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Spas fit for a future queen

What better way to calm the nerves of any bride before her big day than a relaxing session at a luxury spa? We can't say whether any of our chosen establishments has had the honour of pampering Kate Middleton in the run up to the ceremony on Friday, but they are some of the best in Britain for exclusive therapies and luxury beauty indulgence.


Spa by ESPA, Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland  

This fine hotel with its award-winning spa is close to St Andrews, where Kate Middleton and Prince William met when they were students. For just £135 you can enjoy a Day Spa Retreat, which includes a massage, lunch and full use of the spa's facilities, but for £275, the exclusive signature treatment is available. Called The Source, it has clear links to the romantic landscapes of Perthshire, where the royal couple's relationship first took root. The three-hour treatment starts with a pediluvium foot bath using local river stones, and includes a full-body exfoliation with muslin-wrapped herbal infusions of local plants, as well as a body and scalp massage.

St Brides Spa Hotel, Pembrokeshire, Wales

The marvellous scenery of North Wales is already familiar to Kate and William, but the south of the principality shouldn't be ignored, particularly the award-winning coast of Pembrokeshire. And here on a cliff-top overlooking the pretty Saundersfoot harbour, is the modern St Brides Spa Hotel. The marine spa offers a wide range of treatments inspired by the sea and uses local seaweed, mud and clay in its therapies. Among the many massages, manicures, wraps and rituals, the Marine Radiance facial – suitable for him or her – will help smooth away the traces of the stress of wedding preparations and return a natural glow to the skins of brides and grooms alike. The session lasts 55 minutes and costs £65.

The Langham, London

With its long experience of playing host to dignitaries and celebrities since 1865, The Langham, in the heart of London's West End, is certainly fit to welcome the creme de la creme of international society. It claims its place as the original 'grand hotel', and now boasts the capital's first Chuan Spa, with a philosophy based on the values of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Among the range of options is the Chuan Personal Retreat. Priced at £240, this two-and-a-half-hour package is designed to conclude pre-wedding or pre-holiday requirements. All the treatments and therapies on offer strive to achieve a balance of the five Chinese elements that empower mental and physical forces, and will take you on a journey to rejuvenate body, mind and soul.Sequoia Spa, The Grove, Hertfordshire

In Hertfordshire, on the outskirts of London, The Grove was home to the Earls of Clarendon for many generations and in its time saw house parties for Queen Victoria and other royal guests. After a number of other 'incarnations', the building was refurbished, and in 2004, re-opened as a country house estate hotel and spa. Many of the treatments offered by the Sequoia Spa are based on natural Ayurvedic principles, and there's a special Pre-Wedding Experience for brides-to-be, priced £300. The day of pampering includes a full-body salt and oil scrub, hot-stone massage, pedicure, diamond manicure... or go for the Jewel in the Crown treatment at £395, where two therapists work together to achieve twice the relaxation.

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Darlington 

The 50,000 square feet of spa facilities at Rockliffe Hall, a romantic Gothic mansion on the River Tees in County Durham, guarantee space to relax and unwind. After consultation with one of the therapists, the treatments are tailored to suit the individual. Bridal party packages are available, whether it's a girls' pamper evening or a mother-and-daughter day of indulgence. The 90-minute Splendour at Rockliffe Hall signature face-and-body treatment costs £100 and uses oriental pearl particles to exfoliate, followed by a relaxing facial and a body massage with pearl light reflecting cream that will leave your whole body radiant.

The Bath House Spa, Royal Crescent Hotel, BathBath has been synonymous with spa treatments for centuries, from way back when the Romans built the baths to take advantage of the therapeutic nature of the local waters. Then, in Regency times, the city acquired the reputation of an elegant and genteel resort that it retains today. But, despite the classical architectural elegance of the setting, and the ancient techniques of some of the therapies, there's nothing old-fashioned about the Bath House Spa. At £155, the Royal Experience Ritual by Anne Semonin lasts almost two hours and is an intense treatment for face, eyes, decollete, back, neck and shoulders. The effect is both relaxing and rejuvenating, leaving the skin smooth and glowing with health – just what's needed, whatever the neckline of your dress for the big day.

Titanic Spa, HuddersfieldPerhaps the ecological focus of the Titanic Spa could capture the attention of the bride-to-be. Located in a converted textile factory on the edge of the Pennines, Britain's first eco-spa offers a range of luxury treatments both for overnight breaks and day visitors. From £260, the VIP Me and My Mum package is ideal for mothers and daughters who wish to spend time together before the wedding. The treatments are carried out in the VIP Suite, where both of you enjoy chocolates and champagne.

Cowshed Spa, St Moritz Hotel, CornwallThe dukedom of Cornwall is the oldest in the English peerage, and currently held by Prince Charles, soon to be Kate Middleton's father-in-law. Here in the south-western tip of England, tradition and the avant-garde live side-by-side as witnessed by the modern hotels, designer boutiques and surfer lifestyle. The award-winning Cowshed Spa at the St Moritz Hotel enjoys spectacular ocean views and offers treatments based on botanical products from the garden at Babbington House in Somerset. The two-hour St Moritz Sun & Sea signature treatment costs £100 and includes a full body brushing, deep exfoliation using sea salt and peppermint oil, and a deep sea detoxifying body wrap. The full body massage and refreshing facial will calm the nerves of any bride-to-be.

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