Two County Durham spa hotels have been named in the new AA Spa Awards list by the AA Hotel and Hospitality Services.

Rockliffe Hall in Darlington and Seaham Hall in Seaham were listed in the top 45 UK locations and the only locations to feature from the North East.

The latest scheme unveils the very best spa facilities across the UK which have been identified by the inspectors after a “careful process.”

The AA adds: “Hotels with an AA Best UK Spas stand out as exceptional and exemplary spa delivering outstanding wellness experiences, while those with an AA Recommended Spa award demonstrate a quality spa provision with high standards of customer care and cleanliness.

“By spotlighting exceptional spa offerings across the UK, the AA’s spa awards provide consumers with a definitive guide to the highest quality and rejuvenating hotel retreats the country has to offer.”

You can see all the top UK spa hotels in the AA Spa Awards for 2023 here.

2 County Durham spas feature in the new AA Spa Awards for 2023

Rockliffe Hall has been praised for its “state-of-the-art” spa and “friendly and personal service.”

The AA commented: “This impressive hotel enjoys a peaceful setting on a restored 18th-century estate by the banks of the River Tees.

“Luxurious, spacious bedrooms, contemporary in style, are split between the original old hall, the new hall and Tiplady Lodge.

“Dining options include The Orangery for exceptional, award-winning cuisine, The Clubhouse and The Brasserie.

“A state-of-the-art spa and championship golf course, with a first-class clubhouse, complete the picture.”

Meanwhile, Seaham Hall has been complimented for its “wonderful coastal location.”

The AA inspector said: “Its interior is sumptuously furnished, with all rooms boasting the highest quality fixtures, fittings and furniture.

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“Many have feature bathrooms, and the garden rooms have their own patio and garden areas. Public rooms display quality and luxury throughout.

“The hotel has an award-winning Serenity Spa where you can unwind in the pool and hydrotherapy facilities, not forgetting the outside hot tubs; or book a treatment with one of the dedicated team of therapists. Enjoy excellent food in the opulent setting of The Dining Room restaurant.”

Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, is enthusiastic about the impact this initiative will have on the industry.

He said: "We are thrilled to unveil this scheme, which not only celebrates the best spas in the UK but also benchmarks the industry.

“Joining the spa award is an opportunity for hotels to showcase their excellent spa facilities and attract guests seeking the utmost in relaxation and luxury."