Thermae Bath Spa
Good for: spa, Pool, relaxing, rejuvenating, bathing
Not good for: noisy, rowdy, perving
- Hot Bath St City Centre
- tel, info: 01225 331234
- spa sessions Cross Bath adult/child around £12/around £9, New Royal Bath per 2hr/4hr/day around £20/around £30/around £50, spa packages from around £65
- New Royal Bath 09:00-22:00, Cross Bath 10:00-20:00
Lonely Planet review for Thermae Bath Spa
Larking about in the Roman Baths might be off the agenda, but thankfully you can still sample the city's curative waters at the Thermae Bath Spa. Incorporating the old Cross Bath into a shell of Georgian stone, stainless steel and plate glass, the ferociously modern building has ruffled the feathers of many Bathonian purists, but whatever you make of the architecture, the hot springs themselves are a treat.
Packages range from a dip in one of the heated pools (choose from the Cross Bath or the New Royal Bath, which includes a choice of pools, steam rooms and waterfall shower) to exotic treatments including peat baths, body cocoons, Vichy showers and the ominous-sounding 'Kraxen stove' (an Alpine hay chamber, apparently). Best of all is the amazing open-air rooftop pool, where you can admire the cityscape dressed in nowt but a bathrobe and fluffy slippers.