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Escape UK City Life with a Luxury Spa Day Retreat


Ego depletion – a relatively new term which succinctly refers to the point where you’ve been working so hard, and been relentlessly focused for a long enough stretch that your motivation is waning, your energy is beginning to flag and your projects may be suffering from it.

No one is immune, the timelines just differ from person to person, but when you feel your reserves depleting it’s time to consider a reinvigorating retreat from the incessant demands of your duties.

But, time is a limited resource so where can you go which will guarantee the relaxation, silence and beauty required to revitalise you, and return you in full fighting form to pursue your goals? We’ve combed the UK for some of the most luxurious hidden gems in the country, in order to present you with a few indulgent options. If you don’t happen to live close to these spa retreats then Air Charter Service can facilitate your private jet charter within a few minutes of the venue.

#1 St Moritz Hotel

Who’s it perfect for?

With a focus on fine dining options and their award winning Cowshed Spa, it’s fair to say that anyone would benefit from taking a break here. They cater to all – families, couples and friends – in fact anyone who is looking for a refreshing spa getaway complete with superb dishes. There’s plenty to do for active people as St Moritz also offers private surf lessons as well as kayaking and paddle boarding – which may give you time to work off all that great food. If you’re already a Cornwall resident then it’s a quick trip over to the hotel, and if you’re not it’s just a quick flight to Newquay Cornwall Airport and a 33 minute taxi ride from there.

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By Suzy Holland - Account Director

“In the dining area expect to find dishes such as crispy skinned hake served with a zingy spiced mojo picon sauce, globe artichoke and olive salsa or squid ink spaghetti ‘fruit de mer’ with tiger prawns, clams, mussels, oysters, baby squid and crab. And if, you’ve got room, order one of the unashamedly indulgent desserts such as coffee crème brûlée with cinnamon doughnuts or vanilla panna cotta with poached rhubarb and mini meringues.

Christmas is a time for family. You can carry out your all-important traditions while we stuff the turkey and light the log fire. Christmas lunch is sure to be a festive Cornish feast! Walk off any over-indulgence along Daymer Bay’s sandy shores before curling up on the sofa with mulled wine and a movie.”

#2 The Vineyard

Who’s it perfect for?

The Vineyard is located in the heart of the Berkshire countryside so if that’s close to you then it represents a great little getaway. The venue has a focus on luxury and is opulently appointed in its furnishings. It’s a privately owned 5 star hotel and the perfect spa break destination. As the name suggests it’s also a wine connoisseur's paradise and has its own award winning chef onsite. So, who’s it perfect for? Essentially anyone looking for a beautiful, quiet retreat, but for wine enthusiasts it’s arguably one of the best venues in the country. In addition to its comprehensive list of massages, facials and more, the spa also offers special treatments for couples and pregnant women.

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By Peter da Silva - PR Director

“When it comes to food and wine, we’re home to an award winning chef, Daniel Galmiche and a 30,000 bottle cellar. The Vineyard is dedicated to all things pleasure and hosts 49 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. The spa's extensive list of treatments includes a selection of signature ones, many of which use the Vineyard’s exclusive Red Grape products, fragrant with sun-ripened fruit. A selection of VitaMan treatments are also available tailored specifically to men. High-end French brand Darphin has been selected for the face and body, not to mention waxing, tinting and manicures and pedicures. The spa does not have members and is exclusively open to hotel guests only.”

#3 The Headland Hotel & Spa

Who’s it perfect for?

Whether you’re passionate about swimming and surfing, hilltop stargazing, exploring fabulous stretches of coastline, or discovering gorgeous gardens and hidden coves, Newquay is the perfect base for exploring north Cornwall any time of the year. Guests can base themselves here for a three-day break and the Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Heligan, one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK, are only 40 minutes away by car.

If your idea of a great escape from city life means quiet sightseeing then this is probably the spot for you. There are some beautiful locales directly within range, as the Headland Hotel it set high on a cliff above Newquay’s Fistral Beach (widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest surfing beaches). The pampering spa treatments also go a long way towards relaxation.

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By Peter da Silva - PR Director

“After a full English breakfast at The Headland, guests can wander down to Newquay’s charming fishing port; walk the beautiful coastal path to Watergate Bay and have lunch at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen; or try out Rick Stein’s new restaurant on Fistral Beach itself, just next door to The Headland.

Cornwall's largest rated 'Five Bubble' spa offers a wide selection of treatments that enhance relaxation and help remove stress from mind and body. Guests can also enjoy the spa's heated pool with a jet stream and bubble seats, Swedish sauna, Cornish salt steam room, aromatherapy showers and hot tub.”

#4 SenSpa

Who’s it perfect for?

Voted 'Best Spa in the South-East 2014' by the Good Spa Guide, SenSpa is a luxury Thai spa located at the award winning Careys Manor Hotel, New Forest. This beautiful spa is inspired by holistic wellness and inner beauty, and is committed to providing a spa experience focusing on the balance of mind, body and spirit with a fusion of Eastern and Western philosophies and treatments. It’s ideal for those seeking an inner peace, a break from the stresses of city life. Mothers and pregnant women especially may benefit from this sort of well-deserved pampering.

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By Lina Lotto - Spa Director

“SenSpa offers an unrivalled spa experience with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy facilities, combined with world-class treatments performed by the UK’s top Thai and western therapists’ facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, ozone pool, herbal sauna, crystal steam room, and the fantastic Zen Garden Thai Restaurant. Here you can enjoy some of the best Thai food in Hampshire. The chefs are Thai and serve authentic Thai cuisine using organic, free range and local ingredients as much as possible.”

#5 The Spa in Dolphin Square

Who’s it perfect for?

The Spa in Dolphin Square is conveniently located in the heart of London. The Spa is nestled within the confines of Dolphin Square, an urban oasis secluded from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city. If you find yourself already in London then this may be the perfect quick escape for you. Anyone suffering an especially stressful day can take a few minutes to head over to the square for some much needed relaxation.

Those in search of seclusion from busy city life can be sure to find solace in The Spa’s Moroccan inspired treatment rooms, offering a spot of luxury through unique therapies, combined with detoxifying Hammam and Rhassoul rituals or Salt Infused Steam Room.

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By Leah Whitfield - Account Manager

“Dolphin Square is London’s only spa offering the benefits of combined authentic Moroccan Hammam, Rhassoul Chamber and Salt Infused Steam Room, with each treatment utilising mineral rich water, drawn from the only working Artesian well in the City of Westminster. Products have been carefully selected to represent the spa’s core principles, including plants indigenous to Morocco – rose, eucalyptus, Argan oil – as well as herbs and honey harvested from the Dolphin Square gardens.”

In Conclusion

And there we have it. Feel free to take a look at our map showing the locations of all these escapes and remember to treat yourself to a little rest and relaxation once in a while. Personal reinvigoration is only a few minutes away if you live within one of those areas but if you find that you don’t then Air Charter Service can arrange to have you taken there and back in luxury. The next time that you need to escape city life and reward yourself with a spa day, contact us directly to book your private jet charter.

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