One of my favourite spas in the UK is right here in gorgeous Yorkshire – Titanic Spa, near Huddersfield.
It’s at Linthwaite, locally known as Linfit, apparently, a village four miles west of Huddersfield in the Colne Valley. Textile mills were built there in the early 1900s, harnessing the power of the River Colne.
The massive Grade II listed Lowestwood Mill was built as a woollen mill in 1911, dubbed ‘Titanic’ because it was built the same year as the fateful ship.
In 2003, Salford-based Lowry Renaissance started renovation and created apartments on the upper floors and the day spa on the ground. It was the first mill conversion in the UK to have its own combined heat and power unit with a biomass boiler fuelled by sustainable wood chippings, to produce its own hot water and power.
Titanic Spa officially opened in 2007, with luxury skincare brands Elemis and Decleor brought in for its in-house treatments. It has won many, many awards, deservedly so, and offers luxury spa apartments, which is brilliant because it means you can stay and make a night of it with friends.
I stayed a few weeks ago for the first time in several years, and it was wonderful to be reminded of what a fantastic place it is.
The apartments are a revelation, really lovely and homely. I assume they are the ones built in the original conversion (there are Titanic Mill flats for sale, by the way – I quite fancy one). Ours had a kitchen/dining, a lovely lounge, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and even a laundry room – you could definitely live here.
Best of all are the spectacular views over the dale and towards Huddersfield – you can see the Leeds to Manchester trains passing by on the opposite hillside, too.
If you are staying over, you can dash downstairs to use the Heat and Ice Experience, the swimming pool and the outside spa pool from 7am, before the day spa guests arrive. We did this and there were very few other guests about. The outside spa pool is popular, but we finally managed to get it all to ourselves on the morning we left.
The Heat and Ice Experience looks pretty much the same as it did when I last visited a few years ago. The saunas are toasty and the steam rooms beautifully finished in shimmering mosaic tiles. This is the place for chilling, warming, and feeling wonderful.
The treatment rooms are serene and dark. There’s a waiting area where you sit down on banquettes and cushions until you are called through by one of a team of uniformed beauty therapists. This is definitely one of my favourite places to have a facial, not least because I love Decleor and Elemis. I can thoroughly recommend the 70-minute Elemis Pro Collagen Quartz Lifting Facial, which includes massage of the arm and hand, the shoulders and the head. Heavenly.
What has changed since my last visit is the restaurant, which is now large, atmospheric and swish. The meals are simple and well prepared. For lunch, there are salads and dishes such as prawn linguine, delicious. Evening meals are more substantial and equally delicious. You certainly don’t go hungry, not do you have to stint on alcohol. Whether it’s couples, families or friends, a visit to Titanic Spa is a special occasion so, health spa status notwithstanding, a celebratory tipple is all part of the mix.
To this end, there is also a new cocktail bar, very chic and luxurious, and it even has a huge bed-style lounging area with cushion for groups.
The Heat & Ice Spa Day Experience, which includes a light lunch, usually costs £75 but is on offer now for £60. An overnight Simple Spa Experience with lunch and dinner costs £139 pp. You could add treatments or go for a package that includes them. Find out more and book on http://www.titanicspa.com/