Bath is a beautiful place to visit. The architecture is breathtaking and because the city is a world heritage site it is unspoilt. The city is immaculate with beutiful Georgian buildings and breathtaking architecture. It has a number of beautiful parks, the most well known of which is Victoria Park. It is in my opinion the most attractive city in the UK.
The thermae spa is an incredibly popular attraction and is situated in the center of the city just off the high street. It is about a 15 minute walk from the train station and is very easy to find as it is well signposted. If you get lost just ask someone in the street, everyone who's local will know where it is.
It is not cheap and costs around £24 per person for a 2 hour session. Your given a bit of extra time to get dressed. Please don't forget to take your own towesl, swimming costume and robes as they will charge you to rent these. i would recommend booking in advance as it is extremely popular. Bath is full of tourists on any given day of the year so prepare for queues and crowds.
There are plenty of saunas, jacuzzi's and treatment rooms but for me the highlight is the rooftop pool. It is open to the sky and you can sit in the warm water feeling the relaxing jacuzzi jets in the middle of winter and watch the world go by. It truly is a fantastic experience and worth every penny.
Thermae Bath spa is located in Bath City Centre, very easy to find and the City is very well sign posted which makes a trip very easy.
I went to Bath from Sunday - Tuesday and stayed at the local travelodge, of which I shall review next, I have mixed feelings about that hotel!
Upon looking up things to do in Bath, the Thermae Spa was high up on every list, and i saw that it had some very mixxed reviews.
I went for the New Royal Bath 2 hour package. I got to the spa around 1045am, we booked in, £24 for the 2 hour package, we alosrented robes which was £4 each, so I would advise take a robe or 2 towels, one to wander in and one for drying at the end.
Your given an extra 15 minutes for getting dressed, so we had untill 1pm, also if you purchase anything from the in-spa cafe you get an extra 45 minutes, maybe worth a bottle of water?
Downstairs there is the Minerva Bath, which is a hot water indoor bath. Lovely to laze around in, one corner has a jacuzzi built into the pool. There are also floats you can grab so you can be super lazy.
There is also treatment rooms for your massage/facial etc needs.The showers are also located downstairs, below the chnaging rooms, they are equipped with showergel and shampoo!
The changing rooms are operated via amzing snazzy wrist bands. You put the white circle infront of your locker and it opens and closes, very clever... small things..
1st floor has the saunas, each sauna/steam room has its own scent, they are located in one room a sauna in each corner located inside a glass circle, very beautiful. The scents are mint, eucalyptus, lavender and francinsence (i spelt that wrong). They are lovely. Mint was great for me personally as an asthma sufferer, really opened up my airways. There was a lovely rainforest shower in the middle of the room, which fely immense after a hot sauna. There are also little footbaths for those who cant bear saunas for long.
The topfloor is the rooftop pool. I can imagine in the summer this would be amazing. I was up there for the majority of my visit gazing over Bath, feeling the cold breeze on my face but being in the hot waters and jacuzzi jets.
Bath Thermae Spa is the only UK Spa to use Thermal waters, my skin felt amazing after, my boyfriends porers closed up, and my spots were gone by the end of the day.
Very much worth the money, a lovely pampering experience.
I recently went to the Thermae Bath Spa in Bath and overall I was not impressed. The reasons I was not impressed are as follows:
1. We had to wait in line for over an hour and they do not allow you to book in advance if you are just going to use the spa and not get treatments. This is ridiculous, they should let you pre-book on the internet and then you can go at your appointed time.
2. It is a no frills spa. They do not supply you with slippers or a robe.
3. It is expensive, it costs £24 just to use a pool and steam room, for that much money I expected at least a robe and slippers.
4. The spa itself is not that impressive, it is small and crowded as they do not limit the numebr of people they allow in on any one day which they should becasue when I went it was loud and not very relaxing.
The only positive thing I can say about the spa was that the steam rooms were lovely, they had 5 steam rooms with a different scent in each room.
If you want a spa experience then I reccommend going during the middle of the week, not on a Saturday or else you will be as unimpressed as I was.
For anyone who loves lazing about in a warm bath then the Thermae Bath Spa in Bath is an absolute must. I paid a visit there today with my boyfriend as a treat for my 30th birthday and I'm so glad we decided to go.
We chose a 4 hour spa session plus a couples aromatherapy massage, this cost about £160 for the two of us which is good value considering we spent practically the whole day there.
We arrived at 9.30am and were quickly signed in and handed "smart bands" to wear during our visit, these are blue plastic bands with an electronic chip which you wear on your wrist throughout your stay. They operate the lockers in the changing rooms and also eliminate the need for cash in the cafe should you want to eat during your visit.
The centre is laid out over 5 floors, the top floor contains the open air pool which is definitely something to be experienced. The small pool is heated (obviously!) and has wonderful views over the Bath city skyline. Luckily for us it was a clear cloudless day when we visited though very cold. I felt almost Scandinavian floating about in a hot pool watching the steam from my breath escape from my nose in the cold morning sky!
We also used the steam rooms on the 3rd floor, there are 4 of them each containing different scented steams to invigorate or relax you. In addition theres a waterfall style shower in the centre of the area which at times didnt seem to work too well, perhaps the centre still has a few teething problems?
On the lower ground floor is the Minerva bath which is similar to an indoor swimming pool but warmer and more relaxing. My boyfriend and I grabbed a sponge floating support each and let the current in the pool drift us around merrily. If you dont feel up to getting in the pool there are also sun style beds around the edge so you can sit back and watch the action instead.
Next to the Minerva bath is a seperate seating area designed to be a resting place after having a massage or other treatment. There a magazines to read and complimentary herbal teas and water (they encourage you to drink as much water as possible during your stay as the steam and heat can be dehydrating)
The best part of our stay was our treatment, a couples aromatherapy massage. This took place in a small circular shaped treatment room next to the cafe. We were led in, explained how the treatment would work and then left in private to change. We laid on beds next to each other whilst the therapists got to work. The massage lasted an hour and worked all our muscles in our backs, legs and arms. I was left so relaxed at the end I almost fell asleep!
We ended our stay with a light meal in the cafe, a sandwich with salad and orange juice then back to the Minerva bath for a quick final drift around the waters.
We definitey got our moneys worth today, we arrived at 9.30am and left at 3pm having being pampered and looked after. A couple of things which I think could be improved are the position of the showers, they were on the lower ground floor instead of being next to the changing rooms which I found odd. In addition the centre doesnt yet use Chip and Pin, we paid for our meal on the way out and met with some bother as the woman serving us didnt like the way my boyfriend signed the slip.
Other than that the day was perfect and something I would do again and recommend to anyone. The centre is easy to find from the centre of Bath. I have heard though that its closing in the New Year for a short while for some further works so bear this in mind if you're going to book.
The Thermae Bath Spa is a great place to go if you want to chill out.
We chose the Twilight Package. It is available Sunday - Friday from 4pm and last entry into the spa is at 6pm. It costs £35 per person and includes:
* 3-hour spa session for the price of 2 hours, including the time in the restaurant
*Complimentary use of towel, slippers and robe
*An individual main course from the 'menu of the day' including a vegetarian option OR a delicious meat & cheese platter for two to share
* Choice of a glass of house wine, lager, juice or water
We went into the spa at 5.30pm and opted to have our food first as we didn't want to be sitting on the restaurant in a wet robe. We were planning to have a meal later on so we opted for the meat and cheese platter and the house wine. The house white wine was really tasty and the cheese and meat platter was lovely. I don't know what size portion the main meals are but I would get the platter and treat it as a starter rather than depending on this for your main meal of the day!
The changing rooms are really big and there are individual rooms and lockers to put your stuff into.
We went to the open air pool first and this was heaven. There were lots of other people in it but the water felt great and the view over Bath was amazing. We then went to the steam rooms. There are 4 different steam rooms and each of them have different aromas and temperatures. Then we went to the Minerva bath. The minerva bath felt like an indoor swimming pool, although it was very relaxing.
We spend most of our time in the open air pool and felt really relaxed and tired after it.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Thermae Spa. Was it worth the money? Yes, it was to us because the wine was lovely and to see the sun going down while sitting in an open air pool in September in the UK was amazing. The only negative for me was the temperature. It could have been a little bit warmer, although it was fine.
It is something you either love or hate.
I loved it!!!!
Tip: if you want the place to yourself go mid-week or early in the morning because it gets really crowded.
09.00 - 22.00 (last entry at 19.30)
Phone: 0844 888 0844 or
+44 (0)1225 33 1234
* 2-hour spa session £22.00
* 4-hour spa session £32.00
* Full Day spa session £52.00
Britain's original natural thermal spa.