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Escape to a luxurious spa hotel in Essex and rejuvenate yourself. Whether you're looking for luxury skin treatment or a revitalising massage, enjoy some well-earned therapeutic time and escape the stresses of modern life.
Spend the afternoon at Hylands House, a superb Grade II-Listed mansion that dates back to the 18th Century. Originally a family home, it was sold and opened to the public by the late-20th Century, and has hundreds of acres of glorious grounds that are ideal for a relaxing stroll.
Come to Colchester and see the town's medieval castle, Layer Marney Tower Tudor gatehouse, and zoo. If you're visiting Essex in the summer, you could also head to the quiet coastal resort of Frinton-on-Sea, which is renowned for its vast sandy beach.
Few places are more relaxing than a slow walk through the scenic grounds of Chelmsford's RHS Garden Hyde Hall, which has many beautiful themed gardens and is rich in bird life. Maintained by the Royal Horticultural Society, this 360-acre site also includes a fantastic The Barn Restaurant and Field Café where you can enjoy delicious meals and snacks prepared with locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Another leading seaside resort with a pristine sandy beach, Clacton-on-Sea has a superb pleasure pier and attractive seafront, and is home to numerous independent boutiques. It's also the location of one of the most exquisite spa hotels in Essex, the Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in Clacton-on-Sea, which has dozens of treatment rooms and offers everything from hydrotherapy treatments to facials and aromatherapy.
All spa hotels offer tasty British or continental breakfasts, which may be included in your room rate or available for a daily surcharge. Many venues also have restaurant serving delicious local and international cuisine, and a superb selection of premium wines and other alcoholic beverages. If you are booking a special occasions such as a wedding or birthday party, you will have a highly experienced concierge team right at your service, ready to take care of everything from seating arrangements to meal planning.