6 super spa days in Suffolk & Cambs
A little pampering goes a long way especially as we head into the colder darker months. Here's the best spa days in Suffolk & Cambs. And relaaax.
We’ve scraped through lockdown and survived a summer of cancelled foreign holidays, rainy staycays and expensive days out. So I’m calling it… Self Care September is GO and I can’t think of a better antidote to the past 18 months than spending a day wafting around in a fluffy white robe and being pampered within an inch of my life (who’s with me?)..
Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Newmarket
I love the rooftop hot tub at this pampering palace in Newmarket, definitely a choice spot to watch sunset or star-gaze. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, that’s if you can drag yourself away from the spa lounge which has healthy food (but also offers something fizzy if you don’t want to be too virtuous). Treatments are varied, from EPSA facials to more hard core treatments like microdermabrasion, fillers, dermaplaning and electrolysis. Most tempting spa day? The Fizz With Friends package, including a glass of Prosecco, full use of the spa and tote bag and slippers to take home.
A 90-minute Balinese hot stone massage with heated aromatherapy oils calms your mind as well as restoring you body (£125 and worth every penny).
Ickworth Hotel, nr Bury St Edmunds
The spa at Ickworth Hotel, a Georgian Italiante palace in acres of Capability Brown grounds, is actually family-friendly, which sounds like an oxymoron, right? But it’s true, little ones are not only welcome but are even included in a day spa package: Time Together (£85) which includes an hour in the creche for your mini me while you have a 25-minute adult spa treatment followed by afternoon tea for two and then access to the spa for half-day together. Under 16s can also try a mini mani, pedi or facial. Want to go it alone? Don’t blame you! There are plenty of adult-only choices, including Elemis and Jessica treatments.
Make mine a 55-minute prescriptive hands-on Elemis facial, which definitely gives my skin a glow up and reduces fine lines, though I’m not entirely sure how – whatever, it works!
The Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa, Lavenham
Weavers’ House Spa is one of our absolute faves. Like the hotel, which dates back to the 15th century, this isn’t large and flashy, it’s more of an intimate place to relax where everything’s perfect and calm, from the spa boutique to the vitality pool and garden. Loving the Ladies Who Lunch package (£135) with 60-minute facial, 30-minute manicure, use of all the spa facilities and a two-course lunch with Champagne – now that’s a good day out.
Gotta be a Weavers’ House Hug (£140). The signature treatment’s 120 minutes of bliss including a facial, deep tissue massage, hot stones and stretching. It’s impossible to leave here stressed.
Gainsborough Health Club & Spa, nr Sudbury
You guys recently voted it Best Day Spa in Suffolk & Cambs in the Muddy Awards 2021 and we can see why: huuuuge pool, swish new Jacuzzi, high tech gym and treatment rooms all housed in restored 15th-Century timber-framed barns. Beauty-wise Gainsborough has everything you need for polished perfection, from gel nails and waxing to tinting, trimming and make-up using Inika organic range. Try the Drift Away Day Spa package (£65) which gives you full use of the spa, herbal tea on tap, robe and towel and choice of 50-minute massages.
Glow From Within (£65), which uses a deep-cleaning brush, extraction and eye-lifting rose quartz facial tool to transform your skin to something resembling decent.
Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne
It might look at bit red brick suburban dull, but big up the day spa packages at this lakeside hotel and health club eight miles from Cambridge, as they feel like a proper treat rather than just body maintenance. I have my eye on the Indulgence Spa Day (£94), which includes a 50-minute Elemis treatment (choose from a deep tissue or wellbeing massage or personalised facial) and then another 25-minute treatment which can be an express facial, body scrub, foot ritual, back, shoulder and neck or scalp massage. Choices, choices. There’s also a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room to enjoy when you’re between treatments.
BIOTEC Line Eraser (£74) is 50 minutes well spent if you want to look fresher for a night out / big event / life, as it really does help to iron our those facial wrinkles.
Sandpiper Pool & Spa, Somersham
Shhh…this one’s my little secret. Tucked down a quiet country track on the edge of Somersham, this is not your normal spa experience. There isn’t even a reception, as it’s actually at the bottom of a garden – yes, really. Owners Emma and Tim have converted some former farm sheds into a state-of-the-art wellness space with a heated pool, Jacuzzi, rainforest shower, pool and even a snow room! The best bit, though, is that you can hire the whole thing for yourself (and some friends if you’re feeling generous/have to organise a hen), including two treatment rooms. Three hours private spa hire from £120pp.
It’s a toss up between the reflexology facial (£50) and reflexology (£50), so I’ll have both, thanks!