Spa breaks in Manchester: five must-visit places to enjoy a spa day in 2022

If you need a break from the January grind, here are some of our favorite spa days and breaks in Manchester for 2022.

Who doesn’t need to be pampered once in a while? Manchester is blessed with plenty of spa options, whether you just want to relax the afternoon on a day at the spa with friends or turn your beauty treatments into a mini weekend spa break.

There has been an increase in online searches for spa days and breaks since Christmas, more of us are looking for a little treat to get through the dark January days – and one booking site, Spaseekers, says searches increased by 250% in 2021.

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From downtown boutique hotels to calming getaways away from the hustle and bustle, there’s plenty to choose from – here are a few of our favorites we enjoyed visiting.

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Bad house

This super stylish downtown hotel couldn’t be more convenient for those wanting to stroll off the train and straight into the care area.

But the laid-back, relaxing basement with a quiet chill-out zone and massage chairs means it doesn’t take long to escape the Piccadilly bustle outside.

On our last visit it was a mix of regulars coming in for a quick facial to couples staying overnight with multiple treatments as part of one of Mal’s packages. We enjoyed a package with a light lunch in the restaurant, with great service and window seats perfect for people watching.

And it’s ideal for mums-to-be or new mums too, with a range of bespoke therapies to tackle back pain and tired eyes!

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The Lowry Hotel

Expect an enjoyable day at this well-established spa that welcomes hotel guests, members and day visitors.

When we visited, the therapists were all super professional, making us feel comfortable and gently explaining the treatments, and the treatment rooms were a lovely little personal haven with soothing music and dim lighting.

It’s hard to go wrong with the Classic package of two 25-minute treatments (the body scrub with hand massage nearly put me to sleep!), plush bathrobes and a glass of bubbly for £85 (although I didn’t (don’t bother checking out the gym, that’s included too!)

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Manchester’s Midland Hotel offers relaxing spa daysCredit: Shutterstock

The Midland

If you need a pool to help you really relax, this is the one for you. Midland’s Rena Spa is in the city center and its relaxation pool has a lovely waterfall-like fountain to help give a mini massage to tired shoulders. You can also indulge in the thermal journey of the spa and wash away your cares in the sauna. The cozy beds in the relaxation area will perhaps make you fall asleep before returning to the hotel rooms!

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macdonaldmanchester

near London Road, Manchester

A very short hop from the station and you’re ready to relax (and not having to park in the city center is an essential part of that in my book!)

With lovely Elemis treatments on offer, you can choose full or partial spa days, and you’re very central to enjoying a night on the town afterwards if you stay in one of the hotel’s cozy rooms. We managed to find a good deal for a one night stay also at a quiet time – we will be back to try the afternoon tea next time.

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Radisson Blue

A spa day at the airport, you say? Yes, this one is a bit of a hassle, but we managed to get a great deal on an afternoon at the spa through a discount website, so it was hard to say no.

The therapists were friendly and we enjoyed a double massage session, with a back massage followed by a head massage to really make sure every inch was relaxed. There’s also a swimming pool and gym – why not treat yourself right after your holiday to recover from the post-holiday blues upon landing?

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