As much as I love London, sometimes you really do need a break from the hustle and bustle and I found the perfect way to unwind, and the epitome of zen – a weekend luxury spa retreat at Rudding Park, a gorgeous privately owned hotel, in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
Rudding Park is perfect if you are after the idea of a staycation with wellness in mind.
The hotel is just so lovely, warm, welcoming as well as serene and secluded, despite being a ten minute taxi drive from Harrogate station. As the town centre is so close it is ideal if you want to go and explore.
I adored the decor throughout the hotel, the vibrant colours, the homely yet modern feel and the utterly luxurious Spa. There was a lovely lounge area adorned with bookshelves which was the perfect place to chill and read a book or to ignite creative vision.
We were staying in one of the spacious and very colourful Spa rooms, and our room had its own private steam room, which was literally such an amazing bonus, and which we made full use of, putting on a face mask and treating ourselves to much deserved pampering time.
It also has a fabulous bath tub and the toiletries were from Molton Brown, which was just fantastic as they are one of my favourite brands. I also love it when hotel toiletries are of a good quality as when you are on holiday you want premium quality brands.
There was a pillow menu should you wish to switch your pillows to an alternative type, which I thought was great as sometimes I do really struggle with pillows in hotels and so it is nice to be given a choice.
I had a Hot Stone Deep Tissue Muscle Melt booked at the Spa soon after our arrival time and so I quickly wore my robe and slippers and dashed in the direction of the gorgeous Spa from the comfort of the sliding door in our room. It was literally a minute’s walk.
My Spa treatment was heavenly – it was my first time having a hot stone massage and the warm basalt stones felt amazing. I hd suffered a back injury years ago and so every now and then my muscles are sore and tight, so the deep tissue massage really helped relieve that and I felt totally relaxed.
After the massage I was given a delicious slice of chocolate brownie and a refreshing Kombucha to drink before being led to the relaxation zones.
Now Rudding Spa has four different relaxing zones which is amazing as everyone has their own individual way of relaxing. For those that want to have a snooze there is a Sleep Zone, whereby the room is dimly lit and the ceiling has a starry sky effect.
There is a Visual relax zone where you can watch soothing images on a large screen.
For those that want to listen to music, there is an Audio Relax zone complete with comfortable couches to chill on.
My favourite though, was the Mind and Relax zone, which had colouring books, colouring pencils, books to read and puzzles in a colourful space, which was just perfect to focus on some mindfulness.
The pool is fabulous too, as are the saunas, of which my favourite was the Juniper Log Sauna.
We then headed to the Rooftop Spa to enjoy the facilities, which were seriously amazing. Outside there is a Spa bath and a Cabin sauna. The Spa bath opens at 8:30am and it is so lovely to relax in.
My personal favourite out of all the various different facilities was the hydrotherapy pool which was just marvellous and perfect for my back.
It was warm and you could switch on the bubbles whenever you wanted for a full body aquatic massage and as it was outside, you could enjoy the peaceful surroundings, the sound of the birds chirping nearby and just total peacefulness.
The entire weekend at Rudding Park was just perfect – the hotel is set in idyllic grounds with golf courses next to it (I know if I bring Amit next time he would be happy with that), perfect for outdoor rambles, there was fantastic food at Horto restaurant, as well as a second restaurant called Clocktower restaurant, which we didn’t get a chance to try, amazing state of the art Spa facilities, contemporary bedrooms and fabulous service.
There was a gym and private cinema at the hotel too, making it ideal for an all round staycation with something for everyone.
It really was the perfect blend for a luxury spa break and if you want somewhere to totally relax, recharge and refresh, this is exactly the best place for it and I would highly recommend it to anyone needing a little escape and to have a weekend filled with zen.
Disclaimer: My stay at Rudding Park Hotel was complimentary but all views and photos are my own.