£250m spa and wellbeing resort Therme Manchester opening in 2023

German-based Therme Group is opening a £250 million “tropical paradise” wellbeing resort in Manchester in 2023, combining water-based activities with spa treatments in a stunning botanical garden. 

Situated across 28 acres, Therme Manchester will replace the current EventCity events building in Trafford Park, and aims to “achieve the highest levels of experience, quality and sustainability” in the spa and wellness arena. 

The stunning centre will feature a two-acre, bio-diverse wellbeing garden in the shape of a Rose (the national flower of England), which will be a space for socialising, learning and discovery; a large family zone with waterslides, a wave pool, indoor and outdoor pools, steam rooms and a palm tree relaxation area; and a dedicated adults’ area with warm-water lagoons set among botanical gardens, swim-up bars, therapeutic mineral baths and saunas. 

Visitors will also have access to daily programming which include water-based fitness classes as well as yoga and Pilates sessions. Wellbeing treatments inspired by traditions from across the globe will also be available, as well as a range of bars, cafes and restaurants offering healthy choices. 

Therme Manchester is the latest development in Therme Group’s global expansion programme to create the most advanced wellbeing resorts in cities around the world. 

Therme Manchester exterior

How will the resort impact the UK spa and wellness market? 

The resort is forecasted to attract up to two million visitors per year, within five years, which would make it the most visited water-based attraction in Europe. The plans to build the resort were unanimously approved at a meeting of Trafford Council’s planning committee on March 5. 

“We’re delighted that planning has been approved so we can bring the UK’s first Therme Group city wellbeing resort to Manchester,” said Stelian Iacob, senior vice president of Therme Group Worldwide and chief executive of Therme Group UK. 

“This will transform life for city residents and people further afield, creating a fun and accessible experience with profound health and wellbeing benefits for all.” 

James Whittaker, Peel L&P group development director, added: “The creation of Therme Manchester will bring an accessible, yet world-class, health and wellbeing attraction to the people of Greater Manchester and beyond. 

“It will transform TraffordCity and bring fantastic employment opportunities, as well as bolster the regional economy including tourism and be a key contributor to the northern powerhouse.”

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