Thermae Bath Spa - Bath
Wow! What a summer we are having so far. According to the Met Office, it could be the hottest on record, especially if above average temperatures are set to continue. Now, I love to feel the sun on my skin and see brilliant blue skies above, but, (I don't want to sound all stereotypically British and complain about the weather!) there have been times when I've craved a rest bite from the sweltering heat. If you echo the same sentiments, then get your swimming costumes and flip flops at the ready, and follow me this way...
We are off to the Thermae Bath Spa to submerge ourselves in their naturally heated, mineral-rich pools...
Doing just as the Celts and Romans did, over 2,000 years ago!
Britain's only natural thermal waters, (luckily for us Bathonian's, we have them on our doorstep) the design of the Thermae Bath Spa is a juxtaposition of old and new. Partly Georgian architecture, and partly new build, the spa buildings, with their state-of-the-art facilities, seamlessly weave the city's recognisable Bath stone with more contemporary materials, such as glass, steel and naturally split Kashmir granite (which is used in the floors).
So what will you find here?
Firstly, I have to mention the jewel in the crown at Thermae Bath Spa. It just has to be their spectacular, open-air rooftop pool. Boasting panoramic views across the city skyline and the rolling hills beyond, (you almost feel you could reach across and touch Bath Abbey!) this 'warm as a bath' pool is quite simply, heavenly! It's not hard to envisage whiling away many happy, relaxing hours here... But, before we do, I have more to fill you in on!
I had a great opportunity recently, to visit the spa before opening hours, so that my camera and I could have the place all to ourselves.* Hence why you won't find a single soul swimming or bobbing about in the pools in this post.
*Bare with me, this post is packed full of photos!
On behalf of the Thermae Bath Spa, I have been invited to share with you the discounts they offer to the local residents of Bath. For Discovery Card holders, (if you don't have one, there are a variety of locations across Bath, including the Roman Baths, where you can collect yours free of charge), you will be entitled to a 25% price reduction on their 'Thermae Welcome'. Usually £36 on weekdays and £40 at weekends, but reduced to £27 and £30, respectively. This includes; a 2 hour spa session in the New Royal Bath*, with complimentary use of robes, slippers and a towel. The discount You can find out more information over here.
*Named the 'New Royal Bath', this area houses the main spa complex. It features the aforementioned open-air rooftop pool, in addition to a Wellness Suite, an Indoor Minerva Bath and the Springs Café Restaurant...
Ah, here we are, we've made it indoors! As you can see, the open-air rooftop pool is so picturesque, it was hard to put my camera down!
Thermae Bath Spa recently underwent refurbishment and opened a brand new Wellness Suite on the second floor...
Offering a range of state-of-the-art experiences, this floor is where you can reinvigorate, revitalise and soothe your mind, body and soul. After a leisurely, long dip outdoors soaking up the sun's rays, in the most refreshing way possible, I'd suggest making your down to the Wellness Suite...
Here you will find a Roman-inspired Steam Room, and, a Georgian-inspired Steam Room. The latter has a backdrop of pretty gardens, thanks to its cleverly designed wall panels which feature lush green foliage and manicured gardens. There is a soothing warm light, the scent of flowers and a functioning ornate fountain in here too...
With all that steam pumping out, this is the best shot I could capture! It smelt amazing and looks like my idea of the perfect steam room!
Here is the Infrared Room with its swish contemporary design, where you can sit in front of the restorative glow - this incredible feature transmits soothing infrared waves of light, deep into the muscles and joints...
After raising your body temperature, you may wish to cool it down in the Ice Chamber. The warmth of the steam rooms and sauna will soon be a distant memory when you brave throwing and rubbing the crushed ice flakes over your body. You will find them housed in a giant ice trough.
A refreshing menthol-infused mist will reawaken your senses in the Ice Chamber too.
Meanwhile, the Celestial Relaxation Room provides the perfect spot to unwind on a heated lounger, with warm fragrant air, calming sounds and dreamy, twinkling lights to transport you to other realms!
Here we have the Experience Showers, which I'd never leave if I had them set up in my bathroom at home! Groovy, atmospheric lighting and two sets of body jets and separate Chromotherapy showers will offer a great sensory experience.
I mentioned the Indoor Minerva Bath earlier, and here it is...
Named after the Roman Goddess of Health and Wisdom, this is the largest of the thermal baths. A calming space which has a whirlpool, invigorating massage jets and a lazy river.
As well as palm trees that create a bit of a tropical vibe.
Just a stone's throw from the main spa complex resides The Cross Bath.
An intimate open-air thermal bath that can be hired exclusively for small parties of up to 10.
It has its own changing facilities and has been recognised as an official sacred site.
Nestled in the heart of the city, it truly is a magical space and an ideal destination for special get-togethers with your family or friends.
Even better, Discovery Card holders receive 50% off the usual £18 weekday prices and £20 weekend prices...
Before I conclude this post, I'd like to point out that Thermae Bath Spa currently have a new member of the family! Taking up residence just outside of the main entrance you will find 'Spokes'. This fine, feathery fellow is taking part in the Minerva’s Owl's of Bath Sculpture Trail this summer (if you are non the wiser, find out all about that over here). He has feathered his nest here until the 10th of September, and welcomes lots of visitors. Donated by Deloitte and Julian House, Spokes has been hand-painted by local Bath artist, Perry Harris.
Now, where did I put my swimming costume and flip flops? It's time to hit that glorious rooftop pool first!
Many thanks to Mary from Thermae Bath Spa for the private tour of the spa, for my luxury gifts and complimentary spa experience vouchers.