A SPA  in Bradford city centre has opened its doors to create a ‘luxurious refuge’ for people who have escaped crises and war.

Refugees who have taken sanctuary in the district were given access to The Royal Onsen, for a special day of serenity and self-care.

The bespoke, free spa experience was designed to alleviate stress, restore vitality, and give them a sense of wellbeing.

It was tailored to people who have endured hardships and challenges in their journey to find safety and security. 

Amidst the serene spa ambiance, the day-long event featured an array of indulgent treatments, including luxurious massages, soothing baths, and access to the spa's other facilities.

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Maryam Iqbal, founder and CEO of Royal Onsen, said: “We believe that everyone deserves to experience moments of serenity and self-care, regardless of their circumstances. Given the cost of living crises and events around the world, we wanted to give back to our local communities.

“We believe that everyone deserves to experience moments of serenity and self-care, regardless of their circumstances.

"Luxurious Refuge is our way of giving back to the community and offering a moment of respite to those who have faced adversity. It's about nurturing both the body and the spirit."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A spa room in the Royal Onsen A spa room in the Royal Onsen (Image: Newsquest, Mike Simmonds)

She added: “Luxurious Refuge exemplifies our commitment to social responsibility and community engagement.  

“By opening our doors to those in need, we hope to inspire others to embrace compassion and empathy in their own lives, fostering a culture of inclusivity and support which is so desperately needed in today's times.

“We are deeply proud to be a business in the heart of Bradford city embracing its communities, and this event is symbolic of the city's generous community spirit.”

Inayah Sher, from the Sisters of Shukr group in Bradford, said it helped the ladies “embrace a sense of peace”.

One of the attendees, who had sought refuge from a war-torn region, said: "We are incredibly grateful to Royal Onsen for their generosity and kindness.”

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Inayah said: “This experience has been truly transformative, allowing these lovely ladies to momentarily escape the challenges of their reality and embrace a sense of peace.”

The Royal Onsen - which has its own traditional Turkish and Moroccan baths - has been open for more than a year.

Inspired by hot springs in Japan, the spa offers a number of treatments - including facials, upper body scrubs, chemical peels, carbon facials, laser hair removal, and threading.

Spa goers might recognise Maryam from her previous successful business, The Beauty Den.