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From journal Back to the North: Rotorua
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
November 7, 2003
The reason for the disappointment was the closure (perhaps temporarily) of the Radium and Priest hot springs, which was the section of the complex which my wife had previously enjoyed the most. This required us to reassess the options, and we selected to use one of seventeen private pools, which are rented out by the half-hour and have their own shower and carpeted changing area. The temperature of these pools can be regulated by the user and we found them to be ideal. Thirty minutes was about the right length of time. Each pool is large enough to accommodate six people.
Polynesian Spa is a privately owned mineral spring spa that has been developed on land where there has been spa development for 120 years. The spa offers bathing in public and private pools, a luxury spa, and a family spa. The water that fills most of the pools is a soft alkaline water which has a very soothing effect on the skin. The temperature is controlled by the addition of various amounts of town water. The Radium and Priest springs, however, are acidic and many users attest to the remedial effect these waters have on such ailments as muscular complaints, arthritis, and rheumatism.
Basic entry to the complex gives you access to the adults pool (38C or 100F) and normally the eight Radium and Priest pools. Because these later pools were closed, the large adult pool was crowded with people and was unattractive to us. Children are not allowed in this area, so the atmosphere is generally quiet. Children are catered for in a fresh water pool in another part of the complex and accompanying adults have two hot mineral pools to use while supervising the children. There is no access between these two areas of the complex.
The Lake Spa Retreat is the up-market part of the complex. Here, there are four shallow rock-pools of graduated temperature from 36-43 degrees Celsius. The pools overlook Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua and the mood changes dramatically from day to night. There is also an indoor spa for those wishing to bathe with a greater degree of privacy. The changing rooms contain security lockers, soap, shampoo, towels, and hairdryers. A relaxation lounge overlooks the lake and has a refreshment bar.
The Lake Spa retreat also offers a range of spa therapies. There are three wet massage rooms and five dry massage rooms. You can choose to have a massage done under water jets with coconut oil, using mud treatments, or try the hydrating and healing properties of Manuka honey. Therapies are available from 9am to 9pm daily and must be pre-booked.
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January 3, 2001
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