Together with a friend, I was invited to visit the Wellness Spa at the Alpamare Water Park Scarborough. I have a good friend who I have dragged along to a few Mumbler related visits that she wasn’t that keen on, so I took the opportunity to repay her loyalty with a treat! Neither of us are “into” spas so could have been described as “tough customers” but following this experience, I think I may be converted!
On arrival, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re in the wrong place for a relaxing spa experience, as the entrance and the changing area is shared with the family water park, but I was warmly greeted at reception and given clear directions to the spa.
In hindsight, this is genius, my friend was then so keen to bring her kids having had a sneak preview of the pool. A quick change into the cosy towelling robe and with fluffy white towel in hand, entry to the spa was like entering another world. (It’s worth noting that slippers or flip flops are not provided so I’d suggest taking your own)
Muted colours, zen like calm and a chatty and friendly guided tour of the facilities were all on offer. There are also, very helpfully ,’guides‘ of all the Wellness Rituals and a suggestion of the best route to maximise the benefits. This was amazing for us, given we were a bit “clueless”. We chose “detox” and off we went…after a cup of tea in the Hay Bath first! For those that know me, tea is key.
The “wet“ Hamam zone was gorgeous with a huge heated centre stone bed for relaxing. The rooms included a Herbal steam bath, a soap steam bath and immaculate powerful showers with exfoliating mitten …..Bliss ! There was also an optional extra Rhassoul Bath (full mud body treatment) for just £8 each.
The “dry“ Sauna zone, was completely different. I was new to the clay room sauna ( the clay walls absorb the moisture) from the sauna making it a dryer than usual experience . There is a relaxing foot spa, and, as mentioned above, the Hay Bath which is a relaxation room designed in a rustic Alpine style which features baskets filled with hay from the Austrian Alps (emitting a fabulous aroma of freshly cut grass) and ergonomically designed hanging beds – it was a great way for us to start our spa “visit”.
At 11.30 we were treated to a 20 minute session of a unique Aufguss Ceremony (Aufguss meaning “infusion” in German ) which involved sitting in a very hot Panoramic sauna with magnificent views over the sea whilst 3 different essential oil infused ice balls were melted on the coals and wafted, with a towel, around us. There was lovely relaxing music playing… a real thrill for the senses (if you can stand the heat… although you are welcome to leave at any point if it gets too much of course!) After the ceremony you head out to the shower tunnel where you get hot then cold showers in a trail which leaves you feeling totally refreshed. We were very pleased to “last” the ceremony and really enjoyed it. We were amused to hear that there were wafting World Championships!
The view from the panoramic sauna
In addition to the indoor spa, There is also an outside patio area and an iodine infinity pool heated to a comfortable 65 degrees. Unfortunately the day we visited was cold and wet so it wasn’t the best day to experience an outdoor pool. I imagine that on a beautiful summers day, this may prove to be one of the most popular spots.
At the central reception area, fruit infused water is readily available together with light snacks and menus for those who need more substantial refuelling! We enjoyed “Afternoon Tea for Two” in one of the relaxation rooms overlooking the Alpamare Pool.
On this occasion we didn’t take any of the therapies available although the list of Elemis treatments looked comprehensive including facials for men and pregnancy massage.
In summary, the Wellness Centre offers some unique treatments in a relaxing and sensuous environment and we thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings, the experience and a go0d girlie catch up! We both said that we should do this more often, Mum’s sometime forget to take time for themselves and this certainly ticked the box. The staff were helpful and very friendly. The spa itself was second to none, with exceptionally clean and unique facilities. We did need to keep referring to the guides as to what “to do”. The tour had been very informative but we hadn’t quite absorbed all the information. A few signs inside the different facilities would have benefited us!
The Wellness Centre & Spa are very much part of the Alpamare water park – they share changing facilities and the larger relaxation room and terrace look out over the water park. Useful if you want to combine a family day out with a treat for Mum or Dad – envisage my husband and I doing deals on entry as to who is looking after the kids and who is having spa time!
Whatever you decide, the Wellness Spa is certainly fantastic value at £39 per day on weekdays and £44 at the weekends and overall was a fabulous experience and would be perfect for a group of mum (or dad) mates to have fun at a great value price. I’ll certainly go back. We visited in the term time on a week day and it was a very relaxing experience
Alternatively, keep an eye on their Facebook pages as they have evening deals and it is well worth a visit with friends.Facebook
NB we were gifted this spa experience by Alpamare but no amount of pampering would cause us to give anything but an honest review! We paid for our own Afternoon Tea costing £20 which we deemed a fair price.