Feeling like you need a break after Christmas? These spas will have you feeling fresh for the new year in no time

Mention you’re going on a spa weekend away and it sounds expensive. But whilst some certainly do require deep pockets to cover the sheer level of luxury involved in both the spa itself and the accommodation and food, others are far more friendly on the purse strings. In fact, as the UK spa market has become increasingly competitive – and has also had to remain focused on surviving through the recession - many spas have been forced to keep prices reasonable.

Our round-up brings you the best away-breaks from what we believe are the spas that are currently top of their game in the UK. We’ve been sure to cover as many geographical areas as we can and, of course, varied budgets. Your choice of spa should also be led by your motivation for going. Whilst some spas excel in fitness, for example, running outstanding bootcamps and food for dieting, others are about relaxation and unwinding.