The Best UK-Based Wellness Incentives (& Where to Find Them)

16 August 2019

Your people spend more than a third of their lives at work. With rapidly increasing awareness around mental and physical health – and more research than ever linking good health with performance at work – the world’s biggest and best companies are starting to take staff wellness seriously.

Take a look at some of the stats:              

  • 61% of employees feel burned out on the job. (CareerBuilder)
  • The top stress symptoms causing missed work days are constant fatigue (29%), sleeplessness (26%), aches and pains (24%) and high anxiety (23%). (CareerBuilder)
  • In 2016/2017, an estimated 12.5 million working days were lost in the UK due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. (Business Matters)
  • 91% of workers at companies led by leaders that support well-being efforts say they feel motivated to do their best at their jobs. (American Psychological Association)

De-stressed teams are happier and more productive, with higher morale, better talent retention, and improved engagement with leadership and key objectives. That's why a recent Fidelity survey showed that wellness-based incentives are up by over 2.5x in the last six years.

In the UK we have some of the world's best spas and wellness facilities on our doorstep. And with the current strength of the Euro against the pound, UK-based businesses are finding that budgets stretch further at home too. Let's take a look at our four favourite UK hotels for wellness incentives.

1.     The Grove, Watford

The Grove sits in 300 acres of gardens, golf course and woodland, making it feel like the ultimate rural retreat – but it’s just 10 mins from Watford’s tube and train stations.

It’s the award-winning Sequoia spa that makes this one of the best wellness incentive hotels in the UK, with a seemingly endless range of immersive treatment spaces, twilight therapy sessions, body wraps, a full range of facials, manicures and pedicures, and a luxurious, black-tiled hydrotherapy pool.

Throughout the summer you can even enjoy a pre-screening spa day, before settling into a deck chair in the walled garden for a pop-up cinema under the stars.


2.     Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, Lake District

Located in the beautiful Lake District National Park just 3 miles from Lake Windermere, Gilpin Hotel is accessible by road and rail (around 20 mins from the M6) but it feels a million miles from anywhere.

Its otherworldly, glass-fronted spa treatment room is 3 metres up in the tree canopy overlooking a lake, but it’s the Scandinavian-feeling spa lodges that we really love – detached, cedar-clad suites, each with its own treatment area, steam room, rain shower, outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy hot tub with views over the Lake District. Bliss.


3.     The Ned, City of London

After a high-end wellness incentive without the escape to the country? Opened in 2017, this landmark collaboration between Soho House and Sydell Group drips with 1920’s glamour and boasts a world-class spa and grooming offer.

Ned’s Club Spa is an oasis amidst the push and pace of the City, complete with a 20-metre pool, sauna, steam room, traditional Moroccan hammam and eight treatment rooms offering everything from facials to LED light therapy.

Guests can also enjoy a one-to-one with an in-house physiotherapist, plug in to bespoke vitamin-infused drips, and get a haircut, manicure and facial so they look as good as they feel.


4.     Chewton Glen, Hampshire

Chewton Glen sits on the edge of the New Forest, within easy reach of Southampton Airport (great for visitors from Scotland, Ireland and the north of England).

The offering is phenomenal. Looking for a hotel with a grand, column-lined, ozone-treated indoor pool and a heated outdoor pool in the gardens? You’ve found it – along with Chewton Glen’s award-winning spa that boasts more than 50 specialist treatments, Europe’s biggest hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms.

Wellness-focused extras include mindfulness meditation and yoga classes, a relaxing guided beach walk along the nearby Jurassic Coast, and a spa café where you can enjoy a healthy meal without ever taking off your robes and slippers.


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