Located in an old textile mill that dates back to 1911, it’s an unlikely spot for an award-winning spa. Tucked away in a Huddersfield valley, the Titanic Spa combines its original features with stylish, modern interiors throughout.
On arrival, we were shocked as to how large and striking the building was, leading me to question whether I was actually at the right place. It was fairly easy to find and with ample parking, we arrived on-time feeling stress free and ready for a full-day of relaxation.
As rooms are not available until 2pm, overnight bags can be kept safely at reception until access to your room is granted. We were greeted by a friendly receptionist who kindly took us on a tour around the spa facilities before enjoying a welcome drink in the fairly small bistro.
After this, we headed to the gym. If exercise is important to you, Titanic may not be ideal as the gym equipment is limited and there are no gym classes on offer which was surprising. They do however hold two water aerobics classes per week so it may be worth asking about when these are on when booking.
An hour later, we got changed for the spa. In order to get to the swimming pool, you have to walk through the bistro and whilst this felt fine when dry, it was a little odd to have to walk past people eating in a wet robe and towel. It would have perhaps been nice to have the bistro area completely separate to the spa facilities as even during the evening meal, visitors were still heading for a night-time swim before traipsing through the bistro wrapped in their wet robes.
The pool was large enough to swim plenty of lengths but the number of loungers around the pool is very limited so it’s not the best place to relax with a book. For this, it’s best to head to the relaxation lounge. Here, there are beds to take a nap, giant bean bags to laze around on and ambient lighting to calm you. Although there are a range of magazines to get lost in around the room, it was a little too dark to read comfortably in there. In terms of spaces to relax, chat to friends and enjoy a hot drink, the options are limited to the bistro where tables are often reserved for eating, seating area around reception which isn’t particularly relaxing because of the constant arrival of spa-goers and the relaxation room that requires guests to remain silent. Because of this, the spa would really benefit from a relaxed large space for guests to chill out with a drink without having to be in a restaurant and without having to be silent.
Near to the relaxation lounge is the heat and ice experience. This area is made up of a range of different sauna’s, steam rooms, ice rooms, hot showers, ice buckets, foot spas and a plunge pool. The various rooms are brilliant for clearing the airways and the pores with different calming scents in each room. It is worth mentioning that it’s not a good idea to wear your fabric slippers in this experience as they will get very wet. If you prefer to have something on your feet when you’re around the pool or in steam rooms, you’re probably best to pack a pair of water-proof flip-flops to avoid that soggy feeling throughout the day. Luckily, reception are happy to exchange your wet slippers and robes for dry ones if you’re feeling uncomfortable.
Despite the amount of water used, its status as the UK’s first Eco-spa is impressive. They have their own natural water source located 100m below the spa which was the water source when it was an Edwardian textile mill. It now provides all the water for the spa, from the drinking water to the swimming pool. Through solar panels, the spa is able to retain a steady temperature throughout the year whilst producing its own renewable energy.Find out more about their eco-status here.
Hungry after all that swimming, lunch-time couldn’t come sooner. When getting the menu, we were informed we could have one course. Any sides or drinks would come at an extra cost. We ordered a pasta dish, salad, some flatbread with hummus and some bread and oil. Looking around, I could see that the portion sizes were very small, especially with the sea-bass and tart dishes and although this is common with at spas, I could tell that people were a little shocked and disappointed about the size of their servings, especially as any side orders would come at an extra cost. Luckily, the pasta was very filling and set me up for the rest of the day but I’m not sure how I would have managed if I’d have chosen the sea-bass.
It was time to take our belongings up to the room which was very impressive. All rooms are two-story, with the bedroom and bathroom upstairs and living room and full kitchen facilities downstairs. The kitchen comes complete with a cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, kettle and even washer/dryer! If you do tend to get peckish throughout the day and prefer larger portions, it might be worth bringing some of your own food along with you to keep in your room in case you do feel hungry.
In your room you will also find a small breakfast basket which is great if you prefer a light snack in the morning but it won’t fill you up ready for the day. This meant I just had to try the American style pancakes with maple-syrup and berries from the bistro’s brunch menu which were very delicious.
When it comes to phone signal and Wi-Fi, it’s unlikely you’ll get any throughout the spa and rooms which is brilliant when you want to switch off from the world. With the lack of Wi-Fi, the spa have also got evening entertainment covered, offering a movie night in your room. There are two large boxes of DVD’s located in reception for guests to choose a film from with excellent choices for you to cosy up on the sofa and watch. We made the most of this DVD service after enjoying dinner and a cocktail at the 1911 bar. This bar is stylish and cosy, with hidden corners and shabby-chic décor.
The Bar 1911 is located close by to the treatment rooms, meaning you can sneak a peek of the bar through its windows before it opens from the treatment waiting area. The treatment rooms appear to be never ending but despite the constant treatments, the space remains calm and tranquil. I decided to have a Decleor Ultimate Vitamin Glow Facial which left my skin glowing and soft.
Spa days start from £79 pp
Spa stays start from £149 pp