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HLN’s tried and tested spa experiences

We’ve tried and tested three of our favourite spas in the region and exactly what makes each spa so special…  think white fluffy robes, matching slippers, a glass of prosecco...

Written by High Life North
Published 28.02.2020

By Megan Jackson

Here at HLN, we know how hard managing the difficulties and challenges of everyday life can be…we are big believers in self-care and taking time out for you. In the busyness of the week, relaxing in the peaceful confines of a spa is nothing short of dreamy, we’re sure you can agree. Luckily for us, the North East boasts spas of award-winning status with some excellent packages for every budget.

Wynyard Hall spa

Wynyard Hall

Wynyard Hall is one of the North East’s most loved country houses and the spa just had to make our picks of the best spa experiences in the region. Set in idyllic surroundings on the edge of a beautiful lake, the setting of this award-winning spa makes Wynyard Hall the most peaceful place for a serene retreat. In keeping with the peaceful, tranquil setting of the spa, Wynyard Hall feels very private and exclusive. It is unique in the low numbers that the spa can accommodate. The maximum number of guests per session is 10 and so you can enjoy the panoramic views of the lake, outdoor hot tubs, herbal sauna and salt inhalation room in total peace without the spa feeling overcrowded or busy. Wynyard Hall offers a range of wonderful packages and treatments, but our most loved package is the appropriately named A Peaceful Escape which offers two-hours of spa time. The views of the lake provide the most picturesque backdrop to enjoy your glass of prosecco (included!) in the outdoor hot tub. Inside of the spa, the relaxation room has heated seating and a ceiling with little spotlights like stars for you to unwind under, as well as a salt inhalation room, sauna and steam room. Included in your package is a 30-minute treatment of your choice; HLN recommends the Power Breakfast Facial. Doze off in the calming treatment room and wake up with glowing skin. Win, win!

PRICE: Peaceful Escape £70 per person (Monday- Thursday), £80 per person (Friday- Sunday).

Seaham Hall spa

Seaham Hall

From the moment you arrive at Seaham Hall, you can relax and unwind in the tranquillity of the spa, letting the welcoming and friendly therapists take care of you. Seaham Hall boasts a very spacious spa with space and facilities that are unrivalled in the region including a 20-metre pool with hydro-massage stations, Hammam with snail showers and jacuzzi, Asian herbal samarium and Indian steam room with the healing amethyst crystal. You can also indulge in an incredible dining experience whilst enjoying the spa at the Pan-Asian Ozone restaurant… all in the comfort of your white, fluffy robe. Ozone offers an Asian-inspired afternoon tea that is available to book as part of your spa package, including favourites like Chicken Satay and Duck Bao Buns with refreshing sweet treats like Coconut Panacotta and Meringue Nest with Lemon Curd and Passion Fruit. How do we book?!

PRICE: package including use of the spa from 1.00pm – 5.00pm, a 45-minute treatment and the Asian-inspired afternoon tea starts at £87.50 per person.

Rockcliffe Hall spa Darlington

Rockliffe Hall

The award-winning Rockliffe Hall spa is well-known throughout the region and has been a popular location for rejuvenation, well-being and relaxation for many years. The spa’s most exceptional feature is the wonderful Spa Garden; take a good book to lie back and enjoy on the heated relaxation loungers inside or simply take in the lovely views across Rockliffe Hall’s grounds through the floor to ceiling windows. Outdoor offers an infinity pool with hydrotherapy massagers, two hot pools and a hot tub as well as decking and loungers outside. The Spa Garden sets Rockliffe Hall apart and has added an exciting and refreshing uplift to the original spa area. Rockliffe Hall worked with one of our favourite wellness brands Neom Organics to create the Spa Garden treatment menu which includes exclusive 60-90 minute treatments like meditation, shiatsu and Thai massage. Imagine how heavenly the treatment rooms smell with the luxury Neom scents… our favourite is the scent to de-stress, a blend of lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood. The Spa Garden can be booked for exclusive use for up to 20 guests… we’re thinking hen parties, birthdays or any special occasion. What better way to celebrate? White robes at the ready!

PRICE: You can add time in the Spa Garden to any Rockliffe Spa Experience from £30pp for two hours. Exclusive use of the Spa Garden is for a minimum of 14 guests and a maximum of 20.

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