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Thermae Bath Spa make most significant investment in more than 10 year history on new Wellness Suite

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Written by: Tim MacFarlan | Posted 04 April 2017 15:53

Thermae Bath Spa make most significant investment in more than 10 year history on new Wellness Suite

Thermae Bath Spa has completed the most significant investment in its more than 10 year history.

Parent company YTL Hotels has put £750,000 into a new Wellness Suite to replace the steam rooms at the spa in Hot Bath Street.

The renovation took three months with the aim of increasing midweek business at the facility, which first opened in August 2006.

Last year saw a record 290,000 visitors at Thermae but numbers have dropped off in the first few months of 2017 because of the works.

Despite that bosses are hoping the extra trade the new suite will bring in outside of weekends will mean the spa will be able to match 2016’s visitor numbers this year.

The new Wellness Suite opened for business on Friday (pictured above at the ribbon cutting the previous Tuesday are B&NES Council leader Tim Warren and YTL managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh) at what is the only day spa in the UK which has access to the natural thermal waters.

Colin Skellett, chairman of Thermae Bath Spa, said: “The Wellness Suite marks an exciting new chapter for us.

“Thermae Bath Spa has now been open for over 10 years and it was time to reinvest in the facilities. The new suite really strengthens our offering.

“It has involved a significant investment – the largest that has been made in a decade in fact.

“It is extremely important to YTL to invest in the quality of Thermae Bath Spa to keep the experience original, relevant, and interesting – and to entice guests back for more.”

The new suite features two Roman and Georgian-themed aromatic steam rooms, and infrared sauna, an ice chamber, a celestial relaxation room and chromotherapy showers.

The refurbishment was undertaken by sauna and steam room specialists DaleSauna.

Thermae opened 10 years after Bath & North East Somerset Council first applied for Lottery funding to re-establish a spa at the site.

The project cost £45 million in total, including support from Bath and North East Somerset Council, the Millennium Commission, Thermae Development Company Ltd (UK), the Bath Spa Trust, the EU Regional Development Fund and local subscribers.

Mr Skellett added: “If it weren’t for Bath’s natural thermal waters, we wouldn’t have this unique spa for local residents and visitors to enjoy today.

“So it was important to us to infuse our new Wellness Suite with the very essence of the city, to honour the local culture and history.

“As such, many areas of our new Wellness Suite subtly evoke elements of the city, such as the mosaic of Sulis Minerva in the Roman Steam Room.

“We acknowledge B&NES Council’s support for this project and it represents our shared ambition to enhance the city and its economy.”

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