If you and your partner are looking for a relaxing weekend break to get away from the stress of everyday life, golf and spa breaks in the United Kingdom could be the perfect way to unwind.
Golf breaks in the UK are always popular with our customers and it’s easy to see why. Golf resorts around the Isles offer stunning locations to enjoy a relaxing break in the spa. Indulge yourself with a restful massage and unwind by the pool. Combine this relaxation with a more active round of golf, on some of the UK’s best golf courses and practice facilities and finish the day with a sumptuous dinner washed down by a selection of fine wines. All of this is available, practically on your doorstep.
If this sounds like the refreshing holiday that you are searching for, then read our guide to the best golf and spa resorts in the UK.
Top Golf & Spa Resorts Help Alleviate Modern Day Stresses
We can all relate to a common appreciation that modern life affects our day to day stress levels. Continuously connected to others, in different time zones, a stream of important emails and not to mention the buzz of social media.
There is simply not enough time for self-reflection.
Therefore it’s essential to make sure that we take time for our pleasures and relaxation, a short golf and spa break is just what you need. With venues in every corner of the UK to suit all budgets and requirements, you will need not travel too far to find yourself indulging in true revitalisation.
How Much Should I Spend on a Golf and Spa Break?
Luxury Golf and Spa Resorts
The UK has lots of fantastic five-star golf and spa resorts where coupling Open Championship, Ryder Cup and European Tour courses and award-winning Spas.
For the ultimate in luxury, why not look at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. You can play Open Championship golf, dine at Andrew Fairlie’s award-winning Michelin starred restaurant, as well as visit one of the best spas in the country.
Golf and spa on a budget
Golf breaks do not have to break the bank. There are plenty of excellent deals in the UK, ‘Sunday Drivers’ are often considered to be the best value. Consisting of Sunday night at the hotel combined with one or two rounds of golf.
Why not check out Slaley Hall in Northumberland where from £99 per person you can stay one night with dinner, bed and breakfast plus two rounds on European Tour golf courses. Not forgetting access to the amazing spa facilities.
Our Recommendations for Relaxing Golf and Spa Breaks in the UK?
Carnoustie Golf Hotel and Spa
The Carnoustie Golf Hotel is the ultimate in luxury. It has 95 extravagant en suite bedrooms as well as ten suites which look out over the famous Championship golf course and the sea.
For evening dining as well as spectacular views over the Championship Golf Course, Calder’s Bistro, Bar and Lounge offer a wide selection of Scottish cuisine and drinks.
Try Scottish Scallops and Langoustines with a fine Glencadam 17 Year Old Portwood single malt whiskey.
“Walter Hagen once wrote that Carnoustie was the best course in Briton and the top three courses of the world.”
Carnoustie is home to three world-class courses, none of which are more famous than the Championship Course. A host of the Open Championship no less than eight times.
You can also play James Braid’s Burnside course where Ben Hogan qualified for the 1953 Open (and won), this was Hogan’s only ever Open Championship appearance.
The third course available is the Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss designed Buddon course, which is a much more forgiving golf course but also a true gem.
The Carnoustie Golf Hotel has a beautifully- decorated spa and whether you are looking to spend the whole day being pampered and treated or just a couple of hours after golf. The spa offers a wide range of quality treatments.
Just make sure to be ready to float off on a cloud of pure, unadulterated bliss.
You will also find an indoor pool, Turkish baths, Steam room, Sauna, Hot tub, Jacuzzi, relaxation areas and a well equipped Fitness Centre within the confines of the hotel.
From Price: £129 pp
Fairmont St. Andrews
Often the number one resort for anyone thinking of golfing breaks in Scotland, the Fairmont St. Andrews golf course sits overlooking the stunning bay of St. Andrews and the North Sea with the Auld Grey Toon in the horizon.
The resort is luxurious, elegant and the genuinely breath-taking surroundings of the ‘Home of Golf’ have to be experienced. The hotel sits directly on the two championship golf courses on the resort, the Kittocks, and the Torrance.
The luxury bedrooms and suites at Fairmont St Andrews offer luxurious Scottish touches in very spacious surroundings. For Dinner head to the St. Andrews Bar and grill and indulge in the finest fresh lobster from St Andrews Bay and a butcher’s block with a large selection of Scottish steaks paired with an Eden Mill Stotish Gin with buckthorn berries and Tonic.
Fairmont St. Andrews offers two fantastic championship links courses with spectacular views over the North Sea.
Bruce Develin has cleverly designed the Kittocks course, with expert guidance from Gene Sarazen. It is often renowned as being one of the prettiest courses on the coastline.
The Torrance course was of course designed by Ryder Cup legend Sam Torrance and has hosted several European Tour Seniors events over the years. The course is highly regarded by those who make the pilgrimage to the “home of golf” regularly.
The Spa at the Fairmont St. Andrews is one of the very best equipped and largest Spas in the country. The traditional Celtic treatments and spirit are unrivaled, and you will find the ultimate in tranquil relaxation at the Fairmont St. Andrews Spa.
Providing some of the most well-known treatment products; Aromatherapy Associates, Ishga, Caudalie, Made for Life, and OPI. Along with being in the capable hands of experts, you can rest assured you will leave the Fairmont feeling a million dollars. You will have access to ten treatment rooms, a relaxation room, a 16-meter swimming pool, jacuzzi, aromatherapy steam room, and sauna. As well as leisure facilities and a fully equipped gym.
From Price: £129 pp
Trump Turnberry Golf Resort
Trump Turnberry is one of the world’s finest golf and spa resorts, rich in history and class this fantastic resort has it all. Located in Ayr on the west coast of Scotland the views over the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran are simply unrivalled. With the warmest of Scottish hospitality and in a setting that is picture-postcard perfect, it will be hard to find a more luxurious experience anywhere on the globe.
For evening meals you are spoilt for choice; however the 1906 signature restaurant will turn any trip into a genuinely memorable bucket list experience. Fresh seafood from Troon, locally sourced vegetables from Downhill farm and a wine list that simply blows the mind. Why not try an Arron 18-year-old malt whiskey where Scottish rainwater from Loch Na Davie used to create a truly distinct and memorable dram.
The Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most celebrated and best courses. The Ailsa is a bucket-list golf course for anyone that plays the game, recreating your very own ‘Duel in the Sun’ at the Ailsa course is a once in a lifetime experience.
The Ailsa is arguably one of the very most famous golf courses on the planet. Still, you do also have the King Robert the Bruce course to play where the views from the summit of Bain’s Hill are simply breath-taking. The Ailsa course at Trump Turnberry has hosted the prestigious Open Championship four times.
The Spa at Trump Turnberry is, without doubt, one of the world’s finest. Your stresses and strains will soon start to fade as you marvel at the astonishing views across the Irish Sea.
Indulge in unique treatments using The innovative ishga range, which is made with handpicked Scottish seaweed and relax under the mindful hands of the resort’s world-class masseuse’s. A fabulous range of treatments available from ESPA, means you are guaranteed to leave your trip refreshed and relaxed.
The extensive range of facilities available at Spa at Trump Turnberry is endless. If you are looking for the very best golf holiday in the UK, then this is this.
From Price: £199 pp
Other notable Scottish Golf and Spa Resorts:
- The Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews
From Price: £199 pp
- The Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder
From Price: £205 pp
The Vale Resort
The Vale Resort in The Vale of Glamorgan offers one of the ultimate luxury spa experiences in South Wales. Nestled in more than over 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside The Vale Resort is a firm favourite with our clients. Two Championship courses await you at the Vale, The Wales National and the Lakes course.
For evening meals be sure to try the Vale Grill. Pair a rare breed Welsh lamb with black pudding with a Tiny Rebel pale ale or a glass of famous welsh perry.
Golf at the Vale is just superb, The Wales National course designed by Peter Jonson is one of the very longest courses outside of the USA. The course has hosted many European Challenge Tour events and is a firm favourite with anyone travelling to South Wales. The second course the ‘Lakes’ completes the 36 hole championship setup at the Vale Resort and has also held many prestigious events such as numerous Wales and West PGA professional championships.
Those looking for a sublime escape, the spa at the Vale Resort is one of the best in the UK. The Spa offers relaxation at its very finest amid the most exquisite surroundings. The state of the art fitness facilities and five relaxation zones ensure you are revitalised after a weekend break and eager to book your next golf holidays away.
After being pampered with massages, Facials and perhaps the signature Temple Spa’ Champagne and Truffles Deluxe Treatment,’ you are invited to relax in one of the whirlpool baths, Saunas and steam rooms. A golf and spa break to the Vale resort is one of our most popular products, and I’m sure it will be for many years to come.
From Price: £115 pp
The Celtic Manor Resort
For those who are thinking of Wales golf breaks, Celtic Manor Resort is probably the number one choice of golf resorts for many. Relaxation is not a problem with the option to book a spa day at either of the two great pampering options. Set in the Usk Valley, Celtic Manor is one of the most popular golf and spa resorts in the UK. Home to three championship courses and most notably the Twenty Ten Course which saw Team Europe steal a famous victory over the American’s in the 2010 Ryder Cup.
For Evening meals you have various options available throughout the hotel, However Steak on Six is a real gem and winner and award-winning. Try dry-aged Celtic lamb sirloin paired with a lovely glass of fine wine from the cellars below the resort.
The 2010 Ryder cup will always be one remembered, The aptly named ‘Twenty Ten Course’ was purposely built and designed by Ross McMurray for the prestigious event.
The Twenty Ten course is the perfect balance between risk and reward and strategic play. On top of the Twenty Ten Course, you are invited to play the Montgomerie Course, arguably the prettiest of the three courses. Robert Trent Jones designed the Roman Road course which has held its fair share of European Tour and Senior Tour events. The Celtic Manor is a must for any golf aficionado.
You are spoilt for choice at the Celtic Manor with not just one but two spas including the award-winning Forum Spa and Ocius. Set in the luxurious surroundings of the Celtic Manor Golf Club, just a stone’s throw from the Resort Hotel are Ocius treatment rooms. Where you can try a lava shell or hot stone massage or an extensive range of facials and treatments.
Relax in one of the many swimming pools and chill out in one of the steam rooms or Saunas. The Celtic manor is not just for golfers, and non-golfers will enjoy their time on resort equally, Although combine the two and you will be leaving with a state of bliss.
From Price: £99 pp
Other notable Welsh Golf and Spa Resorts:
- Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club
From Price: £85 pp
- Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel & Spa
From Price: £115 pp
Located just 35 minutes from the Countries Capital and since 1908 has been providing 5-star luxury to residents. You may recognise the building, James Bond famously played matchplay here with Auric Goldfinger in 1964. Jimmy Price used the hotel’s restaurant as his meeting venue in the 2005 gangster hit Layer cake. Bridget Jones tried to enjoy a weekend getaway with Daniel Cleaver here too in 2001.
The hotel offers 49 luxury guest rooms and suites, 3 Rosette standard restaurants, 27 hole holes of Harry Colt golf and a multi-award winning spa to boot. Stoke Park is lavish in luxury and makes for a perfect special occasion UK golf holiday. Golfers looking to enjoy golf travel, this resort shows that one doesn’t have to look too far.
Stoke Park offers 27 holes of pure championship golf. The course opened in 1908 and has some exceptional holes of golf. The 7th was designed by Harry Colt, with Alistar MacKenzie as his assistant who certainly stole inspiration from this hole when planning the 12th at Augusta National a quarter of a century later.
There are plenty of other gentle reminders of Augusta at Stoke Park, Especially when the Azaleas and Rhododendrons are in full bloom. Stoke Park is an excellent challenging country club golf course, which sure does make for a special treat.
The award-winning Spa at Stoke Park is one of the finest in the country; Vanity Fair once quoted “one of the Four ‘Must Visit’ Spas in the World”. Expect exclusive THALGO treatments, Ayurvedic massage, and an endless list of spa treatments. The pool is impressive, a 20-metre swimming oasis with double-height floor-to-ceiling arched windows leading out onto a terrace and garden.
Other facilities include Italian marble steam rooms, deep relaxation room, a private atrium with an impressive tropical aquarium, outdoor Scandinavian Sauna and hot tub, nail bar and boutique. Now we appreciate that Stoke park is a bit more of a special occasion retreat and not ideally suited for groups. Still, if treating someone special while squeezing in around on a course-embedded with rich history sounds like something that you want to plan, The Stoke Park ticks a lot of boxes.
From Price: £229 pp
Slaley Hall Hotel Golf and Spa has to be one of our most popular retreats in the North of the country, located in the Tyne Valley Slaley Hall offers luxury stays in a beautiful Edwardian mansion. There are two championship golf courses to play, A fantastic Health Club, An Elemis Spa, Three restaurants as well as a vibrant bar for cocktails in the evening.
Make sure you sample the Steak Menu in Mr Kennedy’s Brasserie. The Black Angus 28 Day mature Ribeye is mouthwateringly good. Slaley Hall offers excellent value for money and will always be a popular choice.
Two Championship courses await you at Slaley Hall, The Priestman and the Hunting Course. The Hunting course is often labelled the ‘Augusta of the North’. It is a Superb Dave Thomas 18 hole championship golf course worthy of hosting many great European Tour Events.
The Priestman has panoramic vistas of the Tyne Valley and is a much shorter and easier course than the Hunting. The Priestman is a fantastic and enjoyable test of golf set in picturesque surroundings.
The Spa at Slaley Hall is a luxurious sanctuary nestled in the most idyllic and gorgeous Northumberland countryside. You will leave Slaley Hall with all of your stresses and strains cast aside. The spa offers a full range of Spa treatments using Elemis products.
spend your afternoon relaxing in the sauna and steam rooms after hot stone massages and rebalancing rituals. The spa offers a fantastic range of Spa and afternoon Tea for those that do not play golf as well as a wide range of spa treatments purposely designed with golfers in mind. Slaley Hall is also dog friendly, so long strolls in the countryside are available.
From Price: £99 pp
For golfers The Belfry needs very little by way of introduction The Brabazon Course has held the most number of Ryder Cups on Home Soil with a total of four and is steeped in History, The Belfry has three Championship standard golf courses within its manicured grounds offering a convenient Midlands location and all the luxury you’ve ever wanted.
The hotel is home to a fabulous Spa that is incredibly popular for spa breaks in the midlands, where spa packages typically include a Fire & Ice Experience with a 40-minute spa treatment, three-course dinner as well as entry into the Bel Air Nightclub.
The resort offers lots of food and drinks options for evenings, and our favourite is the Ryder Grill where you can share Chateaubriand for 2 with a fine selection of Ports and Wines. The Belfry is without a doubt the most popular golf and spa resort we have to offer that has won awards year after year.
Three Courses to pick and choose from at the Belfry; however, a fan of the game will surely want to tee up on the Brabazon Course, Home to four Ryder Cups and many memorable shots. Golfers will unleash their inner Seve Ballesteros on the 10th hole in front of the hotel and take on the green on the short Par 4.
The PGA National is no slouch of a course either and provides a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf on a typical Dave Thomas lay-out. The Derby is the shorter and more user-friendly of the three courses and perfect for less adept golfers or those new to the game.
Enjoy a Fire and Ice journey that is a pure relaxation experience winding through 12 bio thermal rooms, all designed to enhance your mood and invigorate your senses. The Spa at the Belfry is one of the most popular in the country and has a thorough and comprehensive range of spa treatments including massages, facials, ESPA treatments, body scrubs and finishing touches.
The Spa at the Belfry is suited for both women and men alike and will always have a treatment suited just for your needs. From the moment you arrive at the Belfry spa, everything is peaceful and relaxed. Leave all of your troubles at the door and escape to the Belfry for your next golf and Spa break.
From Price: £99 pp
Other notable English Golf and Spa Resorts:
- The Oxfordshire, Oxford
From Price: £199 pp
- Belton Woods, Lincolnshire
From Price: £115 pp
- Foxhills, Surrey
From Price: £195 pp
- Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire
From Price: £139 pp
- Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk
From Price: £99 pp
- The Grove, Watford
From Price: £259 pp
- Dunston Hall, Norfolk
From Price: £85 pp
- Oulton Hall, West Yorkshire
From Price: £89 pp
Book UK Golf and Spa Resorts with Confidence
Simply put, Golf and Spa breaks can offer something for everyone. Golfers will be all too aware that getting the little white ball to disappear in the cup can be stressful enough and relaxing in a steam room after a tough round of golf may just be what the doctor ordered. For those who do not play golf, perhaps a soothing back massage and an afternoon of jacuzzi, saunas and spa treatments are just what you need.
Golf and Spa weekends also offer the chance for someone else to do all of the daily work for you. Golf and Spa resorts will all have a great selection of dining choices, bars where you can relax with a cool glass of Chablis and many other activities to keep you entertained.
Within the UK we have an abundance of historical and gorgeous manor houses, luxury hotels and lodges with championship courses and award-winning Spas, we also have a fantastic value for money resorts that also offer great golfing with the luxury of the spa too. There really is something for everyone.