Me and Tom were kindly invited on a press trip to stay for the night at Raithwaite, Sandsend. We’ve driven past this so many times on the way to Whitby and have always been dying to visit so I was over the absolute moon when they approached me with an invite.
First of all, I really want to say – never ever in my entire life have I been so relaxed and zen’ed out as I was during this stay. Me and Tom are massive over-thinkers and stressheads and we really need to slow down and try and be more calm and this trip has honestly done wonders for me. You can’t put a price on being able to relax us so already we’re planning our return here.
Raithwaite is a hotel, coastal retreat and spa located in Sandsend, a short five minute drive from Whitby. You can read my travel guide here to find local things to do, however for me when you’re staying here you really don’t need to leave. Feeling like you’re in Raithwaite’s gorgeous bubble of zen is the full package for me. They also run new surfing lessons on Sandsend beach which sounds like so much fun!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the lovely front of house manager who explained their Covid procedures. This included being gifted a health and safety pack including hand sanitisers and masks. To use the pool you must book a private slot, you can’t be shown to your room by staff, and tables are more spaced out in dining areas. They really took their precautions seriously which made me feel looked after, and we had to fill in a health form.
We started with complimentary welcome drinks on the terrace and instantly the view blew me away. The hotel and terrace overlooks their gorgeous grounds of flowers, woods and a lake and it was so peaceful. All you could hear were birds chirping, it felt dream-like. You have to check my Instagram stories travel highlight to believe me, just pure bliss. I already have people messaging me wanting to come and I don’t blame you!
Then we decided to venture to our room. Wow. Wow. Wow. I felt like a Queen. Our room was huge, adorned with Ringtons treats from coffee to biscuits, slippers and robes for the pool, and items like your remote control and soaps were all wrapped up already sanitised which is a brilliant idea for hygiene. To be honest I’m hoping this continues into the future with all hotels.
With code ‘SophieMort’ you can get a free room upgrade when booking!
The view from our windows was just woodland and it just felt so private and again, peaceful. I can’t state enough how relaxing this place was, it really did just make me feel like we were in our own little bubble and it’s exactly what I needed.
For dinner we headed down to the Brasserie, which is their bistro restaurant. Again everyone was very spaced out and the staff here are incredible, they can’t do enough for you. Tom had some Amstel, and I had a White Zinfandel. Their menu is fantastic, they have such good choice when it comes to drinks and their waiters are really knowledgable.
I chose a chicken main which came with beetroot and soft potato. I’ve never actually ordered chicken before when eating out but as you know I’m following a healthier lifestyle now and wanting to broaden my food horizons and it was DELICIOUS. The nicest food I’ve ever eaten out in my life – and press trip, or no press trip, you couldn’t pay me to lie and say that. Their food is exquisite. I wasn’t planning on having dessert, with me being healthier, but my main was just so incredible that I couldn’t resist! (When on holiday).
Tom had a sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce and said it was even better than a Marco Pierre White one that he’d had before. Huge credit to the chef because it’s absolute luxury.
For dessert I had a broken strawberry cheesecake, super light which is what I wanted but so mouthwatering. Tom had toffee apple crumble which went down a TREAT.
Then it was time to explore the gardens. It felt like the secret garden. Bridges, flowers, sheep, a huge lake, all surrounded by peace and quiet. Being a country girl living in a big city I miss nature a lot and this really did just make me feel so at home. Their grounds alone are worth the visit!
We then retreated back to our room, treating ourselves to a gorgeous bath with the goodies in our room, a mocha each and a movie.
Breakfast has been adapted brilliantly. Instead of a buffet where you physically plate up what you want, a staff member behind a screen asks what you want and then trays it all up for you. You then have the option to eat it indoors or outside in the gardens – you bet we chose Al Fresco!
I was seriously impressed with the buffet range. Their healthy choices were amazing; fruit salad, porridge, yoghurts, toast, as well as pastries after pastries. Tom then ordered a cooked breakfast too and eating in the gardens surrounded by the birds, I could’ve stayed there forever.
We had previously booked a slot for the pool and went down. I hadn’t been swimming in years so I was so excited. Booking a private slot is an idea I really like, not only for safety but also their pool is quite small so it was nice to have it all to yourself.
The entire room is also nice and warm so it was really calming. They do have a spa and jacuzzi too however at the moment it’s out of action which is more than understandable but I definitely want to try them out when I can!
I was so sad checking out, this really was a dream trip. Peace and quiet, incredible food and a real real opportunity to unwind and relax. Raithwaite is the perfect place to visit to escape city life, have a weekend of YOU time, and to indulge in pure luxury and nature. It’s definitely earned the ‘retreat’ status. I’ll be recommending this to everyone and anyone.4