I remember when I was expecting my first mini mumbler.. and even more strongly with the second, that just a little ‘me time’ went such a long way. I needed to relax my body and remember searching google for people and places that did brilliant pregnancy massages. It’s why I now have an area for ‘treatments and spas‘ on this website, most of the listings have come from recommendations from the York Mumbler facebook group.
So when I was invited to review the new Wellness Spa at the Alpamare Water Park Scarborough, of course I jumped at the chance. It sounded so luxurious from the information they sent me… all the very latest (and traditional) spa experiences and treatments.
On arrival, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the wrong place for a relaxing spa experience, as the entrance and the changing area is shared with the family water park, but I was warmly greeted at reception and given clear directions to the spa. A quick change into the cosy towelling robe and with fluffy white towel in hand, entry to the spa was like entering another world. (It’s worth noting that slippers or flip flops are not provided so I’d suggest taking your own)
Wellness Ritual Maps for ‘Detox’ ‘Hammam Relax’ or ‘Sauna Vitality’ experiences
Muted colours, zen like calm and a chatty and friendly guided tour of the facilities were all on offer. There are also, very helpfully ,’ maps ‘ of all the Wellness Rituals and a suggestion of the best route to maximise the benefits. I loved this clear guide as I often find myself unsure of what to do next in spas (I know… first world problems right… decisions, decisions!)
The “ wet “ Hamam zone was gorgeous with a huge heated centre stone bed for relaxing. The rooms included a Herbal steam bath, a soap steam bath and and immaculate powerful showers with exfoliating mitten …..Bliss ! There was also an optional extra Rhassoul Bath (full mud body treatment) for just £8 each. We ran out of time on the day so didn’t try this one but having done one before I’d certainly recommend it.
The Hay Bath
Moving on to the “ dry “ Sauna zone , I discovered the large clay room sauna ( the clay walls absorb the moisture from the sauna making it a dryer than usual experience ) , a relaxing foot spa, and, my personal favourite, the Hay Bath which is a relaxation room designed in a rustic Alpine style which features baskets filled with hay from the Austrian Alps (emitting a fabulous aroma of freshly cut grass) and ergonomically designed hanging beds – so relaxed at this stage, I even managed a few minutes meditation. Like a mini holiday!
Terrace & Panoramic Sauna where the ‘Aufguss Ceremony’ takes place
At 11.30 we were treated to a 20 minute session of a unique Aufguss Ceremony (Aufguss meaning “infusion” in German ) which involved sitting in a very hot Panoramic sauna with magnificent views over the sea whilst 3 different essential oil infused ice balls were melted on the coals and wafted, with a towel, around us. There was lovely relaxing music playing… a real thrill for the senses (if you can stand the heat… although you are welcome to leave at any point if it gets too much of course!) After the ceremony you head out to the shower tunnel where you get hot then cold showers in a trail which leaves you feeling totally refreshed.
In addition to the indoor spa, There is also an outside patio area and an iodine infinity pool heated to a comfortable 65 degrees. Unfortunately the day we visited was cold and wet so it wasn’t the best day to experience an outdoor pool so my trial was a short one. I imagine that on a beautiful summers day, this may prove to be one of the most popular spots.
Elemis Spa Treatments and lovely luxurious touches
At the central reception area, fruit infused water is readily available together with light snacks and menus for those who need more substantial refuelling!
For the final luxury, I sampled a 15 minute shoulder and neck massage which was a fantastic treatment… I would be sure to book a full one of these on my next visit. They also do facials and other treatments with the Elemis range , a truly refreshing and luxurious experience.
In summary, the Wellness Centre offers some unique treatments in a relaxing and sensuous environment and, at the end of my treatments I felt clean, refreshed and relaxed. The staff were knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. The spa itself was second to none, with exceptionally clean and unique facilities. If you want a total escape from children then it’s worth knowing that on the entry and exit to the spa you won’t get this here.. it’s very much connected to the Alpamare water park in terms of the changing facilities and in one of the larger relaxation rooms which looks over the water park itself. But this connection to the water park could also prove to be a benefit if you want to combine a family day out. Both parents are able to change the kids then one supervises in the park while the other escapes to a bit of luxury in the spa before you meet up to get changed together at the end.
Whatever you decide, the Wellness Spa is certainly fantastic value at £39 per day on weekdays and £44 at the weekends and overall was a fabulous experience and would be perfect for a group of mum (or dad) mates to have fun at a great value price. I’ll certainly go back.