From the transcendent serenity of five-star luxury spas to freestanding outdoor cabins in a Gorton nature reserve, Manchester’s sauna scene provides a sanctuary for all wellness tastes with a diverse selection of urban retreats around the city.

Here are some of the best:

The Spa and Gym | Edwardian Hotel | From £59 (Leisure pass)

Billed as ‘a heavenly retreat like no other in the heart of Manchester’, the Radisson Edwardian’s boundlessly opulent spa provides flawless relaxation and spiritual restoration across an entire floor of the Grade II* listed Free Trade Hall building.

As well as a selection of treatments including massages, aromatherapy and nourishing body oil wraps, visitors can enjoy a languid dip in the 12m aquamarine pool before detoxifying their pores in the adjoining sauna and steam room.

Free Trade Hall, The Edwardian, Peter St, Manchester M2 5GP, Tel: 0161 835 8964
Rena Spa | The Midland | Prices upon enquiry

Featuring sleep chambers, steam rooms and an array of restorative thermal experiences, The Midland Hotel’s award-winning Rena Spa delivers a wellness experience enveloped in sublime luxury.

One of four thermal facilities, the in-house sauna sits at around 85 degrees and features a Himalayan salt block wall. From there, guests can enjoy an immersive shower experience, where heat, light and water combine to either rapidly cool you down (Arctic Rain) or heat your body (Caribbean Storm), before easing into the aromatherapy steam room and alleviating shoulder and neck tension with the Swan Neck Fountain.

The Midland, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS, Tel: 0161 932 4086
Pace Health & NuSpa | Green Quarter | From £30 (Spa access pass)

Located inside the Park Inn Radisson, Manchester’s quiet haven of sensory escape offers an astonishingly broad variety of treatments, packages and comprehensive spa sessions to provide the perfect urban wellness experience.

Whether you’re treating yourself and a loved one to a day of serene indulgence or re-centring your chakras before a gig at the neighbouring AO Arena, the unassuming oasis boasts the most extensive spa programme in the city centre.

For £30 every weekday or £40 on weekends, visitors can enjoy 3 hours of access to the fitness suite, heated pool, sauna, steam room and loungers, with a towel and robe provided. Alternatively, you can try the Sheer Indulgence For Two package, which includes spa access, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, a full body massage, deep cleansing back exfoliation and a customised facial (£199 weekdays, £249 weekends).

4 Cheetham Hill Rd, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4EW, Tel: 0161 837 8377
The Basement | Ancoats | £20

Located underneath an old Victorian mill in Ancoats, Manchester’s storied gay male-only sauna offers an impressive array of facilities including a dry sauna, a steam room and two spas, as well as an expansive dark area and a licenced bar.

General admission costs £20, but there are a number of discounts available throughout the week, and free entry on your birthday.

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Fourways House, 18 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FN, Tel: 0161 236 9664
Hive Sauna | Debdale Park, Gorton | Platt Fields Garden Market | £10

Built during lockdown by a devoted team of craftspeople, volunteers and designers at their Moss Side workshop, Hive Sauna operates a mobile wood-burning sauna network around the city with freestanding cabins available for 8-10 people at a time. This winter, Hive has a residency in Gorton’s Debdale Park, nestled in the Nature Reserve. Over at Platt Fields Garden Market, you can book a sauna session with a complementary cold plunge every Sunday.

Debdale park, 1075 Hyde Rd, Manchester M18 7LJ, Tel: 07730 537663
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Tue 14 Nov 2023