Buxton Crescent – Buxton, Derbyshire
Set on the edge of the Peak District, Buxton has a history of being a spa destination ever since Roman times and the discovery of its natural thermal spring. Later, the fifth Duke of Devonshire commissioned John Carr of York to design The Crescent, a magnificent sweep of Georgian buildings to rival those in Bath. Now, after a sensitive decade-long restoration that included repairing the original painted ceilings, fluted columns and stained glass windows, it houses the Buxton Crescent hotel and spa – putting the town on the holistic wellness map once more. Alongside the mineral-rich thermal pool, highlights at the Ensana spa include an infra-red sauna, aroma steam room, salt cave and a rooftop pool. There’s a spa cafe for smoothies and superfood salads, and, in the dining room a classic British menu. After a day spent reaping the restorative health benefits of hydrotherapy, guests can sleep in modern comfort: the best rooms come with trendy four-poster beds, freestanding baths and views of the steep winding streets and slate roofs of this historic town.
Doubles from £125
+44 (0)1298 808999; ensanahotels.com