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Much like the löyly (wood-fired steam) that rises within their aromatic walls, sauna culture is on the up in the UK.

Taking a leaf out of Finland’s book, the happiest country in the world, ecotherapy (wellness in nature and the outdoors) is on the rise in England and Hampshire’s natural beauty offers perfect locations for reaping such rewards of rejuvenation.

From coast to countryside, Hampshire has a superb selection of outdoor saunas to soothe, steam, and combine with a cold-water dip.

Southsea Sauna

Southsea Seaside Sauna at Southsea Beach Café

A new addition to the growing outdoor sauna scene is the Southsea Seaside Sauna at the Southsea Beach Café.

Sit back and enjoy the sea view from inside the cosy sauna, or venture over the beach pebbles for a sea swim. Hire the sauna exclusively in the evenings or opt for a communal booking including women’s only sessions every day at 11 am. Popping into the Southsea Beach Café for a post-sauna brunch, lunch, or dinner will be irresistible.

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Fallen Willow sauna

The Fallen Willow Sauna, Stockbridge

The Fallen Willow Sauna, with its secluded lake and surrounding willow trees, is an Edenic hidden gem in Hampshire’s pretty Test Valley.

Up to six people can enjoy the comforting warmth of the sauna between dips in the picturesque Mistletoe Lake in Cottonworth, near Stockbridge.

The Sauna can be rented privately, or visitors can join a communal sauna or the regular yoga and swim events.

Find out more about the Fallen Willow Sauna

The Garden Spa at The Pump House, Winchester

The new outdoor spa experience, the Garden Spa at The Pump House in Winchester is nestled on the edge of the River Itchen with an outdoor sauna plus cold water dipping pools and a relaxation tent.

Combine your time in the log-fired sauna with an invigorating dip in the cold water plunge pool and kick back in the relaxation tent with views of St.Catherine’s Hill beside the calming waters of the River Itchen.

Access to the Garden Spa is available in 30- or 60-minute time slots for up to 6 people. Private group bookings are also available.

The Solent Sauna

The Solent Sauna, Lee-on-the-Solent

The independently run Solent Sauna at Lee-on-the-Solent was created by sea and beach enthusiast Georgina and has become an inherent part of the community welcoming locals and visitors to bask in its warm wooden walls.

The Solent Sauna is available for private hire for up to six people or communal sessions for 30 minutes or an hour.

Gambledown sauna

Gambledown Farm, Test Valley

Tucked away in the Test Valley, Gambledown Farm has over 200 acres of beautiful sweeping farmland, lending itself perfectly to outdoor wellness.

New for 2024, Gambledown Farm has an eight-person outdoor sauna for its retreat and holiday guests.

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Swanwick Seals Sauna at Andark Lake

Andark Lake is a purpose-built inland diving and open water swimming lake in Swanick near Southampton, where swimmers and divers can also double their dip with a warmup in the lakeside Swanwick Seals Sauna.

The sauna is lit on selected days for season or day members or for private use. The wild swim and sauna experience includes two hours of swimming and private sauna use for up to six people.

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The Retreat, New Forest

The New Forest National Park is by its very nature a wonderful place for outdoor wellness, and The Retreat rejuvenates from its forest surroundings through wellness classes, retreats, workshops, events, treatments, and therapies.

Complete your day of wellness at The Retreat in the four-person wood-fired sauna available for exclusive use bookings.

Find out more about The Retreat

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The Fallen Willow Sauna
Health & Wellbeing
The Fallen Willow Sauna

Experience a wood-fired sauna offering stunning views across Hampshire's countryside.

Southsea Beach Café
Southsea Beach Cafe

Southsea Beach Café is positioned right on the beach at South Parade Pier.

Andark Lake
Andark Lake

Andark Lake is a purpose built Inland Diving Lake, located in Lower Swanwick, near Southampton, Hampshire on the South Coast of England. Andark’s Diving Lake is specially designed as a training facility for Scuba Diving, whether you are a qualified PADI, BSAC, SSI or SAA or any other recognised diving agency.

The Retreat
The Retreat Hotel, New Forest

At the heart of the Hinton Admiral Estate, The Retreat New Forest is a restorative space, offering friendly and transformative classes, workshops, day and residential retreats.

Gambledown Farm Glamping
Gambledown Farm Glamping

Gambledown Farm is a 270-acre farm dating back to 1875 which offers glamping accommodation, it lies just 5 miles from the New Forest National Park and is a mere 15 minutes drive from Paultons Park Peppa Pig World. The luxury safari glamping tents are spread across a large field and host spectacular views over the farm, the Hampshire Downs and the Wiltshire plains.