Bucharest Therme, the largest thermal complex in Europe, opened on Thursday in a exclusive complex located near Balotești, northern Bucharest. The greenfield project stretches on an area of 250,000 square meters, sheltering an indoor area of 30,000 square meters and a capacity of 4,000 people.
Besides the pools, over 800,000 plants, most of them rarities or singularities, recreate the scenery of a tropical vacation the whole year, also turning the center into the largest indoor and outdoor botanical garden in Romania. Thus, the center hosts the biggest authentic palm plantation in Europe, with almost 500,000 specimens (25 species brought from Florida, USA, Malaysia and Thailand), but also an absolute unique attraction: a specimen of the Life Tree.
“Therme Bucharest is designed for a seismic magnitude of 9 degrees on the Richter scale. We expect between 800,000 and 1 million visitors in the first year. The facility has an extremely high energy efficiency, and its energy independence is ensured 320 out of 365 days a year. In terms of energy efficiency, Therme Bucharest runs on its own resources to an extent of 90 percent,” the center manager Stelian Iacob said.
Bucharest thus advances to Europe’s second largest thermal city after the oldest historically documented thermal city on the continent, Rome.
The pools will be supplied with thermal water brought from 3,100 meters deep, following the deepest water drilling made in Romania after 1989. The water temperature will be 33 Celsius degrees, while the air temperature will mount to 29, 30 Celsius degrees. In an unprecedented move, the Spa & Wellness area is represented by the six customized saunas and a steam bath.
Find out the prices
Bucharest Therme complex is divided into several leisure areas, Galaxy, The Palm and Elysium.
The access to the Galaxy area comprising a wave swimming pool and 16 waterslides is RON 39 (for 3 hours and a half) and RON 54 for the entire day.
The Galaxy area accommodates the most spectacular indoor slide system in Central and Southeastern Europe; having a total length of 1.5 kilometers and departure platforms 14 meters high, it is designed to provide multiple entertainment opportunities for all ages. The area is fitted out with 16 waterslides, of which 7 for children, 2 slides which “break through” the roof of the building, interactive slides with dynamic lighting, “Racer” slides where up to 3 participants can compete simultaneously, and “Crazy River”, with a water flow rate of over 2,500 cubic meters / hour.
The Palm area offering indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and aromatherapy poll, as well as an exquisite view of palms has higher costs: RON 49 (for 3 hours and a half) and RON 64 for the entire day.
The third area, Elysium comprises six saunas and a relaxation pool. The costs also include access to the previous two areas and start from RON 68 (for 3 hours and a half) and mount to RON 84 for the entire day.
A-Heat Austrian is the group behind the wellness, entertainment and spa center, investing about EUR 50 million.