The Good’s Got Better
With a new rooftop pool, there’s even more reason to check into Ragdale Hall Spa than ever
Review by Lauren Naylor
The knock at the door at 7.30am wasn’t too unwelcome, especially when it transpired to be the knock of pre ordered breakfast in bed. The relaxed pace of Ragdale Hall in Melton Mowbray wholly encourages you fill your face from the comfort of your squishy white duvet covers, while nestled in your complimenting fluffy white robe. But before you get too excited, the breakfast is rather virtuous, so delicious porridge and fresh grapefruit and the like are offered- remember this is a Hydro Health Spa, so a fry-up probably won’t be top of the menu!
Ragdale Hall has become a yearly trek of mine – I say trek, because it’s over 100 miles each way from my humble abode. The Overnight Reviver Stay at £222pp, makes a great touch to rest weary heads, and literally resets and recharges you. It’s all set over a blissful 28 hours and even includes one 50-minute Decleor/Elemis face and body treatment.
The purpose of our visit this year was because of the much anticipated new Austrian designed rooftop pool – and let’s be honest, Austrians do it best when it comes to hot tubs and great views. If only they had the snow while we were there, but I’m not complaining as we actually encountered sunshine. As soon as we entered the spa area we were greeted with the new exercise pool with its colour changing mood lighting, designed by the team behind the light show at the Rio Olympics. Obviously exercise classes here are optional, but I must say I was tempted to perch my derrière on one of the underwater exercise bikes!
Adjacent to the exercise pool area is a bright and airy stairwell leading up to the new infinity pool, which boasts an eye catching lighting installation called ‘Leaf’ by Luum in London with a 7-Metre drop of beautiful cascading aluminium discs.
There’s a swish new glass-fronted Rooftop Lounge, which offers views of the pool and the countryside beyond through the 2.5 metre high windows, with complimentary towels to the right and shelves to place the ubiquitous blue Ragdale flip-flops. But perched just above the crenelated walls of the Manor House, the steamy hot 12-metre pool sits comfortably like it’s been there forever not looking displaced from the rest of the house.
With reclining underwater massage jet seating and views of the rolling Leicestershire hills on the horizon, my favourite spot was leaning over the infinity pool edge and losing myself in the vast countryside. So much so, I almost missed my buffet lunch! Even more dreamy is when the sun goes down at night, and the water is magically lit by coloured underwater lighting.
One of the main things for me that make Ragdale Hall stand out, is the thermal spa, which is like an adult playground, my favourite part is the indoor/outdoor waterfall pool. I’ve spent many an hour putting the world to rights under the blanket of stars and catching my steamy breath in the cold night air, while my body is enveloped in the warmth of the water.
The addition of the rooftop pool (which launched early Jan) has just cemented the spa as one of the finest in the UK.
The food at Ragdale has always been excellent, with the stand-out Sunday roast featuring a creamy broccoli cheese, a particular favourite of mine (must remember to make that at home). While the customer service as a whole is second to none, with Penny, head of services just completing her 25 years’ service – which speaks volumes in itself. Her warm welcome sets the tone for your spa journey, and it only gets better.
Enquiries: Ragdale Hall Health Hyrdo & Thermal Spa, Ragdale Village, Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 3PB / 01664 433000 / www.ragdalehall.co.uk