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9 of the best luxurious spa days in the North East

Indulge in a little “me time” with these spa breaks North East wide – from rural retreats in Durham to Northumberland country estates and the spa hotels Newcastle are most proud of. Go on, you deserve it.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 27.09.2023


Lord Byrons Walk, Seaham SR7 7AG

Escape and recharge in the spacious, tranquil surroundings of the Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall and indulge in luxurious treatments and therapies designed specifically for you.

Influenced by the tranquillity of the Far East, Serenity Spa is a peaceful space with award-winning facilities, which engages the senses and nurtures mind, body and soul.

When it comes to spa days North East, they really don’t get much better – from ishga hot stone massages to bespoke Temple Spa facials and even mum-to-be specials, a spa day at Seaham Hall is the epitome of healing hedonism. 

Did you know? Your wellbeing journey doesn’t end when you leave this Durham spa hotel. Choose a selection of products to take home with you and extend your indulgence a little while longer.

Spa experiences from £115.00

Treatments from £105.00



Matfen Village, Northumberland NE20 0RH

A visit to The Retreat at Matfen Hall isn’t just an hour or two of relaxation away from the stresses of daily life – it’s the start of a wellness journey for mind, body and spirit.

A sanctuary of tranquillity, The Retreat invites you into the spa breaks Northumberland are renowned for: indulging each of your senses in a harmonious experience that promises to transport you to a state of total wellbeing.

Whether you’re luxuriating in the exclusive range of treatments and rituals on offer here (created with partners Germaine de Capuccini and Natura Bissé), or you’re simply relaxing by the pool and enjoying the poolside thermal suite, turn your life onto silent model and invest some time in yourself at one of the finest spa breaks North East wide.

Did you know? Everyone’s mind, body and spirit are totally unique – which is why The Retreat at Matfen Hall allows you to tailor your spa day so it’s completely bespoke to you.

Spa experiences from £90.00

Treatments from £65.00



Grey Street Hotel , Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6EE

48 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, NE2 2AL

Gosforth Wellness Centre, 137 High Street,Gosforth, NE3 1HA

More often than not, the Townies among us have to make a trip out to some gorgeous, rural destination to indulge in one of the many spa days North East life has to offer.

But City Retreat have made it their mission to make indulging in a little “me time” more accessible than ever by creating a network of beautiful, urban hideaways across Newcastle.

Offering an escape from city life on your doorstep (if you’re a Geordie, at least), City Retreats’ offer spa days Newcastle has never seen thanks to an innovative range of treatments – from advanced facials and Elemis body treatments, to anti-ageing rituals and beauty treatments.

Did you know? City Retreats have outposts in Newcastle’s city centre, Jesmond and Gosforth – so wherever you’re based in the city, there’s a luxury spa experience practically on your doorstep.

Spa experiences from £65.00

Treatments from £40.00



Greta Bridge, near Barnard Castle DL12 9SE

Once a 17th-century inn, the time-mellowed stonework and exposed timber of The Garage Spa exude a warm, rustic simplicity that you wouldn’t perhaps expect from the modern spa days North East culture has come to expect.

But there’s nothing old-fashioned about the facilities and treatments on offer here. The Garage Spa is rated a 5 Bubble Spa by the Good Spa Guide for the uninterrupted wellness journey it takes you on – from exploring their Secret Garden, which contains a hot tub, four sensation showers and a swinging hammock chairs, to indulging in their thermal suite or pampering with one of their luxurious Elemis treatments.

Did you know? The Garage Spa was featured in The Times’ list of the UK’s 10 best outdoor spas. High praise, indeed.

Spa experiences from £85.00

Treatments from £35.00



Lucker Hall Steading, Lucker, Belford, Northumberland NE70 7JQ

Refresh, relax and rejuvenate at this serene spa sanctuary surrounded by rolling Northumberland countryside.

The experts at award-winning salon and spa Beau Monde promise spa breaks North East style, whilst also implementing the most innovative new treatments – like the energising ‘In Good Spirits’ massage or the indulgent Champagne and truffles facial – to offer the epitome of self-care and pampering with incredible results.

Did you know? Beau Monde’s massages, body scrubs and facials are all in partnership with Temple Spa, who embrace Mediterranean influences in both their ingredients and techniques. So, you’re indulging in spa breaks Northumberland that feel like they’re in Spain.

Spa experiences from £67.00

Treatments from £37.00



Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF

Perched by their iconic lake, Wynyard Hall’s award-winning spa provides a tranquil, waterside hideaway to enjoy a range of facials, massages and infusions, along with a bespoke lunch menu in their rooftop conservatory.

Experience the outdoor hot tubs, herbal sauna, salt inhalation room, ice fountain and relaxation room here or indulge in some personalised treatments and nurture your body, calm your mind and leave your skin feeling radiant and naturally beautiful.

Did you know? Wynyard Hall offer several bespoke spa breaks North East packages to make your visit extra special, including exclusive use of their facilities, packages combined with overnight stays in their hot tub cottages, and SPArties for special occasions.  

 Spa experiences from £35.00

Treatments from £35.00



Headlam, Darlington DL2 3HA

This Durham spa hotel is a luxurious space in which to relax, exercise and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of water and authentic spa therapies, whilst breathing in the natural remedy of the surrounding countryside.

With a swimming pool and outdoor hydrotherapy pool, a sauna, steam room and drench shower, a fully-equipped gym and exercise studio, beautifully appointment treatment rooms and a brasserie, sun terrace and spa lounge, spa days North East don’t come much better equipped to rejuvenate body, mind and soul than at Headlam Hall.

Did you know? This rural retreat is nestled within the Durham Dales – meaning that you’re not only promised peace and seclusion as you relax, but also the opportunity to stretch your legs in some of the most inspiring countryside in the North East, should the mood take you.

Spa experiences from £130.00

Treatments from £42.00



Hurworth Road, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington DL2 2DU

Leave behind your packed schedule and put wellbeing at the top of your agenda for a change in the spa at Rockliffe Hall.

Whether you’re looking for a sense of tranquillity, something a little more active during your stay, or somewhere to celebrate with friends, at around 50,000 sq/ft, the spa at Rockliffe Hall has everything you need for ultimate spa breaks North East style.

Bring out your inner glow with the holistic spa rituals and results-driven treatments on offer at Rockliffe Hall and strike the perfect balance of healing and contentment by enjoying the thermal suite, spa pools, Roman sauna and outdoor Spa Garden.

Did you know? If spa days North East style aren’t enough (and they rarely are), this five-star hotel also offers a choice of spa breaks that combine a stay in one of their elegant bedrooms, complete with a dining experience, from £475 per room.

Spa experiences from £80.00

Treatments from £95.00

The Forest Spa At Middleton Lodge Estate North Yorkshire


Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ

Taking inspiration from ‘forest bathing’ – a mindfulness concept originating in Japan that involves utilising all your senses in a woodland environment – Middleton Lodge’s Forest Spa is an elemental sanctuary integrating the beautiful North Yorkshire landscape into its wellness offering.

A rustic aesthetic (complete with weathered stonework and log-burning stoves) sets the feel of this spa apart, but you’ll still find all your usual wellness suspects here: a heated outdoor pool, a thermal spa, a covered outdoor hot tub and the Pool House where you can relax and eat lunch.

Did you know? The individual treatment huts each look out onto the natural landscape, meaning you can breathe in the forest as you indulge in your massage or facial, whilst keeping snug and peaceful indoors.

Spa experiences from £75.00

Treatments from £60.00

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