Yorkshire spa breaks and the rules on reopening now and when hotels reopen in May

As UK spas reopen - and those with self-contained accommodation can now offer spa breaks - Stephanie Smith finds out what Yorkshire spa hotels have to offer.

The spa at night at The Coniston Hotel

Spas in Yorkshire reopened this week as part of the second stage of the UK Government’s 2021 four-step roadmap out of lockdown.

Hotels are still closed except for business and essential stays, but some leisure facilities including indoor pools and gyms, hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, spas and massage parlours are now allowed to open.

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Spas have been able to open from Monday, April 12, but not all facilities are available. Steam rooms, saunas, and other types of thermal suites have to remain closed until at least May 17.

The new spa opened in 2020 - the pool at the DoubleTree by Hilton Majestic Hotel & Spa in Harrogate

Government guidance states that personal care facilities and close-contact services including hair, beauty and nail salons, spas and massage centres (except for steam rooms and saunas), holistic therapy (including acupuncture, homeopathy, and reflexology) and tanning salons can now reopen for the second stage of the roadmap, with Covid-secure measures in place including social distancing, regular cleaning regimes, use of PPE, and bookable slots.

Hot tubs, whirlpool baths and hydrotherapy pools and indoor gyms were also permitted to reopen from April 12.

Close-contact services such as manicures, massages and facials are now allowed, as long as the therapist is wearing the required PPE (visors, masks) and measures such as perspex screens and hand sanitisation are used where possible.

Hotel stays are not permitted until May 17. Self-catering stays are now permitted so hotels that offer self-contained cottages, lodges, huts and cabins on-site can provide overnight stays. Note that you can only mix with one other household indoors.

The Three Muses Spa at Grantley Hall near Ripon

Saunas and steam rooms are expected to open from May 17.

Here are examples of some Yorkshire spa breaks. Please note that spa days are available now, and spa breaks with overnight stays will be available from May 17.

DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate Majestic Hotel & Spa

The Harrogate Spa opened in 2020 as a place to soak up the wellbeing benefits of the town's spa heritage. The spa has an indoor heated swimming pool and six treatment rooms offering ESPA treatments and a range of thermal experiences including a whirlpool, Himalayan salt sauna, steam room, experience shower and rasul. The Signature Spa Break offers three-course dinner, breakfast, four hours access to the spa and a 50 minute spa treatment. Choose one from:

A treatment room at Middleton Lodge, near Richmond.

Back of body treatment with exfoliation, oil massage, hot marine mud mask, lower leg and foot massage and application of Muscle Rescue Balm to complete ESPA Inner Calm Massage; ESPA Inner Beauty Facial; Jessica Manicure (including Gel); Jessica Pedicure (including Gel). Or choose two from: Jessica Express Hands (including Gel); Jessica Express Feet (including Gel); Jessica Soft Hands; Jessica Soft Feet; Personalised Express Facial; Back Neck & Shoulder Massage; Tranquillity Scalp Massage. Sunday – Thursdays: £210 sole occupancy, £310 double occupancy. Fridays & Saturdays: £270 sole occupancy, £370 double occupancy. www.theharrogatespa.com

The Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa, Coniston Cold, near Skipton

Wellness Half Day Spa Experience, available until May 16. Welcome refreshment and use of new amenities with a two hour spa session and use of the fitness suite; bespoke 60 minute facial or massage treatment and a Bento Box afternoon tea or one course lunch. Due to Government guidelines, saunas and steam rooms are temporarily closed. Therefore, the spa session will include use of Indoor Swimming Pool, Indoor Bubble Pool, Experience Shower, Outdoor Infinity Pools, Relaxation Areas and Terrace. £139 per person (Mon - Thu). £149 per person (Fri - Sun)

From May 17, One Night Spa Stay with a one night spa stay in Signature room including breakfast, dinner in The View Restaurant (£25pp allocation), 1 hour 45 minute spa session, 60 minute bespoke treatment, from £399 (based on two people sharing a Signature room).

The pool at Titanic Spa near Huddersfield. Accommodation will be open from May 17.


Middleton Lodge Estate, near Richmond

Middleton Lodge is able to offer fully self-contained accommodation with alfresco dining at the Coach House.

The Treatment Rooms are open and the recommended day treatment is the VOYA Lavender/Peppermint Sugar Glow which prepares the skin for the warmer months ahead, an all over exfoliating treatment with organic ingredients including seaweed and sugar with either lavender buds to relax, or peppermint to uplift and cool and a short relaxing massage with VOYA’s Softly Does It body cream with citrus, pear and plum extracts. It costs £70.


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Grantley Hall, near Ripon

Form May 17. Spa Retreat: Overnight bed and breakfast stay in a deluxe room; two one-hour spa treatments per person; light lunch and drink in the Three Graces Spa Lounge; £50 per person food allowance in Fletchers Restaurant; complimentary yoga or fitness class. From £920 per room.

Sunday Spa: Overnight bed and breakfast stay in a deluxe room, one-hour spa treatment per person; access to the Three Graces Spa and ELITE Luxury Gym & Executive Wellness facilities; complimentary yoga or fitness class; dinner in Bar & Restaurant EightyEight (£40 per person allocation). From £660 per room.


Titanic Spa, Linthwaite, near Huddersfield

From May 17, the UK’s first eco-spa has launched the Summer Ready Luxury break which includes accommodation in the spa’s private apartments, use of robes, towels and slippers and facilities, including the Heat and Ice Experience, relaxation lounge and salt regulated swimming pool, and a 55-minute treatment - choose from the Elemis Frangipani Body Nourish Wrap or Superfood Pro Radiance Facial or the Titanic organic Body Scrub & Target Massage, exclusive access to Bar1911, two-course evening meal, healthy light lunch and continental breakfast. Costs £159 per person. Valid Monday - Thursday on selected dates in May and June, 2021


Rudding Park

Sleeping Beauty Spa Break: Dinner, bed and Yorkshire breakfast, access to The Spa during your stay (choose from two x two-hour sessions or one x four-hour session); one 45 minute treatment from the Spa Day Treatment menu. From £406. Book a Suite, Junior Suite or Spa Room when staying on the Sleeping Beauty Spa Break in September, October or November and receive a Molton Brown 'London via Yorkshire' Rhubarb and Rose Gift Set,a bottle of Taittinger Brut Réserve in your room on arrival and the chance to experience Alfresco Art.