The 10 Best Spa Hotels in the Lake District

Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa is one of the top spa hotels in the Lake District
Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa is one of the top spa hotels in the Lake District | Courtesy of Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa / Expedia
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10 September 2020

When it comes to a little TLC, nothing beats checking into a spa hotel for a self-indulgent pamper. Luckily, the Lake District is home to some of the most luxe lodgings in England and the UK, all complete with top-notch treatments.

Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa, Borrowdale

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Lodore Falls Hotel and Spa, Borrowdale
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Set above the rolling hills over Derwentwater, this hotel was created with relaxation in mind. Its sprawling spa complements the extensive country house retreat, complete with Elemis and La Sultane De Saba treatments, and counting a thermal suite among its amenities. Its pièce de résistance, however, is the 16m (52ft) hydro pool. Sink into its neck jets and underwater loungers, admire views of the Catbells mountain range from its huge hot tub and finish up in the glass-fronted Finnish sauna. Bliss.

Lakeside Hotel and Spa, Windermere

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.2/5 (16 Reviews)
Lakeside Hotel
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The only Aveda Spa in the Lake District, this holistic haven revels in its prime position right on Lake Windermere. Start your day with freshly squeezed OJ by the lake and a quick dip in the pool before slipping into a fluffy robe in preparation for your treatment. For the ultimate luxury, opt for a two-hour full-body massage and Lakeside prescription facial before indulging in a quintessentially British afternoon tea. You’ll head to your room with bright eyes and glowing skin.
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Rothay Garden, Grasmere

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.7/5 (76 Reviews)
Rothay Garden, Grasmere
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With its peaceful gardens, riverside setting and exquisite cuisine, Rothay Garden is the epitome of countryside chic. Its Riverside Spa is proof that the best things can sometimes come in small packages; reserved exclusively for use by overnight hotel guests, the spa has no treatment rooms, but it’s the perfect spot to relax on heated loungers by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sprawling fells. Massages, on the other hand, can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own room – just make sure you book in advance.
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Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa, Windermere

Independent Hotel
4.3/5 (305 Reviews)
Low Wood Bay Resort and Spa, Windermere
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Hidden away by the lakes of Windermere, Low Wood Bay is the ultimate secluded retreat – albeit one with luxurious rooms, huge deep-soaking bathtubs and a well-equipped spa. Using products made with natural and pure ingredients, it offers a truly holistic approach to skincare – treat yourself for up to 90 minutes of bliss with a Berry & Birch tailor-made massage, and you won’t regret it. Short on time? Sink into a rustic leather chair in the Snug for an express mani, pedi, massage or facial.
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Brimstone, Ambleside

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A stay at Brimstone is a treat for both the body and soul, offering more than just luxurious suites with log-burning stoves, emperor beds and private balconies. Incorporating elements of the Lakes into its spa, Brimstone has an array of natural and organic treatments that are designed to detox, cleanse and relax, plus thermal experiences, indoor–outdoor relaxation areas, a 20-m (66-ft) pool and a healthy deli. If you’re heading to the hotel for a romantic weekend, treat your loved one to an afternoon in the Bubble Private Spa, with a couple’s treatment and plenty of added extras.

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, Keswick

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.5/5 (104 Reviews)
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Surrounded by 162ha (400 acres) of gardens, deer park and private woodland, this luxe waterside retreat offers a huge selection of bespoke spa treatments to indulge in. Post-massage, relax in the glacial infinity pool with a glass of champagne, join a yoga class or take in the magnificent fell views from the comfort of the hot tub. If you’re planning a special occasion, you can book out the whole spa just for yourself and up to seven friends for £240.
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  • Another Place, Ullswater

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    With fell-flecked scenery, a private lakeshore and water sports on tap, this informal country-house hotel is popular among adrenaline seekers looking for a thrill. Lesser known is its Swim Club Spa, a sanctuary of exquisite massages, body scrubs, wraps and facials, as well as a Full Works option for head-to-toe pampering. Complemented by a 20-m (66-ft) infinity pool and hot tub that’s perfect for stargazing, there’s nothing they haven’t thought of.

    Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Ambleside

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (376 Reviews)
    Daffodil Hotel and Spa, Ambleside
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    Traditional on the outside and contemporary on the inside, a trip to the Daffodil Hotel & Spa is just what a spa break should be. Its award-winning spa partners with the exclusive European skincare house Germaine de Capuccini to offer a heavenly range of treatments – try the Walkers Leg Therapy to recover from all your hiking. The service is impeccable, and there’s a thermal pool, steam room and sauna to relax in if you want to make a day of it.
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    Gilpin Hotel, Windermere

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    Gilpin Hotel, Windermere
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    Gilpin Hotel is one of those truly special destinations where you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your room to indulge in some five-star pampering. Book into a detached cedar-clad Spa Lodge, and you’ll have your very own spa, with a rainmaker shower, steam room, hydrotherapy hot tub and sauna. The lodge comes complete with a cloud-like king-size bed, mood lighting, fires and a state-of-the-art music system, and massages are done in-room so you can roll straight from bed to the massage table.

    The Langdale Hotel, Great Langdale

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    Hidden away in a forested estate deep in the heart of the Lake District, Brimstone Spa at The Langdale Hotel promises all the luxuries you would expect from a tranquil spa break. With five relaxation areas and a peaceful pool, the team has even created its very own natural oils and products to use during treatments. However, for the ultimate indulgence, cocoon yourself in an Elemis Body Nourish Wrap before picking up a vitamin-boosting smoothie from the deli.
    These recommendations were updated on September 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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