I feel very lucky to have found some of the best of British hotels right here on my doorstep in Yorkshire and this weekend, I enjoyed a wonderful spa day at Rudding Park Hotel.
Consistently voted the best hotel outside of London on TripAdvisor, Rudding Park is situated in beautiful countryside just outside of Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
I wanted to organise a surprise spa day for my best friend Kristina and booked us in for the Lazy Sunday package, where you’re given the choice of two 25 minute treatments as well as a cream tea in the Clocktower restaurant afterwards.
Upon arrival, we were shown the way to the spa by one of the porters and it was immediately obvious to see that Rudding Park knows how to do luxury. The decor of the hotel is impeccable, with modern, fine furnishings and quirky features such as a cinema and patchwork library room to relax in.
Making our way down to the spa, we were greeted by a lovely Spa receptionist, who showed us to our changing room and the spa facilities.
I was slightly disappointed that for the price, that the spa facilities consisted of one steam room and rainfall shower. Although these were very clean and pleasant, I was hoping there would be more of an aqua-thermal journey to enjoy before we had our treatments.
When I asked one of the Spa receptionists, she mentioned that hotel is currently building a brand new spa facility which is opening in May, so i’ll be intrigued to see what will be on offer there.
For my two treatments, I opted for a body scrub and back massage as I wanted to give my skin and muscles a really big treat! At Rudding Park, you are given a form to fill in about the mood you’re in and how firm you like the pressure of your massages. I think this a wonderful idea, as I’ve had so many disappointing massages where the masseuse has basically just stroked my back for 30 minutes and the many knots in my shoulders have remained tense.
First up was the body scrub, a treatment which is applied on a traditional hammam bed. My therapist chose relaxing rose oils and proceeded to gently scrub my entire body with lovely exfoliating pearls. This was a a very relaxing treatment and left my skin feeling ultra smooth and smelling beautiful!
After a shower, I headed across the corridor into the massage therapy room and quickly sank into the cushioned bed ready for a firm and rejuvenating massage. Thankfully, my therapist had taken note of my requests for a hard knuckle touch and expertly kneaded my neck, shoulder and back to iron out the pesky knots that had been plaguing my posture for days!
I then went to meet Kristina in the relaxation room, where we spent an hour in peaceful tranquility, sipping on lemon and ginger tea and enjoying a moment of calm on the comfiest reclining spa beds ever!
After a quick change, we headed up to the Clocktower restaurant to enjoy a spot of lunch – which you are given credit for from the spa. The Clocktower restaurant’s conservatory is a truly luxurious place to while away the rest of your Sunday spa day, with simple elegant decor, silver service and very much an extension of the tranquility of the spa.
We opted for club sandwiches, Yorkshire tapas and the most sumptuous pear and ginger dessert.
Overall, I had a really wonderful day at Rudding Park but would have enjoyed it even more had the facilities been a little more extensive. I’ll be intrigued to see what’s coming when the new spa opens in May 2017!
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