Stretching out onto the curved tiled seating, letting the aromatic steam work its way into my pores I took a deep breath.. and relaxed. This is what Titanic Spa is all about.
It was hard to believe you are on the ground floor of a once frenzied textile mill, just 10 minutes from Huddersfield, rather than in a Roman baths somewhere far more exotic.
Think Titanic and you think BIG. That vast liner, constructed in 1911, was an incredible piece of engineering; beautifully appointed in the latest styles with the most luxurious of furnishings and no expense spared.
So it is little wonder that this spa, housed in a monumental mill, built in 1911, fitted out with the latest and most luxurious furnishings and equipment took the same name.
Driving along narrow country lanes you come upon the vast mill in the dip of a valley between two steep-sided hills .
The mill is in Linthwaite and, like many others, grew silent with the demise of the textile industry but found a new life as apartments.
In 2004 when work began on 130 apartments and a day spa, which opened in 2006. A year later, its owners bought 32 of the flats above and began to offer overnight accommodation. The one and two bedroom apartments can sleep up to eight guests (using sofa beds).
I stayed with a guest for one night - determined to experience as much as I could of what Titanic Spa had to offer. A spa novice, I had few expectations, except that I wanted to relax and unwind.
That began immediately. It’s tranquil there, with the river burbling alongside, warm colours and subdued lighting make an instantly relaxing ambience.
Water is plentiful at this Eco spa. It has its own water source which provides the gallons needed for the famous Titanic Spa Heat and Ice Experience. This is the Roman-baths style area through which you work your way, in a beautiful tiled circle, through rooms of dry heat and steam, aromatherapy, heat infusion rooms and a crystal steam bath. In between you can cool off in the ice room, plunge pool and experience showers.
Treatments, for men and women, include massages, facials, target massages, nail and beauty sessions and can be part of a package or booked separately.
The spa attracts a wide age range and mix - couples, singles and groups of friends - spending a day, an evening or overnight there.
Everything was beautifully co-ordinated for us from the moment we walked in. Our bags were taken to our room whilst we were given a snuggly robe and slippers, a quick tour and we were left to enjoy the spa’s facilities and treatments at our leisure.
After a workout in the small but well equipped and well-staffed gym I was ready for a dip in the infinity pool.
It’s a salt-regulated pool, warm and luxurious and perfect for practising lazy strokes. Afterwards you can relax on a poolside lounger or, if it’s warm enough, go out onto the adjoining terrace overlooking the river.
For our lingering lunch there was a choice of seasonal salads full of fresh local ingredients, a bowl of delicious pasta and other locally sourced seasonal delights. Spoilt for choice I eventually opted for beautiful light fishcakes on a crisp salad of mixed leaves and herbs and a detoxing drink. Others around our table shared wine or berry Belinis but I already felt light-headed with having nothing to do but enjoy myself.
The only timetable we had was for meals and treatments, everything else we could do as and when we wanted.
After lunch I tried the famous heat and ice experience.
And having been through various degrees of heat and cold, wet and dry, decided the Romanesque aromatic steam room was my spiritual home.
Next I was booked for a deep-muscle massage to sort out the knots in my desk-bent shoulders with divine-smelling oils, whilst my friend enjoyed a facial. Afterwards I entered the relaxation room to wrap myself in that fluffy robe and sink into a pit of beanbags.
An overnight costs from £119 for Friday to Saturday, which includes lunch and a two-course dinner, use of all the spa’s facilities - gym, pool, Heat and Ice experience, fully serviced apartment with fitted kitchen, living room, TV and DVD player. The beds were supremely comfy and there was a fabulous view from the balcony - the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink (there was already ice in the freezer for our G and Ts). A continental breakfast is provided in the apartment. Treatments are various prices (my Neom luxurious full body massage was £70 for 55 minutes). My tips would be take a couple of cossies and a bottle to stick in the fridge for pre-dinner drinks.
If you want to give a gift that keeps on giving or just to treat yourself try the festive Time to Sparkle Package which includes overnight accommodation, full use of the facilities of the Leisure club, pool and Heat &Ice experience, continental breakfast, lunch, two-course evening meal and choice of one treatment from the Taster Facial/Body Polish or a Target Massage.
Santa, are you listening?