10 best spas in Cambridge for a relaxing spa break

Cambridge Country Club Spa

Cambridge is one of my favourite city breaks in the UK and I also love that there are a number of wonderful spas to visit too. Spas in Cambridge combine total relaxation with an old-world charm and a touch of luxury.

Being so easily accessible from across the country, and only a 50 minute train from London, I think that staying at one of the Cambridge spa hotels is the perfect way to treat yourself.

Whether you’re after an indulgent spa day or a longer spa break, there are a number of exceptional spas in Cambridge to choose from.

I’ve visited Cambridge numerous times over the years and have had the pleasure of staying in a number of different hotels.

So I’ve combined my own personal experiences with recommendations from locals and fellow travellers to bring you the best spas in Cambridge.

From lavish spas in the city centre to luxury spa hotels located just outside of the city, here is my pick of the best spots for a Cambridge spa break.

Author Bio: Jessie Moore

Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.

Best spas in Cambridge

1. Gresham House Wellness at Gonville Hotel

Address: Gonville Pl, Cambridge CB1 1LY

Best for:  A luxurious spa break

Gresham Spa

First up, I’ve chosen a wonderfully tranquil and charming spa in the heart of Cambridge: the luxury Gresham House Wellness at the Gonville Hotel.

Their range of ESPA treatments include the full menu of options you’d expect from a first-class spa.

Set within a Victorian villa, right in the centre of Cambridge’s conservation area, I love that it retains its period character but oozes modern luxury.

It’s a real escape from the busy Cambridge streets and a perfect place to unwind.


Address: David Lloyd Cambridge, Coldham’s Business Park, Coldhams Ln, Cambridge CB1 3LH

Best for: Variety of treatments

QI Spa in Cambridge

The QI SPA at David Lloyd Cambridge is on the edge of the city, ensuring there’s plenty of space. This is definitely one of the most popular destinations for a spa day in Cambridge and I can see why.

It offers over 80 different treatments from the expected massages and facials through to microblading and Botox.

Whatever you’re looking for from your spa treatments, I’m sure you’ll find the right experts here. The facilities are relaxing and rejuvenating with outdoor and indoor options.

3. Elemis Spa at The Varsity Spa Hotel

Address: Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ

Best for: A central location

Elemis Spa at The Varsity Spa Hotel

In my opinion, The Varsity is one of the best spa hotels in Cambridge for many reasons. The Glassworks is the name of the Elemis Spa here and it exudes a quirky, intimate, and luxurious feel.

I’d recommend sinking back in the Whirlpool hot tub where you can enjoy a classic Cambridge view over the River Cam.

De-stressing is the name of the game with options for sauna, steam room and pool, as well as a fantastic gym. Studio classes at the gym are complimentary with your spa day or stay.

The Elemis spa works for a Cambridge spa day where you can pick and choose your own agenda. Include afternoon tea or book treatment after treatment (sounds like utter bliss to me!). I’d highly recommend the dreamy candlelit massage.

This spa break in Cambridge is popular though, so I’d advise booking early. Their spa packages ensure you can pick what works best for your break, allowing you to have a tailored and personalised experience.

The Varsity is also one of my favourite luxury hotels in Cambridge, so it’s a great pick for your Cambridge trip.

4. Cambridge Country Club Spa

Address: Toft Rd, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TT

Best for: An award-winning spa

Cambridge Country Club Spa

For spa days in Cambridge, I don’t think you can go wrong with booking into the Cambridge Country Club Spa.

Only opened last year, the facilities are wonderfully luxurious and I’m not surprised that they’ve already got a couple of awards.

One such award is for ‘Best spa day in Western Europe & Scandinavia’ in The World Spa Awards – that’s quite something!

Cambridge Country Club Spa Pedicure

Here you can relax and unwind in the gorgeous subterranean-feel pool, heat experience suites, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, rainforest showers and Himalayan salt room.

You can also make use of the Lifestyle Gym. There are a range of exceptional treatments available too, and I’d recommend trying the Frangipani Foot Ritual.

Plus, you can enjoy meals or afternoon tea in The Cotto Restaurant. It’s undoubtedly one of the best spas in Cambridge.

Spa breaks near Cambridge

1. Y Spa

Address: Great N Rd, Wyboston, Lakes MK44 3AL

Proximity to Cambridge: 40 minute drive

Best for: Outdoor hydrotherapy pool

Y Spa Near Cambridge

Found at the Wyboston Lakes Resort, the Y Spa is part of a spa hotel near Cambridge which is still within reach for visiting the iconic city if you wish.

There are 11 treatment rooms, including one whole suite which is accessible. This is the place for indulgent relaxation with the Big Sleep, Time Out and outdoor areas.

I love that the hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna are all beautifully designed.

2. The Spa at Bedford Lodge

Address: Bury Rd, Newmarket CB8 7BX

Proximity to Cambridge: 35 minute drive

Best for: Modern facilities

Perfect for a near-to Cambridge spa day is The Spa at Bedford Lodge.

Well-known for its luxury Cambridge spa days, this is a contemporary and award-winning spa, recognised by the Good Spa Guide with a 5 bubble rating.

The facilities include a fantastic hydrotherapy pool, rooftop hot tub (count me in!), steam room, sauna, and thermal area.

3. The Gainsborough Health Club Spa 

Address: Cavendish Rd, Sudbury CO10 8BW

Proximity to Cambridge: 50 minute drive

Best for: Relaxation and rejuvenation

Gainsborough Spa Pool

Relaxation Room Gainsborough

Under an hour from Cambridge is The Gainsborough Health Club Spa in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Understated but luxurious, the spa offers a broad range of expert rejuvenation and relaxation treatments.

Enjoy the calming relaxation rooms or the charming outdoor courtyard. The Serail Mud Chamber is both fun and rejuvenating – I’d recommend bringing a friend for the best fun!

4. Orton Hall Hotel and Spa

Address: The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough PE2 7DN

Proximity to Cambridge: 50 minute drive

Best for: 17th century manor house charm

North of Cambridge, Orton Hall Hotel is one of the best spa hotels in the Cambridge area. The luxury Imagine Spa is an excellent place to indulge in a massage or simply relax in the beautiful pool.

There’s also a separate hydrotherapy pool, as well as a steam room and sauna. Pick from a number of different face, massage and body treatments to make the most of your spa experience. 

Orton Hall is a wonderful setting for a spa break as it’s nestled in 20 acres of splendid grounds. I think its 17th century charm adds to the relaxing vibe and I have no doubt that you’ll come away feeling tranquil. 

5. Aqua Sana at Elveden Forest 

Address: Center Parcs Elveden Forest, Elveden Forest, Brandon, Suffolk IP24 3TR

Proximity to Cambridge: 55 minute drive

Best for: A cosy woodland setting

The recently re-opened Aqua Sana Spa at Centre Parcs Elveden Forest offers a surprisingly luxurious option for a spa break near Cambridge.

You can enjoy one of the Spa Suites for a complete break, or just use the spa for the day.

The facilities are exceptional with 15 different experiences, from the Indian Blossom Steam Room and Japanese Zen Garden to the outdoor pool and Greek herbal bath.

I think this is the perfect spot to ease away the stresses and strains of everyday life.

6. Weavers’ House at The Swan in Lavenham

Address: A1141, Lavenham, Sudbury CO10 9PX

Proximity to Cambridge: 55 minute drive

Best for: A tranquil getaway

Weavers’ House at The Swan in Lavenham

Bijou but beautiful, Weavers’ House at The Swan packs a punch for its size! A real tranquil hideaway, the facilities offer everything needed for a day of complete relaxation.

A variety of treatments are available, from indulgent massages to pampering facials. You can be sure that your therapist will take the time to tailor your treatment.

Plus, it will be enjoyed on a sumptuous hydrotherm heated water mattress. Before you leave, I love that you receive an awakening sorbet as well as a tea and treat.

I hope you enjoy your spa break in Cambridge and come away feeling serene!

Planning a trip to the university city? Discover my pick of the best things to do in Cambridge, the top cafés in Cambridge or the best places for brunch and breakfast in Cambridge.

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