15 of the Best Golf and Spa Resorts in the UK

Best Golf and Spa Breaks

One of the fastest growing sectors in the golfing travel market is the golf and spa break. Players are looking for calming and invigorating golf and spa weekend breaks, with a particular focus on weekend trips in the UK.  There are lots of spa hotels with golf courses spread across the UK and Ireland – so wherever you are or wherever you want to go, you’re sure to find a fabulous golf and spa resort near you.

The best Golf and Spa resorts in the UK offer an ideal combination of sporting activity combined with restorative relaxation!

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The best locations for a golf and spa break in the UK:

 

Rockliffe Hall

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This five-star golf and spa resort was voted England’s Large Hotel of the year in 2016 and it’s one of the North’s premier golfing destinations. The golf course is exceptional, with such a high quality that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been there for decades.

As one of England’s longest courses – nearly 8000 yards! – the course is a fearsome challenge from the real back tees. There are a variety of different tees to choose from, however, so you’ll enjoy the course whatever your handicap. The property sits in 375 acres of beautiful countryside, which combines with the relaxing hotel spa treatments to make Rockcliffe Hall a true oasis of calm.

Spa Facilities:

  • Swimming pool
  • Steam room
  • Sauna
  • Ice room
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Indoor and outdoor hot tubs
  • Full range of classic spa treatments

 

Linden Hall Golf And Country Club

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For a luxurious spa resort in England, look no further than Linden Hall Golf and Country Club. Set in 450 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside, the Macdonald Linden Hall resort has an 18-hole championship golf course with luxury accommodation and spa facilities housed in an 18th century manor.

The golf course is parkland in style, with a challenging par of 72. Set in a secluded private sweet, it is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the area and a haven for wildlife. The greens are of high quality, and careful planning is needed to avoid the strategically placed water hazards.

The gorgeous hotel building has a character of its own, with stylish and classically designed bedrooms and all the modern facilities you expect from a four-star spa hotel. This level of quality is maintained in the three on-site restaurants that craft the best local produce into delicious traditional and international cuisines.

If it’s a luxury golf break you’re after, then the Linden Hall Spa is the place to go. A full range of massages and relaxing treatments are offered for both mind and body, with a well-equipped gym for those who want a warm-up before the next day’s round of golf.

Spa Facilities:

  • Heated indoor swimming pool
  • Luxury beauty treatments using Elemis products
  • Massage rooms
  • Fully equipped gym

 

The Mere Golf Resort And Spa

The Mere Golf Resort And Spa

Set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside, the Mere Golf Resort is set in over 250 acres of stunning grounds and is a convenient 10 miles from Manchester airport. The golf course has been recently updated with modern golfing technology, and the parkland layout is very playable.

There are one or two water hazards to avoid and the course seems to improve the further round you go – culminating with the eighteenth hole which is a challenging par 5, giving players the chance to be aggressive with their shots and attempt making the green in two shots.

The resort Spa and Health Club is well known and loved, providing the perfect place to recuperate from today’s golf or relax you in time for the next round. The stunning complex won the award for the Best Health Club Spa in 2018 and was awarded top marks by the industry’s Good Spa Guide.

Spa Facilities:

  • Heated indoor pool – 20m
  • Aroma and steam room
  • Hammam treatments
  • Full catalogue of classic spa treatments and massages
  • Fully equipped gym and fitness centre

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort

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Set in the Lincolnshire countryside, Forest Pines Spa and Golf Resort is an extremely popular hotel with excellent golf and spa facilities. The resort is ideally located – accessible from all parts of the UK, with spectacular landscapes and a fantastic 27 holes of Championship-quality golf. It has been called the Augusta of the North – a test of golf that you’ll want to return to again and again.

The hotel has 188 generously sized bedrooms, deluxe rooms and suites – all furnished in a relaxed and comfortable style. The grill restaurant uses the best local produce to craft exceptional food in a Mediterranean style, while two bars offer a less formal menu and excellent drink options.

The resort’s Spa has six treatment rooms and offers a full catalogue of treatments to relax your body and the mind. There’s also a well-equipped gym, packed with the latest kit to help you improve your physical fitness with the aid of fully trained staff.

Spa Facilities:

  • Heated indoor pool
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Six treatment rooms
  • Sauna, steam room and jacuzzi
  • Relaxation room
  • Spa lounge

 

Forest Of Arden Marriott Hotel And Country Club

Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel And Country Club

Set in 10000 acres of wooded countryside, the Forest of Arden Golf Resort offers two championship golf courses, excellent accommodation and a stunning hotel spa. Sandwiched between Birmingham and Coventry, this golf resort is easily accessed from anywhere in the UK, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular choice for a golf and spa weekend.

The Arden is the resort’s Championship course and has hosted several major professional tournaments. The design – by Donald Steel – is a par 72 of just over 7200 yards from the back tees, and is a great example of what a top-class parkland golf course should be.

The course itself sits comfortably in the beautiful rolling landscape, with fairways winding through ancient oaks and around the many trout lakes. The sister Aylesford course is shorter at 5800 yards, but it’s kept to the same high standard and is well worth playing.

Inside, the Cedarwood Spa offers a full catalogue of relaxing massage and beauty treatments in a wonderfully luxurious environment. Whether you want to recover from a tough day on the course or simply prepare for the next day’s round – you’re sure to find the comfort you’re looking for here.

For the more energetic, the hotel also houses a well-equipped gym with qualified staff ready to help you tone those golfing muscles!

Spa Facilities:

  • Steam room
  • Massage rooms
  • Body wrap and other beauty treatments
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Well-equipped gym

 

Oulton Hall

A front few of Oulton Hall on a sunny day

Nestled just outside Leeds, the elegant Oulton Hall is a stunning 18th century manor house. Once used as a war hospital, it’s now considered one of the best stay and play golf hotels in North England. Oulton’s golf course was designed by Dave Thomas – who worked with Perter Allis to design the Brabazon course at The Belfry – and is split into three 9-hole tracks, making it ideal for a short golf and spa weekend. 

The luxurious hotel spa includes everything you expect from a high-quality golf resort, including a heated indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, steam rooms and a jacuzzi. You can book a full spa break package for an all-day pampering experience, or simply select individual beauty treatments like facials, massages, and manicures. 

Spa Facilities:

  • Heated indoor pool
  • Well-equipped gym
  • Classic spa beauty treatments
  • Steam Room
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Juice bar

 

The Belfry

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The Belfry has a worldwide reputation as an excellent golf and spa resort, having hosted the illustrious Ryder Cup on four occasions. There are three golf courses on site, including the Brabazon – made famous by its success in the Ryder Cup. It features two especially outstanding holes:

The iconic 10th hole (par 4) was made famous by Seve Ballesteros going for the green. We guarantee that most visitors will try to emulate that feat! Then the 18th hole is, without a doubt, one of the best finishing holes in UK golf. If you can make a par 4 there, you’re guaranteed to finish your round with a smile.

If, however, you don’t fancy playing the Brabazon, the two other courses are also worth a visit and help make The Belfry one of the UK’s best premier golf resorts.

Inside, the Hotel has 319 stylish bedrooms and suites, with two self-contained restaurants and bars on site. The luxurious Spa offers a full range of treatments and products to ensure you finish your golf weekend break in a relaxed state of mind.

It features at least eleven treatment room, including a Fire and Ice room where hot and cold treatments will invigorate the senses and leave you feeling completely refreshed. If you had something more tranquil in mind, choose from a number of different beauty and spa packages, including full body scrubs and expert massages.

Spa Facilities:

  • Fire and Ice sensorium
  • Foot spa
  • Feature showers
  • Sauna
  • Igloo
  • Steam and tranquillity room
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Full range of ESPA products
  • Fully equipped gym

 

Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel And Country Club

Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel And Country Club

Breadsall Priory dates back to 1266 and is bordered by the Peak District Park in rural Derbyshire. It’s the oldest Marriott Hotel in the world, blending old world charm with all the modern facilities you expect from a four-star golf and spa resort.

There are two golf courses set in the 400-acre grounds: The Priory opened in 1977 and the Moorland course, designed by Donald Steel. Both courses are around 6200 yards – not long by modern standards, but the fairways are lined with trees and the greens are protected by bunkers, making it an excellent test of golf for every player.

Inside, the Breadsall Priory bedrooms range from Deluxe rooms to Junior Suites. All are traditionally furnished and offer everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable golf and spa break. There are also two restaurants on site, offering a varied menu of traditional British and international cuisine.

The Priory Spa is dedicated to helping you to relax, ensuring you return home feeling calm and refreshed. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing massage or the full range of beauty treatments this spa resort has everything you need. The gym provides a variety of cardio machines and free weights, along with a selection of fitness classes and the option for personal training by qualified experts.

Spa Facilities:

  • Fitness classes
  • Manicures
  • Massages
  • Facials / body scrubs/ body wraps
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Gym

 

East Sussex National Resort

External view of East Sussex National overlooking the golf course

Everything about the East Sussex National Resort radiates quality. From the two championship golf courses to the luxury accommodation in stunning surroundings, the East Sussex is a fantastic choice for golf and spa breaks in south England.

The two golf courses – self-titled East and West – are spectacular, provide a golfing experience that’s a joy to the senses. They play over 7000 yards from the back tees but offer a great challenge no matter which set of tees you use. Both courses opened in 1990 and are “American” in style.

The East course was designed as a stadium course and was the venue for two European Open Championship events. The West is slightly longer and slightly prettier, winding through oak trees across the gently rolling parkland. There are several memorable holes on each course and you absolutely should play both, rather than just choosing one of them.

The resort spa and health club is centred around a large luxurious indoor pool area. Here you’ll find a whole range of spa facilities to help you unwind and relax. Energetic guests may want to try their hand at aqua-aerobics, or enjoy a session in the well-equipped gym.

Spa Facilities:

  • Heated indoor swimming pool – 20m
  • Spa pool
  • Sauna, steam room jacuzzi
  • Aerobic classes
  • Specialist advice from personal trainers
  • Various yoga, Pilates classes etc

 

Stoke Park

An birds eye view of Stoke Park on a sunny day

If you’re looking for a golf and spa break that’s a little bit special, make your weekend memorable with a stay at Stoke Park. This stunning resort is considered one of the finest golf and spa hotels in south England – and for very good reason. 

You may recognise the stunning 18th century mansion from the big screen: it features in James Bond’s Goldfinger and Tomorrow Never Dies as well as Bridget Jones’ Diary and Layer Cake

And it’s not just the guests that are A-list at this resort – Stoke Park’s golf and spa facilities are dazzling too. The course provides 27 holes, designed by Harry Colt in 1908. It has matured wonderfully and is considered to be one of the Top 100 courses in England by Golf World magazine.

Away from the manicured fairways, this golf hotel is draped in luxury, all the way from the bedrooms to the tranquil spa. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, steam rooms (crafted from Italian marble), hot tub, relaxation room, outdoor Scandinavian Sauna, nail bar, boutique, and full equipped gym.

Spa Facilities

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Sauna, Steam room and Jacuzzi
  • Tennis courts
  • Gymnasium

 

St Mellion International Resort

A view of the indoor swimming pool at St Mellion International Resort

This four-star golf and spa resort prides itself on showcasing the best Cornish hospitality, with contemporary facilities set in tranquil surroundings. 

Play golf on one of the two spectacular courses – the Kernow course, which underwent significant development in 2010 to increase it by 9 holes, and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, which opened in 1988 with a match between Tom Watson and Mr Nicklaus himself. 

St Mellion’s Elemis Spa is the ideal place to relax away from the golf course. The luxury spa offers all the treatments you would expect from such a resort, along with a highly-rated hair salon. Analyse your morning game in the Jacuzzi, or – if you still have energy to burn – try the state-of-the-art gym.

Spa Facilities:

  • Steam room
  • Jet pool
  • Sauna
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gymnasium

 

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club

Set in 1000 acres of parkland, just 7 miles from Edinburgh City Centre, the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club was extensively refurbished in 2019. This 18th century property is now the embodiment of luxury and one of the very best golf and spa breaks in Scotland.

The building was originally a country club when it opened in 1976 and has since been turned into modern four-star golf and spa resort with 215 rooms and extensive facilities, including two golf courses and a tranquil spa.

The East course is generally thought to be the tougher of the two, and hosted the Solheim Cup in 1992. Designed by James Braid, it combines moorland and parkland, stretching up to 6800 yards, and with several memorable holes – especially the closing three.

The West course is shorter, with a par of 68, but it’s no walk-in-the-park: the fairways are tree-lined and the small greens provide a true test of accuracy being well-protected by bunkers.

Inside, the Leisure Club contains a beauty treatment salon, a well-equipped gym and spa area. There is a full catalogue of treatments available to ensure you leave feeling relaxed and pampered after your visit. The air-conditioned gym contains the latest LifeFitness weight machines, as well as an area and equipment for free weights.

Additional facilities include an indoor 18 metre swimming pool, a sauna and steam room.

Spa Facilities:

  • Indoor pool
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Massage and relaxation therapies available
  • Beauty treatments from foot massages to facials
  • Floodlit tennis courts
  • Dr Renaud Skincare products

 

The Gleneagles Hotel

The Gleneagles Hotel is the scene for this year’s Solheim Cup and is, without doubt, one of the very golfing destinations in the UK.

Known as the “palace of the glens”, this golf and spa resort sits in wonderful rolling countryside. It’s truly a five-star hotel, with three very high-quality golf courses, outstanding spa facilities, and a catalogue of outdoor activities that include clay pigeon shooting and horse riding.

The golf at The Gleneagles Hotel is fantastic, with a long history of hosting prestigious events culminating with the Ryder Cup in 2014.

Inside, the 232 bedrooms are superbly fitted out – blending traditional Scottish design with the very best modern facilities. Food lovers will appreciate the outstanding restaurants, including  Scotland’s only two-star Michelin restaurant, a brasserie, a silver-service restaurant, and a number of bars offering more casual types of cuisine. If you’re a whisky lover, you’re in luck: Gleneagles have one of the finest bar collections in Scotland.

The Spa at Gleneagles has been recognised as Scotland’s top spa, offering a full range of traditional spa therapies and treatments. Relax in the most luxurious surroundings, with head-to-toe treatments that will revitalise you for the next day’s round of golf. The gym has all the latest Technogym equipment, with several fitness classes available alongside expert personal training.

This resort is truly one of the best UK golf breaks available, with everything is done to ensure each guest enjoys a golf and spa weekend they’ll never forget.

Spa Facilities:

  • Scotland’s number one spa
  • Fully equipped fitness centre
  • Full range of health and beauty treatments
  • Hair salon
  • Various outdoor activities
  • Tennis courts

 

Wales

Celtic Manor Golf Resort

A view of the Celtic Manor Golf Resort

Celtic Manor is a top-quality golf and spa resort, located in the Usk Valley near Newport in Wales. It has three golf courses and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010.

The Twenty Ten course is a real test of golf, with a variety of different teeing grounds that mean it can be enjoyed by players of all abilities. The Roman Road and the Montgomery courses shouldn’t be overlooked though, and if you book a two- or three-night golf and spa break you can play a round on each of the courses.

There are a number of different accommodation options available at Celtic Manor, including the luxurious five-star Resort Hotel, the four-star Manor House Hotel, and the three-star Coldra Court Hotel. You’ll also find seven restaurants on site, plus numerous bars and two luxury spas – so you’re never without options.

The Forum Spa has recently been updated with new treatment rooms and relaxation areas; so it’s hardly surprising that it has won several prestigious awards. The highlight of your spa session will be the Herbal Steam Temple. Based on Arabian cleansing techniques dating back hundreds of years, your skilled therapist will use different Chakra muds and herbal essences, followed by a warm tropical rain-style shower that is sure to leave you feeling completely relaxed and refreshed.

Dylan’s Health Club offers less complex treatments, making it the perfect place for a quick relaxing session after a long day on the course. There’s also a fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool, and staff dedicated to providing you with everything you need for the perfect golf and spa weekend.

Spa Facilities:

  • Two spas with over 20 treatment rooms
  • Facial and beauty treatments
  • Full range of massage treatments
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Water treatments
  • Signature treatments
  • Special packages for men
  • Fully equipped gym

 

The Vale Resort

The Vale Resort at night

The Vale Resort lies just ten miles outside of Cardiff city centre. This beautiful golf resort has 143 bedrooms and is home to two 18-hole golf courses, a wide range of sporting facilities, and a luxury spa.

It hosted the Wales Challenge event on the Challenge Tour in 2005 and from 2007 to 2010, as well as hosting the Wales Senior Open on the European Seniors Tour in 2006. Football and rugby fans may also be interested to know that the Welsh national rugby team and Welsh football team have stayed at the hotel many times before training and matches.

The Vale Resort is everything you would expect from quality golf and spa hotel in the UK, with facilities including a gym, sauna, steam room, relaxation room, and a full catalogue of treatments and therapies.

Spa Facilities

  • Gymnasium
  • Sauna
  • Steam Room
  • Relaxation rooms
  • Tennis courts
  • Squash courts

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