Rejuvenate While Traveling at Thermae Bath Spa, England
Traveling is great, but it can take a toll on your body; packing your luggage to and from the airport, on and off trains, to and from your accommodations, and walking everywhere. You need to keep your health in order to enjoy your time at your destination. Whenever I travel I make sure to get to one spa per month. Bath Spa is one place that needs to be on your ‘must go to list’ when you visit England.
It is said that the word ‘spa’ is an abbreviation of salus per aqua – health through water. The thermal springs were discovered around 863 BC by Prince Bladud, when he was cured from his skin disease after bathing in the waters. You can continue an age-old tradition – just as the Celts and Romans did nearly 2,000 years ago – and relax in and drink the mineral-rich thermal waters.
The spa draws its thermal waters from the Hetling Spring, the Cross Spring and Kings Spring, which deliver over one million liters of water every day at a temperature of 44 – 46 degrees celsius. But don’t worry–it is cooled to approximately 33.5 degrees celsius, so you are able to enjoy it.
It is said that the word ‘spa’ is an abbreviation of salus per aqua – health through water.
Upon arrival at the 18th century spa you will receive a towel, slippers, housecoat and a ‘SmartBand’ bracelet. Your locker is locked and unlocked with your bracelet, so all your values are safely locked away in the change room. If you decide to eat or drink in the café it will be charged to your ‘SmartBand’, so there is no need to carry any cash with you. After you have changed into your swimwear you need to decide where you want to start spending your relaxing time.
I loved the steam room because it was hot – a suite of four aroma steam rooms allows you to breathe in soothing vapors infused with an aromatic essence. My favorite was the eucalyptus. The central waterfall shower offers light misting to an invigorating tropical shower. If you need a break from the steam, there are lounge chairs in the area to relax on. Alternatively, you can go outside on the patio if you feel it is too warm inside and you want to cool off.
The natural thermal waters of the indoor Minerva Bath are located on the main floor. It is the largest of the thermal baths and contains a ‘lazy river’ to float around on. This area also has a whirlpool and rejuvenating massage jet.
The open-air rooftop pool is a great spot to enjoy views of the city, day or night. Bubbling jets randomly start in various area of the pool. I enjoyed being on the roof-top due to the views, but after being in the steam rooms first, I felt the water to just be warm. I enjoy HOT temperatures, so I would go back and start with the indoor Minerva Bath, then go to the Roof-Top, and follow up with the Steam Rooms.
If that is all you want to do, you will enjoy your time there relaxing, but there is more. You can have one, or a few, signature treatments. I opted for the Serenity Candle Massage – a full body massage designed to nourish and hydrate the skin. I felt well-rejuvenated to continue my travels after all this pampering.