Are you looking for the best luxury hotels in South West England? Don’t worry; there’s no need to spend time scrolling through endless websites – I’ve put them all together for you, so you can easily decide for your next break. Whether you want to stay in Bristol, Somerset, Cornwall or Devon – they are all on this page!
Scroll down to see the best spa hotels in the South West or click on each link to take you to the right area:
- Luxury Hotels in Bristol
- Luxury Hotels in Somerset
- Luxury Hotels in Devon
- Luxury Hotels in Cornwall
Luxury Hotels in South West England: Bristol
There aren’t all that many luxury hotels in Bristol, but we love the Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa. If you’re looking for spa hotels in Bristol, this is the one! Here are some other Bristol accommodation ideas.
Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa
Bristol Harbour Hotel and Spa is perhaps the most luxury hotel in all of Bristol. Set inside a Grade-II listed property in an enviable harbourside location, it’s the ideal place to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring all of Bristol’s highlights.
All of the bedrooms are located in boutique-style, including beds with 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, coffee machines serving Nespresso coffee, and deluxe bathrooms providing fluffy bathrobes and White Company toiletries.
If you want a little more opulence, you could choose a Superior or Deluxe Room, a Corner Suite with an in-room roll-top bath, or a 32 square metre luxury suite.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Bristol, but if you don’t want to leave the hotel (we don’t blame you), there’s also a kitchen, bar and terrace restaurant in the Bristol harbour hotel, which serves fresh and local meals. For cocktails, why not try the speakeasy-style Gold Bar?
If you’re looking for spa hotels in the South West, look no further than Bristol Harbour hotel. Their HarSPA offers various treatments, using holistic therapies, and has a heated swimming pool, a sauna, steam room, hydrotherapy pool and gym on-site.
Luxury Hotels in South West England: Somerset
If you’re after luxury spa hotels in South West England, Bath is probably your place – due to the city’s rich heritage as a spa town, it has plenty of spas and luxury hotels. Here’s some other Bath accomodation ideas.
If you’re looking elsewhere in Somerset, Bannatyne’s Charlton House Spa Hotel in Shepton Mallet offers a lovely rural luxury experience.
Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel
Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel is famous for being the only UK hotel that has its own natural spa waters, making it one of the best luxury hotels in South West England. Rooms at the Gainsborough use both period and contemporary features, with incredibly comfortable king-sized beds, blackout curtains, HD televisions and heated bathroom floors.
When you book at the Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy a complimentary experience at the Spa Village, where you will be able to use the natural thermal pools. There’s plenty more to enjoy at the Spa Village, too; set beneath a glass atrium, it combines elements from British bathing and Malaysian Spa Villages.
Choose from enjoying the Bath House, soaking in the thermal pools, sweating in the sauna or steam room, or having some ice therapy at the ice alcove. You can also opt to have some luxury spa treatments.
This hotel is also home to one of the most prestigious restaurants in Bath, ran by head chef Dan Moon who has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes.
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel
Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel is one of the best 5 star hotels in South West England. This entire hotel exudes luxury; all 131 rooms have elegant features such as four-poster beds, luxury toiletries and a HD flat-screen TV.
The food is excellent; its Vellore Restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes for its delicious British cuisine and an Alfresco Restaurant and Roof Terrace.
Macdonald Bath Spa hotel also has its own hydrotherapy pool outside as well as plenty of treatment rooms. Once you’ve pampered yourself at the spa, you can take a walk around its beautiful gardens and enjoy the luxury of being in such a peaceful setting yet still walking distance from Bath city centre.
The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa
If you’re a history or architecture fan, this is the best luxury hotel in Bath. Set in perhaps its most famous crescent, Royal York Crescent, this excellent hotel is a great place to both get away from it all and enjoy the conveniences of being in Bath’s city centre.
Choose from Deluxe, Heritage, or Master rooms at this elegant hotel. All rooms have incredibly comfortable beds, Noble Isle toiletries, sweeping views over the city, and complimentary included breakfast.
There are plenty of fine dining options available at the in-house restaurant, run by head chef David Campbell. You can choose either from A La Carte dishes or their fine dining tasting menu. Alternatively, opt for al fresco dining during the summer.
The spa has a relaxation pool, sauna and steam room, as well as treatment rooms offering massages, facials, and more!
Bannatyne’s Charlton House Spa Hotel
If you’re looking for somewhere out in the country to relax and recharge, consider Bannatyne’s Charlton House Spa Hotel. This hotel is one of the best luxury hotels in South West England and is set near Shepton Mallet, a rural Somerset market town.
Choose from a range of rooms, all with rustic yet grand decor and charming individual features. The rooms vary in decoration, but they universally come with comfy queen or king-sized beds, all the mod cons you’d expect in a five-star hotel, and deluxe bathrooms.
Go around the world at Charlton House’s spa – here you can enjoy a Moroccan themed thermal spa, a Finnish sauna, a crystal steam room, and a hydrotherapy pool, as well as a range of treatment rooms.
Maxine’s restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosette’s, making it one of the best fine dining restaurants in Somerset. The head chef uses mainly locally sourced products and artistically puts each seasonal meal together to ensure the dishes complement one another. The restaurant is located in the sunny conservatory, which is a joy on summer evenings!
Luxury Hotels in South West England: Devon
Devon is a beautiful county, with two epic coastlines and wild moorland between them. Saunton Sands Hotel Source Spa and Wellness is one of the best beachfront luxury hotels in the South West, but if you’d rather stay on the moor, check out Boringdon Hall or Bovey Castle. Here’s a conclusive guide on where to stay in Devon.
Saunton Sands Hotel Source Spa and Wellness
If you want a beach break, Saunton Sands Hotel Source Spa and Wellness is your place. With an epic infinity pool overlooking the vast Saunton Sands beach, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you’re in the Mediterranean on a warm summer’s day.
When you stay at Saunton Sands, you can choose from 77 rooms, suites or luxury apartments. All rooms have deluxe en-suites, a Nespresso machine, fluffy bathrobes, comfortable beds with high-quality linen and their very own Source Spa Collection toiletries (these are vegan and cruelty-free).
This hotel has one of the best fine dining restaurants in North Devon; it has been awarded two AA rosettes for the delicious food, and it has stunning views over Saunton Sands. Run by head chef Mathias Oberg, who has worked in the Shard in London and many other Michelin star restaurants, crafts delicious menus out of local Devonshire ingredients.
As well as that fantastic infinity pool, you can, of course, enjoy the indoor spa facilities. The spa encompasses three floors and includes a thermal suite, indoor pool, rooftop sundeck, a tennis court, a gym and eight treatment rooms. Saunton Sands can put together spa packages for you, depending on your preferences.
Boringdon Hall is anything but boring! Just a short drive from Plymouth, on the edge of Dartmoor, is this enigmatic manor house which offers some of the best luxury accommodation in the South West. If you’re looking for luxury places to stay in Plymouth, Boringdon Hall is your answer.
Boringdon Hall has a range of rooms and suites to choose from, depending on your tastes and budget. All rooms effortlessly fuse traditional manor house features with contemporary conveniences, and some have features like four-poster beds and roll-top baths. The prestigious Royal Suite even has its own hot tub!
For all guests, complimentary use of the Gaia Spa is included in the stay – and you can enjoy a 10% discount on spa treatments. Enjoy the heated indoor swimming pool, take a plunge in the experience showers, and detox in the four saunas and steam rooms. There’s also a deep relaxation room and hot tubs, which can be hired for private use.
After you’ve enjoyed the spa, The Mayflower Brassiere is a welcoming place to spend the evening. Serving traditional breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, the restaurant serves up British food. Or, if you’re looking for something with a more fine dining atmosphere, try the second restaurant Acleaf, which is run by head chef Scott Paton, and has acquired 2 AA Rosettes.
Also set in Dartmoor National Park, but closer to Exeter, is the majestic Bovey Castle, one of the most enchanting luxury hotels in South West England.
This award-winning hotel has 60 individually-styled bedrooms, which have the charm of the manor house but with all the modern conveniences that you’ll need. Featuring uber-comfy beds, lounging areas, and deluxe bathrooms – you’ll step into a whole new world when you stay at Bovey Castle.
The 1 AA Rosette restaurant Smiths Brassiere serves delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Featuring epic views across Dartmoor, roaring fires in the winter, and traditional yet sophisticated British food, this is one of the best restaurants near Exeter.
Whether you’re at Bovey for a chilled out break or a hiking holiday, we bet you’ll want to try the spa. As you’d expect from one of the best 5 star hotels in South West England, the spa menu is exemplary. It offers deluxe facials, body wraps, aromatherapy, massages, and more – some treatments use solely vegan products, which are marked on the brochure. Also enjoy the swimming pool, sauna and steam room while you’re pampering yourself.
Luxury Hotels in South West England: Cornwall
Cornwall is the destination of choice for many holidayers in the UK, so many of the best luxury hotels in South West England are here. We love two in particular – the Headland Hotel and Spa in Newquay and Tregenna Castle Resort (which is great for families!) in St Ives. Click here for some more places to stay in Cornwall.
The Headland Hotel and Spa
This glorious hotel is undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Newquay, and one of the most romantic hotels in South West England. Positioned on the clifftop overlooking the famous Fistral Beach, this is a luxury hotel experience like no other.
The rooms and suites of The Headland Hotel and Spa are plush and deluxe, some with four poster beds and others with epic coastal views. Or you could choose one of their dog-friendly self-catering cottages.
The Headland Hotel is also one of the best spa hotels in the South West. It is the first five-bubble rated spa hotel in the county and offers various treatments, couples spa experiences, a hydrotherapy spa pool, a hot tub, a steam room, aromatherapy showers and a Swedish sauna.
Dining at the headland? The Headland Hotel has three options – Samphire Restaurant (2 AA Rosettes), Terrace (1 AA Rosette) and their brand new Mediterranean restaurant called The Deck. Whether you fancy sophisticated Mediterranean fusion cuisine or a Cornish afternoon tea, you’ll love what’s on offer at Newquay’s Headland Hotel!
Tregenna Castle and Resort
If you want to enjoy the luxury hotels in the South West but have kids in tow, check out Tregenna Castle Resort near St Ives. Choose from luxury rooms, apartments, or self-catering facilities – which are perfect for both families and groups! All rooms are bright and airy, some with sea views.
Tregenna is set in a 72 acre estate, making it ideal for woodland walks, which are loved by young and old alike! The hotel can also organise surf lessons, and they have fun activities for kids throughout the school holidays. The resort comprises a golf course, tennis courts, and an indoor and outdoor pool.
If you’re visiting as a couple or adult group, there’s plenty for you at Tregenna as well. Castle Beauty is the on-site spa, offering massages and other treatments, as well as a sauna, a steam room and a hot tub.
The Brassiere at Tregenna is suitable for all meals, serving a range of meals cooked from locally sourced ingredients. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious roast!
The Best Luxury Spa Hotels in South West England!
Hopefully, this list of luxury spa hotels in South West England has you planning a trip! There are so many unforgettable holidays that you can have in this part of the country, especially with these fantastic South West luxury hotels.
Need more planning help? Check out my many other blog posts for more information about travel in South West England, or click here for a bumper list of places to visit in the region!