With spa in the name, it’s no surprise that Bath Spa is still the wonderful wellness destination it has been for thousands of years.
Founded in the 1st century AD by the Romans who used the natural hot springs as a thermal spa, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage City and well worth a visit. Just an hour and a half from London, take a dip – and a bite – into Bath’s feel-good culture with these Citizen Femme picks.
Thermae Bath Spa
On the aptly named Hot Bath Street you’ll find Thermae Bath Spa. Here are the only naturally warm, mineral-rich waters in Britain where you can bathe just as the Celts and Romans did over 2,000 years ago. Only today, the bathing experience is less about floaty togas and stone pillars, and more about rooftop pools.
By day and night, you can relax in the indoor Minerva Bath and open-air rooftop pool with beautiful views over the Bath skyline. There’s also a brand new Wellness Suite featuring steam rooms, a sauna, relaxation rooms and more. Not to mention a hefty selection of over 40 unique treatments – including Hot Stone therapies and the spa’s signature Watsu treatment – and packages to choose from too.
We recommend skipping the sunset and going as early as possible – leave it too late and the multi-story spa might end up feeling less wellness and more waterpark.
Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School
Feeling inspired after a successful “Veganuary”? A visit to Demuths might make going full-time a reality. Specialised in plant-based cooking, their classes are all vegetarian while many are vegan and others are raw and gluten-free. Spice things up with their Indian street food workshop, or add some flavour with a Latin American cookery day. Demuths even offers a highly popular fermented vegan cheese course.
Lunch Time at Noya’s Kitchen
You’ll certainly recognise plenty of popular restaurants around Bath, but we recommend the newest addition to the foodie scene: Noya’s Kitchen. The vivacious Noya herself cooks up home-style and wholesome Vietnamese cuisine, with lunch menus varying weekly. Noya runs supper clubs too. The place is inviting, the kind of restaurant where the diner herself has free reign over what goes into the dishes. A good dose of love and passion are always a given, but you’ll have the say over meat vs. veggies, spice levels, and gluten for example. Pray that they have their mung bean patties on the menu, and finish off with some syrupy Vietnamese coffee.
Dessert at Swoon
Visit Swoon’s website all you’ll love their sweet philosophy: “We believe every life is made a little better by gelato”. And don’t we all! Especially when it’s artisan, lower fat than regular ice cream by nature, and even vegan. With many of their delectable flavours made with almond milk, you’ll be able to indulge to your heart’s content all while blissfully dodging the dreaded dairy bloat/breakout. Swoon!
Make a getaway out of it by staying for a few nights at The Gainsborough Bath Spa – get the full scoop here.
For further information on Wellness in Bath, take a look here