5 Bubble Spa 2015

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa


The original dedicated spa retreat, Ragdale Hall is a large, comfortable country house set in attractive gardens and grounds. The spa has quite a cult following; you’ll find good quality, well-priced treatments delivered by people who really know their stuff. The huge array of facilities on offer will have you visiting your favourites time and again. Gloriously, at Ragdale you can be as pampered or healthy as you like; enjoy a healthy meal or opt for cake and Champagne.

Features

  • Single sex facilities
  • XXL robes available
  • 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)

Products

  • Elemis
  • Decl
  • Spa Find
  • Clarins
  • OPI
  • Lava Shells

Our Spa Spy review

First impressions

First Impressions

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa is a destination spa in the Leicestershire countryside. Set in beautiful grounds, the country house sits proudly at the end of a long driveway.

Drive up to the house and one of the Ragdale team will park your car for you while someone else takes your bags to your room, and you enjoy a welcome drink in the Garden Room. After you fill in the necessary paperwork and receive an itinerary with your treatment times, you can explore everything that Ragdale has to offer. You receive a detailed map at check-in which shows the many relaxation zones, food and drink areas, and spa facilities.

On offer

What's on offer?

Ragdale is a large spa with much to experience; there is even a mind gym full of games to keep your brain active.

The main pool is 25 metres long and the perfect temperature for swimming some leisurely lengths. At the end of the pool is a steam room and saunarium with birdsong playing. Day-guest changing rooms are here, too. The raised Whirlpool to one side has a waterfall flowing down into the main pool, which[A1]  also has a seating area with massaging leg jets.

Entering the thermal area just past the pool, we picked up a stone and threw it into the Wishing Stream. This leads to a long, meandering heated 'river' that flows outside with different body jets along the way and leads to the Waterfall Pool.

The thermal spa has a wide range of experiences and temperatures. There is a classic wooden sauna with a window, an experience shower with thunder and lightning effects, a volcanic salt room where you can breathe in the health benefits of the salt, and a colour flow cave with steamy exotic scents. Our favourite was the candle pool: you step down into a cave-like lagoon lit with candle-effect lighting. It is blissful and the water is wonderfully warm.

Classes run throughout the day in the two studios by the gym. Choose from Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates as well as high-impact classes and resistance workouts, or try a water-based class in the exercise pool. If you prefer a more leisurely exercise, you can collect a local map from reception and head out for a walk or just have a stroll around the gardens.

Ragdale has many spaces to relax: you can find loungers outside, in the fresh and airy Pavilion room on a comfortable chair looking out at the lily ponds, or in the traditional lounge -- a great spot in winter by the open fire.

Tell us about the treatments

Tell us about the treatments

You don't need to announce yourself to the treatment reception, simply take a seat in the conservatory five minutes before your treatment time. My therapist, Amy, met me there and escorted me to the treatment room.

My first treatment was a Radiance Facial using Clarins products (50 minutes) which was included in my package: an individually booked Clarins facial costs from £57.

I took a seat on the treatment bed where Amy asked me about my skin and any concerns. I am lucky to have normal skin that just needs some hydration and a pick-me-up.

Amy began with a creamy cleanser which she removed with wet cotton pads. She followed with a gommage exfoliator, which she pressed into my skin until it dried, then rubbed it off; a strange feeling but this is less abrasive than a beaded exfoliator. Amy applied Blue Orchid face oil, which was sweet smelling and felt rich on my skin. She massaged my face, neck and shoulders with light flowing movements. Next came a light, creamy mask; Amy massaged my hands and arms while it was on. Amy applied a hot towel to remove the mask and moisturised to finish.

Afterwards, my skin felt soft, supple and had a healthy glow. It was the pick-me-up facial that I needed.

We also tried the Balinese massage (90 minutes, £90).

Mary came to meet me and walked me through to a fairly large treatment room with low lighting and a calm ambience. She explained that the Balinese massage was deep and used authentic spiced coconut oil.

I got comfortable on the bed lying face down. Mary began by applying pressure to the middle of my back with her palm as I took some deep breaths. She did some stretching with her hands and forearms before applying an oil to my back. She got on the bed to enforce her pressure and focused on my lower back and shoulders, using pressure points and her forearms. Mary continued with the backs of my legs and, after I turned over, the fronts of my legs and arms. She finished with a head massage full of pressure points and hair stroking. This treatment is specialised and ideal for people who love deep massage and have lots of tension. I floated out feeling much looser.

Ragdale has an extensive treatment menu which is over twenty pages long. The spa offers face and body therapies using Elemis, Decléor , Clarins and Ragdale's own-brand products. There are treatments for men, mums-to-be and Jennifer Young treatments for those who are in treatment for or recovering from cancer.

There is a manicure and pedicure studio as well as The Beauty Express, where you can get mini treatments and your brows done, and a hair studio for a blow-dry before you go home.

Food facts

Food Facts

The restaurant is in the older part of the Hall. If you are staying overnight, a three course lunch is included, as it is with most day packages. Robes are welcome; most people wear them at lunchtime, then get dressed for dinner.

You are given a time for your lunch and dinner. The restaurant is always busy, but the flow was managed well. A host takes you to your table and brings your choice of still or sparkling water.

Lunch starters are either the soup of the day or a cold meat/fish option. We chose the warming sweet potato and herb soup which was delicious. To follow, you can help yourself from the vast buffet and enjoy the salad bar and hot food options. The whole menu changes daily: when we visited, the buffet had a hot Mexican theme of burritos, fajitas or vegetable stir fry. We enjoyed a mix of quinoa, Moroccan spiced chicken, bean sprouts and home-made cottage cheese. There are so many options that all tastes and tolerances can be satisfied.

Make sure you leave some room for dessert; you can choose from the dessert of the day on the menu or select from the buffet. The peach and grapefruit salad with natural yogurt and honey was an enjoyable healthy option, but we couldn't resist the home-made chocolate fudge.

Hot drinks aren't served in the restaurant. You can retire to the Verandah Bar for a change of scenery and enjoy a tea or coffee; this is also included in your day or stay package.

Dinner is slightly more formal with a quieter atmosphere. You order food from the menu which is served to your table. The wine and fizz is extra but reasonably priced. 

We loved / we didn't love

We loved / we didn't love

We loved

The beautiful grounds are vast, well manicured, and have lovely views. You have space to breathe, walk around and admire the well tended gardens. We could have stayed in the hanging tree cocoon chair for hours.

The thermal journey is impressive and you can easily lose an hour in it. As a lover of water, the outside lazy river and serene candle pool were our favourites.

There is so much space to relax at Ragdale that you will always be able to find a quiet space to have a snooze or read a book. 

We didn’t love

There isn't much not to love about Ragdale but, if we were being picky, the restaurant is rather hectic at lunchtime. 

Who do you think would like it?

Who do you think would like it?

The attentive service and personalised programmes will put solo spa goers at ease. There are six silent zones within Ragdale so you can easily find peace. We saw groups of three or four women and one group of twelve enjoying the spa. Although most guests were female, we saw several men spending time in the spa and relaxing in the thermal journey.

Ragdale is a spa for all ages. From mums and daughters to groups of the older generation, the spa was filled with an array of ages. One group made us smile: three generations having a spa day together. Ragdale welcomes you from 16 years upwards, making for a perfect introduction to spa-ing.

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

Once again, we awarded Ragdale Hall a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. This destination spa is set in beautiful gardens, has three pools, an extensive thermal journey, and multiple areas to relax. There were plenty of staff around everywhere and everyone we encountered was warm and helpful. 

Supreme Spy visited in July 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles.

Public Opinion

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What others are saying

"I have been visiting Ragdale for over 23 years either as a couple or with friends and also on my own. It is a place for total relaxation and pampering or you can be as active as you like. The staff are what make Ragdale so special. Each and everyone are polite and knowledgeable. As I walk through the door I relax knowing that I'm about to be well looked after."

Joy

  • October 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa


"I have been to Ragdale on several occasions and at different times of the year. It never fails to impress. The treatments are good, the food is great and the accommodation is relaxing and comfortable. Thermal Spa is my favourite destination to chill out, read, swim or whatever I need to reset my mind and body. I have been with friends and family and we are always keen to return as soon as possible. I don’t need to go anywhere else. It’s just heavenly at Ragdale. "

Jill

  • October 12, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"All of the above - the perfect spa with treatments that are amazing "

Karhy

  • October 7, 2017 at 10:50 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"I've been going to Ragdale for more years than I care to remember, and haven't yet found another one to even match it let alone surpass. I've been to Champneys, Springs, Hall Cross Hall and various others I've forgotten, but Ragdale remains the ultimate spa experience. I love the thermal spa area. I find I relax the minute I walk through the familiar door when I arrive."

Glenys Berd

  • October 30, 2016 at 11:44 am

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Fantastic place, well recommended, I would go frequently if I could. "

Claire Bennett

  • October 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Loved loved loved this spa. The best spa we have ever been to. Staff so happy and friendly. Facilities are amazing. Food was delicious. Treatments were relaxing and I even learned to shape my own eyebrows for free! There is definitely something special about this place. Wish we could have stayed longer. "

Delia Reed

  • October 18, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale Hall is amazing, it's a prize Jewel, hidden gem, sanctuary, heaven; I could go on ... Just back from a midweek stay with my daughter and already planning another trip this time with my sisters who will just love it. Caters for all, accessible for all, just wish it was all mine!"

Josie McHugh

  • October 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale Hall is always a welcoming relaxing haven. I go every autumn for a renewing and rejuvenating break. Evèry aspect of the Ragdale experience is designed for customer comfort and I always feel thoroughly pampered by the luxurious treatments and excellent food."

Valerie Murray

  • October 14, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale is a wonderful place to relax and chill out. The facilities are excellent and the staff are friendly and always on hand to help with any queries you may have. The treatments are wonderful. I have been to Ragdale on 4 occasions now and I have enjoyed everyone."

Tracy Bartlett

  • October 12, 2016 at 8:18 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Party of four. Two of whom have visited at least once a year (4 night stay) for last 20 years other two for last 15 years consecutively! Need we say more. Would not dream of going any where else for our spa experience. Ragdale for ever!!"

L Walkington

  • October 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Wonderful place to relax. "

Marcia Stephens

  • August 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

Voted: Solo Friendly


"I am looking to treat my husband to a spa day for his birthday on 18th February, but he has never been before and would like to know if it mixed groups of people or mainly just women. Advice would be great thanks "

Claire rennie

  • January 22, 2016 at 10:36 am

Voted: Romantic


"I have been visiting Ragdale for years and cannot fault anything. The treatments are fantastic, the accomodation wonderful, food is fabulous with a very good choice and the staff are very welcoming and friendly. The last time I went, I was on my own and loved it. I was a bit apprehensive about being alone but it was even more relaxing than being with someone else. I will always return."

Helen Farrell

  • January 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"my wife has stayed in top resorts and spas and in her words ` I cannot fault it` only 1 minor fault sometimes service in the restaurant can be a little slow. I personally love the place as buying vouchers for Xmas and birthday brings so much appreciation from the boss. "

George Martineau

  • December 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"This is certainly the best spa I've ever been to - dedicated to relaxing and all the staff are friendly and helpful. Gorgeous food, amazing treatments, lots of lounges and hideaways. I've been visiting Ragdale for 15 years and can highly recommend it."

Jane Prince

  • November 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Voted: A social spa


"I visit Ragdale 2-3 times per year. It has always been excellent, with such good attention to detail. However my last visit in Oct was a little disappointing. On both days they ran out of towels, most of the time there were no loungers available (people seemed to place their stuff on them and leave them for hours) and the staff weren't their usual attentive selves. Cleaning staff were chatting loudly in the corridors and didn't attempt to move out of the way to let us past. Staff in the dining room were also not very attentive and we felt rather neglected. Didn't even get asked if we wanted to order any drinks! Finally, they were late calling me through for treatments and didn't make the time up. It's made me think i should perhaps try somewhere else next time, as I expect better from Ragdale."

Ruth Cullen

  • November 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm

"I have been going to Ragdale Hall for 18 years and can honestly say it just gets better and better, there is always something new happening- upgrades, additions and new ideas. Wonderful facilities, fabulous food, wide choice of treatments and amazing staff and service. Hope to be going for another 18 years. "

Marilyn Ward

  • November 2, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa


"excellent spa have been coming for 30 years and I love it keeps getting better every year "

Sharon Tohillrogers

  • October 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

Voted: Family friendly A social spa


"I have been visiting Ragdale Hall for 21 years and now visit 4 times a year for 6 nights at a time. I am a solo traveller and love the fact that I can have a chat if I want to but can also relax on my own if I wish. The treatments and food are excellent. The best thing about the Ragdale is the staff. They cannot do enough to make your stay special. Would highly recommend."

Joy Townsend

  • October 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Voted: Health Focused Solo Friendly


"Ragdale is all you mentioned to love. However cannot agree reference dining room. The food is more than "generally very good" as you stated. It is first class for choice / presentation and quality. The "quite large" dining room does not convey the beautiful period room where you eat. Even top class restaurants have "coming and going" and are (obviously) busy! I and my three colleagues have been visiting for the last consecutive 20 odd years. Proof if proof were needed that Ragdale is the tops! No question!"

Lynda Walkington

  • October 16, 2015 at 1:08 am

Voted: Family friendly A social spa Solo Friendly Romantic


"Ragdale Hall is very tactical: beware of being short-changed and duped. Very disappointed with the tactic of encouraging early bookings at 'busy times', then actually offering 25% discounts. I took advice in goodwill and booked a stay 6 weeks before half term. If I had waited, I could have saved £180 by taking advantage of a website offer. A I am a 10-year loyal return guest! The Reservations Manager was very unsympathetic, cold and without any customer service skills."

Anonymous

  • October 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

"Wonderful"

H G Mason

  • October 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

"I've been visiting Ragdale for over 30 years - both with friends and with my husband, sister, sister-in-law and mum. You can have any sort of spa holiday here from luxury pampering to kick-starting a healthier lifestyle. We love it. Longstanding loyal guests are especially valued with discounts and extra treats."

Iris Hillery

  • September 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"Just back from my 12th visit and I absolutely love love love Ragdale Hall! Can't fault it in anyway whatsoever. I relax the minute I walk in the front door. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Food and treatments are fab and the champagne afternoon tea is to die for. Going back before Christmas again and I can't wait!!!!!!"

Karen Longland

  • September 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Voted: A social spa


"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."

Joy Townsend

  • May 9, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"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."

Kate Pace

  • March 27, 2015 at 9:40 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! "

Kate Hooley

  • March 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"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."

Val Aldridge

  • March 19, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly Romantic


"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!! "

Gudrun Berry

  • March 17, 2015 at 9:36 am

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"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."

Brigitte D.

  • March 13, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Solo Friendly


"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."

Lynne Shepherd

  • November 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused


"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. "

Margaret Middleton

  • November 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused


"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."

Joy Townsend

  • November 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Voted: Solo Friendly


"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) "

Christine Cary

  • November 21, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused


"So pleased Ragdale won another award - most luxurious place to be, with lovely helpful staff. Weel done!"

Great Grandma

  • November 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Voted: A social spa Health Focused Romantic


Spa Location

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Spa location


Melton Mowbray,
Leicestershire,
LE14 3PB

01664 434831

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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.

Accomodation

Six room types available, from Economy Rooms to Suites.

Opening Hours

Open from 8.30am to 9.30pm. 

Treatment menu

View the treatment menu

Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa promotional video
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