The heat is on. And here’s how to cool off in the best possible way.
SpaSeekers has unveiled the UK’s 10 ‘best’ outdoor spa pools for the ultimate relief from sweltering weather.
The pools in the list are set amid beautiful gardens, historical buildings and offer spellbinding countryside views. And there’s a ‘refreshing’ natural pond for when the mercury soars to truly uncomfortable levels.
Scroll down to see all 10 pools – which one makes the biggest splash for you?
ELLENBOROUGH PARK – CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Ellenborough Park is ‘the kind of place where you can spend the entire day just lounging about, soaking up the sun, and completely lose track of time’, says SpaSeekers
This pick is full of ‘history, charm, and class’ but it is the outdoor heated pool that makes Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham the ‘perfect’ place to visit during summer, according to SpaSeekers.
‘There’s nothing quite like a refreshing swim on a hot day, the clear water lapping around you, with the stunning views of the hotel and spa in the background,’ the specialist spa site says.
‘It’s the kind of place where you can spend the entire day just lounging about, soaking up the sun, and completely lose track of time.’
UTOPIA RETREAT AT GREAT FOSTERS – EGHAM, SURREY
Utopia Retreat at Great Fosters has a pool set amid ‘beautifully landscaped’ gardens and enclosed by an Elizabethan-era wall decorated with wisteria
The pool at Utopia Retreat at Great Fosters is an ‘exceptional’ feature that provides a ‘peaceful’ retreat for guests.
Set amid ‘beautifully landscaped’ gardens and enclosed by an Elizabethan-era wall decorated with wisteria, the pool area ‘exudes an atmosphere of timelessness and tranquillity’, says SpaSeekers.
‘Guests can enjoy a refreshing dip in the water or simply relax on the comfortable poolside loungers, taking in the serene ambience and the surrounding greenery,’ it adds.
If you’re feeling a bit peckish after all that relaxation, the cream tea is said to be ‘famously’ good.
OCKENDEN MANOR – CUCKFIELD, SUSSEX
Ockenden Manor boasts a connecting indoor and outdoor pool
Nestled within the grounds of a historic manor house, Ockenden Manor is a contemporary spa with views of the nine surrounding acres of grounds and gardens.
Its indoor pool connects to an outdoor pool, so feeling the sun on your skin as you take a dip is an enticing option in the summer.
‘With sun loungers dotted alongside the pool, once you’re done with your swim you can dry off and order a cocktail or two,’ SpaSeekers suggests.
MODDERSHALL OAKS COUNTRY SPA RETREAT – STAFFORDSHIRE
The characterful patioed area at Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat, which features a huge hydrotherapy pool
Moddershall Oaks Country Spa Retreat’s courtyard is an inviting place for a spot of al fresco unwinding.
It features a characterful patioed area and a huge, heated hydrotherapy pool with its very own outdoor fire.
‘With poolside attendants on site to make sure you have everything you need, you can take a refreshing dip before kicking back on one of the loungers with a glass of something fizzy,’ SpaSeekers recommends.
COTTONMILL SPA AT SOPWELL HOUSE – ST ALBANS, HERTFORDSHIRE
This expansive outdoor pool is a standout feature at Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House, according to SpaSeekers
Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House offers a ‘wonderful spa experience’ with a ‘serene’ setting and ‘sophisticated design’.
Its expansive outdoor pool is a standout feature according to SpaSeekers, which says it serves ‘as a haven of tranquillity in the heart of St Albans’.
The site adds: ‘Nestled amidst beautifully manicured gardens, the pool provides a luxurious respite from the world, ideal for sun-soaked relaxation or invigorating swims. With both shaded and sunlit areas, you can pick whether you fancy topping up your tan or just reading a book in the shade.’
THE SPA AT LACEBY MANOR – GRIMSBY, LINCOLNSHIRE
The Spa at Laceby Manor boasts a natural swimming pond (above) as well as an indoor and outdoor pool with tension-releasing jets and ‘gorgeous’ views, says SpaSeekers
When the mercury soars, sometimes rapid relief is in order. Cue the unheated natural swimming pond at The Spa at Laceby Manor.
‘It’s the perfect remedy if you’re sweltering during a heatwave,’ SpaSeekers says.
For those looking for something a little more traditional, there is an indoor and outdoor pool that feature tension-releasing jets and ‘gorgeous’ views.
NADARRA SPA – SKIPTON, NORTH YORKSHIRE
A sweeping view of the Yorkshire countryside is on offer at Nadarra Spa, where ‘nature and luxury meet’
‘As you stroll towards the outdoor infinity pool at Nadarra Spa,’ says SpaSeekers, ‘a sense of calm washes over you.’
And no wonder. The picture here shows how a sweeping view of the Yorkshire countryside is on offer at a spot ‘where nature and luxury meet’.
SpaSeekers adds: ‘On a summer’s day, the warm sun and the gentle rustling of leaves create an ambience of peace and rejuvenation.’
MACDONALD BERYSTEDE HOTEL & SPA – BRACKNELL, BERKSHIRE
At Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa guests can avail themselves of an outdoor pool that offers ‘a refreshing retreat’ amid ‘meticulously maintained gardens’
Located a few minutes from Ascot Racecourse, Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa ‘mixes modern luxury with historic touches and landscaped gardens’, says SpaSeekers.
It continues: ‘When the summer weather starts to be at its best, the outdoor pool really comes into its own and offers guests a refreshing retreat.
‘Surrounded by meticulously maintained gardens, the pool provides a space of tranquillity, allowing visitors to soak in the serenity while enjoying a leisurely swim or simply relaxing poolside. The seamless blend of the pool’s modern design with the traditional architecture of the hotel creates a unique atmosphere of timeless elegance.’
THE SPA AT BREEDON PRIORY – DERBYSHIRE
The outdoor pool at The Spa at Breedon Priory is surrounded by ‘stunning rolling countryside’
Tucked away in the serene Derbyshire countryside, The Spa at Breedon Priory provides a ‘unique’ spa experience with its ‘blend of tranquillity and charm’.
The outdoor pool is a prominent feature, offering ‘an enticing oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation’, SpaSeekers says.
As a bonus there are ‘stunning vistas of rolling countryside’.
TAPLOW HOUSE HOTEL & SPA – MAIDENHEAD
The outdoor pool at Taplow House Hotel & Spa is a key attraction according to SpaSeekers
The outdoor pool at Taplow House Hotel & Spa is a key attraction according to SpaSeekers, describing it as ‘a splendid retreat for guests yearning for tranquillity and refreshment’.
Bordered by ‘elegant’ gardens, the pool creates an atmosphere of ‘serenity and relaxation’ with a panoramic view of its surroundings.
SpaSeekers adds: ‘If you’re looking for an extra layer of relaxation then you could take advantage of the Temple Spa treatments available, such as body wraps and massages.’