It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. This Monday I was invited along to check out The Harrogate Spa at the Double Tree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel and Spa. The whole hotel has recently undertaken a massive refurbishment, with the Spa only re-opening a couple of weeks ago. This was my first time at the Majestic, but my friend use to take her little boy swimming here and she couldn’t believe the difference! The once, leaky dark inside/outside corridor leading to the spa is now a beautiful, light filled space where you can relax between treatments. As soon as you walk through the doors leading from the hotel the colour schemes, music and lovely staff all start making you feel super relaxed!
We were greeted by two members of staff who were lovely and gave us a quick tour. We’d had our treatments booked for after lunch but after re-thinking we probably thought it would be better to do our treatments first. The staff were really helpful and were able to accommodate our last minute requests! We pre-ordered our lunch and off we went to get our spa on! There’s plenty of lockers (no loose change needed – all code locked), hairdryers and ghds (they really have thought of everything!). Off we went robed up into Spa area. There’s a 12.5 meter indoor pool, surrounded by sun loungers as well as a range of thermal experiences including a spa pool, Himalayan salt sauna, steam room, Rasul, experience shower and ice fountain. It all overlooks a huge patio area – which we were told will be open in the summer months, with outdoor dining tables and large sofas. It’s a real sun trap – so if you love vitamin D as much as me, this is a must to visit next summer!
First things first, we picked two loungers, lay down and chatted non stop! As a mother, I really appreciate a spa day – especially with fellow Mummy friends! I see my friend all the time – but we never usually get to the end of a sentence without one of our children interrupting us! So to have 30 minutes of just lying down and having an uninterrupted conversation with an adult felt like a spa treatment in its self! But we had work to do, so off we went and checked out spa pool (tough gig right?!). We went on a Monday and we’re very lucky that we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Or at least thats how it felt, but when I look back there were probably about 10 to 20 other guests throughout the day – but there was plenty of space, and thing to do that it never felt crowded. The sauna included a rose Quartz wall was my favourite, I wasn’t too keen on the ice fountain – brrrrr!
We were then taken downstairs to the treatment area. It certainly had the wow factor, and thats without the glass elevator (hopefully up and running in 2020)! There are six treatment rooms, two of which are doubles and an amazing tranquil relaxation lounge. I must mention there is also a fully equipped gym and studio which looked awesome, if you’re into that sort of thing -I’m probably as far away from a gym bunny as you can get so it was wasted on me!
I went for The Harrogate Spa Signature ESPA Reflect and Renew Ritual treatment. It was specially designed and exclusive to The Harrogate Spa. My goodness, it was without a doubt the best treatment I had ever had! I couldn’t believe how many things were included in the treatment, from a foot spa, to a full body scrub followed by a full body massage and finished off with a scalp massage. I would thoroughly recommend. There’s a great range of treatments on offer, something to suit everyone.
After floating back to the once leaky inside/outside corridor our lunch was waiting for us. It was delicious! They offer full spa days with your choice of lunch or Afternoon tea. Everything on the menu looked yummy. And the views over a sunny Harrogate were lush!
We then spent the rest of the afternoon taking full advantage of the steam room, sauna and pool. You can book Spa days from as little as £60 for a half day. A very competitively priced spa, in a serene setting with lovely attentive staff. We didn’t want to leave, but we had children to pick up! All of this was on our doorstep and we were home in time for school pick up.
A great centrally located spa, if you’re looking for a little time out from hectic family life, then I would thoroughly recommend The Harrogate Spa. The perfect gift for any busy parent!