[Disclaimer: I was gifted a massage in exchange for an honest review, all other treatments and food/drink was paid for]
A spa day is possibly my favourite kind of day, relaxation, treatments, peace and quiet – bliss! I am always on the lookout for wonderful spa’s nearby as the lesser travel time the more relaxation time.
My sister recently came back to the UK for Christmas from Australia and feeling a little run down at the end of the year we decided a spa day would be a good idea. I had heard that the Richmond Harbour Hotel, which has recently been renovated had a new spa so with it being only a 20-minute drive away we decided to go!
The Richmond Harbour Hotel & Spa is located at the top of Richmond Hill and is an amazing location, minutes from the gates of Richmond Park and The Thames and a short walk from the town centre.
When we arrived at the hotel we found the Spa and health club building just behind the hotel and made our way straight up to the spa. I should mention here that this Spa is part of the hotel and also has health club members so the changing rooms, gym and pool area are shared with members. We didn’t find it busy or really notice this though, but it’s worth knowing.
We went straight up to the main Spa area which is above the changing rooms and is beautifully decorated. There are 13 treatment rooms and a relaxation area with amazingly comfortable beds. Inside the rest of the leisure club you’ll find a cardio suite, spin studios and, in time, outdoor Scandinavian hot tubs and a secret garden.
After having a look around the Spa and hearing about the treatments, ee grabbed our robes and then decided to go for a swim…
I am a keen swimmer and was really impressed with the pool. It’s been beautifully renovated, it’s light, big and has lots of room.
After our swim, we headed back to the Spa ready for some treatments. My sister and I both had a 55 minute Espa massage. The treatment was amazing, Charmayne my therapist used Espa Aromatherapy oils both for the massage but also in an inhilation bowl which instantly relaxed me. I had the best massage and left feeling less stressed, rested, relaxed and importantly for me with less pain in my back! My sister had the same massage and had an equally relaxing experience.
After our massage, we had some time relaxing on the beds and then headed to the hotel’s restaurant, The Gate, Kitchen, Bar, Terrace. I LOVE The Gate restaurant it’s beautifully decorated, light with amazing spaces both inside and out. Statement lighting, plush banquettes and a touch of a botanical theme creates a relaxed, fun atmosphere and vibe. I am 100% excited about the Sunday bottomless brunches!
We were here on a weekday and we weren’t disappointed. My seafood burger was divine; made with crab, prawn and scallop meat, served with citrus slaw it was one of the nicest burgers I have ever had! Teamed with sweet potato fries and a grilled broccoli, tahini and smoked almond salad I really enjoyed it! My sister had the confit duck leg and braised lettuce with samphire & peas and thought it was equally as delicious.
After our meal, we went for a stroll outside the hotel to catch the views of the River Thames before we headed back home.
We had a lovely day at the spa and it was just the relaxation we both needed!