Harrogate thrived as a Spa town during the Victorian era, when people flocked here to benefit from the healing waters of the local springs. The first spring in Harrogate was discovered by William Slingsby back in the 16th century. At the time, Harrogate was no bigger than a small settlement and it was the discovery of the springs which led to its increase in popularity and its rapid growth.
Today, the Harrogate district is still a popular destination for those seeking a relaxing break that will cleanse and rejuevenate both the body and mind. There are a number of great venues in the area offering weekend spa breaks, full pamering days and even mini-sessions for those with a busy lifestyle. We’ve picked out 6 of the best so next time you’re thinking of booking a spa break in Harrogate, you’ll know where to go!
Rudding Park Spa
One of the most prestigious hotels and country retreats in the whole of the UK, Rudding Park can be found on the outskirts of Harrogate within an endlessly tranquil setting which includes pristine gardens.
The Hotel has a sensational reputation for its high levels of service, its focus on providing a luxurious experience for all guests and, of course, its exceptional Spa.
The proud recipient of a seemingly countless array of top industry awards, the spa features an indoor pool, a unique log sauna, bucket showers and an array of treatment rooms which cover everything from mud rasul, manicures, pedicures, make up, hair and much more.
A highly talented and carefully selected team of Spa professionals will welcome you into the Spa and provide a service focused on creating a winning relaxation experience.
Although access to the spa is relatively expensive when compared to other Spa’s in Harrogate, it’s fantastic value for money when considering the exceptional levels of service you receive at Rudding Park.
Amongst the highlights of a trip to Rudding Park, is the Roof Top Spa, equipt with a stunning indoor-outdoor infinity pool with views of the pristine gardens which surround it. Treatments offered within the pool itself include the hydrotherapy massage journey, which is a full body massage designed to allow ultimate relaxation which not only allows the muscles to relax, but can help relieve muscular pain and tension.
Address: Rudding Park Hotel, Rudding Lane, Harrogate. North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH
Phone Number: 01423 871350
Harrogate Turkish Baths
Built in 1897, this is just one of three Victorian Turkish Baths still in existence in England. Not only that, it is by far the most complete of all. Harrogate’s history as a Spa town begain way back in the 16th century when William Slingsby discovered the springs.
During the Victorian era, Harrogate thrived as a spa town and people visited from all over to bathe in the healing waters of the area. With it’s arabesque ceilings, terrazzo floors and Islamic arches, the beautiful Moorish interiors of Harrogate Turkish Spa is the perfect place to experience an authentic Turkish Bath.
A Turkish Bath is a ritual of heating, cooling and cleansing the body which promotes total relaxation and cleanliness, however, there are many more luxurious treatments on offer here. Their team of highly qualified staff, offer an extensive menu of contemporary spa treatments and indulgent therapies hand-picked from across the globe.
Complementary and alternative treatments at Harrogate Turkish Baths include Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Hot Stones and a variety of massages using specially selected NEOM blended oils. For those looking for a bit of a pamper, they offer a huge range of beauty treatments including everything from eyelash tinting and brazillian waxing to gel manicures and luxurious facials.
As there is so much on offer here and many of their treatments have an express option, you’re bound to find something to suit your budget. However, if you’re choosing this spa in Harrogate then we recommend you make use of the Turkish Baths which costs £19 for over two hours of sheer relaxation.
Address: Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2WH
Phone Number: 01423 556746
Heal – Medical and Wellness Spa
Founded by Senior Podiatrist, Oliver Highland-Edmonds, Heal Spa in Harrogate combines medical treatments with beauty therapies.
Based in Harrogate’s beautiful Montpellier Quarter, Heal offers a wide range of treatments from qualified and dedicated practitioners. Their mission is to provide people with the highest quality health treatments but with a personal touch and luxurious elements to highlight the postive impact pampering can have on our general well-being.
By offering podiatry and chiropody in a beauty spa envirnoment, clients with foot issues who don’t feel comfortable having treatments by non-medical practitioners, can feel confident that they are recieving the right treatment and the correct care specific to their needs. This is particularly useful for those with diabetes as Oliver has extensive experience in this field.
In addition to their excellent footcare services, you’ll find a great selection of beauty treatments such as microblading, acupuncture, massage, cupping and hair, all of which are carried out by highly qualified staff.
Address: 6 Montpellier Gardens, Harrogate HG1 2TF
Phone Number: 01423 560049
Hotel du Vin
Harrogate’s Hotel du Vin is a luxury hotel in the centre of the town with 48 rooms, a bistro and an onsite spa. Aptly named Spa du Vin, the spa here offers eveything from a quick lunch break treatment to a full weekend spa experience.
You’ll be spoiled for choice here when it comes to choosing your treatments. Using EPSA products, thought to be some of the finest spa products, their body treatments and facials are by far their most popular. Lay back and enjoy a skin sofetning Salt Scrub, unwind with an Oriental Head Massage or opt for total relaxation and rejuvenation with their Total Holistic Body Care option.
Also on the menu are your more specific treatments such as Pre and Post Natal Body Treatments, Age-defying Facials, Firming Eye Treatments and Life Saving Back Treatment.
If you enjoy a little beauty therapy as part of your pampering experience, there are also various waxing, brows, nails and tanning services available.
Spa du Vin offer a number of set packages which are pretty resaonable priced considering the quality of the treatments on offer. A one hour package including treatment, champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries will set you back £80, and their four-hour Top to Toe Spa Experience is priced at £250. They also offer a number of overnight packages if you want to make a weekend of it!
Address: Prospect Pl, Harrogate HG1 1LB
Phone Number: 01423 608121
Imagine Spa at Dower House in Knaresborough, offers a truly tranquil spa experience in relaxing surroundings.
They have a number of spa experience packages on offer, ranging in price from £25 for two hours in the thermal suite to £145 for a full day of pampering including two hours of treatments and three hours in the Thermal Suite.
Experiences at Imagine Spa fall under three categories: Discover, Enrich or Induldge. The Discover experiences are designed for first tumers who are unsure about treatments and prefer to spend a longer time in the Thermal Suite. The Enrich experiences are the perfect combination of the two so you can spend half your time being pampered and the other half relaxing. Those looking for some serious rejuvenation should opt for the Indulge experiences which include extended treatment times, allowing you to make the most of the luxurious services on offer at Imagine Spa.
The list of Spa Treatments available here isn’t extensive but everything you would need for the perfect relaxing spa break is available. They cover skincare, waxing, nails, lashes and brows. Their standout treatments are most certainly their exceptionally good facials. We particularly love the sound of their Champagne & Truffles facial which is a 75 minute anti-ageing treatment that lifts the skin and irons out those fine lines and wrinkles.
Address: Bond End, Knaresborough, Harrogate HG5 9AL
Phone Number: 01423 680111
Nidd Hall Hotel
Nidd Hall Hotel is a Grade II listed mansion set in stunning surroundings. Built in the 18th century, it is rumoured to be the very place where Edward VIII first met Wallis Simpson. It’s beautiful architecture and idyllic location in the Yorkshire countryside make Nidd Hall the ideal venue for a weekend spa break.
The facilties at Nidd Hall’s leisure club are excellent. They’ve got a fitness centre, an Indoor heated swimming pool, Ice cold plunge pool, Steam room & sauna, and a hot spa pool. Perfect for washing away those everyday stresses and escaping from reality for a short while.
Salon Spa at Nidd Hall use Temple Spa products for all their treatments and there’s certainly no shortage of those on offer. Here, you’ll find a great choice of replenishing facials, energising massages and detoxifying body treatments. They also offer a number of holistic and alternative therapies such as Hopi Ear Candles, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology.
Aside from the great spa facilities here, Nidd Hall is a great hotel in itself. If you fancy a break away that includes, but doesn’t comprise soley of pampering, then this is the place for you. They have a great restauant, regular live music and even fun activities such as Archery and rifle shooting. The perfect Yorkshire retreat!
Address: Town St, Killinghall, Harrogate HG3 3BN
Phone Number: 01423 771598