The Best Spa Hotels in Bournemouth, UK

The Hilton Bournemouth has great sea views
The Hilton Bournemouth has great sea views | Courtesy of Hilton Bournemouth / Expedia
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4 January 2021

Think Bournemouth and, undoubtedly, the beach, Oceanarium and pier come to mind – but the seaside town also boasts plenty of spa and wellness retreats in which to spend a relaxing few days. From classic clifftop hotels to an eight-bedroom townhouse, here are the best places to get away from it all in one of the UK’s favourite coastal resorts.

Hilton Bournemouth

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Hilton Bournemouth
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The concept behind the eforea Spa and Health Club at the Hilton Bournemouth is ‘emerging brighter’. And you certainly will with one of its facial and body treatments (such as hot stones, freestyle or deep tissue massages) or a ‘relax and glow’ therapy involving a salt glow followed by a back massage. The rooftop bar has great sea views and cocktails – try the signature bournemouth pier martini.
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The Connaught Lodge

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The Connaught Lodge, Bournemouth
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The location is just a short walk from the city centre but it’s not hard to get away from it all at this classy hotel up on West Cliff. The hot tub and sauna at the adjacent Connaught Hotel and Spa are free and there’s an 18m (59ft) indoor swimming pool next to which you can relax in a wicker lounger. The Lower Gardens are nearby, where you can enjoy a relaxing stroll or a round of minigolf.

Riviera Hotel and Holiday Apartments Bournemouth

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Riviera Hotel and Holiday Apartments Bournemouth
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The Riviera certainly lives up to its name with beautiful views across Bournemouth Bay from its location in Alum Chine – a chine being a deep and narrow ravine cut by a watercourse running steeply to the sea. Alum Chine runs down to the beach and has tropical gardens facing the sea. The leisure club at Riviera Hotel has a pool, bubbling spa bath and relaxation room in which you can chill before heading for a beauty treatment, or relax after a gym session or swim.
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The Connaught Hotel and Spa Bournemouth

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The Connaught Hotel and Spa Bournemouth
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Connected to the Connaught Lodge, this boutique hotel offers the full spa experience, with four treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge, a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gym – and that indoor swimming pool. Treatments include the New Beginnings and Yummy Mummy to Be pregnancy massages and facials; the Go Guy facial just for men; the Power Breakfast Facial with nutritious scrub and mask; and the Champagne & Truffles deluxe facial with skin truffle mask.
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Marsham Court Hotel

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Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth
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The location by the beach and pier from this venue is perfect – and the view of the sea from the outdoor heated pool is even better. This East Cliff hotel is the perfect choice for dog lovers too – it offers seven dog-friendly bedrooms, which come with creature comforts including a dog bed, blanket, treats and a ball thrower. Dogs can dine with their owners in the bar, The Snug and on the terrace and there’s even a menu for canines with all dishes prepared fresh in the kitchen.
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  • Durley Dean Hotel

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    Durley Dean Hotel, Bournemouth
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    This red-brick, Victorian, townhouse hotel certainly looks the part of the classic seaside hostelry. It’s also got great spa facilities, offering a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. One- and two-night spa breaks get you full use of these and a choice of treatments, a dinner allowance in the hotel’s No. 28 restaurant and a full English breakfast.
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    Best Western Hotel Royale

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    Best Western Hotel Royale, Bournemouth
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    This hotel in East Cliff has sheltered gardens, great for a quiet walk to enjoy the sea air. The accommodation also includes chalets for family retreats. Then there’s the leisure club, with an indoor pool with wood-framed walls and ceiling. Guests can access the spa facilities at the Connaught Hotel and Spa, also a Best Western, and just a short drive away.
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    Yellowstones Beach House

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    Yellowstones Beach House, Bournemouth
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    This boutique self-catering holiday house is rented in its entirety and has eight bedrooms sleeping up to 26 people. You can rent a hot tub in the large rear garden and there’s also a sauna. Two-hour surf lessons are available with all kit provided and when you’re not out catching some waves, there’s a games room and a double cinema lounge for kicking back.
    These recommendations were updated on January 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.