Chill out this summer – at award-winning spa hotels in the UK
When it comes to luxurious spa hotels, the UK is a leading player on the world spa stage – so it’s no surprise that some of the top UK spas make regular appearances on the international spa prize-winners’ podium.
With money belts the length and breadth of the UK having been tightened on several occasions over the past year, any self-respecting spa tourist will be keen to ensure they’re getting value for money.
With that in mind, it’s essential to check out how well your chosen spa hotel fares in the travel destination ratings and whether its services are award-winning before making that all-important booking.
Certainly, few spas can hold a scented candle to Ragdale Hall in the spa award stakes, with the idyllic rural Leicestershire resort topping prize-winners’ lists year after year and currently scoring an inspiring 4.5 out of 5 on the Trip Advisor scale, making it one of the best spa hotels in the UK.
Regular Health Spa of the Year Awards are just one example of how well regarded Ragdale Hall is within the travel and spa industry. The prestigious Health Hydro and Thermal Spa has won one of these much-coveted industry awards every single year for over a decade now, and that’s just the tip of the spa iceberg…
In 2007, Ragdale was voted Best Destination Spa in Europe, and in 2008 the acclaimed health spa resort picked up another two accolades in the Heart 106 Lifestyle Awards – not to mention being the Employer of the Year in the Professional Beauty Awards during the same year.
So far in 2010, Ragdale Hall has won an impressive five awards, including the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Spa Awards 2010 Favourite UK Spa Retreat. Moreover, the popular health resort continues to retain its much-coveted Good Spa Guide 5 bubble status.
This enviable status – the highest possible – is only awarded to health resorts that meet (or, better still, exceed) the Good Spa Guide’s strict criteria in four areas: customer care; cleanliness; quality of treatments; and value for money.
Anyone who has been fortunate enough to spend even a few hours in the restful ambience of Ragdale Hall’s superb spa hotel will understand instinctively why this inimitable health resort ticks all four boxes with ease.
Once you’ve experienced the unadulterated luxury and basked in the blissful indulgence that abound behind the doors of Ragdale’s beautifully maintained Victorian mansion house, submersed your stressed self in the stunning blue waters of the lagoon pool or drifted off as one of the professional therapists massages your cares away, you, too, will be smitten!
One of the main attractions of specialised spa hotels such as Ragdale is that they offer outstanding value to spa-goers. Whether you’re visiting for a day or weekend break, or for longer, as a Ragdale guest you’ll enjoy full use of all facilities during your stay.
This will include breakfast served in your room, a three course buffet lunch and three course dinner (spa breaks only) or a healthy three course buffet lunch (spa days only).
Ragdale guests are offered a daily programme of over 18 exercise classes and group activities, plus they benefit from unlimited use of an air-conditioned gymnasium as well as unlimited use of the Thermal Spa including Candle Pool, Indoor/Outdoor Waterfall Pool and a series of heat and water experiences.
There guests can bask in the 25 metre indoor swimming pool with whirlpool, cascade and massage jets and take advantage of the indoor exercise pool with aquagym equipment.
They can also choose from a daily programme of water exercise sessions, plus enjoy the use of the outdoor pool (summer months only) and of Mind Gym – a mental agility room, mountain bikes, boules, pitch and putt and much more.
Better still, you will be able to choose from an extensive and enticing selection of beauty and spa treatments whose fascinating names already hint at the pleasurable experiences that await you. Who could resist the allure of delicious-sounding pampering treats such as Avocado and Lemon Reviver or Banana, Papaya and Strawberry Body Polish and Float?
Not I, for one.