The Best Spa 2017


In January 2017 we declared it to be “The Year of the Spa!” a bold statement considering we only had one spa day booked at the time. Nevertheless, she persisted.


Mottram Hall Spa – January 2017


We booked this as within a special offer package (approx £70pp) which included –

  • 1 x 60 minute luxurious spa treatment including an invigorating body brush, relaxing shoulder & scalp massage using Hot Stones plus an indulgent facial
  • A detox cocktail on arrival
  • A complimentary ESPA gift (it was a full size candle)
  • A delicious light lunch
  • Complimentary use of the health club facilities
  • Robe and slippers

USP for Mottram is the “Alfresco ThermoSpace” which consists of different steam rooms and saunas all with an exceptional view of the grounds’ gardens.

In short we loved Mottram, the facilities are varied and not overcrowded. The treatments including products used felt indulgent and luxury. We will be going back soon! 

Bannatyne Health Club And Spa – March 2017


Another special deal (approx £30pp) brought us to Bannatyne’s Spa in Manchester City Centre.

  • 1 x 30 minute facial or shoulder and back massage treatment
  • Complimentary use of the health club facilities
  • Robe and slippers

The USP for Bannatyne was the price point and central location,

The experience left a lot to be desired, you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to Spa treatments. The novelty swimming pool decor is a little… Odd , making you feel like the passengers aboard the titanic are watching your front crawl attempt. I’m sure if you’d like to use the gym facilities you’d get more out of it then we did. 

Riu Touareg Hotel Spa – July 2017


When in Cape Verde as they say…

We went on holiday to the beautiful Boa Vista in the Summer and seeing the hotel had it’s own Spa we had to get booked in.

  • Spa offered a full list of massage, facial, hair removal, mani/pedi treatments.
  • Use of the beach view hot tub was complimentary to guests of the hotel

This was a spa-ing of opportunity and we all really enjoyed it. The hot tub was rarely crowded (we might have popped in a couple of times during our 7 day stay). I had a back massage and it was of a high standard. If it wasn’t 3,000 miles away I’m sure we’d return more frequently. 

Woodland Spa – August 2017


This was booked as a birthday treat and consisted of –

  • 1 x 45 minute Rasul mud ritual
  • A 2 x course meal
  • A glass of wine
  • Complimentary use of the health club facilities
  • Robe and slippers

USP for Woodland is the 7 step “Thermal Experience” which involves a series of steam, sauna, pool and shower rooms.

As we signed in at reception we were behind a huge group of ladies on a Hen Party so we we were a little apprehensive about how busy the spa was going to be. When we got into the main Thermal Experience room it was busy but due to the volume of the experience rooms on offer we didn’t have to wait or have any crowded unpleasantness. The mud was a fun group treatment, the lunch was excellent and I want to go back just for the serenity pool, absolute bliss. 

Peckforton Castle – August 2017


This was a wedding anniversary visit to Peckforton for Fiona as she got married there in 2016.

For £15pp hotel guests can have access to –

  • A relaxation room
  • Two hot tubs
  • A sauna
  • Caribbean experience shower

It’s a lovely space but if it hadn’t have been an anniversary treat I probably wouldn’t have bothered as it’s not really worth the £15 entrance fee. If you’re on a budget there are better spas nearby with a wider range of facilities that I would suggest trying instead. However, if it’s a special occasion then it’s worth the extra cost for a glass of bubbly in the bubbles. 

Titanic Spa – November 2017


Spa me like one of your French girls… The Titanic spa had an evening offer (£35pp) which was too good to pass up.

  • Heat & Ice experience
  • Canapes & a glass of bubbly on arrival
  • Complimentary use of the health club facilities
  • Robe and slippers

The Heat and Ice experience along with the exquisite setting gives Titanic it’s USP.

We visited on a Sunday evening, used the main pool and steam/sauna facilities before heading into the Heat & Ice experience which had all to ourselves which was quite the treat! We then headed outside to the hot tub, which runs for 15/20 minutes and shuts off, which is a little inconvenient in the colder months as you need to get out to switch it back on again. In all Titanic is a beautiful spa and I definitely want to go back for a treatment.


Here’s to 2018 – cheers!