Whitewater Hotel Spa Day
As our holiday in the Lake District was proving to a bit of a wet one, we booked a spa day at the Whitewater Hotel and Leisure Club in Lakeland Village, Newby Bridge. I had researched this online and it looked like the perfect venue to have a relaxing day of pampering.
On arrival at the hotel, we were impressed by the building its self, both remarking that if we were staying at this hotel, we would both be quite happy. The build is gorgeous and dates back many years. It was formally a Dolly Blue factory. Dolly blue is the name given to a household product that improved the colour, particularly used on whites. It was also a cotton mill. More recently, the hotel was sadly a victim of serious flooding, where much of it was underwater. I can’t comment on the rooms as we didn’t stay there, but the hotel’s leisure and spa facilities were lovely.
On arrival, we were shown around the facilities and given our towel, I couldn’t wait. There was an outdoor hot tub with amazing views over the river Kent and the surrounding hills. In addition to this, there was a sauna, hamam, a feature shower, a large swimming pool and a fully equipped gym. There were also a number of treatment rooms and a lounge, offering self-service herbal teas and water.
We spent a lot of our time in the outdoor hot tub. This is covered, which was ideal given the weather we had experienced during the beginning part of our holiday, but luckily the day we visited was actually a very pleasant day, weather-wise.
We also visited the hamam and the sauna a couple of times during our visit. I also used the feature shower, but rather stupidly pressed the button labelled ice mist, which sprayed me with very cold water. Not that much of a pleasant experience and so I didn’t do that again.
We had booked treatments for half way through the day, so we showered and changed. I had booked a moisturising facial for me and a hot stone massage for my other half. I can safely say we both found this blissful. I’ve never seen my other half look so relaxed (and he’s pretty chilled out most of the time).
The facial consisted of a series of very relaxing, cleansing, toning and moisturising movements on the face, using a variety of oils and cream. A mask was applied and I was given a shoulder and neck massage whilst this was on. Heavenly.
After the treatments, we spend some more time enjoying the facilities before showering and changing and heading down to afternoon tea.
We had the choice of having our tea served in the hospitality room for spa guests or in the bar area. We chose the bar area and this was a great choice. The table was set up right next door to the window, overlooking the rapids of the river. It was a lovely view.
The tea its self was delicious, an individual pot of tea each plus a tier of cakes, sandwiches and scones. The scones were fresh and fluffy, there were 3 miniature cakes, all that were delicious and the sandwiches were clearly freshly handmade. I was really impressed by the quality of the afternoon tea.
We took our time over the tea, enjoying the views and our uber-relaxed state of mind. We both left the hotel feeling relaxed and refreshed. Would we recommend the facilities, that’s a big yes, it was probably the best spa day I had ever had.
We paid £148 for the day, which included full access to all the spa and leisure club facilities, afternoon tea for two, a full body hot stones massage and a modern skin Elemis facial. For more information, please visit the Whitewater Hotel website.
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