It’s a grey, very rainy day in the Colne Valley. But we don’t care, because we’re en route to one of Yorkshire’s most peaceful spas: Huddersfield’s Titanic Spa.
Now, there’s nothing I love more than a spa day. Shrivelling up in a hot pool for hours on end. The fluffy robes and little slippers. The fantastic excuse to drink pink prosecco as the day whiles away. For me, it’s the epitome of luxury – a real treat after working (mildly, sort of) hard through the week at my (not-so) gruelling desk job.
Hidden away in the small village of Linthwaite, Titanic Spa offered an immediate escape to said ‘gruelling’ desk job – in fact, from the minute we stepped through the doors.
Providing that relaxing spa vibe and tranquil, new-age soundtrack (that inconspicuously sends you to sleep before you even have the chance to fight it) from the second we walked in, we were feeling pretty geared up ready to do some of our best relaxing ever, so the minute we were handed our robes and slippers, we found ourselves hot-footing it straight to the changing rooms to get started.
The changing rooms exit into the glowing blue pool area: an inviting space where guests can swim, wind down on a deck chair, or enjoy the sauna and steam room facilities.
Unleashing my inner dolphin, I headed straight for the pool: a large, heated, salt-regulated pool where normal people would do a few graceful lengths. For me, a non-normal person, it was the perfect place to lol around like a fish, float like a starfish and do some twirls, before launching up the jacuzzi area to start my serious effort in relaxing.
And then I locked eyes on the outdoor hot tub. Its hot steam clashing with the mild air, signalling me to come and take a dip. Invitation accepted. Sitting by a tranquil stream, the outdoor space was one of our favourite parts of the spa instantly. A place to take in the stunning windows of the Titanic Mill and kick back to the sounds of the stream running below.
Now, of course, relaxing is hungry work – and eventually, after a solid 30 minutes of trying not to fall asleep in the hot tub, it was time to refuel at the bistro before an afternoon of yet more unwinding. Rosé was calling.
There, guests can choose from a concise menu of lunch dishes – for myself, a creamy chicken pasta, and for my partner, a huge ham and cheese sandwich. Now, this isn’t just your average filling station. The food here is actually good, and I won’t lie, after gorging on my bowl of pasta to great satisfaction, I was *this* close to ordering seconds. Until I remembered we were booked in for dinner, too – my waistline’s saving grace.
Back to the spa it was. This time, for Titanic’s heat and ice experience. A circular space packed full of saunas and steam rooms aplenty – all with their own USP – the heat and ice experience was where ‘mission relaxation’ really peaked.
We were pretty overwhelmed by choice upon entering – a good thing – and after a thorough investigation, decided to kick off in one of the aromatherapy steam rooms, before bravely delving into the plunge pool for a one-minute icy treat.
Joined by an herbal infusion room, a saunarium, a crystal steam bath, foot baths, an ice room and experience showers, the space is designed for practising the ritual of bathing where the body is heated and then cooled by a ‘series of experiences’, which is said to send the body into a ‘deep relaxation’. Mission accomplished.
Finished off with a Decleor lifting facial, I exited the spa on a cloud – a cloud that I rode right upstairs to our peaceful apartment for the evening, which guests can book to extend their experience overnight, should they wish.
Oh, but the night didn’t end there. In addition to the fantastic spa, Titanic is also home to its very own hidden cocktail bar and the spa-side bistro which transforms into an intimate restaurant by evening, again, serving up a concise menu of delicious dishes to choose from. Our advice? Don’t skip dessert. And if the lemon meringue pie is on the menu, order it.
Titanic Spa can be found at Low Westwood Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5UN and you can find out more here.