You may have noticed, with a bit of help from that nip in the air and those pesky nights drawing in, that Autumn’s well and truly on it’s way. But yester eve we were toasty warm in the waters of the Thermae Bath Spa…Up on the roof top bath, we de-robed and took the plunge in our swim suits, enjoying the hot and cold mash up of the bubbly hot thermal waters and the chilly breeze as the sun set. Loveliness doesn’t even cover it. The thermal waters, which were discovered in 863BC by Prince Bladud fact fans, are a toasty 33.5 degrees and packed with 42 different minerals, this means they’re soothing and properly good for you and your skin. As well as the open-air rooftop treat, which is especially lovely when it goes dark and you can float around guided by the pretty blue pool lights, you’ll also find more ahh-ness to enjoy at the Thermae Bath Spa.
The Minerva Bath, named after the Roman goddess of health and wisdom, has jets and whirl pools to massage you to relaxation. The steam rooms are extra special, with four different pods in one steamy room centered around the biggest power shower aka a waterfall shower you have ever seen. Each of the steam rooms has it’s own relaxing vapours, our fave was the eucalyptus and mint one. And you will also find the Cross Spa near by, an old school private spa area, which you can pop into for a quiet dip or book out for 12 people at once – great for groups of girlies.
If you fancy a treatment you’ll be spoilt for chilled out choice with everything from the Watsu, £62, where you’re cradled in the water of a private spa by a therapist who guides you through a series of flowing movements, stretching you into a oh-so relaxed state, to the Green Coffee Slim & Tone Wrap, £98. We can highly recommend the Relax Hot Stones treatment, £88, which mixes up massage and cleansing with some rather warm pebbles. It leaves you beyond bliss-ed out.
Bath prices start from £26 for a two hour spa session, and there are a host of packages to pick from too. We loved the Twilight For Two, which is £42 per person or £80 for two, and available from 4pm. The price includes a three hour spa sesh, complimentary use of towel, robe and slippers, one course meal from the Twilight Menu and a glass of house wine, beer or juice at the on-site Springs Cafe & Restaurant. For more info on all this and more simply check out: thermaebathspa.com
After our spa trip, we needed a swish place to stay, so popped to Brindleys, a speedy ten minute walk away from the spa. Run by a properly lovely husband and wife team, this boutique B&B has six perfectly formed rooms, with Georgian styling and sweet touches that make you feel like you’re settling into your own home. Well if your own home had just had a very lovely makeover complete with friendly, but not overwhelming, people to take care of you. Enjoy a luxe night’s sleep in the very comfy beds, just make sure you wake up in time for brekkie. You won’t want to miss the berries and yoghurt, cooked treats and buttery croissants so yummy they’ll keep you full way past lunch time. We can’t big up this VIP B&B enough, it’s the definition of fabulous (heh, heh). Prices start from £110 per room, mid-week. For more info and to book in, check out: brindleysbath.co.uk