Wellness in the Garden of England: The 6 best spa hotels in Kent

Gabriella Le Breton
Eastwell Manor's spa is one of the best in Kent, with an extensive range of wellbeing and beauty treatments, a 20-metre pool, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool, and gym - Fleur Challis Photography

Sandwiched between London and the Channel, Kent is rarely recognised as a destination in itself like Devon or Cornwall. However, the Garden of England offers bucolic countryside dotted with inviting medieval pubs, characterful seaside towns like Whitstable and Margate, and the historic city of Canterbury to boot. This blend of rural charm, coastal nostalgia and urban interest is bound together by Kent’s burgeoning reputation as a foodie epicentre and its eclectic spa offerings. Here, you can be massaged with organic products in a rustic potting shed, enjoy a romantic couples treatment in a seaside hotel or splash out on a wellness weekend in a grand destination spa hotel. Here's our pick of the best spa hotels in Kent.

Eastwell Manor hotel, Boughton Lees, Kent, England

Eastwell Manor

Boughton Lees, England

8Telegraph expert rating

A historic country house hotel and spa owned by Champneys, set among beautiful grounds in the Kent Downs. In addition to the full-service spa, facilities include an outdoor pool with a food van, a nine-hole golf course, falconry centre, tennis court and range of garden games including croquet, pétanque and badminton. The spa is one of the best in Kent, with an extensive range of wellbeing and beauty treatments, a 20-metre pool, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy pool, and gym. The professional and passionate therapists deliver signature Champneys treatments as well as facials and massages using Clarins and Elemis products. Read expert review From £124 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Rowhill Grange Hotel & Utopia Spa

Wilmington, Kent, England

8Telegraph expert rating

A country house spa hotel set in lush gardens that offers a sense of tranquility, despite being within easy reach of London. The traditional Victorian and clapboard exteriors (some original, some new) belie the property's contemporary interiors, slick service and impressive Utopia Spa, which is one of Kent's best with a dramatic duplex swimming area designed to resemble Roman baths; hair and nail salons; a large gym; 17 treatment rooms offering expertly administered therapies from British brands Ila and Temple Spa; and a tempting shop. We recommend The Ayurvedic Inner Peace treatment, which fully delivers on its name. Read expert review From £115 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Brandshatch Place, Kent

Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa

Fawkham, England

7Telegraph expert rating

This Georgian mansion set in 12 acres of private grounds is all about restrained grandeur. Décor is neutral with a muted colour palette, white painted wood panelling and squishy leather armchairs. The 38 rooms are bright and remarkably spacious, all featuring a seating area. Also standard are comfortable beds with a mindboggling array of pillows, bathrobes, a bath with rain shower and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. The spa comprises seven treatment rooms, a 12-metre indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam and relaxation rooms. The health club, also open to non-resident members, features a state-of-the-art gym, fitness studios and tennis courts. Read expert review From £71 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hythe Imperial, Kent

Hythe Imperial

Hythe, England

8Telegraph expert rating

First launched in 1880 as the Seabrook Hotel, the Hythe Imperial boasts a long history as Hythe’s smartest address. And now it has been injected with contemporary glitz as part of an ambitious refurbishment. Set on the beach, with its own golf course and an ocean-view champagne bar, the hotel strives to combine old school and contemporary seaside glamour. The main dining venue is the Coast Restaurant, which serves modern British cuisine in fairly formal surroundings in the evening. However, the most exciting food is found in the basement: the Holy Pundit is a magical little piece of Goa. Elsewhere, facilities include a leisure centre with a spa, pool and gym. Read expert review From £56 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hempstead House, Sittingbourne, Kent

Hempstead House

Sittingbourne, Kent, England

7Telegraph expert rating

The Holdstock family bought Hempstead House in 1990, offering b&b in three bedrooms. Five fairly sympathetic extensions later, the original house is now linked, via the mid 19th-century Coach House, to the spa in a horseshoe shape, with pretty courtyards in the middle, and a total of 34 rooms. The hotel feels like a small resort, boasting two restaurants, three bars, two private dining rooms, a large conference/wedding suite and spa. The AquaManda Spa comprises a swimming pool and gym (open to non-resident members but off-limits to children under 16), beauty salon and five treatment rooms, one of which accommodates couples treatments. Read expert review From £145 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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The Yarrow Hotel, Kent

The Yarrow Hotel

Broadstairs, England

8Telegraph expert rating

A smart hotel set in a renovated Jacobethan-style building within the East Kent College campus. Although managed by professional hoteliers and restaurateurs, a proportion of the Yarrow's staff are apprentices and trainees, fresh from hospitality courses. Clearly dedicated to the industry, they're polite, enthusiastic and efficient. Facilities are also impressive with a restaurant; large bar and sunroom with dedicated menu; a spa with sauna, steam room and whirlpool (all free for residents), treatment rooms and a hair and beauty salon (reduced prices for trainee therapists and stylists). There are 23 spacious rooms and five suites, all finished to high quality with sleek furnishings, Hypnos beds and top-spec bathrooms. Read expert review From £90 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com