Dating back to the 17th century, Grantley Hall is a beautiful building with a rich and colourful past and like many old houses has a myriad of tales to tell; it has hosted royalty, Members of Parliament, celebrities and socialites. Having most recently been a private residence, a major refurbishment was completed in summer 2019 when it opened its doors to the public.
No expense has been spared in The Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall which is dedicated to restoring beauty and balance through treatments and individual spa journeys, personalised for every guest by exceptionally skilled therapists.
To complement the range of treatments and therapies available, guests can relax next to the 18 metre indoor swimming pool, take a dip in the indoor to outdoor hydrotherapy pool or enjoy the thermal experiences available in the sauna, steam room and snow room. A tranquil relaxation area is available and the Three Graces Spa Lounge offers a delicious range of healthy, nutritious drinks and snacks throughout the day, where you can watch the world go by on the outdoor terrace.
- Indoor to outdoor hydrotherapty pool
- 18 metre lap pool
- Steam room
- Snow room
- Outdoor hot tub
- Natura Bisse
- Jessica Nails
- Zenspa Pedicure
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As you arrive at the gate lodge, you will be directed along a drive, past water cascades, fountains, water rills and acres of parkland to Grantley Hall. The impressive Palladian country house has been immaculately restored to its former grandeur with oak panelling, marble halls dotted with statuary and an eclectic collection of art. The Three Graces Spa is in the new, elegant Fountains Wing.
What's on offer?
The Three Graces Spa is through the main hotel entrance, along corridors lined with paintings, past the two(!) wine tasting areas and the Elite Gym.
The large reception area and the spa lounge are light and restful with pale blue walls, accents of gold and dark wood panels all pulled together with soft grey furnishings. We were greeted, given a tour and shown how to use the copper water stations. Widely used in India, copper cleanses water and is believed to be healing. After pouring, we were told take a minute to think of what we need – peace, energy, love – then touch one of the coloured stones on the side of the cup and drink.
The changing rooms are marble, marble and more marble, with dark wood lockers, a central padded seat, a well-lit area with hair dryers and mirrors and plenty of fluffy white towels. There are two private changing rooms with seats and mirrors, good sized showers, toilets and a swimsuit dryer. A note in the locker suggests you use the fabric bag the flip flops are stored in for your wet swimsuit – much better than plastic alternatives.
At the centre of the spa is the 18-metre pool set beneath an impressive vaulted ceiling – a nod to nearby Fountains Abbey. Around the pool are comfortably cushioned loungers separated by plants, barrel tables and statuettes, with curtained-off double loungers in the corners.
There is a hydro pool with four ‘armchairs’, and other seating areas with massage jets and a swan pipe to pummel tension from your neck and shoulders. Swim outside through the sliding door to find more bubble jets in the outdoor pool. There is also a cedar hot tub in the spa garden and space to sit around a firepit. The Yorkshire rain soon forced us indoors, where we warmed up in the nicely hot sauna with its curved wooden seating and large window onto the garden. You’ll also find a steam room, an experience shower and a snow room in thermal experience area. Disappointingly the snow room wasn’t working on our visit but apparently it generates real snowflakes.
The tranquil relaxation area has comfortable loungers divided by gauze curtains to give a sense of privacy. The bright room has direct access onto the spa terrace with views over the gardens.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Bespoke Gold Cellular Face Therapy (90 minutes, £160).
My therapist, Tamara, led me to the treatment room, which had large windows looking onto the spa garden and a wide, comfortable and warm treatment bed. She invited me to sit on a chair for the foot ritual. As Tamara washed and dried my feet, she asked about my health, how I was feeling and what I wanted to gain from the treatment. She listened carefully to my answers then invited me to close my eyes and take some deep breaths as she began the sound healing. Tamara chanted as she vibrated the singing bowl which is said to aid meditation. The sound pulsed through my whole body and I drifted off, imagining that I was experiencing a ritual in a far-flung country.
For the back massage, Tamara used cardamom and neroli oils, working over each and every vertebra along my spine. It was wonderfully relaxing.
I turned onto my back for the facial. Tamara cleansed my pores then performed a gentle enzymatic exfoliation using sea buckthorn and jasmine oils, removed with warm cloths. Marma massage and lymphatic drainage followed, so gentle I almost fell asleep. Tamara applied a tingling mask and while that did its work, massaged my feet and legs. After removing the mask, she massaged my face again, then laid a fine gauze over my face soaked with stem cell serum. She used Ila’s ultrasonic wave device to push the serum into my skin and offered a choice of LED light colours: red for irritation, blue for cleansing or green to smooth fine lines. I hesitated to choose, so she offered all three.
At the end of the treatment Tamara took me to the post- treatment relaxation room. As I lay on a comfortable bed, she brought me a tray with a smoothie, and fruit and nuts to nibble. I felt relaxed, nurtured and my skin looked bright and clear for days.
Three Graces Spa offers treatments from their three main product houses LaStone, Ila and Natura Bisse. There are facials, scrubs and massages and combined signature experiences. They also offer Reiki, crystal healing and LaStone therapy along with manicure, pedicures, treatments for mums-to-be and men.
Lunch and afternoon tea are taken in the spa lounge where you can eat in your robe. The menu is divided into Refresh (smoothies and juices), Nourish (salads with locally sourced ingredients) and Indulge (cakes baked by the hotel pastry chefs, served all day). We had delicious salads, one herb-fed chicken and the other flaked trout with shaved fennel, beetroot and dill. They also a range of herbal and fruit teas.
For supper try the Pan Asian food at Eighty Eight. Asian art, silk lined walls in vibrant colours and clever lighting make this space feel intimate and exotic. Don’t miss the Pot Sticker dumplings: we ordered these parcels of intensely flavoured pork and chive, and scallop and crab (two of each) just to try and then argued over sharing them they were so good.
We loved / we didn't love
The serene feel of the spa: Numbers are strictly limited to maintain a sense of calm – make sure to book ahead.
The exceptional customer service: From the gatehouse and throughout the hotel and spa, we felt well looked after.
Our amazingly effective treatment: Even two weeks later, the thin skin around my eyes is brighter and less lined than usual.
We didn’t love
The newly planted spa garden needs a chance to mature in order to give more privacy from the surrounding parkland.
Who do you think would like it?
Serious spa goers who enjoy holistic treatments. Most of the therapist have dual qualifications. Tamara, my therapist, is a hypnotist and healer, other therapists are trained in Reiki and shiatsu.
Fitness fanatics: the Elite Gym offers a cryotherapy chamber, an altitude training facility, an underwater treadmill and a 3D body scanner.
Ladies who lunch and spa: Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall is THE place to be seen in Yorkshire.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded Three Graces Spa at Grantly Hall a Good Spa Guide rating of Five Bubble Luxury. The décor is elegant and luxurious, there’s a good range of heat experiences, the treatments are unusual, and the customer service is exceptional.
Perfectly blending rich heritage with modern sophistication and vitality, Grantley Hall offers an exceptional variety of drinking and dining, ranging from fine-dining to tempting Pan-Asian. . The diverse range of bars available ranges from the traditional to the energetic and includes a glamorous late night champagne and cocktail venue.
The Three Graces Spa has its own restaurant serving a balanced selection of delicious and nutritious meals and snacks. Sample menu.
Grantley Hall has a range of beautifully furnished and appointed rooms including deluxe rooms, executive rooms, junior suites, grand suites, superior suites and royal suites. There is also a luxurious Presidential Suite.