If you’re looking for a treat in the run up to, or after Christmas look no further than the Titanic Spa in Huddersfield. Marie Christopher went to check it out for a touch of pampering with her Mum…
You normally associate the dark, satanic mills of West Yorkshire with blood, sweat and tears but in the case of the imposing former textile mill, which is now the home of Titanic Spa in Huddersfield, I’m pleased to say you get the complete opposite! Luxury, indulgence and well needed RnR!
Titanic Spa is the UK’s first eco spa and one of the country’s leading destination spas, a place where you can immediately relax and enjoy a wide range of spa treatments and wellness facilities.
Mum and I had booked to stay overnight in one of the spa’s serviced apartments which were absolutely huge and could easily have catered for our entire family. We were very tempted to ring everyone to come round for a party!
Our apartment had spectacular views across the Pennines with a double balcony which in summer would be great for sitting outside with a glass of wine. There was a huge open plan kitchen/lounge area with great cooking and dining facilities as well as two huge double bedrooms and sofas which could be made up for extra beds, two ample size bathrooms and a walk in wardrobe. They were stylishly designed and a lovely place to chill out after your treatments and get ready for your evening meal and a few drinks. We instantly thought it would be the perfect place for a treat with the girls or a hen do.
After checking out the apartment we went for a spot of lunch before our treatments. We were fortunate it was a beautiful day and the private outside terrace attached to the restaurant is a great sun trap. You can happily relax in your robes on large loungers or sit and have a few glasses of wine and some lunch. We opted for the latter and enjoyed a lovely crab and prawn linguini and few glasses of cold Sauvignon Blanc, grateful for the rare opportunity to have a proper mum and daughter catch up and giggle!
After a lovely lunch we were very much ready for our afternoon of pampering and had each booked an Elemis Face and Body sensation (£80); a 55 minute treatment which included a fantastic facial and a wonderful back, neck and shoulder massage. We were both met by our therapists who took us into our individual treatment room which were a complete oasis of calm and tranquillity with soft lighting and gentle music. Our therapists talked us through our treatments and what we specifically wanted from them. 55 minutes later we both emerged from our gentle slumber, feeling incredibly relaxed having had all stresses of daily life and work cleansed and massaged away. Heaven!
We then went to try out the spa’s extensive heat experience area which is based on the ritual of bathing where the body is heated and then cooled by a series of experiences. There’s an array of saunas, steam rooms, ice experiences and a plunge pool for the very brave among you! Mum and I, all in the name of research of course, took the plunge! Wowzers!! That certainly gets the heart racing and the senses tingling! One of the best bits is to sit in the sauna and, through the glass, watch other brave souls attempt the icy plunge. The camaraderie in the experience is brilliant!
We both then had Indian head massages booked in so went back to the treatment area to be met again by our lovely therapists who spent 40 minutes using their healing hands and knowledge of pressure points on the skull to ease away our tension and stress. Neither of us had ever had a head massage before and I was rather sceptical about the results however I was blown away by how effective it was particularly at relieving tension that you hadn’t actually realised you’d built up in your neck and head.
As a serial napper, the snooze zone has to be one of one of my favourite areas! A dimly lit room filled with huge loungers where you can have a private light to sit and read a book or magazine. There was also an enormous bean bag pit with a fire effect on the wall where you can let yourself sink into the bean bags and listen to the crackle of the fire. It wasn’t long before I was feeling totally relaxed and fell fast asleep!
We continued our chill-out upstairs in the apartment for around an hour before getting ready for our evening meal. After spending most of the day in our robes, it was nice to get dressed up and look forward to some yummy food. I went for the mushroom soup and Mum the grilled scallops followed by the chicken breast and risotto. All the food felt very homemade and fresh and also healthy but hearty so you could continue to feel serine after a day of restoring your body back to normal.
What was then nice was that you could continue your evening in the new Bar 1911 which is open from 4pm daily serving champagne and cocktails, beers, wines and spirits. The bar has almost an outside, in feel with lots of greenery-even walls made of plants. I loved the décor with a rose gold and grey colour scheme. The bar staff were keen for us try a few cocktails which didn’t take much persuasion! Again these had lots of greenery in them such as fresh lavender or thyme and mint. Delicious! After this it was time to retire upstairs back to our apartment where one of the most rested nights I’d had in years quickly ensued! My mind and body had been repaired!
Titanic’s short spa breaks start from £139pp which include use of the spa facilities, selected treatments, meals and a stay in one of our scenic apartments. Alternatively they have day spa packages from £75 and evening twilight sessions from £45.