Soak, Float, Steam, Repeat: Luxe Wellness Haven The Bathhouse Albion Is Opening in Brisbane's Inner North This Winter

Featuring hot and cold pools, a six-degree ice bath and a Finnish sauna with a fireplace, this new addition to the Albion Fine Trades precinct opens in June.
Sarah Ward
Published on April 23, 2024

Is Brisbane's northside becoming the River City's relaxation zone? Not content with scoring a new bathhouse in Lutwyche, this part of town is getting another before mid-2024 hits: The Bathhouse Albion. The European-inspired wellness haven is setting up shop on Nariel Street as part the Albion Fine Trades precinct, with everyone that's keen for a soak, float, plunge and steam able to make its acquaintance from June.

The vibe here is indulgent, opulent and luxurious — all in an architecturally designed space that boasts Hogg & Lamb's fingerprints, as Brisbane restaurants Babylon and Gemelli Italian already do. Travertine stone is a key element, giving the venue not just a Euro look and feel, but an old-school one as well. Moody lighting and high ceilings also feature.

Within the atmospheric bathhouse, patrons will be able to take a dip in both hot and cold pools (the latter gets down to 12 degrees), then get sweaty in traditional and infrared saunas — and in a Finnish sauna with a fireplace. The six-degree ice bath will cool you down. The tiered steam room will heat you back up. If you just want to drift, there's the float room. And, in-between treatments, the relaxation lounge awaits.

Turning chasing bliss into a multi-sensory experience, The Bathhouse Albion will also feature calming fragrances and sounds — and there's no phones allowed, and no alcohol as well. It'll also have a cap on guest numbers for each session, so you won't have too much company.

Vanderbilt Wellness is behind the wellness spot, which Managing Director James Walsh — an experienced long-distance and ultra-marathon runner — explains aims to "create a space where our guests can re-energise and restore, as part of a balanced lifestyle in an unmatched setting".

He's dubbing it "one of the most luxurious bathhouses in the world", too. "I've had the opportunity to run ultra marathons all over the world and the privilege of experiencing some of the world's most well-regarded and award-winning wellness and recovery centres."

"Our aim is to transcend the standard of service and experience available in the Australian market."

The Bathhouse Albion will open at 64 Nariel Street, Albion in June — head to the venue's website for more details in the interim.

Published on April 23, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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