Shrubland's calm, holistic regime includes Pilates and t'ai chi, while the simple wholesome food is a treatment in itself. Prepare to get wet - water therapies are Shrubland's strength, as are the superb massages. Prices start at £477 for a minimum three-night stay.

www.shrublandhall.co.uk; 01473 830 404

2 Kalmora Spa Goudhurst, Kent

This treatment-only day spa is intimate and secluded. Therapies use Dead Sea salt products, and treats include the world's first hydroflotation therapy. Spa packages are priced from £95. Kalmora has other spas in Plymouth, Birmingham and Ipswich.

www.kalmoraspa.com; 01580 212 953

3 Grayshott Spa, Grayshott, Surrey

The new owner has overhauled the bedrooms, and the treatment and communal areas have been upgraded at this tranquil spa adjoining 700 acres of National Trust land. The food is excellent. Day visits start from £100 and a two-night spa break starts from £365.

www.grayshottspa.com; 01428 602 020

4 Champney's Tring Tring, Hertfordshire

A lavish mansion spa with an impressive list of facilities, including a new 25m pool and high-tech gym. Signature treatments include Esalen body-balancing massage and light-colour therapy. Day packages start at £89.95; stays from £229.95.

www.champneys.com; 08703 300 300

5 Stobo Castle, Stobo, Peebleshire

A swanky castle with superb facilities. The pool (pictured) is set against a picture window with spectacular views. There are a wide range of pampering treatments and delicious food. Day visits start at £99; residential stays cost from as little as £99 a night.

www.stobocastle.co.uk; 01721 725 300

6 SPA.NK Day Spa London W2

Retreat from the world with fabulous treatments in this calming spa in Notting Hill. Indulge in an Eve Lom facial (£110) or a Jurlique holistic facial (£60). Body treatments include a great deep tissue massage (£100) or an essential rose body cocoon (£60).

www.spacenk.com; 020-7727 8002

7 Bliss Spa, London SW3

Pampering plus at one of London's hottest spa spots. Facials, waxes and nail-fixes are signature treats; try the Triple Oxygen face treat or the Bliss hot cream manicure, and chill out with Sex and the City or Desperate Housewives on your own plasma screen.

www.blisslondon.co.uk; 020-7584 3888

8 Calmia Holistic Spa London W1

Looking for a more meditative time-out? This is the place to rebalance with one of Calmia's nurturing therapies. Fragranced candles and soft music soothe, and treats such as the mind body massage (from £75) or tropical rescue ritual (£75) do the rest.

www.calmia.com; 0845 009 2450

9 Cedar Falls, Taunton, Somerset

A gently soothing ambience goes a long way to restoring body and mind at this informal spa, which offers good food. There are a wide range of treatments, and it's big on natural therapies; you'll find the Bowen Technique, holistic massage and meditation on offer.

www.cedar-falls.co.uk; 01823 433 233

10 Chewton Glen New Milton, Hants

This five-star hotel has a luxurious Molton Brown spa and a huge range of therapies using Molton Brown goodies (from £25 for a mini-manicure). Spa breaks start at £235 for one night's bed, breakfast, dinner and a Molton Brown treatment.

www.chewtonglen.com; 01425 282 212

The Ten Best is edited by Rebecca Armstrong r.armstrong@independent.co.uk

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