With Titanic Spa celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, we paid a visit to the UK’s first eco spa to see what they could offer
After a three-hour drive from London we arrived in Huddersfield and eagerly followed the signs to Titanic Spa. As one of the country’s leading luxury spas, Titanic’s surprisingly low-key setting – a large old stone building with steel balconies – initially made us question if we were in the right place.
But what Titanic Spa lacked on the outside it made up for inside, with a large, comfy reception area with shops and friendly staff who checked us in and gave us a quick tour to prepare us for our day ahead in the spa.
We learnt that the building was originally an old textile mill, built in 1911. In 2004, work started on the Grade II-listed building to convert it into 130 residential apartments and a large day spa using sustainable energy measures.
When Titanic Spa officially opened its doors in 2006 it set new standards with renewable energy generation through solar photovoltaic roof panels, which convert light directly into electricity. The windows virtually eliminate draughts, and the thermal mass means it doesn’t overheat in summer and retains a conformable temperature during the winter.
Today Titanic Spa is an award-winning spa having recently added Best Luxury Eco Spa and Best Luxury Destination Spa at this year’s World Luxury Spa Awards to their growing collection of gongs.
The spa is designed to appeal to both men and women offering a calm environment away from the stresses of everyday life. It is a WiFi-free zone, so you can truly relax and switch off while enjoying the facilities.
We took full advantage of the heat experience, which includes an aromatherapy room, sauna, crystal bath room, herbal fusion and cold plunge pool and an ice room to cool off.
There is also a range of treatments from body wraps, massages and facials to help revitalise or relax body and mind. Our Frangipani body wrap took an hour and included a neck, shoulder and scalp massage that was so relaxing we think we may have nodded off.
If you’re after a more strenuous workout there is a gym and a 15m salt-regulated swimming pool.
If you’re itching to check those emails or looking to grab a bite to eat, the Bistro serves both lunch and dinner, with fresh seasonal menu and, where possible, organic and fair-trade ingredients.
From 4pm you can enjoy a drink in Bar 1911. Named after the year the building was built, they use ingredients fresh from the garden to produce refreshing delicious botanical cocktails.
Titanic Spa may not have been what we expected from the outside, but after a day of relaxation, pampering and indulgence, we can confirm that they certainly exceed expectation on the inside.