Sometimes, all you need is a darn good pamper, or somewhere to relax, switch off, and indulge your sybaritic side. Here you’ll find our reviews of relaxing hotels around the world – the best of which can ease your body and mind into chilled-out oblivion.
Some of these are spa hotels and spa resorts in beautiful locations with proper grown up spas, some are city spas that provide a retreat in busy times, some are hotels that offer treatments either in-room or in a simple treatment room, and a handful are just quiet places to retreat without any treatments at all.
At Queen of Retreats we believe that the perfect hotel for a spa break doesn’t yet exist – but some of these come darn close. If you’re after a fully immersive retreat experience, read our reviews of spa retreats and holistic hideaways, many of which offer pamper packages.
Watergate Bay Hotel review
Surf & spa in Cornwall
This unpretentious but cool family-friendly hotel set right on the beach at Watergate Bay offers contemporary rooms decked...
Schloss Pichlarn review
Superb ayurveda spa hotel
Schloss Pichlarn is grand without being grandiose. Based around an old castle, with views of the surrounding mountains,...
vigilius mountain resort review
A luxurious holistic spa in Italy
Accessible only by cable car, Vigilius mountain resort is a luxury 5-star eco haven 1500m high above the...
A musical massage at Bota Bota in Montreal, Canada
‘It’s unlike any other spa treatment room I ever been in, chiefly because of the presence of both...
Happy in Hampshire at Four Seasons spa hotel
‘In a hot bath I read Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining - a book of quotes offered...
A spot of city soothing at Espace Nomad eco spa in Montreal
‘Therapist Sophie Gaspard has the indefinably soothing energy of a natural-born healer’ - Jini Reddy experiences Espace Nomad
Kick starting The Fast Diet in Mauritius
Caroline Sylger Jones tries out Mimi Spencer’s ‘Kickstart the Fast Diet’ package for guests at Constance Le Prince...
Refined R&R at Seaham Hall in Durham
‘The treatment felt like the ultimate in cosseting, and I was fit for little apart from snoozing when...
Relax and revive in Wales
This white-painted, 16th century manor house near Machynlleth in the Powys countryside is set in 14 acres of...
Barnsley House review
Gorgeous hotel with a garden spa in Gloucestershire
For romantics and comfort lovers, this 17th century Cotswold stone house is set in the quiet village of...
Italian mountain cool at Alpina Dolomites
“The highlight for me was the stunning indoor-outdoor pool with panoramic mountain views." - Louisa Carter experiences Alpina...
A child free spa break at The Magdalen Chapter Hotel, Exeter
‘Might they change the fire room to a fully-functioning, tight-muscle-zapping hydrotherapy hot tub?’ - Caroline Sylger Jones checks...
In need of a little warmth at Hotel Therme Vals, Switzerland
'It’s like the Marmite of the spa world – you’ll either love it or hate it' - Louisa...
A sensory stopover at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
‘Beautiful, barefooted women in immaculate silks float like angels whose only purpose is to remove your burdens’ -...
Hiding away in style at Rosa Alpina, Italy
I felt cosseted, spoilt and yet able to retain my privacy thanks to the perfect blend of slightly...
Diary of a Maldivian retreat
'There are others about, but it doesn’t feel like it - we feel cocooned and undisturbed in our...
Ragdale Hall review | health spa Leicestershire UK
'The bright colours and retail spaces made it feel a bit like being in a smart Debenhams, and...
Getting close to nature at Delphi Mountain Resort, Ireland
‘The wild hills of Mayo aren’t just on the doorstep; they are the doorstep’ - Lucy Greeves checks...
On a spa sleepover at Coworth Park, Surrey
‘Flowers are what I remember most about my stay at Coworth Park’ - Caroline Sylger Jones checks...