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5 bubble spa 2015

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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 accommodate most budgets.​

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3 people say this spa is family friendly.
17 people say this spa is a social spa.
13 people say this spa is health focused.
12 people say this spa is solo friendly.
7 people say this spa is romantic.

  • 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)
    • Clarins

Our Spa Spy Review

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 Treatment (150 minutes, £153).

Unlike other hand and foot treatments, this one 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 Reiki 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.

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

What bubble rating did you give this spa?

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 in March 2015 and awarded it 5 Bubbles

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    Claire rennie
    January 22, 2016 at 10:36 am
    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

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Romantic

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    Helen Farrell
    January 14, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    George Martineau
    December 12, 2015 at 7:50 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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    Jane Prince
    November 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    Ruth Cullen
    November 7, 2015 at 10:23 pm
    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.

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    Marilyn Ward
    November 2, 2015 at 2:54 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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa

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    Sharon Tohillrogers
    October 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm
    excellent spa have been coming for 30 years and I love it keeps getting better every year

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa

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    Joy Townsend
    October 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm
    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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Health Focused
    • Solo Friendly

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    Lynda Walkington
    October 16, 2015 at 1:08 am
    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!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Family Friendly
    • A Social Spa
    • Solo Friendly
    • Romantic

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    Anonymous
    October 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    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.

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  1. Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa says:
    October 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    We were very sorry to see this review.  We have been in contact with the guest and the situation was resolved and she recently came to stay.

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    H G Mason
    October 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm
    Wonderful

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    Iris Hillery
    September 4, 2015 at 2:10 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.

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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    Karen Longland
    September 4, 2015 at 2:02 pm
    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!!!!!!

    I voted this spa as being:

    • A Social Spa

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    Joy Townsend
    May 9, 2015 at 8:43 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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • 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.

    I voted this spa as being:

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

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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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • 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.

    I voted this spa as being:

    • Solo Friendly

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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)

    I voted this spa as being:

    • 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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    • A Social Spa
    • Health Focused
    • Romantic

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    Linda bushney
    November 20, 2014 at 9:02 am

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    • 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 from 8.30am to 9.30pm. 

Special Offers

Good Spa Guide Exclusive Midweek Break at Ragdale Hall

£348 per person

Enjoy two or three nights of blissful pampering and feel like you’ve been away for a week.

Arrive on either Tuesday (two or three night break) or Wednesday (two night break).

 

The two night break includes one 40-minute treatment.

The...

Clarins Ultimate Pamper Break at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£678 per person

Most guests who visit Ragdale tell us that three nights is the ideal length of break - it allows you time to relax and enjoy all elements to the full.  

This package includes £196 worth of the creme de la creme of professional Clarins spa treatments, and is ideal for...

Real Life Yoga Retreats with Meg Jackson at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£357 per person sharing

If you would like to spend some quality time to yourself and learn more about yoga, then this is the break for you. Meg Jackson the founder of Real Life Yoga will show you how yoga can benefit your life. "Improve your physical and mental wellbeing and you'll find you'll be able...

Spring Midweek Saver at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£319 per person sharing

Enjoy two or three nights of blissful pampering and put a spring back in your step.  

Arrival day is either Tuesday (two or three night breaks) or Wednesday (two night break only).

The two night break includes one and the three night package...

Evening Spa Experience at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa

£49 per person

Enjoy an evening with colleagues, family or friends relaxing in luxury.

You will be given full use of Ragdale's multi-million pound Thermal Spa and pools including candle pool, indoor/outdoor waterfall pool and series of heat and water experiences, main pool with cascade, whirlpool and massage jets and exercise pool

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Refresh and Revive at Ragdale Hall Spa

from Virgin Experience Days

£133

After you have received your welcome drink and a short tour of Ragdale Hall’s amenities, you can start relaxing by the pools or detoxifying in the sauna and steam rooms.

You’ll be welcome to a Soothing Back Massage and Soft Hands treatment which are 25 minutes long each or you may choose...

Chill Out at Ragdale Hall Spa

from Virgin Experience Days

£169

Your special day will include your choice of either a Soothing Back massage and Fresh Feet and a manicure or a Blissful Face and Back Therapy and a manicure.

During your visit to Ragdale Hall you will be welcome to take advantage of all the impressive facilities in the Spa.

You’ll even...

Pure Detox at Ragdale Hall Spa

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£185

The Destress and Detox Mud Wrap will concentrate on the troublesome areas of thighs, hips and the abdomen. You’ll then receive a full body massage and a Fresh Feet Treatment to have you feeling brand new.

When you aren’t enjoying your treatments you will be able to make use of all the facilities,...

Pure Bliss at Ragdale Hall Spa

from Virgin Experience Days

£185

You can enjoy full use of the spas facilities, including an exclusive heat and water experience.  You will also benefit from three treatments; a Pure Radiance Facial, Nourishing Milk ritual and a Fresh Feet treatment.

Welcomed with a drink on arrival and receive a three-course lunch, allowing you to make the most of your time at...

Two Night Taster Spa Break with Dinner and Breakfast for Two at Ragdale Hall

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£788

Get away from it all and out to the North Leicestershire countryside, where Ragdale Hall is ready to look after you over two days of pampering and spa escapism.

Unlimited use of the Thermal Spa, this Spa Break also includes treatments for both of you with either a Blissful Face and Back Therapy or the...