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Fire & ice – spa hotels with thermal suites

Not all hotel spas are created equal. From a destination spa hotel retreat, to a treatment room tucked away in a hotel cellar, the important thing is that you know exactly what to expect from a hotel spa.

At Classic British Hotels, all of our spa hotels offer extensive spa therapy menus, highly trained spa therapists, and dedicated relaxation areas and treatment rooms. Many of our spa hotels also feature thermal suites.

A thermal suite is more than just a sauna or steam room. Or both. Often the focal point of a well-designed spa hotel, a thermal suite should offer a range of heat and ice experiences to take the spa guest through dramatic changes in temperature and provide unique body sensations.

Spa hotels with thermal suites offer temperature journeys that help to stimulate circulation, exfoliate the skin and eliminate toxins, leaving you feeling invigorated and refreshed, your skin toned and your pores open.

At any of our spa hotels with thermal suites, we recommend you begin your thermal journey with a foot bath or lower temperature experience, such as in a warm air Roman caldarium, before moving into a higher temperature environment like a sauna or Sanarium.

It’s important to give yourself time to cool down and then relax between each experience. You can then repeat the cycle between bathing, cooling and relaxing. Make sure you enter the experiences dry to aid perspiration and stay well-hydrated throughout your journey.

Let’s take a look at a first-rate spa hotel with thermal suite – the Bridge Hotel and Spa in Yorkshire. In the summer, your typical trial by fire and ice may look a little like this:


Japanese foot spas – Sit back on the heated bench and let the warm water massage your feet. Foot spas work on pressure points in the feet to promote circulation.

Eucalyptus crystal steam room – Infused with eucalyptus, the steam room is a warm, humid environment to help clear your sinuses and decongest.

Ice fountain – This is a great place to cool off by rubbing handfuls of crushed ice into your skin, stimulating your circulation and oxygen intake.

Relax in the lavender courtyard.

Applewood sauna or Nordic barrel sauna – The classical hot air Finnish sauna is dry, making your body perspire to help eliminate toxins and open the pores.

Experience drench showers – At one with nature, an experience shower offers differing water pressures, temperatures, fragrances and lighting effects.

Relax on the relaxation balcony.

Cedarwood hot tub – Similar in some respects to a hydrotherapy pool, the hot tub warms up and massages the muscles with high pressure jets of hot water.

Cold plunge – Follow the hot tub with cold plunge therapy. Taking a dip in a pool of frigid water has been popular for thousands of years in Chinese medicine.

Relax in the snooze room.


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