A winter’s morning at the springs
Who says winter means having to stay cooped up indoors?
We’re often asked what it’s like to bathe at the hot springs during the wintertime. The answer is that geothermal bathing is even more nourishing in the cold weather, when the temperature of the pools is in stark contrast to the crisp outdoor air.
We’ve put together some suggestions on how you could spend a fresh winter’s morning warming up at the springs.
7am: Arrive before sunrise
Arrive before 9am to take advantage of our earlybird special, with entry prices starting from $25. Bookings recommended.
7.15am: Hydrojet pool
Slide into the hydrojet pool and gaze out over the lake as the sun comes up.
8am: Cave pool
Get cosy in our Japanese-inspired cave pool.
8.30am: Turkish hammam
Become immersed in a slice of traditional Turkish culture by spending some time relaxing in the hammam.
9am: Amphitheatre pools
Head over to our newest area, where you’ll find a constellation of pools set at a lovely 38 degrees.
Wander over to the Fire and Ice area — also in the Amphitheatre space — and enjoy our spacious new saunas. There’s both a wet and dry sauna, and each has space for up to 30 guests.
10am: Cold plunge
It might seem counterintuitive, but bathing in cold water is a popular winter activity around the world for its ability to boost the immune system. It also makes it extra enjoyable when you then hop back into a hot pool!
10.30am: Massaging mineral showers
There’s nothing like an outdoor shower, and hot, massaging mineral showers are even better. Rinse off under the showers beside the saunas before making your way across to the bathing gully.
11am: Hot pool
Halfway up the hill is the hottest pool in the Bath House. At 42 degrees, it’s not one you can sit in for too long, but it’s great for warming your bones.
11.30am: Hot drink
Our heated Bath House cafe serves up hot drinks and snacks from 7.30 in the morning.
12.30pm: Drift home
Head home with plenty of time to curl up on the couch with a book. Of course, you’re free to stay longer if you’d like.