spa & wellness

YTL Hotels has invested in the Wellness Suite at Thermae Bath Spa to keep the experience original, relevant and interesting – and to entice guests back.

Thermae Bath Spa

THERMAE Bath Spa is the only day spa in the UK which has access to the city’s natural thermal waters. Situated in the heart of the World Heritage Site, Thermae combines the historic spa with contemporary design and facilities. It is currently operated by YTL Hotels on lease from Bath and North East Somerset Council, and according to independent research, more than £100m additional spend has been generated in the local economy by visitors to the spa. On average, 62 per cent of visitors to the

spa said that Thermae Bath Spa was their main reason for visiting Bath. Thirty four per cent of visitors had used the spa before and 91 per cent said they are likely to re- visit Thermae Bath Spa. However, after 10 years of use, the

original steam rooms at the Thermae Bath Spa were beginning to show signs of wear and tear. Rather than replace like with like, YTL Hotels decided to design something

completely different to excite new and returning guests. DaleSauna was already known to YTL

Hotels having first worked with the group in 2015 on the installation of the spa in The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. The company was appointed as designers and project managers on the £750,000 Thermae Bath Spa project, which took three months to complete. “We worked very closely with the team at

Thermae Bath Spa and their design concept was very clear: Bath through the ages. For me, the essence of translating that brief had to acknowledge that Bath has a tradition that celebrates social bathing and relaxation, and that is true for Roman, Georgian and modern day visitors. The new Wellness Suite should reference both the architectural and social history of Bath while showcasing the most recent technology available in spa design,” says

Lynn Russell-Hanson, interior designer at DaleSauna.

A sense of space Located on the first floor of the building, the new Wellness Suite replaces four glass and stone steam room pods as well as a waterfall shower. The 15x15 metre area had to incorporate all facilities including entrance and exits, circulation areas and plant rooms. “Thermae Bath Spa is a spa destination,

a major tourist attraction and also the busiest spa that I’ve ever worked on with approximately 300 guests in the building at any time. Special attention was given to circulation areas and walkways to allow maximum traffic flow, whilst also giving maximum space inside the experience rooms, without making any area feel too cramped or enclosed,” says Russell-Hanson. 27

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