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The Journey of Wellbeing

Bath has an age-old affinity with thermal waters. Amongst Bath’s most cherished treasures is the long-standing relationship between Bath and wellness, which dates back thousands of years to the discovery of the city's thermal waters.

Ancient Beginnings

The story of Bath's wellness journey begins around 863 BC when the Celts first recognized the supposed healing properties of Bath's natural thermal springs. These hot mineral-rich waters, believed to have been bestowed by the gods, quickly became revered for their therapeutic benefits. The Celts established the first shrine in Bath, dedicated to the goddess Sulis, and the city soon became a spiritual and healing hub.

Roman Influence

Bath's wellness legacy continued to flourish during the Roman occupation of Britain in AD 43. The Romans recognized the potential of the thermal waters and built the magnificent Roman Baths, transforming Bath into a bustling social and cultural centre. The Baths became renowned for their alleged healing properties, attracting visitors from far and wide seeking relief from various ailments. The Romans even erected a temple to the goddess Sulis Minerva, merging their beliefs with those of the Celts.

Medieval and Georgian Eras

Following the decline of the Roman Empire, Bath's wellness traditions endured. In the Middle Ages, Bath became a popular destination for pilgrimage, with the healing waters continuing to draw visitors seeking spiritual and physical rejuvenation. The Georgian era, spanning the 18th century, witnessed a resurgence of interest in Bath's thermal waters. The city's elegant Georgian architecture, exemplified by the iconic Royal Crescent, became synonymous with luxury and indulgence, attracting the wealthy and elite who sought the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich waters.

Modern Revival

In recent years, Bath's wellness heritage has experienced a renaissance. With the opening of the Thermae Bath Spa in 2006, locals and tourists alike can now immerse themselves in the rejuvenating waters, mirroring the practices of their ancient predecessors. The spa offers a range of treatments and experiences, including rooftop pools with breath-taking views of the city's historic skyline.

Unveiling the Spa Hotels in Bath

Bath is not only renowned for its ancient Roman baths and thermal waters; it also a haven for wellness enthusiasts. From rejuvenating spa hotels to iconic landmarks, Bath offers a wealth of opportunities to experience ultimate relaxation and indulge in self-care.

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The Royal Crescent

Nestled within the iconic Georgian architecture of the Royal Crescent lies a hidden sanctuary for wellness seekers. This exclusive hotel combines history and indulgence, offering a tranquil spa experience like no other. Unwind in the serene relaxation rooms, take a dip in the heated pool, or enjoy a peaceful stroll through the meticulously manicured gardens.

Gainsborough Bath Spa

Tucked away in the heart of the city, the Gainsborough Bath Spa is a true gem for those seeking a luxurious wellness retreat. This five-star hotel boasts a stunning spa that utilizes the natural thermal waters found beneath the city. Immerse yourself in the unique Spa Village Bath, offering an array of thermal pools, saunas, steam rooms, and an invigorating ice alcove.

MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel

Situated amidst picturesque gardens, the MacDonald Bath Spa Hotel transports guests into a world of tranquillity. Here, you can indulge in the ultimate wellness experience with their state-of-the-art spa facilities. Immerse yourself in the hydrotherapy pool, unwind in the steam room, or take a dip in the outdoor vitality pool while enjoying breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside.

Beyond the Spa Hotels in Bath

While the spa hotels in Bath undoubtedly offer an unparalleled wellness experience, the city itself is a haven for overall wellbeing. Bath also has a second UNESCO accreditation as a Great Spa Town of Europe which recognises the importance of European spa culture around a spa such as leisurely stroll through the stunning Royal Victoria Park or along the tranquil Kennet and Avon Canal, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature and the architecture of the city.

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Bath is a sanctuary where one can embrace self-care and find inner balance. Here, we explore some of the finest places in Bath for therapeutic experiences.

Thermae Bath Spa

Nestled in the heart of Bath, the Thermae Bath Spa is an extraordinary retreat that combines history, relaxation, and therapeutic benefits. The spa's main highlight is its natural thermal waters, which have been revered for their alleged healing properties for centuries. Immerse yourself in the warm mineral-rich waters and let the stresses of everyday life melt away. The open-air rooftop pool, overlooking the city's iconic skyline, provides a truly immersive and revitalising experience.

Neal’s Yard

A hidden gem in Bath, Neal’s Yard offers a holistic approach to well-being, focusing on natural remedies and therapies. Step into this charming sanctuary and discover a world of organic skincare, aromatherapy, and herbal remedies. Experience the power of their signature treatments, including reflexology and deep tissue massage, for a truly transformative experience. For more information please visit:

Lush Bath Spa

For those seeking a multisensory well-being journey, Lush Bath Spa is an absolute delight. This innovative spa takes inspiration from the brand's renowned handmade cosmetics, creating an immersive and magical experience. The spa's signature treatment, the Tales of Bath, is a sensory experience that combines massage, music, and storytelling for a truly enchanting escape.

Talking Therapies

With a range of therapy options available, individuals can embark on a journey of self-exploration, emotional healing, and personal development. Whether it's cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis, or person-cantered counselling, Bath's talking therapies foster self-awareness, resilience, and overall well-being.

ReBalance Bath

Bath’s successful Wellbeing Festival returns for a second year in January 2024. In the cold dark days of winter, Bath will be hosting a three-week celebration of feel-good activities, mindfulness and motivation, exclusive hotel and spa packages, taster sessions and family fun. To get rebalanced, for more information and to book, please visit: