I have been dying for a spa break and Bath was my destination for this year’s birthday. Normally I find myself jetting off abroad, but with my buddy in tow, we drove and made our way to Somerset!
Full of history, tea shops and Jane Austen references, Bath, in a nutshell, is beautiful. Every twist and turn led us up roads adorned with gorgeous Georgian buildings, consistent in its Palladian design.
From the Royal Crescent, to the Roman Baths, the main sights were all within walking distance. This made traveling by foot the best way to explore this charming city. If you love museums and nature, there are a number of these plus the botanical gardens to wander through too. Afternoon tea should also always be a motive when in Bath.
A must see is the Thermae Spa which boasts a heated rooftop pool with naturally warm, mineral-rich water. With views across the glorious West Country, it was the perfect way to start the birthday celebrations.
The Minerva spa was located a few floors below and is actually named after the Roman goddess, whose Greek counterpart happens to be Athena.
Here’s a little known fact about me. I loved everything about Athena when studying Greek mythology; the fact that she stood for wisdom, craft, war and diplomacy. She was just this powerful mythical being who embodied strong traits, and growing up, I thought she was pretty cool.
So the decision to spend my birthday in Bath seems purposeful in hindsight.
Bath; reconnecting and relaxation
Turning 29 is a daunting milestone because you’re one away from 30, and people tend to focus on this rather than encouraging you to make the last of your twenties count.
Coming to Bath got me thinking about where I am and what I want to do and most importantly, the type of person I want to be.
The good news is, I still want to embody those same traits I was in awe of all those years ago. However it’s worth remembering that wisdom, diplomacy and intelligence isn’t handed to you; it comes over time, which means embracing growth and age.
Stay tuned for a separate post on where we stayed in Bath and more about the treatments that we got on our indulgence day!