Richmond Harbour Hotel and Spa

The lowdown

The Harbour Richmond Hotel has a great location perched up above the river on Richmond Hill. The white painted Georgian hotel is just a 10-minute walk into town and is perfectly located for mooching, eating and drinking, and walking along the river. Rooms are modern and comfortable, and the beds are some of the comfiest in town. There’s a lively bar and restaurant and the spa has an indoor pool and pretty spa garden with hot tubs.

There’s plenty to do around the hotel and it’s easy to see why Richmond regularly tops the list of most desirable places to live. Its pretty Village Green, and riverside allure, combined with stylish shops and buzzy bars and restaurants, make it a charming place to visit and it’s just a 20-minute train ride from central London. Kew Gardens and the Riverside Café are also nearby, and Richmond train station is an easy 15-minute walk through town.

Spavellous for

Couples, groups, families, hot tub fans and anyone looking for a good value, near London spa escape with the best of town and country.

Spa info

HarSPA at Richmond Harbour Hotel has a light-filled 20m indoor swimming pool with a sauna and steam room. There’s also an outdoor hydro pool and two Scandi style hot tubs in a pretty spa garden at the back of the hotel. While the pool’s a good size, there’s little space for lounging inside, so you’re better off heading to one of the swinging chairs in the relaxation area or out to the seating by the hydro pool and hot tubs. We found the hydro pool a little on the cool side but loved relaxing in the hot tubs, which happily live up to their name and are surrounded by up-lit olive trees.

Another plus is that use of the spa is included for free if you book your stay directly with the hotel.

There are 13 treatment rooms, including two doubles, and the spa offers a good range of treatments by Temple Spa and has guest brands too.

As the spa is also open to club members, it can get quite busy, especially in the pool and changing rooms, but the spa garden wasn’t too busy when we went on a Saturday evening.

HarSPA is open from 6.30am-9pm Monday to Friday, 7.30am-8pm at weekends.

Children’s swimming times (age 3+) are from 8.30-10am and 4.30-6pm – which is good to know, whether you’re looking to partake or avoid.

Treatment highlights

The HarSPA at Richmond Harbour Hotel offers a good range of treatments by Temple Spa, including pregnancy treatments and the popular Go Guy facial for men.

Bestsellers include the soothing Drift Away massage with Mediterranean essential oils, and the two-hour VIP Golden Truffle Experience which includes a body scrub, relaxing massage and a ‘deluxe facial’ using products from Temple Spa’s much-loved Truffle skincare range.

There are also treatments which are suitable for guests who are immunocompromised, recovering from illness or who have received treatment for cancer. These treatments have been specially adapted with the expert help of Amethyst Trust.

I was booked in to try the Your Best You treatment, a bespoke top-to-toe treatment designed to help menopause-related symptoms. It’s an intuitive treatment that’s tailored to individual needs and uses hot stones and chilled rose quartz gua sha.

Before my treatment started, the therapist went through the detailed consultation card that I’d completed when I checked in to the spa, asking me questions about my preferred room temperature and massage pressure as well as any areas to focus on or avoid.

The treatment started with three deep inhalations to breathe in Temple Spa’s refreshing Breath of Life essence. Then the therapist used warm towels on my feet and calves and massaged in a cooling gel and sole balm. She then continued to massage the back of my body, working up from my feet and gently rotating my ankles and knees to release any joint tension, which felt great. As she worked on my back and shoulders she used Temple Spa’s Light Relief oil, which contains CBD, and smooth warm Himalayan salt stones to help penetrate deeper into tight muscles. Once I’d turned on to my back, the therapist placed a heart shaped salt stone on my chest and wrapped my feet in warm towels before continuing the massage using sweeping strokes, again gently pulling my limbs to loosen them.

Then, once she’d finished the massage, the therapist started the facial part of the treatment, applying a cream cleanser, followed by a calming toner and rich moisturiser. She also used gua sha to encourage lymphatic drainage, firm the skin and reduce any puffiness. I loved the cooling sensation as well as the stone-delivered facial massage.

Finally, a foot cleanse finale signalled the end of my treatment.

I came out of the treatment feeling very relaxed and had found the facial part particularly soothing. My limbs felt loose, and I must have been on the verge of sleep as it took me a few minutes to come round from the treatment. The combination of hot stones and chilled gua sha added extra interest, as did the sensation of the cooling balm on my legs, and the variety seemed to make the 60-minute treatment last longer, adding to the sense of escapism and relaxation.

rooms

There are 90 bedrooms that range from Cosy to Deluxe. All have a contemporary unisex feel and are clean and comfortable with country-chic tartan headboards, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets and pieces of modern art depicting deer dotted around the walls. Bathrooms are smart with marble-look tiles and have powerful monsoon showers, bathtubs, or both. There are some interconnecting bedrooms too and a few that can accommodate and extra bed for little ones.

We stayed in a Superior Room which had a Nespresso machine, and complimentary gin in a decanter – a Harbour Hotel tradition apparently. Toiletries in the bathroom are by Bramley and spa robes and slippers are provided.

wining & dining

The light-filled Gate Restaurant has glasshouse-at-Kew vibes, a terrace and stylish lounge area and a buzzy bar. The menu offers everything from their popular Sunday roasts, steaks and burgers to salads and vegan options. We didn’t eat at The Gate during our quick visit, but other guests gave good reports and the restaurant has a lively atmosphere.

There are plenty of great dining options in town too. We love authentic Sardinian L’Assagiano by The Green and the ever-lively Ivy Café.

why so spavellous?

The Richmond Harbour Hotel and spa are in a great location and offer a stylish stay, which we think offers good value, especially for a boutique hotel that’s so close to London. We also like the fact that guests who book accommodation directly with the hotel can use the spa at no extra cost.

Richmond offers the best of town and country and there’s a lot to do within walking distance of the hotel.

Hotel Parking isn’t the cheapest at £15 for 24 hours, but at least we didn’t have to spend ages finding a space. It’s free to park on the road in front of the hotel on Sundays too.

spavellous tips

Don’t worry about packing wellies if you fancy a muddy walk in the park or by the river as you can borrow a pair from the rack in Reception.

It’s worth avoiding children’s swimming times if you’re looking for more of a chilled spa vibe, though the Spa Garden is adult-only at all times.

Ted Lasso fans can enjoy a pint at Ted’s favourite pub, The Prince’s Head, on the edge of the Green.

spa-goers say

‘I didn’t use the pool but the spa garden’s lovely, especially at night.’

‘I actually fell asleep in my Drift Away treatment so it must have been good!’

‘Perfect for a romantic night away.’

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