The Best Luxury Spas in Essex – Where To Relax and Unwind in Style

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spa treatmentEssex is home to a large number of luxury spas. From rural retreats to chic hotels close to local shops and restaurants, there is guaranteed to be one that tickles your fancy. To help you choose, we’ve picked some of our favourites from around the county. Feel free to add those that we have overlooked in the comments below. We are happy to review your spa too if you wish!

Elemis Spa

Prested Hall in Colchester (01376 573300) is one of the prettiest hotels in the area. It’s also home to the Elemis Spa, where you can choose from an extensive list of treatments and be pampered with luxury products from the Elemis and bareMinerals ranges.

Kukana Spa

Orsett Hall (01375 893089) is one of the most well-known destinations for proms and weddings in the area; but did you know that there’s a spa there too? The Kukana Spa offers everything from massages to spray tans; and there’s a superb bridal package too.

Reflections Spa

Reflections Spa (01245 476333) is set in the gorgeous grounds of Pontlands Park Hotel in Great Baddow. With two heated pools, two jacuzzis and a fantastic steam room, it’s perfect for those who want to get away from it all and just relax.

Lifehouse Spa Hotel

The Lifehouse Spa Hotel (01255 860050) is located near the popular seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea. As well as massages and facials, they offer a recovery treatment package. This is aimed at those recovering from cancer, illness, stress or bereavement; and really helps those who need to to take a little time out for themselves.

Maison Talbooth

Maison Talbooth (01206 322367) in Colchester boasts a fantastic day spa that offers a wide range of treatments. Deep tissue massages and holistic therapies are star attractions – but this spa also offers great treatments for men, making it perfect for couples.

Peake Spa

Stoke By Nayland is the home of Peake Spa (01206 262836), a luxurious retreat in the heart of Essex. Guests can book a spa day or a longer spa break and it’s perfect for spa connoisseurs too – as it’s one of the only spas in the area to offer Hammam and Rasul Mud Therapy packages.

Greenwoods Spa

The Greenwoods Hotel (01277 829990) in picturesque Stock is where you’ll find one of the best spas in the area. Greenwoods Spa has an extensive list of treatments and packages; and uses high end brands such as Elemis, Le Sultane de Saba and Jessica to deliver fantastic results.

Clarice House Colchester

The Colchester branch of the popular Clarice House (01277 829990) is a stylish place to unwind. Treatments range from the Universal Contour Wrap to traditional ritualistic massages from around the world.


The Essex Golf and Country Club has another string to its bow – a fantastic spa! Aura (01787 224743) is where you’ll be able to treat yourself to massages, beauty treatments and nail care. Hot stone massages and Reiki are also available.

Roslin Retreat

Situated on Southend’s seafront, the Roslin Retreat (01702 586375) at the Roslin Beach Hotel is a spa not to be missed out on. Their manicures and pedicures are some of the best in the industry; and the Lava Shell massages are truly blissful experiences.

You don’t have to travel far!

RSF Bathrooms
Photo: An RSF design installation

If you treat yourself to a visit to one of the above spas, then we’re sure that you’ll leave refreshed and invigorated.

However, you can create your own spa at home! Redecorating and revamping your bathroom will help you recreate the spa experience – a new suite, tiles, and modern fixtures will bring it up to date. Get in touch with an Essex based bathroom designer to learn how to turn your old bathroom into a personal spa!

Try some smaller changes if you’re on a budget. Some fluffy towels, candles and relaxing music will take your bathroom from zero to hero in no time at all, letting you enjoy the spa experience without stepping out of your front door.

So whether you visit a spa or create your own, know that you’ve well and truly earned this pampering!

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