4 of the best spas

Sometimes you just need to look after number one – try a break at one of these great Sussex spas.

Utopia Spa at Alexander House Hotel, Turners HillThis award-winning countryside retreat nestles in the Sussex countryside amid 170 acres of private gardens, and with an emphasis on the holistic spa experience, it’s a chance to heal your body and soothe your soul at the same time. Relax and prepare yourself in a personal changing room with steam room, sauna and monsoon showers, then let one of the spa therapists tailor a sensory spa treatment, just for you. Take some time out to relax in one of the hot spas, chill in the subterranean plunge pools or take tea in the garden, then retire to one of the specially designed hotel rooms, with direct access to the facilities and, if you’re really keen, a state-of-the-art gym. Tel: 01342 714914

Aquila Health Spa at Spread Eagle Hotel, MidhurstBringing a contemporary touch to a historic hotel, the Aquila Health Spa is a perfect place to swim, work out or try a rejuvenating body or beauty treatment in one of the three temperature controlled treatment rooms. Must-have treatments from the expert therapists include the herbal lavender repair facial, exotic frangipani body nourishing wrap, which uses flower oils from Tahiti, and aroma stone therapy. Treatments are available for men too, so it’s a great opportunity to relax as a couple in the luxurious surroundings, under the unique Scandinavian-style vaulted wooden ceiling. Tel: 01730 816911

Bailiffscourt Spa, ClimpingBuilt in the style of a Sussex barn, (and boasting a prestigious design award) this unique spa has been purpose built to provide fine health and relaxation facilites, and is one of the most luxurious in the county. Looking to nature for inspiration, polished limestone combines with natural green oak to bring a calming atmosphere to the indoor pool area, and expansive windows help to bring the outside in. The facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, outdoor pool and tennis courts, with relaxation areas and calming treatment rooms where experienced therapists offer a range of body and beauty treatments.Tel: 01903 723511

Champneys Town and City Spa, BrightonIt’s not just sprawling resorts in the countryside  that can offer a bit of pampering and some ‘me time’ – now you can unwind and relax on the high street.This Town and City Spa in Brighton can offer anything from a short manicure, an hour’s relaxation on your lunch break or an afternoon’s unwinding in calm surroundings. Incorporating everyday must-have treatments like manicures, pedicures and tanning treatments with luxury treatment rooms offering pampering therapies, there’s something for every budget and timescale, including the opportunity to take products home with you from the shop.Tel: 01273 777155

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