Muddy visits Ragdale Hall
Every now and then an email pops into your inbox which literally makes your day. In my case it was an email from award-winning Ragdale Hall Spa inviting me to check in, and check out their new Divine Day Spa Package.
I wasted no time booking myself in for some quality rest and relaxation, skipping out the door excited at the prospect of a few hours away from the mudlets and leaving Mr Muddy to fend for himself.
Located in Melton Mowbray Leicestershire, Ragdale Hall is housed in an eye-catching red brick building.
I visited during the week and there was still a steady flow of (mainly) women checking in to use the spa. Once I was sorted, I was taken to the cafe area and given a smoothie shot made from kale, spinach, grape, cucumber, orange, banana and kiwi and a few other ingredients I didn’t quite catch. A member of the team then came to give me info about my treatment time before I made my way to the spa.
Ragdale has a number of changing rooms and each customer is booked into a specific one – super organised or what!? I was booked into the one near the main pool – was it the one with green or blue locker bands? I can’t remember because as soon as I put on my swimming cossie and white waffle dressing gown, I completely switched off and got into my zen zone.
The Rooftop Infinity Pool
This brand spanking new addition opened last December and in comparison to the Thermae Spa in Bath it’s much smaller and snug, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in luxury, plus the addition of the relaxing lounge room – which comes with cocoon and hanging chairs – adds to the overall appeal. What really caught my attention was the way it looks – like it’s always been part of the building but I am guessing designing and getting it here was no mean feat! It’s fab – bright and really modern and the views across the gorgeous greenery of Leicestershire are seriously impressive – something you wouldn’t find in a city spa.
The stainless steel pool features reclining underwater massage jet seats, coloured underwater lighting, an infinity edge, and is heated to 35 degrees. Sheer bliss! All I needed to make the entire experience complete was a glass of Prosecco, but alas, no such luck.
Downstairs is the exercise pool which apparently has new colour changing mood lighting and has been designed by the same people who did the Rio Olympics opening ceremony. When I visited, the pool was shut so the classes has been moved to the main pool (yes they have six pool but whose counting?). I took part in a water aerobics class and while I may have been the youngest person in the class, I really enjoyed it despite wobbling around underwater.
Ragdale call their Thermal Spa an indoor playground for adults and well…I have to agree. It features 12 luxurious and unique heat and water experiences! Ooh, so where to start?
Like most people I just followed the path and went from room to room, experience to experience. The Candle Pool is a mosaic cavern lit by a flicker of candles and a star-lit ceiling. Walking down I felt like I was heading into someone’s basement and it was a little unnerving to begin with but once your eyes focus, you realise it’s not actually as dark as you think. The water here is heated to a constant 34ºc, so it felt great and I also managed to grab an empty mosaic ‘bed’.
I spent quite some time in the Indoor/Outdoor Waterfall Pool hogging one of the massage jets and plonked myself under a waterfall because the pressure of the water helped to release some of the tension in my shoulders and neck.
You can also experience the Colourflow Cave – a river of colour flows to a central crystal mountain to provide a hedonistic detox, the Volcanic Salt Bath – a humid experience combined with a eucalyptus spritz to help improve breathing. The Scented Rooms are filled with fresh aromatic herbs to help invigorate senses and relax the muscles and body.
If you thought the spa was impressive, just wait till you visit the treatment area. Ragdale Hall Spa has 50 treatment rooms as well as manicure and pedicure stations, a beauty express area and hair dressing salon. They offer around 180-200 treatments which are constantly being added to or updated.
The treatment rooms are situated away from the main spa on the other end of the building down what feels like a labyrinth of corridors. Waiting in the treatment room was like being in a posh surgery room with immaculately dressed beauticians constantly flitting in and out of the treatment rooms.
I’d been booked into try a scalp tension release massage which was part of the new Divine Day Package. As I’d already spent a few hours relaxing in the spa, I was totally chilled and felt myself completely melt into the treatment bed during the 25 minutes. It was just what I needed to top off my spa morning.
Your visit to Ragdale Hall always includes a healthy three course buffet lunch (excluding Twilight Taster and Evening Spa Experience). When I visited there was a selection of hot dish, salads, main courses and mini desserts each one as delicious looking as the next.
Booking into a spa day here means you have full use of the facilities detailed above and the sanarium, the air-conditioned gym and you can take part in one of many exercise and relaxation classes. You also have unlimited use of mountain bikes, tennis courts, croquet, pitch and putt and boules area. Phew and if after all this, you can’t face leaving, book to stay at the spa hotel and make a night of it by enjoying an evening meal and breakfast in the morning too.
The Divine Say Spa Package costs £209 (£231 at weekends) and includes a pure radiance facial, a classic manicure and either a back massage or a lavender and tea tree exfoliation or a tension release scalp therapy.