You may remember that at the beginning of this month, it was my fifth wedding anniversary. Myself and my husband decided that we should treat ourselves to a truely relaxing day and with a lot of research we decided to have a Couples Retreat Spa Day at Rockliffe Hall. Before I say anything more I’ll just clarify that we paid the full price for this day and no freebies were received
Rockliffe Hall is a 5 Star Hotel and Spa situated just outside of Darlington in the North East. It’s very handily about a 45 minute drive away from us in Durham which worked out really well as we had time to drop MissB and MasterB off at nursery at 8am before arriving for our day at 9am. We then had a whole day at the spa before returning home to pick up the children at 5pm
Our day started with a nice relaxing swim in the beautiful swimming pool and the thermal bathing suite. The hydro-pool is huge and so relaxing, combining this with a tepidarium, caldarium, roman and heat saunas, tropicarium and ice fountain and I really felt like I was unwinding little by little. If I’d have been feeling the slightest bit active we, could have used the gym but this day was about relaxation and spending some rare time with my husband so any thoughts of exercise were forgotten.
At 11:30am we then went for a Rasul Mud ritual. This ritual lasts 45 minutes, on entering the mud ritual room, you are shown what to do and then left to it. The ritual starts with a sea salt scrub which you use before rinsing it off in the shower, you then enter the steam room where there is a bowl of mud (it doesn’t look like a lot of mud but believe me it goes a long long way!). You massage the mud all over each other and then relax and let the steam and mud do all the work. After what is probably about 15 minutes, a gentle “rain” starts falling which washes all the mud off. I absolutely loved this treatment and my skin felt fantastic afterwards. We just had time to get changed before heading up to the Brasserie for some lunch.
The Brasserie by Atkinson is situated just above the Spa, we could have eaten in our robes but I personally find it a little odd eating posh food in a dressing robe and much prefer to be dressed I had a marinated beetroot salad with goats cheese, pickering watercress and toasted walnuts to start, followed by a risotto of fresh peas, mint and parmesan cheese with slow roasted cherry tomatoes and pea shoots. The food was absolutely delicious and just what we needed after a hard mornings relaxation
After lunch we headed down to the relaxation room to relax on the sound wave therapy beds for an hour before our massages. Unfortunately the couples treatment was unavailable and so we had to have our massages separately. My massage was absolute bliss, I confess I may have fallen asleep for a few minutes but when you’re a mum of two toddlers it’s hardly surprising that the minute you get a chance to relax, you fall asleep I seriously don’t get enough massages in my life!
We had time to enjoy another hour down in the pool and thermal suite before having to return back to normality and go pick up the children from nursery. I’m not quite sure how we are going to better our wedding anniversary next year as this will take some beating
The Couples Retreat Spa Day is a full day experience and includes :
• Arrival welcome drink
• Rasul Mud ritual for two
• 45 minute Warm Oil Massage each (which may be taken in the couples treatment room)
• Glass of wine or delicious smoothie of the day each
• Two course lunch in the Brasserie by Atkinson
• Full access to all spa facilities
The spa days costs £250. We actually used our Tesco Clubcard Reward Vouchers to buy Wahanda vouchers which can be redeemed at Rockliffe Hall Spa, therefore it cost us about £130 in Clubcard vouchers which we had been saving for a special treat