Bathhouses have been used for centuries for cleansing and healing, and they are
now experiencing a revival as chic, urban wellness escapes. Urban bathhouses
have been growing in popularity in recent years, with more and more people
turning to these wellness havens for relaxation and rejuvenation. These
bathhouses offer a sanctuary in the middle of bustling cities, providing a
peaceful escape for people seeking a break from their daily routines.
Bathhouses have become part of the wellness tourism and thermal springs
surge and are set to thrive as people are looking for places where they can relax
and connect with each other, as well as to switch off from the overactive nervous
system caused by the performance culture. New bathhouses are opening up all
around Australia, each offering its own unique set of features and facilities.
Urban bathhouses are now also becoming part of residential housing, such as in
Japan, and more and more heightened versions of the bathhouse, leaning into
different ancient traditions, are being revived by enthusiasts and business
owners around the world.
The Aurora Day Spa at the Continental in Mornington Peninsula is a key example
of a perfect day spa getaway. This spa offers a range of treatments, including
massages, facials, and body wraps, as well as access to their thermal mineral
pool and Turkish steam room. The thermal pool is the highlight of this spa, with
its heated mineral water providing a therapeutic and relaxing experience.
In Brisbane, the Soak Bathhouse is a popular spot for those looking to unwind.
This bathhouse features a variety of hydrotherapy experiences, including hot
and cold plunge pools, a magnesium pool, a hydrotherapy spa, and a steam
room. Visitors can also enjoy a range of treatments, including massages, facials,
and body scrubs, as well as a selection of herbal teas and fresh juices.
Located just on the border of Collingwood and Fitzroy in Melbourne, Sense Of
Self Bathhouse is where ancient wisdom and modern design collide. Hidden
within a double storey converted brick warehouse this bathhouse includes
facilities like a mineral bath, Finnish sauna, cold plunge, day spa, and retail
space. Entry gives you 2 hours of access to the communal bathing facility, and
multi-passes are available.
In Sydney, the Bath House at the Langham Hotel is a luxurious urban oasis. This
bathhouse offers a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body wraps, as well as access to their vitality pool, saunas, and steam rooms. The Bath
House also features a Tea Room, where guests can enjoy a selection of herbal
teas and light refreshments.
For those visiting the Gold Coast, the Bath House at Palazzo Versace is a must-
visit destination. This luxurious bathhouse offers a range of treatments,
including massages, facials, and body wraps, as well as access to their heated
hydrotherapy pool, saunas, and steam rooms. The Bath House also features a
relaxation lounge, where guests can unwind and enjoy the stunning views of the
Urban bathhouses are not just limited to capital cities, with regional areas also
embracing this wellness trend. The Peninsula Hot Springs in Mornington
Peninsula, Victoria, is a perfect example of this. This thermal spa offers a range
of hydrotherapy experiences, including thermal mineral pools, sauna rooms,
and cold plunge pools, as well as a variety of treatments, such as massages and
The Peninsula Hot Springs also features a Bath House Café, where
visitors can enjoy a range of nourishing meals and beverages.
Urban bathhouses can be found all over Australia, providing a sanctuary for
those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, no matter where you’re
Whether you’re seeking a relaxing soak in a mineral pool or a rejuvenating massage, these bathhouses offer something for everyone. So next
time you’re in need of some TLC, why not pay a visit to one of these urban
havens and let yourself unwind?
If you’re looking for more, check out our list of the best self-care retreats and
destinations to recharge your batteries.