I’ve just come back from a gorgeous spa break at Ragdale Hall in Leicester, and I simply have to tell you about the amazing Thermal Spa that they have there. I could also tell you about the lovely Elemis facial I had, the delicious 50 minute massage that my friend experienced, and the gorgeous food, but for now I’ll just focus on the Thermal Spa as it really was a spa experience not to be missed.
Because I’m a lucky girl and I get to travel around trying out spa days all over the place, I always look for the thing that makes a spa stand out. A facial is always lovely but if I spot an unusual or signature treatment, that’s what I’ll normally ask for.
With Ragdale Hall, although there’s a lot to do and see, with relaxation areas and retreats, a Mind Gym, a great gym and more, the Thermal Spa is just that little bit different. Not only that, it’s free to use, so anyone on a spa break can find out how lovely it is for themselves.
It’s designed to make you feel cocooned and relaxed as soon as you walk in, and the first thing you’re offered is the chance to ‘release negativity’ by caressing an ancient pebble and dropping it into the gently bubbling ‘wishing stream’.
There are Experience Showers, a Cave Shower with scented water, Kneipp hoses, an Ice Fountain and different heated rooms to try all around the Thermal Spa, thoughtful touches like places to leave glasses, plenty of robe hooks, fluffy towels and seating. The hot and cold experiences all have something extra added to make them a bit special – we’ve all tried a sauna but the Rose Sauna is scented and soothing. Think you know all there is to know about steam rooms? Well there’s a Colour Flow Cave that adds just a little something, not just menthol but camomile, sage and jasmine scent this one, working with blue and green light and the relaxing humidity to soothe all those stresses and strains.
On a similar note there’s the delicious Volcanic Salt Bath which does have menthol and eucalyptus scent but is also infused with 20% salt for extra benefits. I didn’t get a chance to try the Thought Zone, although I really wanted to as I could do with some inspiration some days!
There’s no shortage of pools, either, with the gorgeous, silent Candle Pool, designed to make you feel relaxed and dream-like (certainly relaxed me) and the inside/outside pool where you can feel the warmth of the pool and the chill of a November evening, all bathed in atmospheric light.
I would have spent longer there if I hadn’t got a treatment booked in, swiftly followed by dinner…but trust me, if you’re looking for a spa day or a break with a difference, that really taps into the idea of what a spa is supposed to be, give Ragdale Hall Spa a try…