I’ve seen a press release from a hotel in Harrogate that’s left me open mouthed (not in a fish gulping air way, I’d like to think it was more of a cool high-five, double wow reaction.) I’ve been to Harrogate once, on a fleeting day visit, and always wanted to go back, so it’s not hard to temp me. But frankly if Rudding Park was on an industerial estate at the grotty end of Ballybackofbeyond I’d still be interested. As it is, it’s about 12 minutes drive from the centre of one of England’s most beautiful towns.
So, what’s the wow factor? Last month the hotel opened the UK’s first roof top spa garden costing £9.5 million.
natural water drawn from the surrounding park
one of the finest mature rhododendron and azalea collections in the north of England.
Acces to a Hydrotherapy indoor Infinity Pool overlooking the landscaped gardens.
There’s a lot of other facilities on hand such as a juniper log sauna, herbal bath steam room, mud treatments etc etc
I see from the Rudding Park website that you can book a one day rooftop experience (from £77) and morning, afternoon and evening sessions (from £46)
By the way, anyone staying in one of the hotel’s 90 bedrooms can enjoy two restaurants, two golf courses and a private cinema. It also has a shed load of awards including Only UK Hotel in TripAdvisor 2017 Hall of Fame for Hotels and Best Hotel Rooms in UK, Trivago 2017
One thought did strike me though: spending so much on an open-to-Yorkshire-air spa must mean the owners have more belief in climate change than President Trump, but then that’s not saying much….