite and steam room, a full Signature body massage and refreshments for £95. See here.
Beauty at Gosforth Park, Gosforth Park Hotel, Newcastle, NE3 5HN
The Gosforth Park Hotel spa aims to revitalise health, body and mind with its extensive range of treatments and products.
On the menu are anti-ageing facials, aromatherapy massages, pedicures and manicures, waxing, St Tropez tanning and eyelash treatments.
Indian Head Massage
This massage performed on shoulders, neck, scalp and face is said to be excellent for relieving stress, tension and headaches. It costs £35.
A reflexology session for £50 focuses on the feet and lower leg with the aim of encouraging healing; reducing stress and tension and improving general health and well-being.
The Spa at Ramside, Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club, Durham, DH1 1TD
Having undergone a multi-million-pound revamp in 2015, this spa at Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham has one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pool set-ups in the UK – a 25-metre pool, an outdoor vitality pool, a balcony infinity pool and a spa garden along with a variety of steam rooms, saunas and a mud chamber – and it has been nominated in the past in the Good Spa Guide Awards’ Best for Wellness category.
Twilight Weeky – this includes use of spa facilities from 6pm until 10pm, with fluffy robes, and a two-course dinner in the Fusion restaurant.
This costs £79. See here.
Natura Bisse Spa Day with Facial
- Full access to the spa facilities from 9am-5pm
- Hour-long Natura Bisse Citrus Essence Facial, designed to stimulate collagen production and renew skin firmness while improving luminosity and hydration
- Diamond Instant Glow
- Signature Massage
- Two-course lunch included in the Fusion Restaurant.
This is advertised Monday to Thursday but currently shows first availability from April 1, for £195. See here.
For more information on the full range of packages and treatments see here.
Seaham Hall, Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham, SR7 7AG
The Seaham Hall hotel in County Durham previously has been nominated for a Best for Customer Service award for its relaxing Serenity Spa.
Guests are immediately whisked away from the outside world as they enter an underground walkway of pebbles with running water on each side and then there are 17 treatment suites to choose from plus a 20m pool, outdoor hot tubs and a sun terrace.
A full-day spa session includes
- Access to spa facilities from 9am-5pm, including the outdoor hydro pool in its landscaped Spa Garden
- A two-course lunch served in the Pan Asian Ozone Restaurant
- Choice of a 60-minute Temple Spa or Ishga Treatment Ritual to ‘reconnect the senses’ and leave customers rested and energised
The Temple Spa choice is a Drift Away Massage; a ‘My Kinda Skin’ or a Top to Toe Ritual.
The Ishga choice is an Invigorating Massage; a Regenerating Facial or a Top to Toe Ritual. This seems hugely popular and you might resort to booking for next year, at £165.
Twilight Spa – priced at £95, this includes access to the award-winning spa facilities from 6pm-10pm, including the Spa garden which is extra relaxing in the evenings and a two-course dinner in the Pan Asian Ozone Restaurant: see here.
Keep an eye out here for spa deals.
Rockliffe Hall, Darlington, DL2 2DU
Ideal for any weather, the hotel’s spa garden has two outdoor hot pools – including an infinity-edge hydrotherapy pool, which it is says is perfect for keeping guests warm even on a chilly autumn evening, with massage features and a Jacuzzi.
There’s a glass-fronted sauna cabin too, offering views of the grounds.
There are also lounging areas, a fire pit, water feature, decking with underfloor heating and various packages which include use of the wet spa and wellness facilities and a spell in the Spa Garden. The hotel also has a new spa restaurant, Nu Sana.
Available from £95 Monday to Thursday until September, this treat invites you to arrive at 11am; don fluffy robes and slippers and:
- Relax and enjoy the award-winning spa facilities including the swimming pool, thermal suite, hydrotherapy pool, outdoor hot tub, bucket drench, loungers and experience showers until 2pm
- End the day with a two-course late lunch in Nu Sana or afternoon tea in the Old Hall
Costing £165 for two hours, this promises a top-to-toe rejuvenation designed to bring about a sense of wellbeing.
Created exclusively for Rockliffe Hall, it uses mineral-rich Himalayan salt; warming arnica and therapeutic bamboo massage tools. It includes a facial using a blend of Goji berry and macadamia oil to ‘sooth, repair and nourish’ stressed skin.
Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF
The country house in Tees Valley has a lakeside spa with an outdoor hot tub, a herbal sauna, salt inhalation room and conservatory and offers a luxury location for afternoon tea, drinks or a bite to eat.
It also has been nominated in the Good Spa Guide Awards’ Best for Customer Service category.
Mother and Me Tea
Designed especially for Mother’s Day and available from March 21-30, this £160 for two treat combines a treatment with afternoon tea served in the Spa Conservatory at lakeside Spa. The visit includes:
- 30-minutes Express Manicure while enjoying a glass of Prosecco
- 30-minutes Express Facial
- Afternoon Tea
Those wanting to indulge a bit more can add use of spa facilities for two hours for £30 each. See here.
ESPA Body Wrap
Costing £65, this 60-minute treatment is out to purify the body or deeply replenish skin through use of naturally detoxifying Algae or nourishing Marine Mud. It includes:
- A Skin brush
- Body exfoliation
- Algae or mud wrap
- Scalp massage
Spa deals and offers
Voucher websites also often run spa offers, especially for groups and special events such as hen parties – take a look at the likes of Living Social, Wowcher and Groupon and check out the Newcastle pages.
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