We visited the Thermae Spa several weekends ago on a Saturday whilst we were in Bath. We got there around 12.30 and had to queue for 45 mins to get in, but they did send out a member of staff to walk along the queue letting us know how long the wait was and handing out sweets which I thought was a nice touch.
As many people have mentioned, the changing rooms and locker area is strangely laid out, with doors at both sides of the changing cubicles and a pull down lever to open the doors. The locker system was also a little strange to begin with but worked well once you figured it out. It was also a little dark in there and with the showers one floor down it is not the best layout ever, but you soon figure it all out.
We had a 2 hour session for £26, and they give you 15mins extra at the end for changing etc. We were told that if you buy food or a drink in the café they add 30mins to your departure time, but infact they gave us an extra hour, so we ended up with 3 hours to enjoy the facilities which was good.
We started off in the Minerva pool on the lower ground floor. Being a Saturday it was rather crowded but we still enjoyed floating around in the lovely warm water and moving about to enjoy whichever area of jets was on (try the high pressure jets on your back and shoulders which feels great although sprays water EVERYWHERE!) We then went up to the rooftop pool in the lift – despite being a cold February day the sun was out and it was lovely to sit and bask in the glorious sunshine and enjoy the views over the city of Bath. We also checked out the various steam pods, 3 of which had a nice strong smell (lemongrass, lavender and mint) but I’m not sure what the fourth one was supposed to smell of. All were of varying temperatures, but the best bit was the rainforest shower in the middle of the steam room area which came on from time to time in torrential jets! After a quick drink in the café we then went back to relax in the pool before our time was up.
We really enjoyed our time there and would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in Bath, however don’t expect it to be peacefully quiet while you’re there – it will be busy, especially at a weekend.
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