Devon was named the number one region while Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were number two.

Hampshire, North Yorkshire and Cumbria also featured in the top 10.

The AA's list, which looks at UK destinations outside of London, is based on the highest number of hotels with wellness facilities, including swimming pools, gyms and treatment rooms.

Devon had a total of 38 hotels, while Cornwall had 36.

As well as naming the top regions, The AA also recommended some of the top spa hotels to visit.

The top ten regions for wellness facilities:

  1. Devon
  2. Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
  3. Hampshire
  4. North Yorkshire
  5. Cumbria
  6. Cheshire
  7. Jersey
  8. Dorset
  9. Berkshire
  10. Warwickshire

For the top five destinations, the AA recommended the below:


In Devon, The AA has a list of 14 top spa hotels.

Top of the list include Boringdon Hall Hotel in Plymouth, which was rated five stars and features and infinity pool, gym, relaxation rooms, saunas and hydrotherapy pool.

Also receiving five stars is Bovey Castle in Moretonhampstead, an Inspector's Choice property for the AA that offers bespoke spa experiences.

Harbour Hotels, the AA's Hotel Group of the Year in 2018, had two hotels on the list – Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa in Salcombe and Sidmouth Harbour Hotel & Spa in Sidmouth.

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

The Scarlet in Mawgan Porth, an eco-hotel by the sea, was one of the places that the AA recommended in Cornwall.
Next door and higher up on the coastline is the Bedruthan Hotel & Spa – a family-friendly option with a view of the sea.
The St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa in St Ives – another member of the Harbour Hotel Group – also comes recommended thanks to its view of the bay.


In Hampshire, the AA suggests staying at Lime Wood in Lyndhurst – a country house-style hotel in the New Forest.

Another option is Chewton Glen in New Milton, which is home to eco-friendly tree house suites.

Also in the New Forest is Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa in Brockenhurst, which is praised for its state of the art hydrotherapy space.

North Yorkshire

In Yorkshire, there's Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf in Harrogate, which features an impressive spa in a contemporary setting.

Swinton Park in Masham, housed in a Grade II listed castle, has regularly won awards for its spa.

And Rockliffe Hall in Darlington has indoor and outdoor experiences that you can even enjoy at night.


Lodore Falls in Borrowdale features a stunning outdoor pool and there are hot tubs you can soak in while enjoying the sights.

Langdale Hotel & Spa in Elterwater has indoor and outdoor spa facilities and even a private spa you can hire.

North Lakes Hotel & Spa in Penrith offers a variety of treatments and you can enjoy an afternoon tea while you get pampered.

If you're looking for other spa ideas, the Sun's Fabulous has revealed how you can pamper yourself for less.

There are tips on finding discounted beauty products, as well as making your own at home.

Sun Online Travel has also previously recommended spa deals, which could be the perfect antidote to the cold weather.

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