One of the region’s rising rugby stars was on hand to officially open a £300,000 facility at a Northumberland hotel.
The Aqua Vitae Spa is the latest development in a rolling programme of investment at Matfen Hall and it was recently given a sporting seal of approval by 20-year-old Tom Penny, who has made his mark on the Newcastle Falcons’ first XV team this season.
At the heart of the new spa is a thermal suite designed to improve circulation and soothe both body and soul, with an aromatherapy room – complete with mood lighting and aromatherapy essences – a steam room and a sauna.
There is also an ice bucket shower and ice fountains to cool the body temperature and wash away toxins and a multi-headed monsoon shower, offering a choice of temperatures and water patterns.
In addition, hotel residents, day guests and spa members alike can enjoy full use of the 16m UV-filtrated swimming pool and spa pool along with a range of treatments, facials and massages in candlelit treatment rooms.
Mr Penny, who lives in Matfen village, said: “When I’m not playing rugby I’m playing golf, so from now on, whether I’ve had a long day on the pitch or on the greens, I am looking forward to unwinding in these fabulous new facilities.”
For more information about the spa and the packages available, call 01661 886500.
• A wedding open day will take place at Matfen Hall on Sunday between noon and 4pm. For more details, call 01661 855709.