Located In Rotorua, New Zealand, the Polynesian Spa is home to 28 geo thermic heated mineral pools which are sourced from two natural spring waters:
- Priest Spring- named after Father Mahoney, who was a Catholic priest who suffered arthritis, after bathing in the slightly acidic waters, the priest was cured from his tired muscles, aches and pains.
- Rachel Spring- A slight alkaline water, which is historically known for nourishing the skin.
I’ve started to focus a lot on health and wellbeing over the past few months on my blog because I’ve come to realise how important it is to make time for yourself when living a hectic lifestyle, with long weekend on the horizon, I really wanted to go on an escape wellness break to Rotorua and visit the Polynesian Spa as the hot pools are a great way to relax and release any negative energy which has built up.
I decided to book the Deluxe Lake Spa because it has five mineral pools which overlook lake Rotorua.
For $50 you get unlimited access to all five pools as well as geothermally-heated recliners which overlook the lake and the hot pools, a relaxation lounge and changing facilities including towels, lockers, shampoo and soap; I was really impressed how all of this was included in the price, the only thing that was a little disappointing was the lack of toilets in the changing rooms, they had 3 female toilets inside, so as you can imagine during the busiest time you have to queue to use them.
After being greeted by the very kind and helpful duty mangers at reception, I walked through the lounge which I absolutely adored, I love the big windows which overlook the hot pools which allow you to really relax after you have finished in the mineral pools and the cold plunge pool.
The hot pools range from 36 degrees to 42 degrees, If i’m honest, the pool which is 42 degrees is way too hot to be comfortable, maximum I think I could stay in there was for 5 minutes before I started feeling a little unwell due to being so hot, it’s very easy to dehydrate due to the heat, so I’d recommend you taking a drink bottle! The 36 degree pool was a lot more manageable and I was able to stay in the pool for a lengthy time.
I love how the pools are surrounded by rocks and plants to make the pools both beautiful and relaxing, I sat in the pools for about 1 hour/1 hour and a half and allowed my troubles to run away from me, I left feeling very refreshed and relaxed ready for the week ahead of me.
Since leaving the spa I’ve noticed a difference in how soft my skin feels and looks and I would definitely come back to the Polynesian Spa again when I want to take another wellness break during the winter months, next time I would probably book a massage or a treatment just to make a full day of the spa, especially when the weather isn’t good because Rotorua is so small there isn’t a great deal to do when it rains.
The spa has a range of different options to suit you including adult pools, private pools and a family pool which includes a large supervised chlorinated pool for children and two alkaline mineral hot pools for the adults to enjoy so you can really relax and go enjoy a well earned relaxation weekend, regardless of your situation!
Disclaimer: I was given FOC entry in return for a review post. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.