Thermae Bath Spa
24 reviews of Thermae Bath Spa in English
Luxuriant, Roman-themed spa right at home in the spa city. Set over five floors of hot springs, scented steaming, showers, pools, jets and treatments, and topped by a gorgeous roof-top pool, this is the ultimate way to watch the sun set and relax.
The Thermae Spa is not cheap, but it's a unique offering in the city and one well worth experiencing.
We locals may be a bit resistant to Thermae Bath Spa because of all the money ploughed into it and the time it's taken and the dramas involved. But one visit to this place is enough to restore you on every level and so...let's forget the past.
I came on one of those evening specials with supper included. Very highly recommended! The meal was tasty and light, so it doesn't detract from the wonderful benefits of the detox.
A dip in the rooftop pool is an absolute delight. There are various pockets in it with different actions and that's lovely...but cannot compare with watching the sun go down over the rooftops. It's an extraordinary experience.
I love the steam rooms too. Each one has a different aromatherapeutic smell. There is a lovely pool downstairs also.
The whole experience is wonderful.
I've taken a star off because it is showing a sign or two of wear and tear with the odd foot bath not working, for example. The place is taking in so many visitors, I wonder when they get the chance to make good things that go wrong.
My visit was part of a wonderful city break in Bath so may be slightly coloured by the rest of my trip, but I could not recommend this place highly enough. Everything about it, from the wonderful hot rooftop pool to the extensive hydrotherapy pool and aromatherapy steam rooms was a delight, and the location in the historic Roman spa town only makes a visit here more magical. I can't recall the price details of Thermae spa, but remember being impressed at the value for money. I'd love to go again if I was ever in the area!
We went here for a couple of hours yesterday. I'm probably not the target market for a place like this but I quite liked it.
My main criticism is that 2 hours is the shortest amount of time you can go in for but if you don't have any extras you can only go in the main downstairs pool, the steam rooms, and the open air roof top pool. The steam rooms were great, except Gill couldn't really stand the heat so we didn't stay there very long. The downstairs pool was good as a starting point but got boring after half an hour, and the rooftop pool was cool, nice view over the town, but again 30 mins is enough. So we paid for at least half an hour we didn't need.
But thats only a minor criticism and I felt refreshed and relaxed after my swim here.
It's true, you don't really want to be a shy and retiring type in your cossie here, you do need to parade around like a true Roman in front of the other sex.
So here's the deal - 5 floors of shiny glass and old stone lovliness that consist of - 1) changing rooms 2) basemennt Minerva pools and jets 3) four different aromas of steam rooms 4) cafe / restaurant 5) open-air rooftop pool
We went on Easter Sunday ( thankfully the only sunny day of the long weekend ) and the rooftop pool is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the spires of Bath, green hills and sunny weather! After bobbing around for half an hour or so up there and wallowing in the jacuzzi, we went down to the steam rooms for 20 mins or so and tried all four fragrances.
Then to the cafe for a revitalising diet coke and flapjack ( the cheapest thing on the menu ) Bit rich to call this a restaurant, it really is a caff, with bathers dripping water all over the lino floor while they eat.
For those who wanted it there is also a proper 'spa' area where treatments can be booked - far in advance, i might add!
Lastly we tried the Minerva baths which are the indoor pools and jets. Bit miffed to find that only one jet in the whole pool was working with which to pummell my cellulite!!
The entry price isn't cheap - £24.00 for 2 hours, but if you go by Great Western train you can get 4 hours for the price of 2 ***HOT TIP ALERT***
And, yes, if you live nearby you also get a £5 discount on the admission price. All up, a good experience. Take your own towels, flip flops etc. The towelling slippers they give you are useless once wet, and take two towels - one for wearing around the baths and one to actually shower with before you leave.
I still enjoyed myself - eyes closed in that warm water in the rooftop pool I could have sworn I was back in Australia feeling the sun on my face!
Great treat. Might be a bit expensive for some to make it a regular visit. For the standard entry fee, you can enjoy the roof top pool, the middle floor wet scented saunas and the basement pool. It's extra to hire bath robes, towels and flip flops. Save some money and bring your own.
Do recommend going during the week if you can and will no doubt go again!
This is a lovely modern day spa that has been long in the waiting, it gives good reason to the name of bath. It is very modern and well designed and although the prices are quite expensive for some of the activities and treatments it gives a very nice break and a good day out. Highly reccomended to anyone visiting the ara.
A much hyped venue, and what I thought to be a “must see” given that we were visiting Bath.
The changing “rooms” are smaller than the ones in primark, and of a similar, individually-sized hit-your-elbows type. Men and women change in any of the tiny cabinets, and walk off to the pools. Finding a locker was a bit of a challenge. As was finding a free changing cabinet. Do budget 20 minutes for changing alone, based on the ability to find a free shower and free cabinet. Also bring your own shower gel and shampoo. The goo on offer is unpleasant and inefficient.
The bathrobe is very light (and can’t handle much wetting), but does keep you warmer than a towel as you walk about.
The rooftop pool is very nice, but given how many people were in it, it was more of a rooftop bathtub. There was barely standing room. The eastern side (from where you can see the cathedral) has bubbles that work intermittently, which is good fun.
The hammams were kind of fun, but I do feel faint in extreme humid heat, so I didn’t stay very long. The Eucalyptus one is worth sitting in as it definitely clears your breathing passages! And the middle “shower” is very relaxing.
I took a 2-hour session for £22, plus £4 to rent the flimsy bathrobe. It was fun, but only because I was with a group of friends. Also, 2 hours are more than enough to experience the Minerva baths, the hammams and the rooftop pool, so I’d recommend it (compared to the more expensive 4 hour ticket)
Alone, it would have been awful, as I’ve been to much better facilities at a GYM in London!!
I went here on a hen night and it was the perfect end to a perfect day. The pool was so warm and the saunas really cleared me out, I love the Eucalyptus smell.
The top pool is open air, bizarre logic bathing outside when it was quite cool and the water was hot.
Definitely a must as when you’re up there as you overlook the Bath City, on the day we went there were a handful of Hot Air balloons sailing over. It was a magical experience
I recently went on the Twilight package here which costs £35 for 3 hours, including a meal and drink in the restaurant and hire of the slippers, robe and towel. It was lovely. I went with my boyfriend and it was very romantic in the evening! There were lots of other couples there too but it still felt quite private too. The rooftop pool was an experience, especially in the middle of December! It was lovely and warm once you got in though.
The steam rooms were lovely too, my favourite was the mint one. The lavender one was relaxing too. The food was a bit of a letdown though, I was expecting a nicer and bigger meal really.
The Thermae Spa has had a lot of publicity over the cost and time it has taken to produce and I must say the end result doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Saying that though, it is a lovely, relaxing experience and a real treat. The plus points are obviously the gorgeous spa baths and also the restaurant which is lovely (but over priced) and the treatments (lovely but overpriced….) and hence the theme. It’s all lovely but not quite worth the money you pay for a couple of hours. That is the biggest negative, as well as the strange layout as the changing rooms are on a totally different floor from all the other attractions – you have to keep going up and down to get things if you forget them. Also, you have to pay to hire a robe and things like that should really come with the entrance fee. It is a great experience and I would recommend it but as a real treat not a weekly pampering session!!
The Thermae is famous locally for going over-budget and over-time when it was built. It’s expensive, and they don’t even include a robe, slippers or towel in the inflated entry price - they’re extra (take your own!).
Still, I absolutely adore it and will happily pay the entrance fee, because it’s one of the best places I’ve ever been and I have such fond memories of it. It’s a good job I don’t live in Bath or I’d be tempted to spend nearly all my money in there!
Included in the price is the use of the lower pool, which is the largest and indoor, so you can lounge around next to the water on loungers and it’s warm. But you don’t want to be doing that when there’s that expanse of beautiful, warm mineral water in front of you, with subtle currents under the water. Grab a couple of floats and you can gently float around the water with no effort at all - it’s lovely!
In the middle floor are four large steam pods - big glass enclosures, each with its own essential oil - I found the mint and eucalyptus one the best - made my skin all tingly and certainly cleared my head and made me breathe more easily!
But then save the best for last - the stunning rooftop, outdoor pool. It’s wonderful to be in the warm water - especially when the weather cool - you can breathe in the fresh air mixed with the steam gently bubbling off the water. You’re surrounded by the beautiful vista of Bath and I found it really beautiful, quite an emotional experience!
I recommend the Twilight Package which includes a meal in the on-site restaurant - it’s a bit quieter then and watching he sun go down from the rooftop pool is really special.
The Thermae Bath Spa is highly recommended for an afternoon or a few hours of bliss. You can book for 4 hours for £30 and it is well worth the money. They have a lovely outdoor rooftop heated pool and you get a brilliant view all across Bath. There are several steam rooms (all having a different aroma), saunas as well as jacuzzis and a swimming pool. The spa has good changing facilities and is generally very clean and modern. Towels and robes are provided at a small charge. You can pre-book your visit and I would definitely recommend this, particularly for groups, as it can get very busy with tourists and it allows you to queue jump. You can also have additional treatments for an extra charge although if you are only there for a few hours this isn’t really necessary as there is plenty to keep you occupied. The restaurant serves good food but is a little pricey - the main benefit of the restaurant is that you can charge everything to your account and pay when you leave to save you having to carry cash around. Thermae bath Spa is highly recommended for an afternoon of relaxation and pampering.
THis is definaltley worth the visit but it wasnt the realxing experience I was expecting. The baths get very busy and you are bustled in and moved around the various areas like cattle. All this in your swimming costume, not very good if you are body conscious! The steam rooms and baths were lovely and I did feel fresh and revitalised afterwards but it would have been nicer it it wasnt so busy. The restaurant served lovely healthy food but it was not so healthy and your purse! The foot jet spa things were useless and didnt seem to work properly. But I was glad I went.
You dont’ need more than two hours, but it’s a lovely two hours! The two pools are my favourite - the roof top pool is lovely and warm, great even in the rain, though it’s frustrating when the bubbles are off. Very cold getting out in the winter! The bottom Minerva pool has a current pumping round some of it which is great fun.
Busy at the weekends, best time to go is early afternoon during the week. Treatments are expensive compared to other places in Bath, cafe does great salads.
What can i say? Pure bliss. You just have to try the rooftop pool which is just heaven on earth. Not snobby nor costly. Both tourists and locals. Steam rooms are amazing with different aromas. Try the taster 2 hour session. Tip - take your robe, slippers and towel to keep the cost down.
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