Frankie says relax! And if Frankie says so, then you probably should!
And rumour has it, that before they settled with the name ‘Frankie Goes to Hollywood’, they toyed with ‘Frankie Goes to Devon’. But that’s probably just a crazy internet rumour (that we might have just made up).
Anyway, Devon has some amazing spa hotels with quality restaurants – so for dining and downtime it’s a great choice! Making a decision which spa to go to, however, may not be as easy. So, we’ve made it easier for you with a rundown of some of our favourite spa hotels with fine dining restaurants in Devon.
Magdalen Chapter is a luxury hotel in Exeter with full spa facilities nestled in their walled garden. The REN spa is open to residents and non-residents and includes an inside-out pool, a range of treatments with luxurious REN products as well as a decent selection of treatments for men. Step back inside the hotel and you’ll find a restaurant with theatre kitchen and seating inside and on the lovely terrace. Magdalen Chapter has a seasonal menu with private dining options available. It’s a lovely place to unwind for the day or for a seriously relaxing weekend break.
Overlooking one of the finest beaches in Europe, Woolacombe Bay is one of our favourite on the list. Head chef, Eduard Grecu, runs both of their restaurants, with The Bay Brassiere offering the more upmarket of the two menus. You can choose between ‘muscle melting massages’ and ‘revitalising facials’ in the Haven Spa, as well as lots of other treatment and therapies. Woolacombe Bay also has a number of treatments specifically for men.
With a new spa which is less than 12 months old and two restaurants to choose from, Ilsington County House Hotel in Dartmoor is a perfect place for a relaxing weekend break. The new spa boasts an indoor pool with treatments, sauna and steams rooms. Ilsington is set amongst some of the most wonderful countryside in Devon and is as good for couples as it is for families.
Practically untouched by time, Lewtrenchard Manor is steeped in history and period charm. But don’t expect old fashioned food and facilities, Lewtrenchard Manor has a beautiful restaurant with a la carte and tasting menu’s available. They have a range of relaxation therapies to choose from, including; aromatherapy, hot stone massage, manicures and full body treatments.
Dart Marina has an elegant fine dining River Restaurant, which holds an AA Rosette. Head chef, Peter Alcroft is known for creating incredible dishes with ingredients sourced from the waters, pastures and producers of the South Hams area of South Devon. It’s not just about food here, Dart Marina’s spa is one of the best in Dartmouth, with pool, sauna, steam room and drench showers. Sensory massages and other treatments are also available, or why not work up a sweat in the gym beforehand. Or not! It’s up to you!