Thermae Bath Spais a combination of the historicspaand a contemporary building in the city ofBath, England, and re-opened in 2006.Bath and North East Somersetcouncil own the buildings, and, as decreed in a Royal Charter of 1590, are the guardians of the spring waters, which are the only naturally hot, mineral-rich waters in the UK.
The Spa is operated by YTL Hotels.
The main spa building, the New Royal Bath, was designed byGrimshaw Architectsand is constructed in Bath stone, enclosed by a glass envelope. It has two natural thermal baths, an open-air rooftop pool and an indoor pool, and a large Wellness Suite with two aromatic steam rooms, an Ice Chamber, Infrared Sauna and a Celestial Relaxation Room. It also has a cafe, three relaxation areas, and 27 spa treatment rooms, including the 18th century Hot Bath, in which water-based massage such as Watsu takes place. The separateCross Bathis a grade I listed Georgian building containing one open-air thermal bath. One of the city’s main attractions has long been its famous hot spa water, fed by the area’shot springs. The Bath springs are thewarmest geothermal springs found in the UK. These naturalgeothermalmineral springsfed into theRoman Bathscomplex, which was responsible for the prominence of Bath in theRoman period, as well as for the later development of Bath as the country’s leading eighteenth and early nineteenth century health resort. In the middle of the 20th century, the city’s swimming pool sourced its water directly from the King’s Spring through one of three pipelines beneath theRiver Avon. However, the old municipal hot pools were closed in 1978 after the discovery of an infectious organism in one stratum of theaquifer. After that date, bathing was prohibited.source