I recently visited the Thermae Bath Spa whilst on a Hen Do for my cousin in the beautiful town of Bath.
The spa is a day spa only and a very busy visitor attraction. We were unable to book and had to turn up on the day and queue, lucky for us we got there when it opened at 10am so we only had a very short wait. The Spa building itself is in one of the many old historic buildings in Bath however, the interior of the spa is very contemporary.
We had a two hour session in the spa as we had other activities planned in for the day, but you can have four hours or a full day session with the opportunity to book treatments too, if you wish.
The baths are fed by warm mineral rich springs and the temperature according to Thermae Bath Spa is 33.5 degrees centigrade ( I can certainly vouch for them being lovely and warm!)
On entrance to the spa we were given ‘Smartbands’ (basically a key) for the electronic lockers and shown to the changing rooms and showers. It is all very modern and the changing room cubicles close electronically when you wave your Smartband in front, as do the lockers. The changing rooms are very spacious and impeccably clean with all the essentials you need, hairdryers etc. If you want a robe or a towel you do pay extra on entry for those, but you can take your own.
We headed straight for the rooftop outdoor pool as it was such a lovely day. A lift takes you up to the roof and opens up to the outdoor pool which has amazing views of the surrounding buildings. The pool was amazing and we all felt as though we were on holiday as it was such a beautiful day. There are underwater seats and bubble jets in certain sections of the pool. I could have stayed in the pool all day as it was so relaxing but we had to take a look at the other facilities on offer too.
Next stop was the Aroma Steam Rooms. There are four steam rooms each with their own aromatic essence which is infused within. In the middle of the room is a waterfall shower, allowing you to shower between rooms. The steam rooms are amazing and very powerful, I admit I didn’t stay in there as long as I probably should ( due to over indulgence the evening before…. which is definitely not advised!) and I found the waterfall shower a welcome addition.
Finally we headed down to the ‘Minerva Bath’ which is the largest of the thermal pools and this one is indoors. The pool itself has whirlpools and a massage jet. The pool is very relaxing but I was drawn to the rooftop pool again as it was such a nice day.
After the two hour session, you are allocated 15 minutes in the changing rooms and they do charge if you go over this time. I really enjoyed my visit to the spa and felt very relaxed after, my skin also felt as though it had had a good deep clean in the steam room. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this attraction to anyone visiting the town of Bath and everyone in the group I was with thoroughly enjoyed their visit.
A two hour session in the baths costs £26 and hire of a robe is £4 and towel £3. For more information visit their website: http://www.thermaebathspa.com/
Photography by Matt Cardy