If you want to banish the January blues, a trip to the spa might just be the ‘me time’ you’re looking for.

Relaxing in calming surroundings and receiving some much-needed pampering can really lift the spirits in the dark days of winter – and there are plenty of options to choose from in Dorset.

We have rounded up the top five wellness centres in the area, according to the reviews left on travel website Tripadvisor.

And if January feels like the wrong time to be splashing out on yourself, we’ve even rounded up some spa special offers to make your treat guilt-free.

Top 5 spas and wellness centres in Dorset

The Body Retreat

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Where: Hampton, Winterbourne Abbas DT2 9DZ
Rating: 5/5
Number of ‘excellent’ reviews: 149
If you are looking for something longer-lasting than a 45-minute massage, The Body Retreat offers a range of seven-day residential programmes.
The locations are all private houses set within their own grounds with pool and spa facilities and are for those looking to de-stress, detox, improve fitness or even lose a little weight.
Read The Body Retreat reviews via Tripadvisor

Oceana Day Spa

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Where: 27-31 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth BH1 3AQ
Rating: 5/5
Number of ‘excellent’ reviews: 263
Designed to help guests unwind and restore balance to mind and body, Oceana Day Spa treatments include massages, facials and spa packages for both women and men.
Overlooking Bournemouth Bay, the location just adds to the relaxing experience.
Read Oceana Day Spa reviews via Tripadvisor

Reboot Dorset

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Where: 7 Durley Chine Road, West Cliff Hotel, Bournemouth BH2 5JS
Rating: 5/5
Number of ‘excellent’ reviews: 93
Offering a five-day stay close to the Dorset coast, Reboot Dorset residential fitness boot camp is for anyone looking to get their heart racing.
Including fitness sessions, nutrition workshops, healthy meals and mindset presentations, you will leave this course feeling like a new you.
Read Reboot Dorset reviews via Tripadvisor

Bluewater Spa

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Where: 30 West Hill Road, Bournemouth BH2 5PH
Rating: 4.5/5
Number of ‘excellent’ reviews: 274
Having recently undergone a major refurbishment, Bluewater Spa offers the perfect blend of relaxation and exercise.
There are two pools, one for “serious swimmers” and one for chilling along with three treatment rooms, steam room and sauna and two fully equipped gymnasiums.
Read Bluewater Spa reviews via Tripadvisor

Forever Gorgeous Day Spa

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Where: The Queens Hotel, Meyrick Road, Boscombe BH1 3DL
Rating: 4.5/5
Number of ‘excellent’ reviews: 207
Offering a menu of treatments, pamper days and spa experiences, Forever Gorgeous Day Spa is the perfect retreat for a day all about you.
There are eight treatment suites with guests also welcome to enjoy relaxing lounges and spa facilities.
Read Forever Gorgeous Day Spa reviews via Tripadvisor

Top spa day offers in Dorset

We've found some great offers on spa days and treatments in Dorset so you can gift yourself a gift yourself a guild-free pamper.

Durley Dean Hotel and Spa
West Cliff Road, Westbourne, BH2 5HE
An Elemis spa day with a 50-minute treatment, two-course lunch, leisure access and a glass of Prosecco.
Wowcher offer - £65 (usually £90.50)

The Mercure Bournemouth Queens Hotel & Spa
Meyrick Road, Boscombe, East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3DL
A spa day for two with afternoon tea and a glass of Prosecco each.
Wowcher offer - £59 (usually £99.90)

The Royal Bath Hotel
Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EW
A spa pass, treatment and drinks for up to four people.
Groupon offers - £56 (usually £95) for two, £81 (usually £142.50) for three or £104 (usually £190) for four

The Spa at the Springfield
Grange Road, Wareham BH20 5AL
Spa day for one or two with spa treatments and leisure access.
Groupon offers - £50 (usually £105) for one, £99 (usually £210) for two