Although spas rose to popularity in the Victorian era, when Britons travelled widely to ‘take the waters’ at spa towns throughout Europe, many of our most famous spa resorts appeared on the map over 2,000 years ago.
The Romans had an established and advanced bathing culture. They made good use of the natural springs - hot or cold, saline or sulphuric – they found as they advanced through Europe, building many fine examples of the celebrated Roman bathing house - some of which can still be seen today.
But even in Roman times the idea was not new. Ancient Egypt had a culture of bathing, most famously demonstrated by Cleopatra bathing in ass’s milk to preserve her beauty!
Today the world is scattered with beautiful health spas, one of the most famous of which is the quintessentially English Champneys.
Boasting four luxury spa retreats in Hampshire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Hertfordshire, a visit to Champneys should help you feel fitter, healthier and happier, whether you want to kick start a new health and fitness routine or just indulge in some truly luxurious pampering.
Exclusive Champneys offer for Saga customers
Champneys are offering Saga customers an exclusive offer -enjoy a three-night break at a Champneys resort, including five treatments, but only pay for two nights.
Alternatively, if time does not allow a weekend escape or mini spa break, Champneys are offering Saga customers a 20% discount on full tariff days and stays.