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UK’s Best Spa Breaks For The Disabled, Less Abled And Physically Impaired.

13 March 2018

The Disability Discrimination Act, states that it is unlawful for a provider of services to discriminate against a disabled person meaning access to, and the use of, any place which members of the public are permitted to enter must be considered, accessible and inclusive.

Although many establishments have made significant steps towards this,the term ‘disabled access’ can be misleading. The truth is, by simply making the necessary legal requirements it may not be enough to ensure those with disabilities, problems with mobility and or the physically impaired can enjoy all recreational activities the establishment has to offer.

This is also unfortunately the case with spas. Although many state they have ‘disabled access’ or are ‘accessibility friendly’ it can often only mean they have a low-level bell at the entrance, a disabled WC and or a treatment room at ground floor level.

However with the nature of a spa being healing, well-being and relaxation, there is so much more that can be, and is being, done to ensure the ultimate pamper day. For the opportunity to relax and unwind look out for spas that have the following facilities:

  • Hydraulic / rise and fall / accessible treatment beds for easy access.
  • Internal and external ramps at all levels.
  • Lifts between all floors.
  • Hoists at water features – pool side, Jacuzzi and thermal experiences.
  • Specially trained / adaptable therapists.
  • A changing places / fully wheelchair accessible wash room.
  • Disability focused treatments – typically sensory, although with fully accessible beds all treatments should be achievable.

Our top 5 Spa breaks for the disabled, less abled and physically impaired in 2022.

SEN SPA

Located in Hampshire within Careys Manor Hotel , SEN SPA facilities include a large swimming pool, Jacuzzi, poolside steam and sauna, hydrotherapy pool, crystal steam room, experience showers, herbal sauna, massage rooms and a garden restaurant.

You can book a range of services including Thai facials, massages and treatments.

Accessible facilities include:

  • Ground floor access to facilities and treatment rooms.
  • Hoist accessibility to swimming and hydrotherapy pool (available by request).
  • Disabled toilet, gym and relaxation rooms accessible by lift.
  • A ramp is located at the ground level entrance of the spa wheelchair access.

Full Address: SenSpa at Careys Manor, Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire SO42 7RH

To find out more and to book click here


Image credit: SEN SPA

Ragdale Hall Spa

Located in Leicestershire, Ragdale Hall Spa boasts a stunning roof top infinity pool, candle pool, thought zone, colourflow cave, volcanic salt bath, scented room, and cave shower.

You can book a range of services including facials, massages and beauty treatments.

Accessible facilities include:

  • Hoist accessibility to pool (available by request).
  • Majority of heat experience rooms are accessible by wheelchair.
  • Shallow steps at pool entry and exit with handrails for additional support.
  • Disabled lift access to Rooftop Pool and Lounge facility with access to disabled toilet.
  • Seating available at a convenient height to easily transfer from and wheelchair with space to leave wheelchair immediately outside facilities.
  • Blue changing room with disabled friendly changing area and showers.

Full Address: Ragdale Hall Spa Ragdale Village Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE14 3PB

To find out more and to book click here


Image credit: Ragdale Hall Spa

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Based in Hampshire, Chewton Glen’s beautiful hotel grounds consist of an award-winning spa with a luxurious pool, hydro pool and relaxation area.

You can book a range of services including warm body massages, facials and nail services.

Accessible facilities include:

  • Stair-climber for spa stairs.
  • Disabled changing room in the Health Club consisting of a wet room and grab bars
  • Pool Hoist available for Both Indoor and Outdoor Pools.
  • The hydro pool has grab rails.
  • Portable ramps available for access to restaurant and ground floor rooms.
  • Disabled parking spaces close to entrance & Drop off point at the front door for wheelchair.
  • Staff are also trained in disability awareness and guide dogs are allowed on the premises.

It should be also noted this hotel does not have a lift.

Full address: Chewton Glen, New Forest, Hampshire, BH25 6QS

To find out more and to book click here


Image credit: Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

Coworth Park Hotel & Spa

Based in Berkshire, Coworth Park Hotel & Spa is located in a stunning building consisting of a swimming pool, aromatic steam room, relaxation room, experience shower and sun terrace.

You can book a range of services including facials, massages, skin and beauty treatments.

Accessible facilities include:

  • Level access entrance to spa with lift access to floors within the spa.
  • Disabled changing room with wet room with grab rails and locker space.
  • Hydraulic beds that can be adjusted to a lower level.
  • Grab rails for entrance to pool however there is no hoist to help with pool accessibility.

There is also accessibly features throughout the hotel including level access entrance and wheelchair accessible bathrooms with grab rails.

Full address: Coworth Park, Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE

To find out more and to book click here

Image credit: Coworth Park Hotel & Spa

Cowshed Spa Babington House

Based in Somerset, Cowshed Spa at Babington House offers a range of treatments in a beautiful old barn setting with a relaxing pool area.

You can book a variety treatments including deep tissue massages, facials and body scrubs.

Accessible facilities include:

  • The entire spa is one level.
  • Accessible treatment rooms with wide door frames for wheelchair access.
  • Height adjustable treatment beds, staff will also assist users to get in a comfortable position.
  • Easy access pool although it does not have a hoist.
  • All locations are suitable for people with visual and or hearing impairments.

Full address - Babington, Charity Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3RW

To find out more and to book click here


Image credit: Cowshead Spa

We recommend you get in touch with your chose spa location prior to arrival to ensure all accessible facilities are still in place and to find out if they provide any additional assistance.

We encourage you to enjoy and embrace the facilities these places have to offer, similarly if you have some recommendations of your own let you us!

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