Editor Hannah Faulder checks out DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel and its fabulous new spa development
With a word like majestic in its name, this venue has to have the wow factor, and it truly delivers. Nestled in pretty landscaped gardens and taking a prominent position overlooking the spa town of Harrogate, it's no wonder the four-star hotel is affectionately known as the jewel in Harrogate's crown.
The imposing brick façade houses stunning interiors brimming with Victorian features. As my sister and I sit down for a three-course dinner we marvel at the incredible dining room. Huge windows, impressive floral arrangements, and my favourite feature: the decadent shining champagne bar. It feels as though you're sat in a film set for a period drama, but thanks to a £15m renovation project it has a thoroughly modern edge. We also got to take a peak at the glorious Carriage Suite, with light streaming through the huge windows and grand pillars accenting the space, it's the perfect spot for wedding celebrations with up to 500 guests.
I am an avid spa-goer, so the thing I was most excited about was visiting the incredible new Harrogate Spa. Part of the hotel's major renovation project, and joined to the main building, it is a haven of calm and befitting of the town's spa heritage. Inside, it's clear it has been designed and built with expertise. "It's been a pleasure and a dream of mine to be heavily involved in the creation of The Harrogate Spa," says spa director Lynn Roach. "The entire team have put their heart and soul into it, and I feel that guests will sense that."
The changing rooms have all the facilities you could need, and stepping into the main pool area it has a wonderfully serene feel in warm yellow stone with twinkling ceilings to create a cosy atmosphere. There's also a Jacuzzi, salt wall sauna and steam room. It wasn't long before I was totally chilled out on a lounger, only to be stirred by my therapist coming to collect me for my hot stone massage. The spa uses ESPA products, and I was able to smell the different oils available and choose the one that I was most drawn to. Then, I soaked up the relaxing scent coupled with the most incredible full-body massage. I was once told that it's a compliment to your therapist if you fall asleep during a massage, and I hope that's true because she did have to wake me up at the end – bliss!
Find out more at www.theharrogatespa.com and www.doubletree3.hilton.com
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