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The best spa hotels in Suffolk, from sprawling country estates to old Tudor houses

Please note our writer visited the following hotels prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Suffolk is no slouch when it comes to spa breaks, with at least half a dozen hotels that boast excellent facilities. There’s a real variety too, ranging from well-established places with pools, gyms and plenty of treatments to those that have added standalone, modern extensions with hot tubs, plunge pools and saunas. Here’s our pick of the best spa hotels in Suffolk, including the top places to stay for indoor and outdoor pools, beauty treatments, juice bars and thermal waters, in locations including Woodbridge, Leavenheath, Newmarket, Bury Saint Edmunds and Lavenham.

Seckford Hall

Woodbridge, Suffolk, England

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Though the spa facilities at this well-preserved Jacobean mansion in the heart of Woodbridge are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they normally offer multiple treatments overlooking a fabulous indoor pool, which is located under the gnarled beams of a 16th-century barn. The hall was built and lived in by a confidante to Elizabeth I, William Seckford, and is a unique place to stay. Rooms ooze character, not least the wood-panelled Great Hall, where you can enjoy an atmospheric cream tea or a doze over the paper. There’s a lounge, cosy, low-ceilinged bar and spruce restaurant. You can also stroll the grounds and mosey down to the lake.


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The hotel is set amid beautiful Suffolk countryside which is accentuated through the floor-to-ceiling windows that really bring the outside in. The spa itself overlooks a championship golf course and the lake. It has a lovely pool with plenty of room to relax, plus a whirlpool tub and excellent facilities with lots of treatments, a ‘sanarium’ (like a sauna) and hamman – plus a ‘Rasul mud therapy’ facility. As well as 80 rooms and suites, they offer self-catering lodges which all have terraces, some of which overlook the back nine of one of the golf courses, while others have a more secluded, woodland feel.


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Bedford Lodge is Thoroughbred Central as far as Newmarket goes, and just a short walk from the famous Gallops, where you can see any number of horses training every morning from first light. The hotel has received a huge dollop of investment over recent years, and it shows – with 77 stylish and comfortable bedrooms, a luxurious spa, a spruced-up pool and top-notch leisure facilities. The décor is modern, but with a classic feel fostered by calm colours, plenty of soft furnishings and dark-wood furniture. Despite Newmarket’s popularity with racegoers, there’s nothing else really like it in the town.


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This National Trust property in the Suffolk countryside is part attraction, part rejuvenating retreat. Set in 1,800 acres of rolling parkland, the hotel is unabashedly grand from the moment you head up the estate’s long drive. Guests get free access to the National Trust galleries and tours as well as the use of on-site facilities, but for parents two things stand out: the daily two-hours of free childcare in the crèche and an in-room listening service, allowing them to sneak off for a few hours in the atmospheric lower-ground spa. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool and therapy rooms which offer a range of treatments such as facials, massages and body scrubs.


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The Swan’s timbered complex of buildings dominates the centre of the old Tudor wool town of Lavenham, so the location could hardly be better – not only for the town itself, which is one of Suffolk’s prime tourist destinations, but also for the many attractions of this part of the county. The hotel has a bar, two restaurants, two car parks, comfy lounge, a spa and garden. The spa in particular is lovely, a relatively recent addition whose sparkling and ultra-soothing facilities offer the chance to time-travel forward several centuries as you leave the creaky corridors of the main hotel.


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Contributions by Hattie Garlick

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