For relaxation and revitalisation, you can’t beat a spa break. While sunning yourself on golden shores or picking up a pair of skis is sure to be the downtime you need, sometimes you just need to be pampered.
The good news is that many of the world’s greatest spa breaks lie right on our doorstep. After just a couple of hours in the air, you could be putting your feet up in the closest thing to paradise possible. For some inspiration, here are 10 of our favourite spa breaks across the continent.
10. Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa
Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
Halfway along Majorca’s mountainous north coast, this modern and stylish resort is easily one of the most luxurious in the Balearics. From the moment you arrive you’ll be truly pampered, whether that’s dining at the Cap Roig local seafood restaurant, enjoying an aloe vera body wrap in the spa, or having cocktails served up on the terrace. Come the end of the day, the hotel’s infinity pool is the perfect space to catch a dramatic sunset.
The hotel is just 40 minutes’ drive from Palma de Mallorca Airport. Flights to Majorca from Manchester Airport run several times daily for much of the year, with airlines including Ryanair and easyJet.
9. Hillside Beach Club
Hiding at the foothills of a crystal blue cove, this family-friendly resort is one of the best on the Turkish Riviera. With an incredible four beaches, some reached by private boat, it’s the perfect place for all ages to unwind. Kids will be kept busy by the on-site sporting facilities and activity clubs, leaving you plenty of time to relax in the Sanda Day spa, where you can choose from a host of traditional Turkish baths and massages.
Hillside Beach Club is an hour’s drive from Dalaman Airport. There are many direct flights to Dalaman from Manchester Airport, with airlines including Thomas Cook Airlines and Jet2.
8. VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa
A five-star resort on Portugal’s famously-beautiful Algarve, this is the perfect place for those looking to rejuvenate in the sun. They specialise in a range of wellbeing therapies and beauty treatments, all available from their recently redeveloped spa. Those looking to see results will love their new HYPOXI Studio, a one-of-a-kind facility aimed at reducing body fat and fluid retention. Across the site you’ll find an array of accommodation options, including chic seafront apartments and high-end villas with private pools, all set amongst 54 acres of tropical gardens.
The resort is just a 45-minute drive from Faro Airport. You can fly direct to Faro from Manchester with airlines including Ryanair and Jet2.
7. ION Adventure Hotel
Set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains and lava fields, this remote Icelandic retreat is like nothing else. Whether you enjoy the views from the heated outdoor pool or get out and explore the landscape for yourself is entirely up to you. The 90-minute Icelandic herbs treatment is top of the menu at the spa, while the award-winning Silfra restaurant serves up local ingredients. Everything here is sustainably sourced, and its remote location makes it the perfect place to catch the Northern Lights.
The resort is just an 80-minute drive from Keflavik International Airport. You can find direct flights to Iceland from Manchester Airport with airlines including easyJet and Icelandair.
6. Lefay Resort Lago di Garda
Lake Garda, Italy
With dramatic sweeping vistas down over Lake Garda and back over the foothills of the alps, this escape offers true tranquillity. Highlights include the beautiful outdoor pool, five different types of sauna and a specialised salt-water lake used for floatation therapies. Set among 11 acres of beautiful gardens and well within distance of some quintessentially Italian towns, you’ll love exploring the region when you’re not busy being pampered.
You can reach the resort by flying into one of Milan’s three airports. Flights to Milan from Manchester Airport are available with easyJet and Alitalia, with those to Milan Malpensa going direct. The resort is around 90 minutes’ drive from here.
5. Shanti Som
A spectacular lodge nestled in the hills above Marbella, Shanti Som offers an experience that’s catered to you. They provide a range of packages including yoga, pilates, weight loss, detox and fitness – so you can enjoy an escape that suits your goals. When you get some downtime outside of your package itinerary, feel free to tour the beautiful gardens in the grounds, relax in your individually-designed room or explore the surrounding pine forests.
The retreat is just a 40-minute car journey from Malaga Airport. Airlines such as TUI and Ryanair offer flights to Malaga from Manchester Airport.
4. Vigilius Mountain Resort
South Tyrol, Italy
Accessed only by a scenic seven-minute cable car ride, Vigilius is the ultimate alpine getaway. The resort prides itself on its silence; and at 1500 metres above sea level it’s certainly an escape from the stresses and strains of modern life. Within the expertly-engineered timber chalet, you can be at one with nature and indulge in a range of treatments, including facials using raw materials from the landscape. The hay bath is a local speciality, whereby regional grasses are piled into a bath to rejuvenate the body.
The closest airport to Vigilius is Innsbruck, around 90 minutes’ drive away. Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are among those to offer flights to Innsbruck from Manchester Airport, with a single connection and taking as little as three and a half hours.
Nestled away in a remote corner of Greece, Amanzoe harks back to ancient Greek medicine as a means of healing. Surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the Agean Sea, you can expect long days of facials, aromatherapy and Watsu aquatic sessions; all topped off with moonlit yoga on the terrace. The design of this resort is a sight to behold; minimalist principles meet traditional Greek architecture, with eye-wateringly beautiful results.
Amanzoe is around a two and a half hours’ drive from Athens International Airport. You can find flights to Athens from Manchester Airport with airlines such as Aegean and easyJet.
2. Six Senses Douro Valley
Beautifully set among vineyards at the heart of Portugal’s wine region, Six Senses Douro Valley might just be the perfect place to replenish. From sampling local therapies in the spa, to exploring the wine library and grazing on local vegetables at the chef’s table; you’ll find all you need inside the impeccably refurbished manor house. Situated within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s a real focus on ecology and sustainability here – so you can feel good about feeling good.
Francisco Sa Carneiro International Airport, near Porto, is a 75-minute drive from the resort. Flights to Porto from Manchester Airport are available with Ryanair and easyJet.
1. Monastero Santa Rosa
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Perched atop the towering cliffs of the Amalfi coast, this spa resort occupies a former monastery. Easily one of Europe’s most dramatic buildings, grandeur is on show everywhere, from the domed ceiling of the steam room to the subterranean thermal baths. You’ll enjoy dinner in its Michelin-starred restaurant, when you’re not soaking up the sun on your private terrace. To top it all off, it boasts one of the best infinity pools on the planet, with sky high views out across the Med.
The resort is just over an hour’s drive from Naples airport. You can find flights to Naples from Manchester Airport with airlines including TUI and Jet2.
Enjoy these revitalising spa breaks, and many more across the continent, with flights from Manchester Airport.