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Step into the New Year with a relaxing spa break

06 Jan Step into the New Year with a relaxing spa break

Step into the New Year with a relaxing spa break in Essex; the county’s tourism organisation, Visit Essex, provides the lowdown on the best places to detox, pamper and relax in the county.

Glass House Spa Retreat

Transform body and soul at The Glass House; the spa retreat is a stylish cubist temple of wellbeing set a stone’s throw from Brentwood. The spa retreat offers all the facilities you need to get fit, detox, and chill out. You can also cleanse away life’s impurities and feel renewed with their vegan menu to help balance nutrition, aid digestion, and boost heart health.

Set in the Essex countryside, The Glass House boasts amazing facilities to totally rejuvenate, such as a heated leisure pool, Scandinavian style salt block sauna and steam room. There’s also a fitness studio and fully loaded gym. You can harness the healing powers of the great outdoors in a geodesic ‘Wellness Dome’, where you can learn the art of chakras and take part in a range of mindfulness, yoga and relaxation sessions. Or opt for a wild swim in the retreat’s grounds, it will definitely give you a dose of feel-good endorphins!

The Glass House offers a wide range of spa packages from relaxing massages and facials to wraps, scrubs and waxing. Day sessions in the spa facilities can be booked from just £100 per person, or if you’re in need of complete rest, a stay of up to 21-days can be booked, priced from £238 per person (minimum two nights).


Enjoy a visit to Greenwoods Hotel & Spa and escape the hustle and bustle of life. Set in stunning grounds, the hotel is a Grade II Listed 17th Century manor house which has been lovingly restored. Relax and enjoy the leisure facilities on offer, which include a fitness suite fitted with the latest Life Fitness equipment, a 20-metre lap indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and a studio offering a wide variety of exercise classes. All guests on a spa day or overnight stay can enjoy complimentary use of the leisure facilities. Greenwoods also offers excellent dining in their AA rosette awarded restaurant.

Day spa packages start from a ‘Sunrise Special’, which costs just £63.99 per person for a two-course lunch and foot and leg massage to a ’His or Her Greenwoods Spa Day’, which costs £230 for a range of massages and grooming treats. Overnight spa packages start from £250 per room.

Stoke by Nayland Resort

Relax and unwind in the tranquil countryside setting of Peake Spa, just outside Colchester, with an indulgent spa day. Packages include a delicious spa afternoon tea, complimentary use of robes, towels and flip-flops as well as unlimited access to their 18-metre indoor pool, sanarium, steam room, Jacuzzi and concept shower.

Spa packages start from just £69 for ‘Mum’s the Word’, available between 9.30am – 2.30pm to give mums a chance to indulge and be there for the school run. Or, for the utmost in pampering opt for the ‘Sheer Indulgence’ package, which offers over three hours of treatments including a massage, facial and manicure or pedicure, priced £205 per person.

There’s a wide range of spa breaks on offer across Essex, from designer retreats to luxury country house hotels with top gym and swimming facilities. Councillor Mark Durham, Chairman, Visit Essex, adds: “New Year is a great time to rejuvenate yourself, especially after the seasonal festivities. Whether you’re looking for a full detox or a relaxing massage there’s a wide of choice of spa facilities on offer.”