The Most Relaxing Spa Breaks to Book in Manchester, UK

Retreat to a sumptuous suite after your spa time at the Edwardian Manchester
Retreat to a sumptuous suite after your spa time at the Edwardian Manchester | Courtesy of the Edwardian Manchester / Expedia
Abigail Blasi

Sometimes you just need to relax, and where better to recoup and rejuvenate than in the comfort and luxury of a spa? Take a break from pounding the pavements, step away from all of the culture that’s surrounding you in Manchester and enjoy an afternoon of unwinding as you are preened and pampered in one of the many city-centre day spas and spa hotels – bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Hotel Brooklyn

Budget Hotel, Hotel

Luxury corner suite with king bed, seating area and floor-to-ceiling windows with city views at Hotel Brooklyn, Manchester
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For a slice of Guys and Dolls-era New York in Manchester, Hotel Brooklyn ticks the boxes. With all the style of a Brooklyn brownstone, inside rooms are swanky – appropriately named the Highline, Liberty, Governor and Uptown – with huge beds and terraces with views in some. Kick off your wellness break with vegan-friendly food at Runyon’s Restaurant (or drinks in the speakeasy-style hotel bar), then book into nearby day spa, Bali Health Lounge, for multi-award-garlanded massages, facials and treatments.

2. City Warehouse Aparthotel

Hotel

Comfy bedroom with grey headboard and framed black-and-white city photo at City Warehouse Aparthotel, Manchester
Courtesy of City Warehouse Aparthotel / Expedia

Although without its own wellness facilities, the City Warehouse Aparthotel is handily located close to the superb Sarasin day spa. With leather sofas, wooden floors, smart kitchen areas and dining tables, there’s everything you need here to make yourself at home, and the apartments are ideal for longer stays. Around the corner, the Sarasin has gorgeous red-walled, flower-filled interiors, and offers Thai massages and aromatic oil treatments, so you can easily transform your aparthotel stay into a spa break.

3. Waterside Hotel

Spa Hotel

Large lobby with high ceilings, burgundy striped couches and tile floors at Waterside Hotel, Manchester
Courtesy of Waterside Hotel / Expedia

The Waterside Hotel might just lay claim to being the best spa hotel in Manchester. On the city outskirts, it has extra space for impressive facilities. There’s a heated 25m (82ft) swimming pool, a sizeable gym, a hydrotherapy pool with jets and aroma- and salt-infused steam rooms. Rooms are small and simple yet comfortable, and there’s a riverside restaurant proffering healthy dishes, such as coconut king prawns with a light Thai salad.

4. Innside Manchester

Hotel

Stylish bar area with brightly colored seating and copper bar at INNSiDE by Melia Manchester
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Innside Manchester by Meliá offers another top spa in Manchester, with sleek sauna and treatment rooms for reviving tired muscles and encouraging a healthy glow. The hotel is handily located in the city centre, a short walk from Deansgate and Oxford Road. Its rooms are smart, with plum-coloured feature walls, and there’s a contemporary, colourful restaurant with a great inside-meets-outside design and lovely outdoor terrace serving up fresh Mediterranean-style fare.

5. Malmaison Manchester

Boutique Hotel

A bed and light fixture in a modern hotel room at Malmaison in Manchester
Courtesy of Malmaison / Expedia

Malmaison Manchester has the boutique brand’s signature sexy room decor, here featuring crushed velvet and king-size beds across spaces that span from snug standards to suites. The spa is particularly good, offering ESPA treatments, yoga classes and a gym. A great city-centre location and popular bar-brasserie that’s a cut above, serving calamari and beetroot-based vegan burgers, complete your wellness weekend.

6. The Edwardian Manchester

Hotel

Impressive circular dining space with high ceilings and raw-wood-backed white banquettes at Edwardian Manchester
Courtesy of Edwardian Manchester / Expedia
If you’re looking for a hotel with a spa in Manchester, the Edwardian is a peach of a place. Indeed, there’s a whole floor dedicated to self-care, with a 12m (40ft) aquamarine pool, a sauna, a steam room and a well-equipped gym. Located in the fanciful Free Trade Hall building, you’re not only centrally placed, but rooms are sumptuous and contemporary with creature comforts such as REN products, making it a superb place to unwind.

7. The Lowry

Boutique Hotel

King room at the Lowry Hotel, with gold and purple furnishings and large floor-to-ceiling window with cushioned blue seat
Courtesy of the Lowry Hotel / Booking.com

The Lowry is the type of place where doormen usher you inside and there’s champagne already on ice. But we’re still in salt-of-the-earth Manchester, mind you – so there’s no hint of stuffiness. The refurbed River Restaurant looks like Palm Springs on a plate, all mid-century modern design and millennial wall art. But when you’re not sinking martinis on the roof terrace, the serene spa offers space to dial things back. Elemis and Aromatherapy Associates sign their names to the treatments, and there’s Technogym kit and personal trainers to whip you into shape in the gym.

8. The Midland

Hotel

Stylish room in relaxing neutral tones, with taupe armchairs and black-and-white photos at the Midland, Manchester
Courtesy of the Midland / Booking.com

The Midland may have been around for more than 100 years, but she’s certainly not showing her age. That’s in large part down to her time-defying spa, where you might just step in and forget all about coffee-hopping through the Northern Quarter or filling your boots on the food scene of Ancoats. This being the brisk northern reaches of England, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a toasty thermal pool, tropical showers, a steam room and even an 85-degree sauna with a Himalayan salt-block wall to help conduct heat. Book in for a spa day, or simply a treatment, with French brand Caudalie presiding over the starry line up.

9. Harmony and Serenity Spa

Spa Hotel

Snug but stylish double room with yellow armchairs and fresh flowers at Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa
Courtesy of Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa / Expedia
Inside the Macdonald Hotel, you’ll find this luxurious spa offering half-day, full-day and weekend retreats to refresh and rejuvenate. Alongside the array of facials, massages and wraps on offer, the spa also offers specialist treatments including hot stone massages and Indian head massages. There’s also a luxurious thermal suite with a hot rock sauna, infra-red sauna, sensation shower, ice igloo, eucalyptus steam room and heated loungers available to use at an extra charge.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Emma Lavelle.

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