Spa review: Turkish Baths and Health Spa, Harrogate

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The relaxation room, Harrogate

WHERE: Turkish Baths and Health Spa, Harrogate

A Victorian spa in the centre of Harrogate, with stunning original features and an abundance of character


BEST BRIDE-TO-BE TREATMENT: The Tranquility Face and Body Package, £89.50, is one and a half hours of pure bliss. A treatment to rest mind, body and soul, you’re covered with [comfort zone]’s Tranquility body oil – a unique blend of rosewood, vanilla, rose, cedar, palmarosa and orange – before being wrapped in a plastic sheet to let the oils do their work (it’s more enjoyable than it sounds!). While your skin gets a good soaking you’re given a facial before being treated to a full body massage. As tempting as it was to let myself fall asleep, I kept myself awake to enjoy the full luxury of it all. Afterwards I felt, well, relaxed doesn’t even cover it, and my skin felt beautifully smooth and soft. It’s the perfect treatment for too-stressed-to-do-anything brides to soothe away wedmin stresses and have irresistible skin for the big day.

TREATMENTS FOR HIM: Among waxing, manicure and pedicure options for him, the Fit for a King treatment begins with an energising back polish and deeply warming, stress-busting back massage, followed by a Men’s Prescriptive facial, so he can feel preened and pampered for his photo close ups too.

BEST AMENITY: The Turkish Baths ritual of heating, cooling and cleansing in the various hot rooms is an amazing experience. The original features and quiet atmosphere (everyone politely whispers here) make you feel a deep sense of relaxation with a clear mind. And I’ve never felt so clean! With a steam room and collection of hot rooms (all varying in high temperatures and less intense than a sauna) the experience helps melt away tension in the muscles and opens pores helping to eliminate toxins – a detox if you will. Between each hot room, you use showers – hot and cold – to wash away any impurities and prepare your skin for the next experience. Then brace yourself for the plunge pool! You immerse your body in this cold (it really is cold) invigorating pool between each hot room and the change in temperature on the body improves circulation and provides a toning effect. Happy days!

MUST DOS WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Order lunch in the fountain room. It’s the perfect way to continue your relaxation with a spot of salad next to your very own Jacuzzi.

WHO GOES: We noted lots of loved-up couples along with girly days out for some indulgent pampering.

WHAT’S INCLUDED: The Tranquility Face and Body Package includes the Turkish Baths experience and use of the Fountain Spa Room, with an additional £5.95 for lunch; however there are several packages available.

LOCATION: Right in the centre of Harrogate – Harrogate Turkish Baths & Health Spa, Parliament Street, Harrogate, HG1 2WH. It’s a five-minute walk from the train station (very handy!), so great to combine with a bit of shopping, or a spot of afternoon tea at the famous Bettys Tearooms.

PHONE: 01423 55 67 46


WEBSITE: turkishbathsharrogate.co.uk