New £35million floating spa resort to open in UK with lakeside lodges and pool

Spa breaks could be about to get a whole lot more luxurious thanks to a new £35million wellness resort planning to open in the UK.

We’re talking a spa and restaurant floating on lake waters, 132 lakeside lodges, 22 treehouse stays, and plenty of activities ranging from watersports to archery.

Norfolk Farm Leisure Limited is looking to build a brand new wellness resort on Ashwicken Lake, a former quarry lake in East Anglia near the Norfolk Broads.

The idea is that the 80-hectare site can be transformed into an eco resort from lakeside lodges with moorings to a luxury floating spa.

While the project is in the early stages of planning, Baca Architects who are behind the design have offered up a sneak peek at what guests could expect courtesy of some concept imagery of the resort – and it looks ridiculously luxurious.

An artist's rendering of the pool overlooking the lake at a new resort in the UK
An artist’s rendering of the pool overlooking the lake

Some of the highlights that caught our attention include a huge pool that’s covered and looks out to the lake, which we imagine will be popular especially with spa guests.

Then there’s the spacious outdoor decking around the floating spa and cafe with heaps of outdoor seating, and even some lakeside loungers so you can soak up the rays while enjoying the scenery.

Concept imagery of the outdoor decking with seating areas and lakeside loungers
Concept imagery of the outdoor decking with seating areas and lakeside loungers

As for the lodges themselves? These look like they will boast huge floor-to-ceiling windows so you can enjoy views of the lake as well as the surrounding greenery.

Each lodge will also boast an outdoor area with private loungers, and its own mooring for those who plan to make the most of the watersports on offer.

An artist's impression of one of the lodges
An artist’s impression of one of the lodges

Of course the idea is that this is an eco-resort, and it looks like there will be ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the scenery, and not just the lake itself.

Concept images show what appear to be boardwalks along the water suggesting there could be some nice trails on offer for those who fancy a pre-dinner stroll.

An artist's impression of two people walking on a boardwalk by a lake at sunset with pink skies
Scenic strolls could be on the cards (artist’s impression)

The clubhouse and boathouse would offer sports such as owing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing and open water swimming, while those who prefer to remain on land would have access to tennis courts, archery and even a children’s playground.

There would also be an outdoor dining area for those who want to eat al fresco taking in lake views on those warm summer days.

A rendering of the resort with lakeside loungers
There will be a floating spa and watersports on offer

At the moment, the project is still very much in the early stages of planning, and there are public consultations being held, so there is no confirmed opening date.

We’ll be sharing any updates as they come in, but you can also find out more about the new holiday resort at wickenwater.com.

A rendering of the floating spa resort
A rendering of the floating spa resort

Looking for more inspiration for future UK breaks? We’ve rounded up some of the best new holiday resorts opening in the UK that we’re excited about, from safari lodges where you can watch elephants in your room, to the UK’s ‘answer to Disneyland’.

You may also want to check out our UK holidays page for more news, deals and destination ideas – or of course, you can always sign up to our Mirror Travel newsletter for a weekly dose of wanderlust direct to your inbox.

What do you think of the new resort? Let us know in the comments below.

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