With age comes wisdom. With wisdom comes foresight. With foresight comes the realization that, after a nine-hour coach flight, I need to soothe my mind and body in a BIG way.
With four hours to kill before my AirBnB check in time, I headed straight from the airport to the Thermalbad & Spa Zurich. Truly, this was the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.
Housed in a former brewery, Thermalbad offers a divine rooftop infinity pool with 360 degree views of Zurich and the Alps. It’s a sanctuary for the senses. A Swiss pleasure palace with cozy lounge beds, massage rooms, candlelit chambers with angel statues, a lavender-scented pool (pure heaven!), steam showers, sparkling clean dressing rooms and a menu full of delightful snacks, wine and beer and light meals.
Staff was super friendly and offered to stow my suitcase. I paid extra for access to the Irish/Roman pools, which were simply divine. The main fee is for use of the rooftop pool only. If you want a massage or other spa treatment, you need to make reservations. Otherwise, it’s walk in friendly.
Jet lag, seat pitch stiffness and everyday worries dissolve amidst Thermalbad’s arched stone ceilings, soft lighting and hot and warm bubbling pools of bliss. The B2 Boutique hotel adjoins the spa. I did not personally visit the hotel, but I can easily imagine rolling out of bed and into this divine day spa the next time I’m in Zurich.
Cost: About $40 per person for the rooftop pool. It’s an extra $20 per person for the Irish/Roman spa pools, which is well worth the price.
Bring your swimsuit in your carry-on bag.
Have some Swiss francs on hand to pay for a locker. It’s 2 CHF for a locker key.
Decide in advance if you’d like a massage, then call and reserve ahead of time.
Taking photos is strictly prohibited.
Take a taxi or Uber since the Thermalbad is in the middle of a pedestrian friendly office and shopping plaza (right across from Zurich’s Google campus). You may need to roll your suitcase about 80 yards or so across cobblestones from the drop off spot.