8 great Norfolk spas
We've rounded up the best of the bunch - all you need to do is sit back, relax and decide where to go!
Spas… what’s not to love? Whether it’s an hour at a day spa or a week-long relaxing retreat, having your troubles massaged away before sitting in a bubbly bath is the stuff of nectar. We’ve found seven great Norfolk Spas offering something for everyone.
Why, then, do so few women factor it into their lives like they do a trip to the hygienist or a spot of retail therapy? Research suggests that time constraints and feelings of guilt (“I don’t deserve to be pampered”) are two of the main reasons cited. There are loads of great spas in Norfolk to feel like a pampered pooch in; we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch – some in countryside hotels; others in city outlets – so that you really have no excuse. Now, repeat after me: “We’re worth it…”
Best for…. bespoke treatments
Congham Hall, Kings Lynn
A grand whitewashed mansion sitting proudly in acres of lush green grounds, located just a 15-minute drive from the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Meet Congham Hall, a gorgeous hotel, restaurant and spa that delivers on all levels – from its well-appointed rooms to its delectable restaurant. The Secret Garden Spa is a charming modern offshoot of the hotel offering tailor-made treatments devised using the hotel’s own herb garden. Specialist brand Elemis Herbology has used seasonal flowers and herbs found in the garden to create treatments which – the website claims – will help you get off the treadmill of life and step into the English Countryside. Spa guests can also avail themselves of the indoor pool with hydrojets, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. Where do I sign up?
Best for… awards
Imagine Spa, Blofield Heath
Winner of Best Spa in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2018, Imagine Spa is hidden away in the beautiful Norfolk countryside and the perfect place to unwind and leave the world behind.
Imagine is a little bit different because it’s focus is completely on your health and wellbeing. You will be encouraged to book time not treatments. The staff at Imagine Spa will guide you through the treatments, helping you to make your choice based on the way you are feeling on the day and how you want to feel when you leave – relaxed, restored or revitalised!
Once inside you’ll find a relaxation room, thermal suite with jacuzzi, steam rooms and mud chamber. The secluded garden has sun loungers and Moroccan styled Pods decked out with brightly coloured cushions and comfy beds. Each pod has its own heating system so you’ll be cosy and comfy whatever the weather.
The pretty sensory garden is a tranquil place to wander by yourself, take time to breathe and let your cares melt away.
They offer half and full day spa packages, plus a wide array of treatments plus a small restaurant where you can select from a healthy menu or treat yourself to afternoon tea and a glass of bubbles.
Best for… groundbreaking treatments
Dunston Hall, Norwich
Built in 1859, Dunston Hall is an Elizabethan-style mansion set against 150 acres of wooded parkland, and boasting a golf-course, a health club and several well-regarded bars restaurants. The Lilac Rooms where facials, manicures, massages and treatments for mothers-to-be are offered alongside spa days and spa breaks. Try the Shrinking Violet Inch Loss Wrap, the Nora Bode OXYjet Oxygen Facial or The Ultratone Face and Body Sculpting treatments for up-to-the-minute technological advances. Manicures and pedicures take place in The Salon.
Best for… girly get aways!
Imagine Spa, Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett
Set in the beautiful Georgian Park Farm Hotel, this is the perfect place for a girly get away. Imagine is pamper heaven what ever the occasion – birthday celebration, hen party or simply respite from the kids. They offer a range of half and full day treatment packages which include access to the leisure facilities – spa pool, sauna and steam. Why not make a weekend of it and stay at Park Farm? Simply cruising up the tree lined drive you know you’re in for a treat and with Norwich only 15 minutes by taxi – you can hit the town for some cocktails too!
If you don’t know which of their many fabulous treatments to book – sensory massages, prescriptive facials, collagen infusion or hot stone massage, you can simply book a slot and consult on the day. Imagine’s USP is to make sure you get the right treatment based on how you want to feel afterwards – relaxed, restored or re-energised!
Best for… historic opulence & Afternoon Tea
St Giles House Hotel, Norwich
City centre hotels don’t get much more beautiful or historic than the St Giles. Tucked away on Upper St Giles Street, this Georgian, Grade II listed property retains many of its original features, with wood-panelling, ornate chandeliers, parquet flooring, coved ceilings and internal pillars. During the summer months, visitors flock to the pretty outdoor terrace for a cocktail – a suntrap with a distinctly Mediterranean feel. The property’s Spa at St Giles offers a host of treatments including pregnancy massages, Elemis anti-ageing facials, facials for men, Hopi ear candles, hair removal, eyebrow tinting, lash extensions, BareMinerals make-up applications and OPI manicures/pedicures.
Best for… spa-themed rooms
The Pig, Edgefield
Here’s a novel idea: place a bath outside a bedroom, heat it with a wood fire and let guests wash their troubles away while gawping up at the stars (or at the flatscreen in front of them). This is exactly what The Pig at Edgefield (near Holt) did to seven of its 19 bedrooms when it decided to create Spa Rooms. These rooms also boast external saunas, internal drench showers and a host of spa-themed lotions and potions. New for 2017 are Spa Suites, an elevation from the Spa Room with genius additions like dual bath tubs, massage benches, private gardens with fire pits and steam rooms. Nine of these fab suites will come on board this year – get in touch now to avoid disappointment.
Best for…. express treatments
Bannatyne Spa, Norwich
You don’t have to hole up in a hotel for several days to take advantage of a spa; Norwich has several day spas for you to pop into during your lunch break, emerging healthier and sexier, like Wonder Woman after a one-minute spin in a phone box. The Bannatyne Spa offers premier spa therapies in single or dual treatment rooms as well as beauty treatments by Elemis. Spa guests can also take advantage of the Health Club facilities: heated pool, sauna, steam room and café bar serving lunch, afternoon tea or an indulgent post-treatment tipple.
Best for… the full package
Barnham Broom Hotel, Barnham Broom
Set in 300 acres of the beautiful Norfolk countryside (how lucky are we with all these amazing countryside hotels?), Barnham Broom might be my last entry but is by no means least when it comes to first-rate views and facilities. Perhaps better known for its two championship golf courses – which overlook the Yare River Valley – the property offers 46 well-appointed rooms and suites, a full health club, and several bars and restaurants. Plus, of course, a spa, known as The Spa at Barnham Broom. There is so much on offer here that the spa menu runs to 16 pages – from the norm to the inventive, including massages especially for golfers, reflexology, and hand and nail treatments for men – and all bolstered by ESPA products.
Words: Jo Gardener