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“Loved the rooftop pool!”
Review of Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa
Ranked #1 of 10 Spas & Wellness in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Thermae Bath Spa is Britain's only natural thermal Spa and benefits from the warm, mineral-rich waters which the Celts and Romans enjoyed over 2,000 years ago. Located in the heart of the World Heritage city of Bath, Thermae is a remarkable combination of five historic buildings and the contemporary architecture of the New Royal Bath. Highlights include the open-air rooftop pool with wonderful views over the city of Bath, the flowing curves of the Minerva Bath, the multi-sensory Wellness Suite and a choice of over 50 spa treatments and packages.
Reviewed March 1, 2013

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.

Thank 21Jo
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We were staying in Bath for a long weekend and this was on our must-do list. We had intended to do the twilight spa session but at the last minute we decided it might be nice to do a package with treatments instead. Unfortunately we had left it too late for couples treatments but the man on the desk was really polite and suggested next time to book a couple of weeks in advance, as well as answering questions on the twilight session which we did the next day.

There were plenty of lockers, including some large ones which were perfect for my long coat and boots a long with other things. The locker room was quite nicely finished and functional and the fact it was unisex meant we could easily meet up after getting changed and share a locker.

The spa didn't seem that busy and there were plenty of racks to leave dressing gowns in. I would definitely recommend having a dressing gown or something with you when moving between pools as it was a little chilly. Not as bad as I expected to be honest.

The rooftop pool was lovely and warm and you had great views of the abbey. It was lovely at night too. The steam rooms were nice and smelt lovely. There were seats at the edge of the room and the waterfall shower.The downstairs indoor pool and room was very relaxing.

We had A meal included in the package. This was served quickly even though the restaurant was fairly busy. The portion sizes (including the drinks) were very reasonable and it tasted lovely. It was better than expected.

The showers were a bit disappointing - mine was cold but my fiancé said his was fine so I was just unlucky perhaps. There was some shower gel / shampoo in the cubicle.

Before going I was worried that three hours was too long buying went really quickly and I could have stayed longer. It's not cheap but was lovely for a treat and the prices seem reasonable in comparison to other spas / beauty treatments. I want to go again!

Thank Blondilocks
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Fabulous spa:- all 3 floors are great, in particular the open top floor! Worth a visit purely for the novelty factor, I have visited this spa 3 times (travelling each time from Cardiff) and would be happy to visit again.

I would recommend the 2 hour spa session for £26 as any longer is a little boring (unless of course, you are having lunch/special treatments)

1  Thank abbystephens
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had intended to go during the day and while walking past it there was a big queue, so thought best to join it. Before we went in I thought £26 for two hours (not including rental of robes/slippers/towels) was a bit steep, but it is definitely worth it as a treat. All the pools have a very relaxed atmosphere. Water was a great temperature. There are 4 steam rooms that I could see and each had a different scent and seemingly different temperatures. In this steam room there is a big shower in the middle that blasts down warm water at certain intervals and also 4 cold showers. At the very top floor there is an outside pool with warm water; first experience of this! Had to try it, would advice anyone going to also try it. Be warned, in cold weather it's extremely cold when you get out.

Staff were very friendly

Thank johnpb355
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Here we go,if your visiting Bath for the first time the Thermae Bath Spa is a must,even when its freezing being on the rooftop when raining and a hot Spa is refreshing,The price is good too and for two hours is plenty,either before shopping or too relax after a good days shopping,there are also treatments too all standard prices to anywhere else,all extra.
It can get busy but theres another indoor spa downstairs and steam rooms so theres plenty of room for every one.
So if you visit Bath and dont visit the Spa then your missing out

Thank jay k
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