An £8million spa aims to be the best in the region when it opens its doors this Saturday.
After six years of planning and a year of building, the Ramside Hall Hotel spa will welcome its first guests this weekend.
Owners of the landmark hotel in Carrville in Durham, says it’s the “jewel in the crown” of a £16million development of the 350 acre-site which has seen the creation of a second championship golf course and a new wing of 47 bedrooms open in recent months.
Even before its official opening, almost 300 people have signed up to be members of the state-of-the-art fitness suite and spa, which includes 14 treatment rooms, a 25metre pool, sleep pods, a mud chamber and hydrotherapy pool, as well as an Asian-themed restaurant, Fusion.
Spa director Jill Russell, formerly of the successful Rockcliffe Hall spa near Darlington, says a spa of this size has been long overdue in the area.
“We have recruited far and wide, the crème de la crème, from nearby five star properties,” she said. “It’s a great team that know how to deliver amazing customer service.”
Up to 70 jobs have been created at the new development, which is open to day visitors, as well as hotel residents.
“This spa has been a long time coming and the location on the Ramside Estate is perfect, it’s so easy to reach,” said Jill. “I think some people still have an image of Ramside Hall from ten years ago, but there has a been a lot of investment.
“There’s two championship golf courses, an amazing hotel, weddings and events, 47 new rooms, all that, and now an amazing spa which will put Ramside on the map.”
Treatments which will be offered in the spa include hot stone massage, deep tissue massage and Swedish massage, as well as treatments aimed specifically at men.
Jill said: “The spa day industry is going from strength to strength. But we don’t want people to feel intimidated or that you need to be posh and dressed up to come here.
“We want them to come here for relaxation and me time.”