The castle’s ancient wine cellars, below the Palm Court, are the setting for our otherworldly Bathhouse, a steamy, dreamy retreat. Worn stone steps lead down to a tranquil sanctuary of therapeutic interconnecting spaces, including a haman, sauna and two treatment rooms. Another, spacious, treatment room has space for family or friends of up to four people, which soon will include a changing room, steam shower, two tubs, two treatment tables, a fireplace and cosy chairs to relax in, with the old ice room just a few steps down, now transformed into a comforting, heated cave.
The star of the show is the large, ethereal plunge pool, lit by high-up windows allowing atmospheric shafts of sun to slant into the space. Sink into the water and float across, through a vaulted stone arch, to wallow in the circular base of the three-storey tower. Sit on the marble benches in the warm water and gaze up at the soaring tower flooded with natural light from both high above and beneath the water.