Last Friday I did something a little different to usual – I went to a swanky birthday party for a Spa! The Titanic Spa in Huddersfield has been open for ten years, and celebrated with afternoon tea and cocktails in its new bar, 1911.
Despite being only 10 minutes away from where I live, I hadn’t been to Titanic before, because since we moved here most spare money has gone straight on the house renovations. Having experienced just how amazing it is though, I might start having to have remedial massages after overdoing the DIY!
I was really excited to be invited to the event, because apart from an evening at HomeSense, it was my first real blogger party. I was also really nervous – I didn’t know anyone going and I had no idea what it would be like. I really need not have worried – everyone was really friendly and we had a great time. I love how other bloggers just ‘get’ you straight off, or at least, your need to arrange the table and take four different shots of your drink at different angles!
As soon as we arrived, we were given a tour of the building and the spa facilities. It is situated in an old textiles mill, a really beautiful building in a pretty valley with a river flowing alongside it. The outdoor terrace looks down over the river, and you can sit in the hot tub outside listening to the river splashing away alongside you. It was a pretty chilly day on Friday but I can see myself sitting in that hot tub with a glass of champagne one day! Maybe my hen party perhaps?
Inside we saw the pool, the gym (which overlooks the pool from behind a glass wall), the relaxation room (a huge dark room with lots of low cushions and beanbags and quiet relaxing music – exactly the kind of place to go and recover from a vigorous massage), and the treatment rooms, as well as the heat and ice area, which contained saunas, hot tubs, ice fountains, mud rooms and all manner of other experiences to raise and lower the body temperature. From previous experience I know it feels pretty brutal at the time but amazing afterwards and it’s really good for you.
We were also shown the accommodation suites upstairs – one and two bedroom apartments for those staying on spa breaks. They were beautifully furnished and decorated, with a walk in wardrobe in one room, and lovely views over the valley.
After the tour we were given the option to make use of any of the facilities we liked, but we were also offered some amazing looking champagne cocktails with rosemary, so I postponed my spa-ing for a cocktail and a chat with some of the other bloggers, and some yummy afternoon tea.
The decor in the new bar is absolutely spot on – lots of gold and copper and industrial touches, but it all feels very classic too.
Even the bathrooms are pretty special – I am in love with this wallpaper.
We were entertained by a singer who did absolutely amazing covers of quite a lot of songs I love, and got to do a little bit of celebrity spotting (whilst desperately trying not to be too obvious, because it was a really small event, only about 30 of us!).
I had a nice chat with Lauren Simon, who appears on the Real Housewives of Cheshire, and even though I caught her just after she had a facial, she didn’t mind me asking for a photo.
I also met three very friendly people who someone told me were Emmerdale actors. I don’t watch it, so I had no clue, but my Mum is a huge fan, so I knew I had to ask them for a photo, whilst confessing I didn’t know who they were! Really quite embarrassing but it was very easy to talk with them because I hadn’t seen them on TV – if I had I might have been a bit more tongue-tied. My Mum was suitably impressed by the photo (“Ross even has his arm around you!”) so mission accomplished.
I finished off the afternoon with the most fantastic head, neck and shoulder massage in one of the very relaxing treatment rooms. It was probably the best massage I’ve had, with the exception of possibly one in a Moroccan hammam from an 80 year old woman, which was unbelievably vigorous though very uncomfortable because I was naked and being pummelled into the floor tiles! This massage was the total opposite – it got to all the knots but left me feeling as though I was floating.
In fact, with the champagne cocktails, the massage, and the fun afternoon of laughter and chatter, the entire event felt rather dreamlike. I went home feeling a bit like I’d been on holiday! And it didn’t end there – we had the most incredible goodie bag to take home with us, filled with products from Elemis, Decleor and Comfort Zone, as well as a Neom candle and a CND Vinylux nail varnish, all in a Titanic Spa tote bag.
I’ve since been motivated to re-create the spa feel at home, and I’ve even contributed a post to Roost Blog on how to make your own wooden bath shelf. It is my first post as a contributor to Roost, and I am so excited to join their team. I will be sharing an upcycling project each month over there, so be sure to head over and check it out. Here’s a sneak peak of my new bath shelf, showing a couple of the products from my goodie bag: