There’s no better spa destination in the UK than Bath, which has been a hotspot for R&R for over a thousand years, thanks to its series of natural springs and their health-benefiting properties.
The first spa developments were founded by the Romans in AD 70 – ‘Aquae Sulis’ – built around the hot springs, a series of public baths and a temple dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva.
Visitors can still visit these historic baths, but the main destination spa these days is Thermae Bath Spa – where original spa buildings are combined with high-end contemporary design and facilities, using the hot, mineral rich waters from the Kings Spring, the Hetling Spring and the Cross Spring.
A whopping one million litres of mineral-rich water flows from the springs every day and uniquely in the UK, the mineral water is toasty warm at around 33 degrees. The thermal waters contain over 42 different minerals, the most concentrated being sulphate, calcium & chloride.
On one beautifully sunny March weekend (and on a lovely hen do), we made our way to the spa (thankfully skipping the queue as we pre-booked). After changing into our supplied dressing gowns and slippers, we made our way straight up to the famous open-air rooftop pool.
This is easily the highlight of the spa – where you can bathe in the warm waters and overlook the higgledy-piggledy rooftops of the city. At sunset, the view is simply stunning, and once the sun descends, the pool is illuminated in soothing blue and purple light, taking on a whole new relaxing vibe.
You could easily spend hours up there, but there’s plenty more to discover at the spa. The aroma steam rooms are another highlight, where each steam pod has a different refreshing aroma, from lemongrass to lotus flower. Hopping from one to the other, you can cool off in the central rain shower for a tropical downpour.
The bottom level is where you’ll find the Minerva Bath, the largest of the baths, named after the Roman Goddess of Health & Wisdom. Here, you can float around in the gentle current, relax in the whirlpool, or chill out on one of the loungers.
Lastly, there’s The Springs Cafe Restaurant, a nice spot to take a breather and enjoy a glass of bubbly.
For a spa day, Bath Thermae Spa is hard to beat.
For more information visit www.thermaebathspa.com.