On Tuesday I turned a whopping 32 years old. I was certain I wasn’t going to celebrate this year so made zero plans with friends and resigned myself to a day of pottering around like it was any other day. That was until Titanic Spa, based in Huddersfield offered me a little treat for my birthday in the shape a day pass to their amazing Yorkshire hideaway – where many a famous face has relaxed I might add.
I actually work down just the road from Titanic Spa and have passed the huge mill it’s housed in many a times. I never realised, however, just how beautiful it was inside. I swear to you, the moment you walk in through the door, the environment is instantly calming. I arrived at 11.30 so I had an hour before my lunch booking. Changing into my bikini and into one of the spa’s sumptuous robes and slippers, I made my way into the famous heat and ice experience – this, ladies and gents, is what Titanic is known for.
Comprising of six heat rooms, from a herbal infused steam room with aromas of pine, lavender and eucalyptus to foot spas and a sauna cabin, I could feel myself entering a deep state of relaxation from the offset. Although there were quite a few people milling around, everyone followed the “quiet zone” rules and it was like a world away from Times Square where I’d been the week before.
One I’d sweat out pretty much all the liquid from my body, I decided to brave the ice room, where I rubbed crushed ice all over, designed to close the pores and rid the body of toxins. This room was freezing, as expected, but I loved the sensation of going from hot to cold, and back to hot as I rested in the Finnish sauna for ten minutes. As it was coming up to lunch time, I jumped briskly in the plunge pool, and plunge I did as my bikini top came off in one swoop (luckily no-one had to witness that).
There was a light menu for lunch, with the option of afternoon tea later on from 3pm onwards. Still wrapped up in my robe, I ordered the roasted oak salmon, with strawberries, fennel and salad with a balsamic glaze. Basically heaven on a plate. I also ordered a freshly made raspberry and blackberry smoothie, which went down a treat.
OK, I ordered bread and dipping oil as a side but I had to. It came free with the mains. In exchange for money.
After lunch I had an hour to spare until my 2.00pm treatment so I headed to the relaxation room, book in hand. This room was by far the best relaxation space I’ve been to in a spa before. From singular pods, to a bean bag fire pit, there was so much space and even the couple who insisted on laying right beside me to make out couldn’t stop me from falling into a deep haze.
The clock struck, and I had to clamber out of the bean bags, all the while hoping my robe doesn’t fall open, and into one of the treatment rooms next door for a 55 minute Comfort Zone Elements Massage. I usually only get a back massage now and again so this was a real treat. I fell asleep half way through and can only pray I didn’t start to snore. There’s only one world to describe this massage and that was bliss.
The beauty of Titanic Spa is that not only can you have an amazing day, you could make a weekend of it (or even a mid-week treat) and stay over in the Titanic Apartments within the mill. With an on site restaurant, bar, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym, you wouldn’t actually need to leave the spa itself. You could say I’m a bit of an interiors fan, so of course these rooms catered for my need for a gorgeous surrounding. I really am considering coming back here before Christmas for a little R&R but this time staying over and making a weekend of it.
Even though my birthday was a quiet one, I entered my 32nd year super relaxed, recharged and ready for the next year of my life. Thank you so much to Titanic Spa for welcoming me for the day and if this took your fancy then make sure you check out the website here, which offers over 80 treatments, and seasonal offers such as the November Nights Overnight Break for £139 including all meals and a 55 minute treatment.
Have you ever been to Titanic Spa before?