Stayed here on a two night spa package which included the aqua thermal journey, two treatments, bed and breakfast, one evening dinner and a spa lunch and have to say the whole experience was luxury from beginning to end.
The hotel is set at the top of the Ribby Hall Village complex which in itself is an upmarket complex of bungalows, motel, restaurant, teashop and sports facilities including an adult only swimming pool, fun pool with flume, golf course, miniature golf, boating lake and equestrian centre, all available for use by those staying at the Spa Hotel...if you have the time!
The hotel is adult only, a welcome cocoon for those of us surrounded by children in our day job! As soon as you enter the calm atmosphere is apparent. All staff are helpful and attentive, to the point that I actually felt some of the waiting staff tried too hard!
The bedroom was very clean and well equipped with everything you needed including a fridge with fresh milk and bottled water, robes and mules. The bed was comfortable with high quality bedding.The bathroom included a shower cubicle and a deep spa bath, fluffy towels and toiletries.
You could start using the spa facilities as soon as you had checked in and after check out on the last day so in all we completed the aqua journey 4 times during our stay. Staff in the spa area give a guided tour of the facilities the first time you use the area which include excellent changing facilities, lockers, changing cubicles, hairdryers,showers with toiletries and a spinner for wet swimwear.
The spa itself consists of a series of steam rooms with different herbal and salt infusions, an indoor and outdoor sauna, outdoor hot tub, a pedicarium, small pool with jets and bubbles, a lounger area including some heated ones and a zen garden which was surprisingly sheltered to relax in wearing swimwear even in October. Do not miss the upstairs relaxation rooms, one darkened and the other with picture windows with views over the surrounding countryside.
The therapists and treatments were also top notch and the whole spa area isis spotless and well maintained.
Food was nouvelle cuisine style, beautifully presented with some unusual dishes and combinations. We also partook of afternoon tea on both days which comes on a three tier cake stand, dainty sandwiches at the bottom, cakes in the middle and scones with home made jam and clotted cream on the top. We had breakfast delivered to our room, there was an excellent choice of the usual cereals, yoghurt, fruit, full English or continental croissants/pastries and also items such as smoked salmon bagels and maple syrup pancakes with bacon.
All in all a stay here does what it sets out to do, totally relaxes you and eases away the strains of everyday life!
Just a few minor observations that could be addressed to keep the experience absolutely the finest,
1. The spa was very crowded on the Sunday afternoon when we arrived, it was impossible to get into some of the steam/sauna rooms at all and those we did you were squashed in like sardines so not that pleasant, unable to get a turn in the hot tub, pedicarium or on a lounger at all so I was a little disillusioned but this was rectified on the Monday and Tuesday when numbers were much more manageable and the whole experience relaxed as it should be. Numbers of day visitors need to be restricted more at the weekends to overcome this. The £27 entrance fee for a day pass is amazing value for the venue-it is the same price as the Thermae Spa in Bath for just 2 hours for a far more exclusive and less crowded experience.
2. Poly bags should be provided by the spinners for wet costumes as happens in most other spas I have been to.
3. The continuous piped music everywhere began to grate,it spoilt my time out in the Zen Garden in particular. I enjoyed the outside hot tub and outdoor sauna, the only places where there is no music, though did find too late we could switch it off in the upstairs relaxation rooms,The restaurant, bar and reception areas also have continuous music so the only escape is your bedroom! Perhaps it needs to be realised that not everyone wants the continuous assault on their ears!
4. Despite turning the card on our bedroom to say please service the room, we came back over three hours later to find it had not yet been done, and although it was seen to during the afternoon it was depressing to return to an unkempt room after a morning's activities
5. There was piles of dirty laundry in the corridors for much of the day, realise they are busy with change overs but this should be an invisible operation
We have enjoyed cruises on Cunard line for which the daily price is pretty much the same as the hotel charges and points 4 and 5 would just never happen on board, we have always been intrigued as to how they manage to know when you are in and out of the cabin as everything just happens invisibly as if by magic and I felt that the same should apply here with the quality product you are delivering.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury and award-winning 39 bedroom Spa Hotel at the 5 star Ribby Hall Village. Set in the heart of the beautiful Fylde and Lancashire countryside and only 25 minute's drive from the Lake District. Rated high 4 star from the AA. The Brasserie at The SPA Hotel has two rosettes. The Orangery opened in 2015. Bed and breakfast, spa breaks or room only rates available. A Unique aqua thermal journey / spa facilities are available, as well as a choice of more than 100 treatments for both men and women to enjoy. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA and LateRooms so you can book your The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- The Spa Hotel At Ribby Hall Village Wrea Green, England