Review: Alton Towers Spa

LIVING swapped roller coasters for saunas at Alton Towers to try out the spa.  Read on to see what we think of the Alton Towers Spa

A quiet little haven amongst the screams and laughter of the theme park

Most of us have braved the rides at Alton Towers but there is another reason to make the trek up into the quaint little village of Alton that you might not have considered before – the Alton Towers Spa.

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Ok, so getting there is a little tricky but well worth it. The spa is located inside the Alton Towers Hotel, which means you still have to make the journey up to the main resort entrance as if you were heading into the theme park. You just follow signs for the hotel once you get inside.

Luckily you don’t have to pay any additional car parking fees as you park at the hotel, but be careful to time your arrival right so that you don’t get caught in the morning rush at opening time.

Once you have parked up, you access the spa through the hotel’s main entrance – from the first floor – which is actually down a flight of stairs – walk along the room corridor and hey presto you are at the spa.

This is a little chaotic, I admit, but once you walk through those doors all the calm is restored… and here’s why.

The Alton Towers Spa may not be thrills and chills like the theme park but it’s one tranquil retreat you will want to go back to

Peaceful and serene

It is a little like you have walked through magical doors because once inside the spa, the theme park and hotel are left far behind. It’s a luxurious and therapeutic setting with gentle mood music, vintage styling and friendly and approachable staff.

Equipped with complimentary slippers, robes and towels, you are free to roam the Aqua Relaxation Rooms – an intimate space packed with saunas, pools, jacuzzis and steam rooms,  perfect to help rid your body and mind from the stresses and strains of everyday life.

There were about five other couples using the spa which never felt busy or overcrowded.

A particular highlight is the outdoor log sauna, as well as the eucalyptus steam room (which is new for 2018). There is also a foot spa and a tepidarium – a dimly lit sensory room with a temperature of 39°C where you can perch on heated couches and reflect.

One of the many sauna rooms at the Alton Towers Spa

Heading up the stairs from the reception and you arrive at the treatment rooms. A luxurious atmosphere with stylish decor and refreshments to quench your thirst.

The package includes a 25-minute Decleor Aromatherapy Facial worth £38 – my therapist worked my skin gently using massage techniques, essential oils and a mask which instantly gave my face a boost. I could still feel the effects of this days later. My skin was much more radiant and felt softer.

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I was also treated to a sensational 25-minute back massage worth £45 which I would highly recommend adding on during your visit if you have the time. My therapist worked deep into the muscles concentrating on my specific problem areas using oil balms which were relaxing and invigorating. My back felt more supple and my entire body was relieved of tension. I was on cloud nine for most of the day.

If you can bear to give the screams and thrills a miss, the Alton Towers Spa is well worth visit, especially during September when it is offering a ‘Bring a Friend For Free’ deal to celebrate National Friendship Month (available until Sunday 30th September) . You can book in for three hours access to the Aqua Relaxation Rooms and a Decleor Discovery Facial worth £55 – and bring a friend to receive the same treatments for free. Call the Alton Towers Spa to book your spa day deal on 0871 702 7043.

In fact, if you are dropping the kids off to enjoy the theme park for the day, I can think of no better way to spend those hours while you wait for them – and now you can take your best mate with you. Enjoy!

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