green holidays made easier
Titanic Spa describes itself as the UK’s first Eco-Spa. This is the place for relaxation and pampering with its countryside setting near Huddersfield on the edge of the Pennines. It is housed within an Edwardian textile mill.
The emphasis is on an holistic approach to treatments combined with a range of products (by Decléor; experts in aromatherapy and phytotherapy and Elemis) to provide therapeutic benefits.
It also offers eleven spacious deluxe apartments, many with private balconies and panoramic windows. They have one or two bedrooms and sleep up to four. Each has a plasma screen TV with DVD player and a selection of DVDs is available. The apartments are serviced daily and have fully fitted kitchens so guests can choose self catering, have a picnic supper delivered, or dine in the spa’s Bistro restaurant.
Titanic Spa Breaks include overnight accommodation, continental breakfast, one course lunch on arrival day, three course dinner, full use of Club Titanic with its TechnoGym, 15m salt regulated swimming pool, hydrozone, poolside steam and sauna rooms, plus a choice of Spa treatment packages.
Spas are phenomenally high users of precious resources so many doubt how green they can really be. Titanic cites its eco credentials as including a private water bore hole which at 100 meters deep is the original water source for the mill and today provides water for drinking, for the showers and for the swimming pool – which is salt water regulated and chlorine-free . The water is not treated and is used “as pure as it comes out of the earth”.
Electricity is supplied by photovoltaic roof tiles. Heat is produced by a biomass generator that burns chippings from industrial waste. The building has been well insulated.
CO2 management levels are displayed live on a board in the apartments’ reception area, showing the carbon savings for the day and the production of electricity through the roof tiles.
There are recycle bins on site; glass, card, paper and plastic are re-used. Most packaging is recycled on site too. Cone drinking cups are from recycled material.
It says it is constantly updating its green practices.