Waterfall Spa closes, blaming daily deal sites

Leeds-based women-only day spa Waterfall has closed following increased competition and falling revenue.

The day spa ceased trading on August 16, citing pressure from discount deal websites and new spa openings as the reasons behind a drop in footfall.

Waterfall opened in 2005 in the Brewery Wharf development in Leeds city centre and was marketed as the first ladies’ only day spa outside London. Alongside its treatment rooms it featured a thermal spa, relaxation room and its own branded product line.

Waterfall’s owners said in a statement: “Over the past 3 years the spa business has changed dramatically and the combination of daily deal sites and increased competition has made the business unviable.

“We would like to thank all of the clients who have supported us over the years.”

The owners have pledged to refund any clients who have an existing booking or unredeemed gift voucher. 

The news follows the closure of the orginal women-only day spa, London's The Sanctuary, in May. However, other major players are still investing in the female-only day spa business model. Urban Retreat, for example, is set to open its women's moroccan hammam in late October.