This spa day review was originally published on 12th November 2014, but I wanted to republish it for you today just incase the dismal weather we’re having in the UK at the moment has got you dreaming of taking some time out to relax …
You may remember on Sunday I told you I was visiting Ragdale Hall for a lovely, relaxing spa day? Well, today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on their Ragdale Experience, which is perfect for those who would like to experience Ragdale and all it has to offer.
Ragdale Hall is located in the rolling Leicestershire countryside, and combines state-of-the-art facilities with the charm of traditional Victorian architecture. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was just how beautiful it was, and from the second you step in the door it is almost as if your worries just melt away.
Check in is at 10:30am, but we got there a little bit before as we’d set off early to avoid the traffic. We were greeted at the desk and told not to worry, before being taken through to the Garden Room, where we were given a complimentary cup of tea and coffee and talked through what our day at Ragdale was going to be like. Then it was time to head to the changing rooms and collect our robes for the day ahead.
Once we’d changed into our swimwear we headed straight to the Thermal Spa, which I for one was blown away by! It features 12 unique heat and water features, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
As we entered we noticed that there was a wishing stream where you could caress an old pebble before throwing it into a stream that runs through the centre of the spa to rid yourself of any negative energy before beginning your spa journey. I love anything quirky like that so I was in my element and I may have even made a wish …
My friend Jo, who visited the spa with me had said that she wanted to try out the candle pool, so we decided to start our adventure there. You walk down some watery steps to enter this beautiful pool full of flickering candles and a star-lit ceiling. The pool is dark and peaceful and they ask for silence when you are in there. I loved it in there as the water is a constant 34 degrees so it’s just like laying in a nice warm bath at home (without the hassle of having to keep topping it up). The atmosphere in the candle pool is truly magical – the lights change colour every so often and there’s relaxing music playing all the time. If I’d been there on my own I’m sure I would have nodded off!
Once out of the pool, we headed over to try some of the heat rooms. First up we tried the Rose Sauna, which had a couple of different levels you could sit at and take in the wonderful rose scents that surrounded you. We found this room to be hugely popular and it was nice to be able to sit by the window and look out at everyone enjoying the outdoor pool that I mentioned before.
After that we headed into the Volcanic Salt Bath which I have to admit I found difficult to cope with after 5 minutes or so. It wasn’t because it wasn’t nice – it really was. The atmosphere was very calming but wow, was the heat intense! I hope that if I’m ever able to visit Ragdale again I can last a little longer in that room as I think it would do me a lot of good.
And finally we decided to try out the Scented Room. This room was lovely as well. Like the others, the atmosphere was really calming and the scents were just amazing! We loved it.
If you go on a Ragdale Experience there is a light lunch provided at 12:15pm in the Verandah Bar. With this you get a bottle of water, 2 courses from the menu provided (I chose a starter and a dessert as I have a small appetite) and a cup of tea or coffee. You can even sit and eat your dinner in your robe! I have to say that I loved that idea!!
The only slight downside to the meal was that the panini had touched something else with cheese on before it was brought out, and Jo is allergic to cheese. Luckily though she saw it before she got to that part and cut it off. These things happen though and when we mentioned it to the waiting staff they apologized and offered her another one to make up for it and when we said no, it didn’t matter they kindly gave us a large tea and coffee instead of a regular one. Bless them.
As well as the thermal spa, there are lots of places to relax at Ragdale, and after our light lunch we went and sat in The Pavillion while we let our food settle. The Pavillion is a vast room which offers a lot of different places to sit and do nothing! Most of the loungers that looked out into the garden were taken, so we found ourselves a comfy sofa and a couple of pouffes and just sat and chatted for ages again! In fact, we were so relaxed that we spent well over an hour in there talking and laughing. It just goes to show that time really does fly when you’re having fun!
Jo also booked herself in for a treatment, and she went for The Moisture Quencher, which is a Clarins TriActive Body Treatment. She also enjoyed hers and we both agreed that they were well worth the money.
I was pleased to find that the staff had booked us in for treatments at the same time as well. I had thought for some reason that we wouldn’t be and that we’d both be left alone for an hour or so at some point throughout the day but that wasn’t the case. And as well as the body treatments, there is also the Beauty Express, where you can get your hair and nails done or have your eyebrows threaded etc. I was going to book myself in to have my eyebrows shaped, but changed my mind before we got there as I thought that rushing around to get to more than one treatment might not be the best of ideas in a place that’s meant for relaxing!
After our treatments we decided to treat ourselves to another cuppa and some homemade shortbread we’d spied first thing in the morning in the Garden Bar. It was delicious! I was really impressed with the prices of things on the menu as well. In previous years I have found places like Ragdale to inflate their prices, and it can be a little annoying, so I’m glad that it wasn’t like that here. And once our cups were empty we had a look round some of the shops there. I bet that hasn’t surprised you, has it?!
I have to say that my day at Ragdale was one of the loveliest I’ve ever had and I can’t recommend them highly enough. I would jump at the chance to go again and think it would be wonderful to go with Nathan and stay overnight for our anniversary next year. If you are looking for a relaxing, luxurious spa day then you should definitely book yourself in to Ragdale Hall!!
And finally I just want to say how friendly every single member of staff we spoke to was that day. We couldn’t have wished for better and they’re all an absolute credit to the spa. Both myself and Jo would like to say a big thank you to Ragdale for treating us to a day we’ll most definitely never forget.
The Ragdale Experience – £90 weekdays / £110 weekends ||link||
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additional drinks, snacks and shopping were paid for with our own money.