There is nothing more I enjoy doing that escaping for a day of relaxation and pampering at one the UK’s finest spas. And you know what? These days, there are so many good ones popping up, making improvements all the time. The competition to find ‘the UK’s best spa’ gets greater every year, but one think I always find is that you can’t beat the spa breaks up here in the North…
There are so many fantastic spa breaks up here, and I’m lucky to live within close(ish) proximity to some of the best. Titanic Spa in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, actually sits under West Yorkshire, but with a lot of my family being from Oldham and Saddleworth, I’ve always been aware of this luxury spa.
I’ll put it out there quite bluntly: its an absolute dream. If anyone is researching spa breaks and overnight stays in the North, and you haven’t yet been to visit Titanic Spa, then please do read on.
I’ve rounded up some thoughts from my overnight stay the other week, and I can’t help but think I would recommend it in a heartbeat for either a Mother-Daughter break, a couples overnight stay, a civilised and ‘classy’ hen weekend break, or even just a little day of luxury for yourself.
If you’re not too familiar with Titanic Spa, then I’ll fill you in a little. This converted historic mill is home to the UK’s first eco spa, and one of the country’s leading destination spas, making it a place where you can immediately relax and enjoy a wide range of spa treatments and wellness facilities.
As mentioned above, Titanic Spa is located on the edge of the Pennines in West Yorkshire, and is set within a beautiful traditional textile mill built in 1911.The Spa combines a stylish modern design and keeps it’s stunning original Mill features running strong throughout the building.
It certainly is breathtaking to look at. As soon as I walked in, I was blown away by it’s beautiful mill building, open reception area with a gorgeous beauty room and shop to the left, and lightly scented Neom candles burning away upon entering.
I came here with my Mum, for a spa day and overnight stay in one of Titanic’s premium apartments. We were really looking forward to just escaping the normal, mundane aspects of ‘life’ during the week (breaking off from work and daily jobs to indulge in pampering is pretty fantastic, don’t you think?).
We had a friendly welcome and tour of the Spa and its facilities, which include an extensive heat and ice experience area which is based on the ritual of bathing, where the body is heated and then cooled by a series of experiences with the ultimate aim of inducing deep relaxation. Interesting…
There is also an incredible Spa Outdoor Terrace which houses the outdoor hot tub, open from 9am until 8pm. I’ll jump to this right now and say this is by far my favourite aspect of Titanic – the bubbling hot tub with views of the West Yorkshire landscape and nature is just a dream.
It was so lovely to spend an hour relaxing in the heated jacuzzi, chatting away and just being at peace.
It was a sunny day when we arrived, which was a stroke of luck, as it meant we could enjoy the outdoor spa terrace, where guests can enjoy al fresco dining and drinking.
After having a relax in the outdoor hot tub, we sat on the terrace seating and chilled out in the sun for a few moments before lunching inside.
In addition to the incredible hot tub and outdoor terrace, there is an Egyptian Mud Chamber which is inspired by ancient Egyptian bathing. I didn’t get to try this out but if I’m to return (which is absolutly highly likely), I’d like to give this a go.
Spa guests are also able to make use of ‘Club Titanic’ (from 11am) which includes a TechnoGym™ gymnasium, 15m salt regulated swimming pool, hydrozone, steam and sauna rooms. The indoor swimming pool is a great size, and has it’s little bubbling mini pool too for those who want a more relaxing experience.
And like you would expect from such a prestigious spa, they offer a wide range of treatments from their team of attentive therapists, ranging from results-driven facials and toning body treatments, to hydrotherapy and alternative therapies. There is even a Spa VIP Suite for two people where you can enjoy treatments together.
I opted for a Decleor Ultimate Vitamin Glow facial, for 55 minutes, in which I pleasantly surprised to experience an arm and hand massage, a mini back and shoulder massage, and shoulder massage too. Sheer bliss.
The facial included a thorough cleanse and a deep exfoliating mask which worked to give my skin the hydration boost and cell renewal it needed, leaving me fresh and glowing for the rest of the day.
Along side facials, they offer massage treatments, scrubs and wraps and a range of hand and feet treatments. The facials predominately use two of my very favourite professional beauty brands: Elemis and Decleor. As soon as I saw these brands on display, I was instantly happy.
After our jacuzzi and outdoor relax, we headed for a 1pm lunch in Titanic’s restaurant, where we drank fresh juices and picked our course from the menu. The menu was really impressive to say it’s a spa restaurant that doesn’t specialise in pages of extensive food options – what it had to offer was great to see.
There were three main salads and three main courses, giving you options from the more filling pasta choice, to the healthier fish and meat dishes, along with a large range of tasty side orders.
I of course went for the Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Linguine with garlic pesto and parmesan, whilst my mum opted for the Scottish Salmon and Spinach Tarte, which I actually had a little bit of food envy for. Both portions (but especially mine) were large sizes and shown obvious signs of high quality ingredients, and a bloomin’ good cook behind the scenes!
We of course finished with a yummy slice of caramel cheesecake and two milky lattes with biscotti biscuits. Lunch was pretty much perfect, made even better knowing we could take out coffees and cake outside onto the terrace to enjoy the sun at its peak around lunchtime.
As my facial treatment was booked in for 4pm, we checked into our apartment at 3pm, and this is potentially where the trip got even more exciting.
JUST LOOK AT OUR APARTMENT! That is all I will say for now whilst you scroll through some fantastic photos…
The apartment came on two levels, and sleeps 4 people, although due to pull out sofas, you could potentially get up to 8 people in there – absolutley ideal for a hen weekend or birthday weekend break.
Split into two levels, the sleeping areas, bath and shower were upstairs, where each bedroom had a luxury en-suite and sky light windows to brighten the rooms. With it’s white and grey interior, the whole apartment was fresh, modern and literally out of this world.
The doors opened up onto our balcony, introducing us to stunning views of the Yorkshire countryside, train line and old traditional cottages in view. It was truly amazing – by far one of the best rooms I have ever stayed in. I wanted to move in permanently. Just one night was not enough…
We were kindly left two beautiful gift bags filled with Decleor treats – the perfect assortment for after my facial. And as you can see from the photos, how incredible was the dining and kitchen areas? My Mum and I both said we could have had a whole party of people round to wine and dine.
The room really was fantastic, I felt like a little Princess staying here for the night.
Titanic consists of 33 deluxe apartments for all guests to have the delight of booking into to make your spa break that little bit more special. It certainly was the icing on the cake to our stay, it was a real luxurious day made that little more amazing.
- Complimentary Robe, Towels and Slippers
- Accommodation and Continental Breakfast in your Apartment
- 1 Course Light Lunch in the Spa Bistro (excluding sides and beverages)
- 2 Course Evening Meal in the Spa Bistro (excluding sides and beverages)
- Access to Titanic Heat and Ice Experience (Open 8am until 9pm)
- Leisure Club (from 11am until 9pm)
- 15m Salt Regulated Swimming Pool and Hydrozone (Open 7am until 9pm)
- Relaxation Lounge (Open 8am until 9pm)
- Outdoor Hot Tub (Open 9am until 8pm)
- Access to Bar 1911 (Open 6pm until 11pm)
- Apartment Check in from 2pm Onwards
Now I forgot to mention the Relaxation Room before – which is completely my bad because this is actually a highlight you just cant miss. Basically, after spending an hour hopping around from sauna to aromatic steam rooms, aromatherapy rooms and ice experiences (and bubbling foot spas!), guests can head to the relaxation room to relax on comfy beds and beanbags in complete darkness, just to immerse in complete R&R.
Warning; you may never want to get up and leave. And you may (or more like ‘will’) fall fast asleep….
We were booked into the Bistro for 7.30pm for our evening meal, which again held an impressive menu which stumped me for choices, yet again!
After a real hard think, I opted for the anti-pasti meats and bread starter, followed by a vegetarian option of sweet potato and veggies stuffed into large breadcrumb balls with side servings. My Mum went for a fish starter and main, enjoyed with a glass of Prosecco. Due to the meals yet again being hearty and filling, we actually skipped dessert this time!
We finished off our overnight stay with a visit to the 1911 bar, which is perfectly decorated and styled as a modern cocktail bar, with large seating areas, pale grey walls, and high shine rose gold finishing all around the room and the bar. I sipped Malibu and Cokes whilst my Mum indulged in Gin and Tonics, before we tucked ourselves up into bed at around 11pm.
I’ll add a note in here that the service from start to finish was absolutely incredible, and just couldn’t be faulted. From the lady who greeted us at reception and shown us around (I remember she was called Emma too), to the guy who shown us to our room, the waitresses in the restaurant, and the amazingly talented therapist who carried out my facial.
Everyone was highly attentive and super polite. Both my Mum and I were in great hands from the minute we arrived, to leaving the next morning.
We ate our continental breakfast in our lovely apartment with the sun shining right through, and checked out around 9.30am.
I would struggle to find a negative about this place, and that’s coming from myself as a Beauty writer and blogger who regularly visits spas and hotels across the country. The full price list can be seen here if you’re interested at looking at what Titanic has to offer, but from time to time they do run offers via emails and social media, so keep an eye out.
I’ll finish by saying that in my opinion, Titanic Spa is brilliant for a spa day, but even more so an overnight stay to really experience complete luxury and relaxation. Thanks to everyone who looked after myself and my Mum – we had the nicest of times!