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Take the train … and treat yourself to a pampering spa break

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Pampering Spa Pool. Image Credit: Dennis Wong. Flickr. Creative Common Licensed.

Christmas may be the season to be jolly, but it wouldn’t be surprising if you feel a little rundown ahead of the festivities, especially with present and food shopping weighing down your arms and putting pressure on feet. So, there’s every reason to take the train and head to our pick of Blighty’s best spas. Just make sure to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you set off, so you’ll have more to spend on treating yourself.

Take the train to Bath … and soak at the Thermae Bath Spa

Bath has been famous for its natural thermal healing waters since ancient times. Newcomers to the Thermae Bath Spa will love taking their first dip in this spa’s luxurious rooftop hydrotherapy pool, where you can sightsee as you soak. And as treatments start from £38 for 30 minutes, the money you save on your train fare could pay for a little pampering at this luxurious spa.

Go: Thermae Bath Spa, 6-8 Hot Bath Street, Bath, BA1 1UP. Call: 0844 888 0844.

Take the train to Bristol … and relax at the Lido Spa Bristol

The Victorians may have had a rather stiff upper lip and preferred their starched collars to sumptuous silks, but you’ll find luxury in abundance at this renovated Victorian Lido. Just take the train to Bristol, check in and swim a few lengths, or book in for a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure.

Go: The Lido Bristol, Oakfield Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2BJ. Call: 0117 933 9530.

• Take the train to Oxford … and indulge at the Randolph Hotel’s spa

Set under the historic university city of Oxford, this basement hotel spa is the perfect spot to calm your mind and unwind. Just take the train to Oxford and check into this luxury hotel before sampling the Randolph spa‘s thermal suite, Decleor treatments and more.

Go: The Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LN. Call: 0844 879 9132.

Take the train to Glasgow … and be pampered at Blythswood Square

Glasgow is Scotland’s established style capital. So it’s hardly surprising that this boutique hotel and spa is impeccably turned-out. Complete with a full thermal suite, gorgeous treatment rooms and all-organic products, this hotel is the ideal retreat for shoppers looking to hit the high street and then relax with a well-deserved pedicure, massage or hydro-spa treatment.

Go: Blythswood Square Hotel, 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, G2 4AD. Call: 0141 208 2458.

Take the train to Cardiff … and luxuriate at the St. David’s Hotel’s spa

A five star hotel with saunas, spa pools and treatment rooms, the luxurious St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff is perfect for a boutique break. Just take the train to Cardiff, check in, head for the sleek spa area and let those festive frets melt away.

Go: The St. David’s Hotel and Spa, Havannah Street, Cardiff, CF10 5SD. Call: 02920 454 045

Take the train to Darlington … and find calm at Rockliffe Hall

You can feel like lord or lady of the manor at Rockliffe Hall, as this sprawling spa comes complete with a spa butler, who will fetch you drinks or a bathrobe. There’s also a golf-course. Take the train to Darlington, deposit your other half on the green, and retire to the spa for some serious pampering.

Go: Rockliffe Hall, Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington, DL2 2DU. Call: 01325 729 999

Take the train to Cornwall … and stay in eco-luxury at The Scarlet Hotel

With cliff-side, log-fired hot tubs, a stretching swimming pool and pampering spa treatments, it’s almost hard to believe that this luxurious Cornish retreat is fully eco-friendly. But it is. And what greener way to get to The Scarlet Hotel than by taking the train?

Go: The Scarlet Hotel, Tredragon Road, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, TR8 4DG. Call: 01637 861 800.

Take the train to London … and unwind at The Sanctuary

One of London‘s best-loved women-only spas, The Sanctuary is a luxurious retreat – perfect for the shopping-weary or the Christmas-tired. At this luxurious spa, you can enjoy champagne spa days, indulgent individual treatments, sound wave sleep therapy and more. And there are boutique spa outposts in Cambridge and Bristol too – so you could always take the train there instead, if London’s a little far.

Go: The Sanctuary, 12 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DH. Call: 0844 875 8443

Where will taking the train take you this December?

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