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Dunwich heath (c) Malcolm Farrow


Rest and relaxation is an essential part of life; without it we run the risk of burning ourselves out. Thankfully, there’s nowhere better to kick back and unwind than in Suffolk.

The picturesque landscape and clean air in Suffolk have a revitalizing effect on the soul, and best of all, they are entirely free to enjoy. Whether you want to wander the technicolour wilds of Dunwich Heath, Sudbury’s heritage waterway or the pastoral beauty of Constable Country, you’re sure to come back from your journey feeling refreshed. If you’d rather walk with a group, RSPB Minsmere offers free, guided Health Walks around the famous nature reserve.

Set in 1,800 acres of National Trust parkland, hotels don’t come more tailored for rest and relaxation than The Ickworth in Horringer, near Bury St Edmunds. Here you have the choice of spending your days cycling through beautiful parkland, playing tennis, swimming in the heated pool or simply taking the dog for a country walk. The Ickworth is also well known for its spa, which caters for adults and teenagers, so you can relax as a family.

Thorpeness golf course in SuffolkThorpeness Golf Course was designed by the esteemed James Braid
Photo (c) Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club
For those who like to relax by playing 18 holes, a stay at Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club will suit you down to the ground. Officially ‘Britain’s Greenest Golf Course’, Thorpeness is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the perfect setting for a round followed by a laid back lunch, and a drink in the hotel’s wood paneled bar. Golfers will also love Stoke by Nayland, a 4-star hotel, golf course and spa set in the heart of Constable Country. This revered course is regularly graced by famous golfers during the PGA ProEuro Tour, English Challenge ProAm and LETAS events that are hosted there.
Weavers' House SpaUnwind at one of Suffolk's luxury spas, like Weaver's House Spa in Lavenham
Photo (c) Weaver's House Spa
If you’re serious about rest and relaxation, a visit to one of Suffolk’s luxury spas is definitely in order. You can take some much needed me time at Center Parcs’ deluxe Aqua Sana Spa at in Elveden, where a glass of champagne will be waiting for you on arrival; get the VIP treatment at the opulent Shrubland Hall, or spend a day at the renowned SK Clinic and Spa in Bury St Edmunds. The multi-million pound Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket has a range of treatments designed to release tension, benefit your health and relax your mind (there’s even a couples’ treatment room, so you can relax with someone you love).
At the luxurious Weavers’ House Spa at the Swan at Lavenham Hotel, you can relax utterly, with deep-tissue massages, hot stone treatments, aromatic steam rooms, outdoor pool, beauty treatments and the two-hour ‘Weavers’ House Hug’ session – all designed to bring you total peace of mind and body.


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