‘Healthy body, healthy mind’, so the saying goes. In the dark cold days of winter, we are all in need of some TLC.

In the first few months of the year, when the cold air clashes with the heat of the naturally warm, mineral-rich waters creating a pool full of steam, there’s nothing more uplifting that treating your winter-weary body to the joy of outdoor bathing in the thermal waters of Thermae Bath Spa’s rooftop pool.

Set in the heart of Bath, Thermae Bath Spa’s centrepiece is its iconic open-air rooftop pool with views over the city to the surrounding hills. Here you can immerse yourself in the city’s ancient history and enjoy the tradition of ‘taking the waters’ that people have been enjoying for thousands of years.

Named after the Roman goddess of health and wisdom, the indoor Minerva Bath at Thermae Bath Spa is the largest of the thermal baths. Guests can pass the time floating around the flowing curves and grand columns, enjoying the warm waters and the invigorating massage jet, whirlpool and lazy river. Not only does the naturally warm spring water soothe the body, but the Spa’s Wellness Suite offers a range of restorative and multi-sensory experiences including a state-of-the-art infrared room, a celestial relaxation room, a revitalising ice chamber, and two aroma steam rooms, capturing the essence of Bath’s heydays during the Roman and Georgian eras.

For those seeking a little more pampering Thermae Bath Spa offers a choice of treatments and packages.

Our spa therapists recommend a visit to our Wellness Suite before having a treatment. The warmth of the steam rooms and the infrafred room will allow your body to relax and warm the muscles which means you will gain more benefit from a massage. This is also true of bathing in the warm waters.

Research has shown that regularly spending time in a sauna can improve cardiovascular health, lower stroke risk, boost the immune system, help control blood pressure, and aid in the body’s relaxation process.

A two-hour spa session at Thermae Bath Spa gives access to all the facilities while the popular Twilight Package includes a light meal and, if you time it right, the chance to watch the sunset from the Rooftop Pool, or bathe beneath the stars. A magical memory!

The Springs Café, with large Georgian windows overlooking the cobbled streets below, offers tasty snacks and drinks, while during the summer months the Terrace Bar is the perfect place for a cool drink or ice cream.

Set across the road from the main spa is the historic Cross Bath. This small but perfectly formed bathing pool can be booked for exclusive use for small groups.

As one of just 11 UNESCO Great Spa Towns of Europe, Bath grew up around natural, thermal, mineral water springs and bears witness to the world-renowned European spa culture. From the early 18th century it has grown and developed culture, art, leisure, spas, casinos, theatres, hotels, assembly rooms, gardens, and has carefully managed the therapeutic environment in a picturesque landscape, centred around the bathing and drinking of the natural spring water.

The Great Spa Towns of Europe have always made people feel good – and Bath is no exception. The art of feeling good is encapsulated in all that Bath offers today. Trends may have changed over the centuries, but the fashion of exercising and nurturing the mind, body and soul is forever in Bath’s waters!