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Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,
LE14 3PB

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Destination Spa

Has a pool

Has thermal facilities

49 treatment rooms

The original and still the best dedicated spa retreat, Ragdale Hall is a large, comfortable country house set in attractive gardens and grounds. Ragdale is the John Lewis of spas: good quality, well priced and delivered by people who really know their stuff. You’ll find unfaltering customer service, an extensive range of top-quality treatments, and a fine array of facilities and classes. You can feel at liberty to be as healthy or as pampered as you like, and with varying prices for rooms, Ragdale can acommodate most budgets.​

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0 0 people say this spa is family friendly.
10 people say this spa is a social spa.
9 people say this spa is health focused.
7 people say this spa is solo friendly.
2 people say this spa is romantic.

  • Elemis
  • Decléor
  • Spa Find
  • Clarins
  • OPI
  • Lava Shells
  • Lots of beautiful spaces to relax in including The Retreat and The Pavilion
  • Candle pool
  • Indoor/outdoor waterfall pool
  • Thought Zone
  • Colourflow cave
  • Volcanic salt bath
  • Scented room
  • Rose sauna
  • Cave shower
  • Experience showers
  • 25m swimming pool with raised whirlpool spa, water cascade and massage jets
  • Steam room
  • Sanarium
  • Exercise pool with water exercise sessions, underwater gym equipment and whirlpool spa
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Tennis courts
  • Mind gym
  • Beauty shop, boutique and gift shop
  • The Beauty Express (a salon-type space offering quick-fix glamour treatments)

Our Spa Spy Review

Reviewed by: Sybaritic Spy

In March 2015

First impressions?

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is housed in a large country retreat topped with crenulations that make it look rather like a small castle set in lush green surroundings in Leicestershire.

Arrival sets the standard for the stay; your car is whisked away to be parked, and you are taken straight to the Garden Room café and offered a drink while you check in. Once the paperwork is done you go to your room, pop on a robe and just relax! 

What's on offer?

Ragdale is large spa that offers an amazing range of treatments, classes and experiences. The main pool is 25-metres, perfect if you want to tackle a few lengths. It also has a Jacuzzi area and a shallow side with swan pipes to massage your back and neck. There is a separate exercise pool with aqua-gym equipment and a daily programme of water-exercise sessions.

At the end of the pool is a steam room and Sanarium. This is cooler than a sauna so you can stay in for longer, and has changing lights and the tweeting of bird song.

In the Thermal Spa there is a host of experience rooms. My favourite is the Candle Pool; you enter through a door and down some steps into the water. The cave style pool is lit by ‘candles’ and has gentle relaxing music. The pool is usually heated to 34 degrees, though on this visit it felt a fair bit cooler. The Waterfall Pool links the inside and outside; even with snow showers falling (it was a chilly March day) people were enjoying the warm water and a chance to swim outside. The Thought Zone has heated curved seats where you can lay back and watch calming images on the ceiling while listening to gentle music. The Volcanic Salt Bath is invigorating, the humid Colourflow Cave has exotic scents and the Rose Sauna will warm you through to your bones. If you get too hot, head for the Cave Shower which offers a tropical storm, complete with thunder and lightning.

There are daily classes in the gym and the two studios. You can also use the bicycles, the tennis courts, croquet, pitch and putt, and the smaller outdoor pool during the warmer months.

There are several lounges and plenty of seating so you can just sit and drift away. Take a book or two, or if you fancy a nap The Retreat has a real bed as well as comfy chairs.

The bright and airy Pavilion Room has turquoise and apple-green velvet furniture and is glass sided so you can soak up the sunshine. The traditional lounge at the front of the building is wood panelled and has an open fire. 

Tell us about the treatments

We had the Ragdale Intensive Hand and Foot Treatment (55 minutes, £54) and the Golden Indulgence (150 minutes, £153).

Unlike other hand and foot treatments, the Ragdale Intensive takes place on a treatment bed and includes a scalp massage. Katie, my therapist, exfoliated my feet, then slipped them into booties filled with hot wax. For a second or two I wanted to say ouch, but then the wax spread out around my toes and ankles and simply became warm.

The procedure was repeated with my hands and while the wax worked its wonders my scalp was massaged with coconut oil. The combination of warmth on my extremities and a relaxing massage made me almost drift off to sleep. Katie then unwrapped my hands and feet and removed the last pieces of warm wax. 

If our hands show our age, mine looked ten years younger! My ankles were less puffy and my poor neglected feet looked almost good enough for summer sandals.

The Golden Indulgence treatment matches its name; it’s very indulgent and I felt golden and glowing afterwards. It is an all-over treatment that involves an exfoliation, a wrap, a massage, a foot treatment and a scalp massage. Golden oil, golden crystals, champagne and grape extracts, and even caviar are used at various stages. Nicole, my therapist, has been at Ragdale Hall for 16 years and she told me she loves this treatment and I could soon see why. 

The treatment begins with a foot soak in warm water with golden crystals added. I then had a full body exfoliation using fine and silky caviar extracts, then a warm golden body mask was painted on my skin both front and back. This mixture included more champagne and caviar extracts which sit on the skin. I was wrapped up in warm towels while the body mask soaked in. Nicole massaged my face, working hard on my jawline and neck area with really deep-lifting massage movements. It’s amazing how therapists notice your weak spots when chatting to you, but tactfully never mention them! The facial element was finished with an anti-aging gold and plant collagen mask; it was cool and soothing.

Moving on, Nicole massaged my scalp and then asked me to take a shower to wash off the body mask. Because it includes honey, the mask was slightly sticky so Nicole gave me some flannel mitts to make the removal easier. Once I was completely dry I had a full body massage using hot stones and gold dry oil.

The end result was a golden glowing body and face, and a very relaxed, de-stressed mind. Everyone should have this treatment at least once! It’s a brilliant combination of relaxing and uplifting. My skin was still smooth and glowing several days later.

Food facts

Breakfast is served in your room -- a luxurious start to your day. You can choose from one of two set breakfasts or from a selection of cereals, muffins, fruit and hot foods. Muesli and fruit was perfect for me, while my husband opted for an Emmental and ham wrap served warm.

You’ll be allocated a time slot for lunch and dinner served in the main dining room. You can join the social table if you are spa-ing alone, it can be very interesting to chat to others and compare treatments. The menu is graded with different symbols to help you choose or avoid dairy/gluten/nuts or opt for lower-calorie meals.

Lunch is mostly a buffet with a choice of starters served at the table. The evening meal is all served at the table, and there is a good choice for each course. You can order soft drinks and wine with your meal. Coffee and tea is served after meals in the two cafes.

Most people eat lunch in their robes, but dress casually for dinner.

We loved / We didn't love

We loved

Being able to unwind knowing that everything is being taken care of. The Ragdale staff really do go out of their way to make sure guests have everything they need and are happy. There is a saying in business that ‘people are your most precious investment’, and it is the staff that make Ragdale a special place.

Having such a wide choice of treatments and product brands. You do have to make sure you get extra treatments booked in advance -- Ragdale will send you a reminder a couple of weeks before your visit. Any treatments available on the day are put up on a blackboard so you can make a last minute decision to try Hopi ear candles or reflexology.

The Beauty Express Room. A new section which offers short treatments like manicures and eyebrow treatments as well as hair treatments. Perfect for the day you go home or to get some expert advice. My eyebrow reshape and lesson in how to groom my brows was very effective.

Although you have to vacate your room at 11am, you are given a day locker and can use the facilities until 6pm which makes it a real bargain!

We didn’t love

The food is generally very good and well planned but the dining room is quite large and busy and there is some considerable coming and going as tables are re-laid in order to fit everyone in. 

Who do you think would like it?

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is great for groups of friends; it's a sociable place if you want it to be, but also good if you want to spa alone.

Anyone who appreciates great customer service; with a staff-to-customer ratio of 2:1, you really are looked after.

Ragdale is the perfect spa for anyone who has never been to a spa.

Keen fitness fans will love the many classes and the large pool. 

Why did you give the spa this rating?

Once again, we awarded Ragdale Hall a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. At Ragdale, there is something for everyone and everything is done well. Ragdale is such a relaxed, welcoming, well-run spa-retreat; there is virtually nothing to fault.

Sybaritic Spy visited Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa in March 2015

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    Joy Townsend
    May 9, 2015 at 7:43 pm
    I have been visiting Ragdale Hall for over 20 years and now visit 4 times a year as a solo traveller. I have in the past visited with friends. However you choose to visit you will not be disappointed. The staff are what make Ragdale special. Each and every one care about the guests and the facilities are excellent. I would always recommend Ragdale Hall.

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    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Kate Pace
    March 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm
    The spa spy really struggled with" We didnt love"! Ragdale is amazing and never fails to deliver exceptional service. I am lucky enough to come with my daughter in December and with friends in April. Hopefully these trips will continue for years to come.

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    Jackie Wheelock
    March 27, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Solo Friendly

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    Kate Hooley
    March 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm
    I am Lucky enough to live only 30 minutes away from this amazing and truly perfect place. I have been visiting for 5 years now and usually visit 3 to 5 times a year. The rooms are exquisite, the food amazing, the treatments to die for and the service impeccable. I have visited both as a day guest and a number of residential stays, and always the service from the young boys and girls in the dining room, to the cleaners to the established staff in all areas are truly dedicated to your needs in every way. Well done RagDale!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Val Aldridge
    March 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm
    Golden indulgence is a must, best day visit is to extend to leave at 21:00 so you can make the most off all facilities if you halve no time fo an overnight stay. Try to go at least once a year me time with my best friend.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Gudrun Berry
    March 17, 2015 at 9:36 am
    I've come for many years, first on my own, the last 6 years with my husband. It's the place to totally forget about the outside world and chill, be pampered and spoilt rotten. My husband likes different things to me, esp. the food, so we have just the meal-times and evenings together, which is great. Ragdale has changed since I've started coming - plenty of couples around now, many younger ones - but on the other side there are more very ill and disabled people coming. It used to be a place for 'Ladies who lunch' while now it is much more inclusive and crosses the generations, gender and backgrounds much more. In a way I went with the change - my first visit was to get fitter, with fitness statement, personal trainer etc. - while the past few visits have been as a disabled chronic pain woman. Ragdale Hall can cope with both very well, they now have special rooms for disabled!!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Brigitte D.
    March 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm
    Going to Ragdale is my yearly treat! sometimes with a friend, sometimes on my own. I give myself a Christmas voucher ( when hubby doesn't get the hint) and look forward to my visit later the following year. Ragdale is the perfect ME-TIME, I love it.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Lynne Shepherd
    November 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    A little touch of heaven - my sister and I have visited for several years, and as soon as we walk through the door, any stresses seem to fall away. Everything about Ragdale is lovely, peace, luxury, attention to detail, I could go on. We feel that as we have found the best, we don't need to look anywhere else.

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    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Margaret Middleton
    November 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm
    This is a fabulous spa. My daughter and I have visited on many occasions and it just seems to get better each time. The staff are so friendly and nothing is too much trouble. The thermal spa is amazing, especially the candle pool. Food is excellent.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Joy Townsend
    November 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm
    I have been visiting Ragdale for 20 years now and as a solo traveller absolutely love it. It feels like coming home every time I visit. I visit 4 times a year now so it must be good. The staff are the mainstay. Everyone seems to love their job. The facilities are fab and are always being updated.

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    Christine Cary
    November 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm
    I am not surprised that Ragdale was the best spa for customer service! The staff cannot do enough to help you and are always friendly and polite. In my professional life when I am asked for an example of exemplary service I always quote Ragdale Hall. The customer service is exceptional and the facilities just amazing. Even Raggles the cat adds to the atmosphere :o)

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    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused

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    Great Grandma
    November 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm
    So pleased Ragdale won another award - most luxurious place to be, with lovely helpful staff. Weel done!

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    • Health Focused
    • Romantic

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    Linda bushney
    November 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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Spa Location


Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa


Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire,
LE14 3PB

Extra Information

Dining:

Breakfast is served in your room; The Garden Room and Verandah Bar serve hot and cold refreshments and snacks; the main restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Accommodation:

Six room types available, from Economy Rooms to Suites.

Opening Hours:

Open all the time

Good Spa Guide special offers

Summer Getaway Weekend (from £398) at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£398 per person

Savour summer with this great value weekend getaway break! This two night set package includes: The choice of one 40 minute treatment from: Moisturising Lavender Body Treatment Ragdale Prescription

Luxury Twilight Taster at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£91 per person

What better way to enjoy a luxurious evening out, relaxing at Ragdale Hall. Includes: A choice of either a Moisturising Lavender Body Treatment OR Prescription Facial* Three course dinner and

Twilight Taster at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£77 per person

For those who have precious little time, or first-time Ragdaler's that want a taster session. This Evening Spa Day is perfect to give you that much-needed boost.  Includes:

Soothing Summer Break at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£375 per person

Enjoy a relaxing break in the most idyllic of summer locations - the peaceful Leicestershire countryside - and let us pamper and revitalise you. This three night package includes the

Clarins Mum and Me Time at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£229 per two people

Spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest at Ragdale Hall. Your day will include: * Clarins Serenity Facial (40 minutes) * Three course buffet lunch * Gift of Eau Dynamisante 

Mother and Daughter Break at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£324 per person

The Mother and Daughter Break at Ragdale Hall includes: One 50 minute treatment from the choices Pure Radiance Facial Blissful Face and Back Therapy, or Relax and Rehydrate Body Treatment Plus

Two-Night Pilates Retreat at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£345 per person sharing

Whether you are a beginner or regularly practice Pilates, Ragdale Hall's experienced teacher, Cherry Baker, will guide you through a number of sessions to help you improve your technique

5 for 4 Spa Day Offer at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£468 per Four people

Book five spa day packages at Ragdale Hall (from Refresh and Revive or Chill Out Day) on any one day and pay for only four 

Walk to Fitness at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£317 per person

This event, led by Ragdale Hall's own award winning fitness expert and author, Dean Hodgkin, will guarantee to put the fun back into fitness. You will be introduced to

Dancercise Break at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£317 per person sharing

This unique two-night break from Ragdale Hall, with dance as its theme, is a great way to dance yourself to a slimmer you! The Dancercise Break includes: * Exclusive entry to

Holistic Heaven Spa Day at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£153 per person

Life a little too much at the moment? Need a day of total relaxation? Ragdale Hall's Holistic Heaven Spa Day could be just what you need.

Overnight Reviver Break at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£205 per person sharing

Arrive at 2.00 pm on day one and leave us at 6.00 pm on day two (you will need to check out of your room at 11.00 am but will be offered a

Just For Him Three Night Break at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£501 per person sharing

Relax and enjoy the benefits of this spa package at Ragdale Hall, designed especially for him. The Just For Him Three Night Break includes: Hand Maintenance Treatment Soothing Back Massage

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