Forget chocolates, what mums really want for Mother’s Day is a holiday.
A break away topped the wishlist of 1,000 British mums in a new poll.
Zao Makeup UK found 24 per cent wanted to be whisked away.
A further 12 per cent said they would love to be given a spa treatment day. So being the dutiful daughter, I swept my mum off on a combination of the two.
She was in need of a pampering spa break; she’s her husband’s carer now. But the responsibilities of her new role in life are hard to shrug off, even for a day.
The fact that the place I was taking her to for some much-deserved R&R was just a short journey from her home in Barnsley was what swung it. We were off to the Titanic Spa in Huddersfield, just 30 miles away. If there was a crisis at home, she could be back in just over an hour.
Trust mum to have practicalities uppermost in her mind. What was uppermost in mine was the prospect of some mum and daughter “we time” - and at an award-winning venue.
Titanic, a beautifully restored Edwardian textile mill, recently won Best Day Spa in the prestigious SPA Traveller Awards 2013 for the second time in a row.
Its spa facilities are state of the art. Treatments and products are by Decléor, Elemis, Carita and NEOM luxury organics and, we can testify, the therapists are highly skilled. Our aromatherapy full-body, hour-long massages were so expertly carried out by Rachel and Fiona, afterwards we pretty much floated off to the spa’s peaceful relaxation den.
But for me, Titanic’s down-to-earth Yorkshire attitude is what makes it special. It’s a home from home, rather than a hotel. Overnight guests get their own apartment above the ground floor spa. Our plush one-bedroom pad - on two floors - had a lounge with TV and balcony and a luxury kitchen equipped so well we could have cooked dinner there (apartments can sleep up to six - often groups on a girly weekend away do just that).
Intimidated by swanky spas where you hardly dare speak in more than a whisper? Fear not. This place is relaxed and friendly and so are the guests. Clad in our cossies and Titanic’s chocolate-brown bathrobes in the Heat And Ice Experience, we fell into conversation - and shrieks - with other women working their way around a succession of moodily-lit rooms and water experiences that plunge you from hot to freezing to invigorate and cleanse the system. At dinner in the chic little bistro downstairs that night, faces were mostly make-up free, pink and shiny!
The food was excellent, by the way - chorizo and goat’s cheese salad for lunch, Malaysian chicken curry and poached salmon with gnocchi for dinner.
That night, we took a bottle of wine back to our room and did what we so rarely get a chance to do these days - we talked until 1am. Oh, the luxury.
Titanic Spa boasts impressive eco credentials. Solar power generates power and light and the spa has created its own borehole to provide vast quantities of pure Yorkshire water that is subsequently filtered and pumped back into the spa for heating, washing, drinking and chlorine-free swimming.
For bookings call 0845 410 3333 or go to Titanic Spa Purchase £150 worth of gift vouchers before March 30 and receive a £25 voucher.
May Early Bird Overnight Escape: £129 Sun to Thurs (worth £224), Fri&Sat £149 (worth £244) includes Continental breakfast in apartment, light lunch, two-course evening meal, Heat and Ice Experience, use of gym and pool and a 55-minute treatment (NEOM Organics Full Body Massage or Decleor Aromaplastie Illuminating Facial).
Book by March 18, A £50 single supplement applies.