Bubbles & Business Planning … a Ramside treat

Who says business meetings have to be conducted in a meeting room? Some time out of the office in a relaxed environment can surely be a good thing…right?

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To be fair I don’t really need an excuse to spa but if I can multi task and mix work and play then why not…so my suggestion of ‘meeting’ and ‘spa-ing’ was a very appealing idea for my friend Carly.

As far as spas go in the North East, I’m pretty clued up and have given a fair bit of business to them over the years. Seaham Hall paved the way for 5 star spa luxury many years ago, then came along Rockliffe Hall who have added recent expansion to their facilities and close by newly awarded ‘Good Spa Guides’ Wynyard hall spa for best outdoor space in the UK (a more intimate and boutique spa experience). I’ve always been a fan of Seaham, however it disappoints me when businesses ‘rest on their laurels’ and don’t update and refresh their facilities. Seaham is ‘tired’ as it stands. Rockliffe is still a firm favourite but my current number one spa experience in the North East is Ramside Hall Spa near Durham. Opened in 2016 this spa is certainly worth a visit.

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It’s brand spanking new so of course it’s going to be appealing, but generally I think they have got it about right…and that’s coming from a tough critic. It’s easy to see why they were awarded a ‘Good Spa Guide’ rating of 5 bubbles stating “light and airy design, lovely pools, carefully designed treatment rooms and restful sleep sanctuary. A sociable spa that offers excellent treatments and good-value spa days and stays”. I couldn’t agree more.

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The staff are attentive, friendly and welcoming, you can drink prosecco by the pool (something Seaham put a stop to a while ago), the towels and robes are fresh, lots of refreshments and fresh fruit, the facilities are excellent, the choice of treatments and packages are plentiful…perfect for a lounging day and the pools are warm! Cold pools – are a no no! They actively promote their offers on social media and packages are affordable.

Facilities include:

Thermal suite including Herbal Sauna, Himalayan Salt Steam, Aroma Steam, Tepidarium, Sunken Amphitheatre Sauna and Drench Showers.

Five heated pools – a full size 25 metre swimming pool plus bubble pool, large Hydrotherapy pool with swan necks and massage jets, outdoor vitality pool.

Private balcony infinity pool & hanging hammock.

14 luxurious treatment rooms, a darkened sleep retreat complete with soundwave therapy beds and sumptuous sleep pods, Middle Eastern Mud Rasul Chamber, Sophisticated Beauty Snug complete with nail bar, pedicure thrones and makeup parlour, plus a light relaxation balcony.

Lunch is in the Fusion restaurant which offers nutritional and healthy breakfasts, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea with a twist and dinner plus a wide selection of Asian bar tapas.

Although we didn’t have any treatments this time, I have been pampered here in the past and can confirm that it was delightful.

The highlight of our day was enjoying the private use of the infinity pool, a gorgeously warm and bubbly indulgence overlooking the gardens. What could possibly be better than a good girlie gossip in a giant hot tub drinking cocktails…only a couple as we had to remember we were there to discuss business.
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Lunch was delicious, we tucked into beautifully crisp tempura king prawns, chicken satay which was moist and fragrant and then main course was a ‘bento’ box (Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice, fish or meat, with pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in a box-shaped container). Ours were full of Asian delights including Bang Bang chicken salad and chilli and salt edamame beans.

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We loved our relaxing day (and we even managed to get some work done!). Top marks all round…if you haven’t been to the Ramside Spa get yourself booked in. I’ll be back VERY soon.

We had a half day spa including lunch which was around £50. We arrived at 9.30am, had full use of the spa facilities and enjoyed lunch at 1.30pm. This fitted in perfectly with school drop off and pick up. You can see a full list of treatments here.

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**One little thing they could do is reward loyal customers with extra special offers. I think maybe at least 4 paid spa days in a year (without being a member) shows loyalty and with increased competition in the area this would give clients a good incentive to return**
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