As summer officially closes its doors, the big chill of winter is already ready and waiting. That’s right, the nights are going to start getting darker much earlier and the time for layers is officially upon us.

During this time of year, it can be very tempting to stay indoors and lock away the world. But, rather than doing that, why don’t you treat yourself to a fabulous little spa trip. That way, you’re getting out of the house but staying indoors, while getting pampered at the same time.

But, you don’t want to go for any old spa, with it being a treat, go for something a little different.

From the luxury of London to Southampton’s ship spa, there are many places to visit with a twist, and trains from London Victoria to Southampton Central can connect you easily. But, there are others in the UK too that can easily be reached from these places, and below, you’ll find four of the best UK spas, with a difference, to visit.

The Midas touch

If you’re looking for something that screams decadence, then you’ll need to head to the spa at Hilton Park Lane in London. Offering a wondrous golden touch, this spa will cover you in 24 karat gold in oil form. Renowned for its anti-ageing and firming properties, this has been used in ancient medicine and skin care for centuries, and now, you can experience the wonders of gold yourself. 


If you’re a vegan, you’ll know it’s not just your food you have to think about, as animal products are used in all walks of life. This is particularly true of some skincare and spa treatments. But, if you head down to Cornwall, The Scarlett offers some of the best vegan treatments you could imagine. With stunning views overlooking the beach at Mawgan Porth, this clifftop spa is perfect for those vegans that need to feel relaxed.

Frosty therapy

Now, hear me out. While you’re trying to escape the cold, snow therapy may not be at the top of your list. But, at Lion Quay Spa in Shropshire, ther snow treatments are something that needs to be experienced. Inspired by a Finnish tradition, you’ll enter the -10-degree room, filled with icy rocks and crevasses, before stepping into a sauna and steam room afterwards. The cold is said to boost the respiratory system and your blood circulation.

Aqua time

Finally, if you love water and relaxation, the aqua massage at Gainsborough Bath Spa in Bath is just for you. All taking place within a bathing pool inside an 18th-century mansion, this 45-minute treatment will see a therapist guide you through the water while helping to relax your body, while loosening you up ready for a winter of peace.

So, what are you waiting for, go and get relaxed this winter before Christmas and New Year take it out of you.