Posted on May 16, 2017
Last week Rudding Park Hotel (Harrogate) opened a brand new spa. On time and on budget (rare!) the design team responsible have created an oasis of serenity in the heart of Yorkshire. Invited to the stunning opening night party, here’s what I found.
From the moment the glass doors part, it’s sheer indulgence. The pool can be glimpsed from ground level by visitors to Horto café and we’re told the water is from Rudding Parks own bore hole… I am immediately taken by the size of the whole facility – it’s impressively spacious.
Horto Café offers contemporary fine dining and is open to the public. Guests to the spa can use Horto during the day whilst robed till 5.30pm. There is a seamless transition from spa to café and terrace (shown below) which wraps round the indoor pool – (there’s plenty of loungers for sunbathing!)
Inside the spa there is everything one could wish for; the attention to detail and thought shown in each zone is exceptional. As well as the expected treatment rooms, mani/pedicure bar and hair salon, there are four mind and sense zones (available to all guests booking treatments).
Upstairs is the Roof Top Spa with hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms, sauna, foot spas (and more); the pièce de résistance – The Spa Garden.
Owing to being blessed with such amazing weather, the party was held on the Roof Top Spa Garden, not too many pictures from here as it was full of guests so it’d be nice to return and see it in its natural state.
The Spa Garden is a thing of beauty. Created by Matthew Wilson, colours used extend the seasons, there’s nothing ‘standard’ or ‘token gesture’ here… to relax among the carefully-planned use of plants, trees and foliage will, I’m sure, delight garden lovers.
The spa bath, sun deck, sauna cabin, shower and all you’d really need for a complete day basking in the Yorkshire sun. The hotel can be seen in distance, the unwavering commitment to quarrying the same stone for the spa-build as the hotel was every bit worth it! Quality exudes. During his speech, owner Simon Mackaness shared some of the stories from conception to completion saying there had been 400 plans and 2000 revisions… In my humble opinion, they have not been in vain.
It was not till writing this post that I went to the spa website to get an idea on prices, I was pleasantly surprised. Visit the Rudding Park Spa website here to find out more.