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Take a spa day and bathe like a Sultan in the new Rasul at Woolacombe Bay

Unique Spa Experiences in the Alchemist Spa

At Woolacombe Bay Hotel

We’re thrilled to have unveiled our new Alchemist Spa at Woolacombe Bay making our stunning beachside hotel perfect getaway for a spa day with friends followed by some coastal exploring.

One of the highlights of our spa treatments is the Rasul experience, which is an ideal way to ease any aching muscles or worries away while treating all your senses. So, to celebrate the Rasul chamber’s recent opening, we thought we would delve into the history and science of this ancient bathing ritual.

First, what is a Rasul treatment?
First, what is a Rasul treatment?

The Rasul is an ancient cleansing ritual that uses mineral-rich mud with heat and steam to purify and condition the skin. It is now popular at spas all over the world for its cleansing, calming and therapeutic properties.

Guests enjoying a spa day at Woolcombe who wish for a Rasul can first choose their favourite body scrub from our scrub bar. Once inside the beautiful tiled Rasul chamber, they apply the scrub from head to toe, giving their skin a really deep cleanse.

Rasul Mud Treatment
The Rasul Chamber

They can then lie down and relax as the Rasul chamber fills with scented steam, opening their pores and encouraging an even deeper detox. A special mitt is provided to remove the scrub before smoothing the hand-harvested Rasul mud all over their cleansed body, face and scalp allowing their skin to soak up the goodness. Bursts of steam will fill the room, enabling the guest to massage in the mud, then lie back again and relax.

They are bathed by an overhead mist and shower to remove the mud before they leave the chamber feeling rejuvenated and silky soft.

What are the health benefits of Rasul?

A modern rasul cleansing ritual appeals to your four key senses of touch, smell, sight and sound to create a feeling of relaxed wellbeing as the skin is bathed in mud, scented steams and water.

Different mud treatments are now used by different spas but the traditional rhassoul clay upon which most of them are based contains a vast range of beneficial minerals including silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and lithium.


The clay has natural anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiseptic and pain relief properties. It can draw out and absorb oils and impurities from the skin and hair making it a wonderful natural cleanser. The mud soaks up excess sebum and gently exfoliates leaving the skin bright and nourished.

Natural mud treatments have been used to help treat a range of skin conditions from acne to eczema.

While the mud draws out toxins from the skin, the skin also absorbs goodness from the mud into the underlying tissues of the body. From there, some nutrients will enter the bloodstream so their benefits are delivered all over the body.


The heat and steam encourages the pores to open and the body to perspire, enabling greater flushing of toxins from the body. Sweat is a vehicle by which the body clears unwanted waste products such as urea, uric acid, ammonia, and lactic acid. You should always ensure you drink plenty of water before, during and after a rasul to stay hydrated.

The heat of the rasul chamber encourages greater blood flow to the surface capillaries, lowering blood pressure and increasing the heart rate, aiding healthy circulation.

A top notch rasul treatment can help to:

- Rejuvenate and restore dull skin
- Improve skin, scalp and hair conditions
- Relieve muscle aches and tensions
- Boost cold and flu resistance
- Improve body functions
- Alleviate rheumatism and arthritis
- Reduce anxiety and stress

All in all, it seems there are plenty of good reasons humans have been indulging in mud cleansing rituals for millennia. So why don’t you take a leaf out of your ancient ancestors’ book and treat yourself to a much-needed spa break at Woolacombe Bay Hotel. The rasul is just one of the many wonderful spa treatments on offer – we offer everything from massages to facials to make sure you leave feeling a billion dollars.

Woolacombe Bay Hotel


While staying here, you could also enjoy our new SALT gym, our beautiful boutique Neo cinema and our beachside lido before dining on the finest local seafood at our 2AA Rosette restaurant Doyles.

If all that isn’t enough, Woolacombe Bay Hotel overlooks a three-mile stretch of sand officially voted Britain’s best beach two years running on TripAdvisor surrounded by unspoilt north Devon countryside, much of which is owned by the National Trust. So, start planning your ideal spa staycation now!