Harrogate has always been an area of Yorkshire best known for the finer things in life, beautiful countryside, fresh air, bespoke tea and some of the best spas that this country has to offer. Sometimes life throws too much at you, often in these times of none stop work shifts we can find it hard to unwind and relax and even a weekend can seem like too little time to do this. If this is the case then it sounds to me like you need a good spot of pampering and here in Harrogate there are plenty of places for you to do so. Let us take a look at some of the best places in the area, where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a jolly good wind down.
Spa Du Vin
It might surprise you to find that in the heart of Harrogate’s busy centre you’ll find one of the finest spots for relaxation in the area, the Spa Du Vin. You’ll find it in a gorgeous period building that sits opposite the Hotel Du Vin (a fine hotel should you want to stay there too) with beautiful views of the Stray too. Within the walls of this fine building you’ll find therapeutic, holistic and even beauty treatments along with exquisite steam rooms that will provide the ultimate pampering session. If that wasn’t enough, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the Jessica nail bars and the St Tropez Tanning Booth, by the end of your treatment you’ll leave both feeling and looking the best you ever have.
Harrogate Turkish Baths
This is the place that kickstarted Harrogate’s reputation for fine spas and it’s not hard to see why. The Turkish baths are not only stunningly ornate, but they are also a piece of the area’s history, having been running for 120 years. They have been incredibly well maintained, still showcasing many of the original designs that wooed the gentry over a century ago. Here you discover new ways of achieving total relaxation and a clear mind through a process of heating, cooling and then cleansing that will leave you feeling enriched. Don’t miss out on their plunge pool, it’s said that having a go in this offers benefits such as flushing toxins, improving your circulation and even toning your muscles too.
If it’s a state-of-the-art form of rest and relaxation you’re looking for then look no further than Rudding Park hotel, a place that has recently undergone a redevelopment of its spa, costing a whopping £9.5 million. Here you’ll find cutting edge treatments to sooth your body and mind such as thermotherapy and hydrotherapy experiences, a rooftop spa and garden and mind and sense room as well. You can also enjoy its attractive grounds along with the absolutely fantastic Horto restaurant. But wait, there’s more, as if that wasn’t enough you can visit the kitchen garden too, where they grow their Slingsby Gin botanicals.