Want to unwind with one or two spa days in Windermere while staying in the stunning Lake District? From Finnish saunas to lakeside infinity pools, the best Windermere spa experiences have everything you need to de-stress.
Characterised by rolling hills, dramatic peaks, pristine lakes and postcard-perfect villages, the Lake District might just be the best region in England to visit for a relaxing getaway. It’s perhaps why our readers voted the Lake District as one of England’s most popular tourist attractions.
But if you really want to unwind during your time in the Lakes, one of England’s best National Parks, you simply need to treat yourself to a spa day in Windermere.
While Windermere and nearby villages are home to dedicated spa facilities, many 4 and 5 star resorts also open up their world-class spas to non-residents. This means you can access saunas, heated pools, thermal suites and professional treatments no matter where you choose to stay in the Lake District.
So, let’s dive into our favourite spa days in Windermere. They certainly make for unique days out in Cumbria.
Rejuvenating Spa Days in Windermere
When you need to de-stress and treat both your body and mind, you can’t go wrong by booking one of the best Windermere spa days surrounded by the beauty of the Lake District.
1. Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
If you want to feel pampered with a few luxurious spa treatments by the lake, we suggest booking a spa day in Windermere at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa.
Thanks to the design of the spa facilities, you can soak up the view of Lake Windermere backdropped by mountains whether you’re relaxing in the outdoor vitality pools, the spacious spa terrace or even the 12-metre indoor pool.
Besides pools and unparalleled views of Windermere, the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa boasts an aromatic steam room, a Himalayan sauna and three spa treatment rooms. Spa treatments range from pre-natal massages to facials and holistic therapies. You can also buy Caudalie skincare products to pamper yourself at home.
Prices for professional spa treatments start at £99. Keep your eyes peeled for spa offers at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa – you can currently get a half-day pass to access the spa facilities for £30.
Fancy staying for more than just a spa day in Windermere at the Beech Hill Hotel & Spa? The rooms here are amazing, and many have private balconies, garden access, power showers and much more.
Plus, if you decide to stay in the region for a while, you can always take part in activities such as paddle boarding in the Lake District.
2. Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa
At the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa on the shoreline of Lake Windermere, you can treat yourself to a day of relaxation with a range of indoor and outdoor thermal spa facilities.
Outside, there are hot tubs and an infinity pool overlooking the lake. There’s also a fellside sauna, fire pit and an outdoor bar with comfortable seating.
Inside the spa, you’ll find a vitality pool, a coconut steam room, dry salt sauna, relaxation lounge and the Herbal Lounge. Treatments are administered using the resort’s signature ESPA and Berry & Birch products. On top of spa therapists, the resort has a team of oncology experts. This is one of the best spas in England, nevermind the Lake District!
Spa days at the Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa start at £125 per person, and there are half-day and couples packages on offer too. You can also book accommodation at this lakeside resort if you want to treat yourself to a spa break in Windermere.
If you choose a half-day spa package at the Low Wood Bay Resort, you might want to head to one of the Lake District’s best picnic spots for lunch afterwards.
3. Lakeside Hotel & Spa
A spa day at the Lakeside Hotel & Spa includes a dip in the heated 17-metre pool overlooking lake Windermere plus a professional Aveda spa treatment that promises to make you feel like a new you. But it starts with a refreshing beverage and bite in the beautiful spa garden, which is what gives this place a special touch.
You can walk right up to the edge of the lake, and the views of Windermere are unparalleled. If the weather is a little chilly, you can keep warm under heated domes and by fire pits.
Spa days at the Lakeside Hotel & Spa start at £85 per person and are usually only available to hotel residents, but this is certainly a relaxing resort at which to spend a couple of nights. Besides, there are plenty of things to do in the Lake District during your getaway. You could even hike to the summit of Scafell Pike, one of the highest mountains in England.
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4. Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
The 4-star Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa is home to – among plenty of other luxurious facilities – a spa with eight treatment rooms on the banks of Lake Windermere.
This hotel and day spa in Windermere offers ELEMIS treatments ranging from hot-stone massages to facials and scrubs. In addition to treatment rooms and exceptional spa therapists, the Macdonald Old England Hotel has facilities including a relaxation room, thermal suite and lakeside pool.
There are a range of Lake District spa days at the Macdonald Old England Hotel, but one of our favourites is the ‘My Total Time Out Spa Day’, which includes two 55-minute treatments, access to all the spa facilities and a two-course lunch or afternoon tea by the lake.
5. Holte Spa at The Swan Hotel & Spa
Situated inside The Swan Hotel & Spa near the southern tip of Lake Windermere in Newby Bridge, the Holte Spa offers tailored thermal journeys with a range of professional treatments and a host of indoor and outdoor facilities.
Some of the highlights of the Holte Spa include an authentic outdoor Finnish sauna, naturally filtered pools with minimal chlorine and a thermal suite. Treatments range from body brushing and back exfoliation to deep cleansing and scalp massages.
Prices for spa days in Windermere at the Holte Spa start at £150 per person. Tailored experiences for couples that include a glass of fizz are available for £300. If you want to stay at The Swan Hotel, you can choose from boutique rooms, suites and private cottages.
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6. Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa
The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best independently run hotels in Ambleside, which is one of the prettiest towns in the Lake District, located just north of Lake Windermere.
Spa days in Windermere at this stunning property are available to non residents, who gain access to almost all the hotel’s leisure facilities and afternoon tea on top of spa treatments.
Health and wellness facilities at the Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa include an indoor swimming pool, a high-tech gym and beautifully decorated spa treatment rooms. Spa offerings include a range of Clarins body treatments and facials.
Due to the high demand, you might want to book a spa experience at the Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa in advance. Package prices start at £95 per person.
More inspiration for wellness retreats and spa days in Windermere
We’ve shed light on some of the best spa days in Windermere to give you a little inspiration on where to treat yourself to a well-deserved pampering. Of course, there are plenty of amazing spa retreats in the wider Lake District region, but nothing beats relaxing in a pool or on a massage table while taking in the view of the area’s largest and most scenic lake surrounded by mountains.
The Lake District is truly one of England’s most beautiful regions and certainly one of the greatest days out in the North West. No matter what you choose to do here, a spa day promises to be the cherry on top of an unforgettable trip. If we’ve missed any spa days in Windermere – or nearby – that you think deserve a mention, let us know in the comments below.
Maybe you could do a Lake District road trip one day, and then a day at the spa the next?
Quick list of the best spa days in Windermere
- Beech Hill Hotel & Spa
- Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa
- Lakeside Hotel & Spa
- Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa
- The Swan Hotel & Spa
- Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa