Hampshire Life editor Elizabeth Barnett visits the Titanic Spa in Huddersfield
PUBLISHED: 11:40 08 July 2014
Living on the south coast it’s easy to forget sometimes that the rest of the country exists. Why would I want to go anywhere else?
What a mistake I had been making! It wasn’t until a recent trip up to the stunning West Yorkshire or ‘Nora Batty’ land as the locals fondly reference, did I realise what the north of the county had that we didn’t.
Rugged landscapes, dry stone walls and plenty of “old” as my Mum remarked several times along our route. Just as they are in David Hockney’s paintings, fields of gold and green glistened in the sunlight as we made our way over the Pennines in search of our relaxing destination, the Titanic Spa on the edge of Huddersfield. Mum was with me for a birthday treat and, having narrowly escaped listening to Olly Murs’ entire album for the whole journey; I was content watching the babbling brooks and changing scenery pass me by.
Looking out for an “old converted textile mill”, we soon realised that this perhaps wasn’t the best form of navigation as in the small village of Linthwaite there were at least three. Finally pulling up to the correct location, we were struck by the magnificence of the building. Tall and imposing it stood strong against the, what were swiftly becoming, ‘knock you off your feet’ winds. By the time we bustled ourselves inside we were just about ready for a cup of tea and a lie down. Good job that was exactly what was on the menu! After a short wait, check in was seamless and we were soon headed down to the changing rooms armed with fluffy robes and slippers.
The main attraction at Titanic is their Heat and Ice Experience; an area combined of around six different chambers in the form of saunas, steam rooms and experience showers. Not for the faint hearted, there is also an ice cold plunge pool; and the foot baths are a nice touch, giving a welcome break to the hot and cold experiences.
After a brief swim in the pool, which we decided would have benefitted from a hydrotherapy area (this is part of the health club that also accepts outside membership and includes its own sauna and steam room), we sat down for some lunch. Two large glasses of wine were quickly followed by my poached salmon open sandwich and a goat’s cheese salad for Mum. There is an eco theme running throughout the Spa and the meals were prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients that have been responsibly and locally sourced. Both dishes were way above what we expected and with full bellies; we headed off to the relaxation room for a lie down.
Complete with bean bag pit, loungers and ‘plinky plonky’ music, the relaxation lounge did exactly what it said on the door. I’d optimistically taken my kindle, but we were both asleep within minutes and probably would have stayed there all day if it wasn’t for the fact that our treatments were due.
Both opting for the Decléor Slim Effect Treatment (every little helps) our therapists were polite and experienced and, after a brief consultation, began with a full body massage before applying a mask. After just one treatment we both felt that our skin was smoother, however the Spa suggests having a course of six treatments altogether over one or two months to see optimum results.
Heading up to our apartment to watch the sun go down and crack open a bottle of fizz, we were really impressed with the size of the place and the attention to detail. We each had en suite rooms and there was a fully equipped kitchen complete with breakfast hamper for the morning. Fully laid dining area and lounge with a giant TV made it seem like a home from home, and would have been perfect for a hen party or larger group of friends.
Dinner was of a similar standard to lunch, we opted for a starter and main which were both Asian inspired dishes and really delicious. Wine was once again available but we did notice that you could bring your own bottles for a corkage fee, which seemed popular with other guests. All in all, we enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing stay in a beautiful part of the country. You can’t ask for more than that.
We booked in for an overnight spa weekend for two, both with a Decléor Slim Effect Treatment staying in one of the Spa’s serviced apartments including lunch, two course evening meal and continental breakfast hamper for £129 per person. This also included access to the leisure club facilities and gym. To book your stay and find out more visit www.titanicspa.com