Reveal's wedding blog: stress relieving spa break

Published Tuesday, May 5 2015, 18:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
We've had a nightmare couple of weeks deciding who to invite to the wedding – as time is of the essence now with the big day just four months away.

Settling on a figure that a) our venue comfortably holds, and b) including all the people we really want to be there has been harder than we anticipated. Much harder.

With every old school friend and work colleague comes that awkward 'plus one' situation – not to mention the uncles and great aunts you haven't seen for years. Do you or don't you invite them? Unfortunately, there's no hard or fast rule about this, and it differs from one family situation to another, which has made the decisions that little bit harder.

Ragdale Hall - woman having a spa treatment

© Ragdale Hall

Ragdale Hall - main pool

© Ragdale Hall

So we decided to take some time out from the stresses of wedding planning to do some pampering. After all, a bride's got to look her best on the big day, right?!

So I hot-footed it to Leicestershire's magnificent Ragdale Hall for a spa weekend with one of my besties, Rachael, who could clearly see I was in dire need of de-stressing. Upon arrival, I immediately put my wedding planning problems to one side and embraced the sense of calm which enveloped us. Let the pampering commence!

arriving at ragdale hall

Slippers on, ready to relax

lunch at ragdale hall

Ladies who lunch!

Bags dropped, bed tested and fluffy robe and slippers on, we headed straight to the grand dining room for a sumptuous buffet lunch. Perfect to line the stomach before all that hard beautifying!

After checking out the vast grounds (complete with various relaxation lounges, cute tea rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool which would be immense in the summer but a little chilly for our visit) we headed to the hydrotherapy spa area.

Emma at Ragdale Hall

Spa selfie = spelfie?

the spa at ragdale hall

Pedicure? Check!

I'm something of a spa aficionado but even I was surprised at just how good the facilities were at Ragdale. Sometimes you're left disappointed to find what you expected to be a spa, turns out to be nothing more than a swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. But Ragdale is home to 12 heat and water experience rooms, including an underground candle-lit lagoon, a volcanic salt bath and a rose scented sauna. The only issue was which to try first.

We took a relaxing dip in the outdoor waterfall; a magical lagoon-type setting which is even better after dark with the stars twinkling above. We followed it up with a detoxifying visit to the salt steam room before cooling down with an experience shower.

Emma having champagne at Ragdale Hall

A hard earned drink after a stressful day...

the menu at ragdale hall

Dress code for dinner? Dressing gowns!

Next it was time for (more) R&R, so off for some pampering treatments we went.

I indulged in 80 minutes of pure bliss – otherwise known as a Decleor aromatic massage. Rachael went for a delicious cranberry salt scrub and back massage, and then we finished off by having matching OPI pedicures side-by-side while sipping prosecco together – a treat from Rachael. Bliss!


Breakfast in bed - fit for a queen!

breakfast at ragdale hall

Rachael didn't want crumbs in-between her sheets!

We finished off our extremely taxing day (sorry!) with a delicious three-course dinner (included in the cost of an overnight break) where we indulged in a cheeseboard and divine chocolate pudding to round the night off.

But the favourite part of my visit? Being served breakfast in bed the next morning! On a tray! Ragdale: I'll be back.

Now to tackle those invites…

Ragdale Hall waterfall pool

© Ragdale Hall

The waterfall pool at Ragdale Hall by night

ragdale hall spa

© Ragdale Hall

Relaxing at Ragdale

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