Late last year the Thermae Bath Spa started renovations which mean that part of the spa complex had to be closed; this was sad news indeed. But, on the plus side, the promise of a brand new Wellness Suite was the reason for the reduced facilities. Now, at last, it’s up and running…
The first new room, and one of the most striking thanks to its giant golden image of the head of Sulis
Minerva (which can be seen “in the flesh” as it were on display
in the Roman Baths), is the Roman Steam Room. The polished stone seating
running around the length of the room is hand-crafted, traditional, and echoes that
of the original seating in the Roman baths themselves, and the steam is infused
with a stimulating blend of flowers and botanicals.
|The Roman Steam Room|
The next steam room is the Georgian Steam Room which gives the impression of being surrounded by an elegant garden thanks to the floral scenes in the windows, the warm light, the ornate
|The Infrared Red Sauna|
However, for those who really crave the heat, the Infrared Red Sauna will be a favourite new addition to the spa. The state-of-the-art Infrared Sauna has a much more modern feel with its amber glow and lime wood and acacia wood panelling, but most importantly, the modern technology which has been installed allows the soothing heat to be soaked further into sore muscles and joints. It’s a good room to visit post or pre massage at the spa.
Not everyone is after heat though, and on a hot summer day the new Ice Chamber might be the place to visit. “Ultrasonic vibrations create an immersive, ethereal mist and those feeling particularly brave” (or looking for a twist on the ice bucket challenge?) “can use a handful of flaked ice to rejuvenate and
|The Ice Chamber|
The Celestial Relaxation Room has, we think, the best name of the rooms in the new wellness suite. As the name suggests, it offers twinkling lights to evoke gazing at a night sky, as well as heated loungers, warm fragrant air and calming sounds. It is inspired by the famous Georgian astronomer who began his career in Bath – William Herschel.
Then at the end of the thermal and sensory experience rooms, are the Experience Showers – each involving two sets of body jets and chromo-therapy (very pretty lights to you and me).
And all this ready just in time for an Easter get-away too. Good timing to be sure, and, it has to be said, pleasantly surprising given how common it is for renovation projects to run over!