The luxury Hilton spa perfect for a therapeutic weekend in Harrogate
Where traditional meets contemporary - The Harrogate Spa will help you find your inner serenityby Olivia Baron
Stepping foot into the fashionable 'spa resort' of Yorkshire, I had high hopes for a relaxing weekend ahead.
Famed for its rich heritage, it seemed fitting that Harrogate was home to the The Majestic Hotel, which is recognised as the town's 'finest address'.
The Victorian hotel is one of the DoubleTree by Hilton branches and sits in beautifully landscaped gardens that overlook the town.
It's the perfect combination of where traditional meets contemporary, with the fine Victorian details honoured throughout the hotel, originally built in 1899, which compliment the modern decor. Get set for marble floors, chic Victorian bathrooms, stylish furniture and chandeliers - it's got it all.
The Harrogate Spa is the latest exclusive addition to the hotel, boasting a 12.5 metre indoor pool and six treatment rooms and a range of therapeutic thermal experiences.
It was a grey and rainy day when we arrived, but that didn't dampen spirits as I walked through the doors of the impressive bulding.
The marble interior screamed class - high ceilings made it feel spacious and airy and there was certainly a sophisticated feel to the hotel.
Strolling into reception, we were greeted with a polite and pleasant service and offered a warm Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie - much to our delight.
Always one for a bit of pampering, it was fair to say a visit to the spa was high on my agenda. One word to describe it? Luxury.
As far as first impressions go, The Harrogate Spa is up there. It's modern and classy with new state of the art facilities, but not at all pretentious and was very fitting with the rest of the hotel.
On offer at the spa is a whole host of treatments including ESPA Inner Calm Massage, ESPA Hot Stone Massage, Restore and Rebalance Ritual, Thalgo Rituals and Mud Rasul Ritual.
We opted for the ESPA Back, Face and Scalp treatment and it was everything you'd hope it would be.
We were introduced to our therapists who led us to a tranquil and spacious treatment room. It was a short walk from the main pool area but we were there in no time.
Before we started, we were guided through exactly what our treatments entailed and knew what to expect, putting our curiosity at ease.
The massage was heavenly, unravelling tension and the knots in my back were soon eliminated.
My inner calm was fully restored - as promised - helped by a delightful back exfoliation, back massage along with an inner beauty facial and scalp massage.
We came away not only feeling replenished, our therapists gave us an education on their recommended skin care routines which we fully appreciated. Their professionalism and knowledge only bettered our experience at The Harrogate Spa.
Following this, and wanting to prolong our serenity, we decided to make full use of the spa facilities.
Soaking up the benefits, we dipped into the warm indoor pool and checked off multiple lengths.
Furthering our tranquil journey, we relaxed in the Himalayan salt sauna, steam room, experience shower and cooled off with the help of the ice fountain, before lounging around on the sunbeds for a half hour or two.
As expected, the changing rooms were chic with all the equipment you would expect at this type of establishment - hairdryers, lockers controlled by keypad and prestige - and complimentary - shampoo, conditioner and bodywash.
The hotel is very grand, boasting 184 modern guest bedrooms along with event spaces, all nicely spaced out under the roof of the characterful hotel.
A space worthy of praise has to be the main lobby and bar area, which holds perfectly maintained pillars, high ceilings and charming 18th century architecture.
A grand staircase leads you up to many well-maintained corridors, home to hundreds of elegant bedrooms.
Our spacious bedroom was clean with a fantastic bathroom which mirrored the Victorian interior throughout the entire building.
It was very peaceful too. Our bedroom overlooked the front of the hotel, out onto the car park, so there wasn't much of a view however you couldn't hear any noise coming from outside.
In the main restaurant we enjoyed a lovely evening meal. We indulged in a delicious two-course set menu, brought to us by well-mannered and considerate staff who weren't shy to ensure we were having a grand time.
We tucked into the grilled fillet of mackerel for starters, followed by the charred leg of lamb which came with dauphinoise potato (my favourite), broccoli and samphire red wine jus. All in all, it was delicious.
Come morning, we were back in the main restaurant to try our hand at the buffet breakfast. It had all the options, but could have been slightly warmer for my liking.
Our visit was splendid and considering it was my first venture into Harrogate, I came away with a good lasting impression.
If I was to venture into the Yorkshire county again, the hotel would be high on my list.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa is located on Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2HU.
The new Harrogate Spa opened its doors on November 14, 2019.
It offers a range of therapeutic thermal experiences including a spa pool, Himalayan salt sauna, steam room, Rasul experience shower and ice fountain. There is also a tranquil relaxation lounge leading out to a Zen and Courtyard spa garden where guests can enjoy beautiful surroundings in nature.
The spa is open from Monday - Sunday at 6am till 10pm.
Treatments are available Monday - Friday, 9am - 10pm and weekends from 9am - 6pm.
It's also home to a gym which is open 24 hours from Monday - Sunday.
For more information you can ring +44 (0) 1423 700 306 or email email@example.com.
You can also visit online at www.theharrogatespa.com
You can enjoy a number of different spa days at the resort.
A morning spa, from 9am - noon Monday - Thursday is £60 per person.
A morning retreat from 9am - 12pm starts from £90 per person
A World of Tranquility retreat is available from 10am - 4pm and starts from £119 per person.
Afternoon Delight from 1pm - 4pm starts at £90 per person.
Twilight Spa from 5pm - 9pm Monday - Sunday is £95 per person.
Rasul Lunch Spa Day from 10am - 4pm is £194 for two, £285 for three or £380 for four.
Rasul Lunch Spa Day and Treatment from 10am - 4pm is £310 for two, £455 for three and £620 for four.
Rasul Twilight Package from 5pm - 9pm, including fizz and nibbles, is £75 per person.
The Work and Play package from 9am - 12pm Monday - Thursday is £90 per person.
The Work, Play and Indulge package from 10am - 4pm Monday - Sunday is £155 per person.