The lovely people at Heal invited me to their medical and wellness spa to try out their signature medical pedicure. It’s a fab idea – bringing medicine and beauty together under one roof. Heals has been open for around a year now, and is owned and run by husband and husband team Oliver and Matthew.
As soon as I entered this place I instantly felt relaxed. They’ve nailed the interior design – it’s an Instagram and Pintrest dream! The smell of the place was divine and the staff were utterly lovely and super attentive. Mumblers – if you are in need of some much needed pampering time you have to check this place out! Hair salon, chiropody, beauty and reflexology – they do it all!
Oliver is a trained podiatrist and is so passionate and knowledgeable about what he does. He believes – and rightly so – that medicine shouldn’t be utilitarian, it should be enjoyable. The medical pedicure is essentially a full pedicure but done by a medically qualified podiatrist using the correct sterilized equipment. I cannot tell you how gorgeous my feet looked and felt after Oliver had done his magic! No more hard skin – I could now give my little girl a run for her money in the soft feet stakes!
To finish the pedicure Oliver handed over to his husband, and in-house beautician Matthew – who finished my feet off with a gel polish. Matthew was equally as lovely and passionate about Heal as his husband. I have to say, this is one of the best – actually scrap the one bit – this is THE best pedicure I’ve ever had! The products they use throughout their spa are very luxurious, and all super environmentally friendly.
It’s worth mentioning they do a loyalty scheme – collect stamps each time you receive any nail polish service. For every six stamps – you get the seventh service totally free! As well as this they also run a subscription scheme called Devotees. For £14 a month you receive a treatment or product worth greater than your fee. Their July Devotee treats included eyebrow tint and shape, file and polish or a milk body spray. I think it’s a great gift idea – I’ve added it to my Christmas list already!
For those of you that fancy some child-free time – get down to Heals, set in Harrogate’s beautiful Montpellier Quarter, as quick as your soon-to-be beach-ready feet will carry you! In fact, if you mention Harrogate Mumbler when booking you will receive 25% off your first beauty or medical treatment. But hurry – all good things must come to an end, and this offer is only valid for June appointments.
For more details check out their website healspa.co.uk
The Supper & Spa offer at Rudding Park makes a very luxurious treat a bit more affordable…..
It really is the perfect place for a child free evening with the girls or a romantic date night. The Supper & Spa included a two course meal from 6pm followed by a few hours using the Spa facilities. Due to the timing, we were offered the festive menu, but on previous visits you tend to get a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains & 3 desserts. Drinks aren’t included within the deal so you just pay for those at the end of your meal before heading off to the spa. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was top notch.
We followed the signs to the Spa and were given the wristband for access. First we headed downstairs to the Escape Rooms. There were 4 different rooms including the Visual Relax Zone, Sleep Zone (for those much needed Zzz’s), Audio Relax Zone & the Mind Relax Zone. These rooms were perfect to just put your feet up and chill out.
The Rooftop Spa was our final destination. It is hands down one of the best spas I have ever visited, with such an array of different things to try out from infinity pools, hot tubs, saunas, tropical showers & even foot spas. For people who aren’t drawn to the Spa experience, you’d definitely find something to do at Rudding. We enjoyed a refreshing strawberry daiquiri whilst sat in the outdoor hot tub.
I chose the Chakra wellbeing massage for my 50 minute treatment; I arrived 30 minutes early and was allowed access to the spa before and after. Chloe was my masseuse, she sat down with me beforehand and explained what the massage would entail and asked about allergies and the pressure that I’d like. The massage was very relaxing and peaceful. The rooms are very silent with just some light music in the background so you really do get a therapeutic experience. My massage was followed by some frozen grapes and rose flavoured water. I would highly recommend Rudding to anybody wanting the perfect spa day.
Having visited Rudding Park several times, Mumbler were excited to see the Supper & Spa offer at £99 for two people, so we booked it as a little Christmas Treat and were delighted to be offered a complimentary 50 minute treatment. However, no amount of lovely oils and relaxing music would make us give a dishonest review, so rest assured that this it really was this lovely!
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!
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