Tucked away among the Yorkshire Pennines youâ€™ll find the Titanic Spa, a leading eco-friendly retreat.
Taking a break from the city doesnâ€™t always have to involve a flight across the Atlantic and it can have everything to do with making an environmentally-friendly choice. Itâ€™s also the perfect seasonal gift.
But can you really take a trip to the spa without the environmental guilt?
The short answer: yes.
Titanic SpaÂ sources all its own power to provide its relaxing luxuries, including the heat the sauna and steam room, the water used to fill hot tubs and swimming pools and of course the huge number of towels that need to be laundered every year.
Opened since 2005, Titanic Spa is an award-winning eco spa that prides itself on focusing on not only the wellness of the environment but that of the people that walk through its doors.
The location, a historic 20th Century textile mill, is definitely one to write home about. It offers chic accommodation in luxury apartments along with a huge list of elite treatments.
Arriving in the countryside by car, following a train journey to Nottingham, the Londoner in me felt somewhat accomplished knowing that our carbon footprint would be heavily reduced that weekend as we charged the Nissanâ€™s new Leaf electric car upon arrival, using the many charging ports available in the car park.
Feeling pretty pleased with myself I checked into my duplex apartment â€“ paired with a living room, kitchen and two double rooms â€“Â and popped downstairs. The activities soon began just after lunch in the canteen with all the other guests, who were eating comfortably in their grey waffle-style robes.
Food menus there are seasonal with local, organic and fair-trade food sourced where possible and the team also recycles as many materials as they can.
The amount of water used at Titanic Spaâ€™s is evident, with the staff explaining that water is the most prominent feature. But have no fear, itâ€™s all used in an environmentally friendly way.
The haven has its own natural water source, located directly under the old mill, which provides fresh drinking water, water for the plunge pool and water for the swimming pool, showers and ice experience.
From outdoors, guests who might be checking on the batteries of their electric vehicles will notice that the Huddersfield building has solar photovoltaic roof panels that convert light directly into electricity, while the low U value windows eliminate draughts and thermal mass meaning they use less electricity all year round.
Finding out that there was an abundance of treatment and facilities rooms to walk into with my reusable cotton slippers, I struggled to make my first decision.
The Elemis Deeper Than Deep Hot Stone massage did what it said on the tin and left me in a zone of extreme bliss â€“ my masseuse allowed me to nap for 15 minutes after the 55-minute session was over.
Other available treatments include the facials, deep tissue massages, body scrubs and wraps, a private mud chamber, pregnancy treatments, reiki, hopi ear candle and hand and foot treatments.
Still thinking about the hot stones, I continued my nap in my room before taking on the Heat and Ice Experience.
Switching between saunas, ice rooms, crystal steam baths and freezing cold rain showers, I quickly decided on sticking with the warmth and the outdoor jacuzzi over the large indoor pool.
The few lengths I swam in the pool made me sleepy (again) but rather than climbing the stairs to my third-floor apartment I opted on catching a few winks in the relaxation room â€“ which is essentially a large, dark room with gigantic cushions and soothing music. Once down itâ€™s hard to get back up again.
As a Londoner and someone always standing upright on the district line, the naps were very welcomed.
Following the two-course dinner â€“ this time guests dressed up and left their robes in the room â€“ my zen body left me no choice but to call it an early night while watching old reruns of friends in my living room TV.
Breakfast is left in a hamper in your roomâ€™s kitchen â€“ a few croissants, fruit and orange juice â€“ and check-out follows soon after.
Reluctant to leave the valleys for the not-so serene London, I tell myself I was able to look after myself while looking after the planet too.
Nissan provided us with their bestselling electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, which costs ÂŁ21,990 including the government grant and has a 168 mile range, for our journey up North.Â
Stays at Titanic Spa start from ÂŁ79 per person for spa days or ÂŁ129 per person for spa breaks.Â