*My Spa experience was gifted by Alpamare for a review. But all love, relaxing and soft skin is my own.
Alpamare Waterpark Scarborough opened in 2016. A waterpark like no other. And a great addition to the UK’s first seaside resort. Its location, overlooking the North Sea makes its outdoor pools, especially the infinity pool that bit more special.
However, bringing the Alps to Scarborough wasn’t to end there and in April 2019, Wellness at Alpamare Spa opened.
An Introduction To Wellness.
“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from ailments, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.”
The Spa is located a level above the reception area, spanning the length of the building. Accessed through the reception area and changing rooms, with a lift or stairs available to take you up near the pool food court.
At the reception, you are given a robe and towel, plus a bracelet which acts as a key for your locker, as well as being loaded with credit to the sum of £50. This is there for you to use for food or drinks that you may want to purchase, so purses and wallets can stay safely in your locker. You then settle your ‘bill’ when you exit.
As you enter Wellness, you are greeted by soothing tones and low light, creating a relaxing ambiance and start to your spa experience.
Talking of relaxing, there is a room to the back of the reception area with loungers where you can just take it all in. This space is glassed to one side and overlooks the pain pool below. If you have been lucky enough to escape and have some ‘you time’ whilst your children or family play, or you’re just nosey, like me, here you’ll be able to see what they’re up to.
To help you make the most of your Wellness Spa visit, three helpful detailed (laminated) maps are available at the spa reception desk and differ according to what experience you wish to have.
A shower is always a great place to start a spa experience, just like entering a pool. At Wellness there are power showers found in the Haman area and ice and aroma showers as you head towards the terrace. They are also as cold as you expect them to be!
The Hamam – a Turkish bathing tradition – this area comprises of three different sauna rooms, as well as the Warm Center Stone. Each bath is designed to help relive stress and centre the mind.
A helpful point to mention is that, as well as each sauna room being named, the plaque outside also details the rooms temperature as well as the length of time it is recommended to be used for.
Soap Steam Bath – Upon entering you apply soap foam to your body using the dispenser in the middle of the bath. Then, once lathered, you take a seat and relax whilst the soap cleanses away. Before showering, you will have been given a linen cleansing/buffing mitt when you arrived, which you use on your body. This leaves the skin incredibly soft.
Rhassoul Bath – Therapeutic Clay. This treatment is at an additional cost of £8 and has to be pre-booked. As the name suggests and similar to that of the soap bath and much like using a face masque, you are covered in clay, which then infuses with the heat, drawing out impurities, whilst relaxing. Again, to be followed by a shower.
Lastly in the Hamam area is the Herbal Steam Bath – The mixture of herbs and heat is said to help with your breathing, as well as aiding purification and detoxing. The warm lavender does smell amazing.
Out of the Hamam area, the next bath is the Hay Bath – An ancient Austrian tradition. This bath allows you to relax in a suspended lounger, whilst you breathe in the warm scent of hay. The aroma of the hay, which is harvested from our very own North Yorkshire pastures and packed into the walls and pillars, is said to aid pain relief and relax muscles. It is definitely an ‘out there’experience, but definitely and surprisingly relaxing.
Before you exit to the terrace is the Clay Sauna – The low, dry heat helps the body breathe and the relaxes the muscles. Dry heat can be difficult, so keeping an eye on the egg timer for how long you’ve been in and knowing when to leave is imperative.
The last Sauna is located on the terrace and is the Panorama Sauna, the Finnish Sauna – A Nordic classic, but it’s location overlooking the North Sea cannot be faulted.
Here is where the Aufguss Ceremonies take place. (check the timetable for times.) Aufguss meaning ‘Infusion’ in German, the ceremony is said to aid wellness and purification. Performed by an Aufgussmeister and involves water, infused with essential oils (which were blood orange and cedar lemon when I visited) being poured onto the hot stones in the sauna. The Aufgussmeister then uses movements with a towel to direct the scented steam towards you. As well as soothing music being played, it really creates an experience for all your senses.
Once over, you are instructed to take in the fresh air, whilst walking through a tunnel of showers, alternating between cold and warm. Creating shock and there for adrenaline, relaxing after allows the adrenaline to turn into happy endorphins and your body and mind becoming centered.
Without really having to try, it’s quite easy to lose time at Wellness at Alpamare. The foot spas, lounging on the outdoor terrace, the indoor lounge area, or booking yourself in for a treatment, it all adds to an amazing spa experience.
Treatments are taken by qualified therapists, with Elemis products being used. Mini treatments are on offer if you just want a quick pick me up, such as anti-aging facials, skin solution facials, men’s facials, scrubs, and wraps.
There’s also a small, but adequate menu to chose from if you feel peckish. From healthy muffins and afternoon teas to salads and fish.
Although complimentary, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Wellness at Alpamare and priced at £39 during the week and £44 on a weekend, I could definitely visit every couple of months for some r&r.