This New Year, wellness has never been so important. We’ve embraced self-care like never before and are enjoying its benefits. Forget diet-fads this January and engage with mental wellbeing and relaxation as we head into 2022.

1. The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall 

The Lowdown: Built to the highest eco-standards and settled within the rugged Cornish clifftops is the Scarlet Hotel; a wellbeing sanctuary with far-reaching views of the North Atlantic coastline. This adult-only property exudes natural calm, seamlessly bringing the outside in with simple design aesthetic and tall glass walls showcasing the wild natural surrounds. Arranged over five levels, the hotel has 37 rooms, each offering unique aspects over gardens, cliffs, beach, sea and sky. 

The Spa: Scarlet is home to one of the most renowned Ayurvedic eco spas in the UK featuring a bromine-filtered indoor pool, outdoor natural reed pool, clifftop wooden sauna and restorative steam room. The Ayurvedic principles encourage guests to find total natural balance through restorative treatments which ease aches, release tension, and quieten the mind. Treatments take place in tented, lantern-lit rooms and include stillness afterwards in the deep relaxation room’s suspended cocoon pods. 

Rates at The Scarlet start from £245 on a B&B basis 

2. Bedruthan, Cornwall 

The Lowdown: A scandi-inspired retreat on top of the Cornish clifftops, Bedruthan is an idyllic retreat for creative travellers who are looking for ocean therapy. The hotel overlooks breath-taking views of Mawgan Porth Beach and makes for the perfect coastal getaway. Bedruthan offers a selection of creative opportunities to learn a new skill or craft. The property’s sea-view craft space offers studio sessions with classes led by local Cornish makers and artisans that offer expertise of all kinds for beginners and more seasoned creatives. There is an array of workshops on offer including pottery, painting, terrarium making and modern tapestry where guests can create beautiful wall hangings in the studio’s especially handmade looms – to name just a few.

The Spa: The Bedruthan Spa is a relaxed place of wellbeing – guests can slow down in the sauna, steam room, cedarwood hot tub or Roman-style caldarium before stepping into the expansive hydro pool which looks out over the North Atlantic. 

Rates at Bedruthan start from £165 on a B&B basis  

3. The Tawny Hotel, Staffordshire 

The Lowdown: Set within the 70-acre grounds of the wonderfully restored wild garden of Consall Hall Estate in Staffordshire, The Tawny Hotel is a green oasis for those in need of rejuvenation this January. Comprised of 55 idyllic Shepherds Huts, Treehouses, Boathouses, Retreats and the Lookout – each space is designed to emulate the natural surroundings. The pièce de resistance is the Plumicorn Restaurant, housed in the striking central building. Overseen by Chris Alexander, Plumicorn offers a menu that speaks of Staffordshire and the Peak District, utilising quality local ingredients sourced from the hotel’s own kitchen garden as well as the neighbouring area.

The Spa: Wellness plays a pivotal part in the experience at The Tawny; yoga mats are provided in each of the rooms to allow guests to practice on their private terraces or a quiet spot on the estate. There are reading nooks aplenty which prompt a moment to pause – other activities include bird spotting and stargazing.

 Rates at The Tawny start from £230 in the Wildwood Huts, £360 in the Lookout, £400 in the Boathouses, £420 in the Treehouses based on two sharing and inclusive of bed and breakfast. 

4. South Lodge, West Sussex 

The Lowdown: South Lodge is a quintessential West Sussex Country escape with a state-of-the-art spa, impressive dining options and unrivalled views of the South Downs. Housed in a sleek, modern building curved into the natural contours of the (93 acre) grounds have been designed with sustainability in mind.

The Spa: The spa features the UK’s first wild swimming pool which uses no chlorine or chemicals but instead oxygenates plants to clean the water making it wildlife and environmentally friendly. Other top of the range facilities include a vitality hydrotherapy pool, an indoor infinity-edge pool, fitness and gym area. Spa treatments, to name a few, include Bamboo Deep Tissue Massage, aimed at relieving tension and The Spa Infused Wrap, a detoxifying wrap infused with green, red and white tea and energising mint to increase circulation, help remove toxins and reduce fluid retention.

Rates at South Lodge start from £415 per night on a B&B basis 

5. Pennyhill Park, Surrey

The Lowdown: Tucked away in 120 acres of Surrey parkland beside the Crown Estate land is five-star luxury hotel and spa, Pennyhill Park. The hotel is home to Michelin starred restaurant, Latymer, locally-inspired restaurant, Hillfield, and 124 rooms and suites, each individually designed and some with their own outdoor space, double baths and a hot tub.

The Spa: The spa is multi-award-winning with extensive facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, a tepidarium, hot tubs and an indoor to outdoor hydrotherapy pool. Treatments include Pregnancy Massages, specially adapted for mothers over 3months to calm and ease discomfort, relaxing both mother and baby, as well as Comfort Zone Aromasoul Body Ritual, involving a unique collection of aromatherapy oils providing a deep exfoliation, hydration and firming.

Rates at South Lodge start from £425 per night on a B&B basis 

6. The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa, Yorkshire

The Lowdown: The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spain Yorkshire offers an array of experiences to provide the ultimate countryside wellness experience. The hotel is home toThe Nàdarra Spa, recently awarded the Boutique Spa of the Year by the Professional Beauty Awards, 2021.

The Spa: The property is home to two infinity pools with commanding views across the estate, a thermal experience including an infrared sauna, Finnish and Himalayan saunas, an indoor swimming pool and an aromatherapy steam room. A signature feature ofNàdarra Spa is their spectacular and considered private spa garden, in which sits two large roll-top outdoor baths where guests are welcome to indulge in The Coniston’s famous ‘Yorkshire Tea Bath’.

Rooms at The Coniston start from £129 per night on a bed and breakfast basis