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spa & wellness


Creating a sense of space and openness in


an area that has no windows to the outside skies required care and has been achieved through large-format, reflective faceted tiles that bounce light into the wellness suite from the high windows in the entrance spaces. The glass front and returning wall on the corner of the Infrared Sauna allow maximum natural light to flood into the circulation area from the entrance space.


multi sensory experience The overall aesthetic is contemporary as are most of the finishes although in places traditional materials have also been used. For example, in the Roman Steam Room, the natural limestone seen on the benches and walls comes from Israel where it is mechanically harvested from the quarry before the blocks of stone are split and dressed by hand. Every indent in the distressed wall finish has been hand tooled. The Infrared Sauna showcases


contemporary sauna design. The largest facility in the suite, the sauna seats guests in its warm acacia and lime wooden interior. Guests breathe fragrant essences while the warm amber glow from the infrared heaters embraces them. The room is completed by a fanned wooden sculpture, designed to mimic the contours


of Bath’s thermal waters. Appropriately, the two steam rooms take


inspiration from the history of Bath. The Georgian Steam Room is light-filled, decorous and elegant, with a flowing fountain and a bright floral fragrance. The seating area is muted in colour with a soft sheen as befitting a genteel Georgian design. This room is heated to 45 degrees at 100 per cent humidity. The Roman Steam Room in contrast has a bold, muscular design, drawing heavily on local Roman architecture. This room features fluted Roman columns and lion heads and an Italian crafted mosaic of the image of Sulis Minerva, courtesy of Heritage Services of Bath and North East Somerset Council. The intimate Celestial Relaxation Room


was designed with relaxation in mind with individual tiled heated loungers, fibre optic lighting and audio visual display of stars and planets. The lighting and music reference historical links with astrology, notably William Herschel’s discovery of the planet Uranus from his home in Bath. The Ice Chamber offers the most bracing


experience in the suite. A cool fog drifts from the ceiling, enveloping users in a mist. Flakes of ice tumble into a blue-lit trough in the heart of the room, where guests can immerse a hand or rub the ice into their


skin. And a stimulating menthol fragrance finishes off the invigorating experience. The dominant colour in this room is blue with mosaics, tiles, porcelain and tumbled glass. Blue LED lights illuminating the ice feature and reflective glass-like panels enhance the light and space. Following the key thermal and sensory


experiences, guests can enjoy the refreshing experience showers, which include two sets of body jets and Chromotherapy showers; which provide a combination of water and colour therapy. “We wanted to offer guests multiple


sensory experiences and to maximise the space available. The Wellness Suite offers a variety of aromas, temperatures, visuals, sounds and other sensations and provides more of a ‘journey’ than the former steam pods, which guests randomly wandered in and out of,” says Mary Stringer of Thermae Bath Spa. “Combined with the incredible views from


our rooftop pool, and the famous naturally warm mineral-rich waters, the Wellness Suite differentiates us from every other spa in Bath by offering such a unique combination of multi-sensory experiences.”


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