28th June 2018

Beach-View Marine Vitality Pool

Completing our Thermal Suite at Source Spa and Wellness, is a Vitality Pool. In a prime position, looking out over the stunning stretch of golden sands and rolling waves of Saunton Sands and beyond, our Vitality Pool will be filled with mineral-rich dead sea salt water. It will be heated to approximately 38°C with jets to pummel and massage you (if you wish), providing a mini-hydrotherapy experience.

The combination of warm water, sea salts and jets means vitality pools are known to provide unique benefits, including:

  • Beautiful skin
  • Skin disorder relief
  • Anti-ageing
  • Natural stress
  • Muscular relief
  • Boosting immunity

Continuing to draw inspiration from our natural environment, the choice to offer a Vitality Pool over traditional spa tubs or ‘Jacuzzis’ was to offer a more holistic approach to the spa experience, complimenting our Salt Inhalation Steam Room and other facilities.


From the Greek thalasso meaning 'sea' and therapia meaning 'treatment', Thalassotherapy uses the healing and beneficial properties of the sea and the marine environment for your health and wellbeing. However there’s no need to be battered and chilled by the Atlantic Ocean, instead sink into sheer bliss in our new world-class luxury spa on the coast of North Devon.

The history of sea saltwater therapy

The ancient Greeks knew all about the health benefits of mineral-rich water or “thalassotherapy” - whom have long bathed in man-made pools filled with salty seawater. It was Hippocrates, the Greek physician also known as the "Father of Medicine", who first used the word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of saltwater. They believed swimming in saltwater could soothe your skin, improve blood flow, and increase functions in your immune system to name a few which are still believed to this day.

How could bathing in a dead sea saltwater vitality pool benefit me?


Beautiful skin

Being the largest organ in the human body, as a rule, when our skin feels good, so do we. Equally if our skin is suffering, so too, are we. Swimming in salt water is known to cleanse the skin and is believed to rejuvenate, exfoliate and detoxify the skin. According to a study in the February 2005 edition of the “International Journal of Dermatology,” bathing in a magnesium-rich dead sea salt solution helps promote skin moisture and promotes cellular regeneration, improving the appearance of your skin.

Skin disorder relief

Following on from the aesthetic beauty benefits of saltwater for the skin, studies have also reported that salt water can help to heal a myriad of atopic skin disorders ranging from eczema and psoriasis to acne - where sufferers constantly battle dry, irritable skin which is prone to infection and inflammation. It is believed that the magnesium-rich water improves skin barrier function, enhancing hydration and reducing skin roughness and inflammation.

So, if your skin is dry or itchy, or you simply crave improved-looking skin,  swimming in salty sea water may be the simple solution!

Natural stress and muscular relief for wellbeing

We think that most people would agree that there's nothing quite like a swim in the sea! The activity of swimming is often referred to as a natural way to relieve stress. According to wellness pioneer and author J.I. Rondale, magnesium depresses nerves to relieve nervous irritability for an increased sense of calmness.  

Salt water also happens to contain the mineral bromide, which is known to activate the body’s healing mechanisms to fight conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and inflammatory diseases, as well as common aches and pains caused by physical and emotional stress. Magnesium-rich seawater purportedly can also help induce sleep - as could tiring yourself out with a swim we suppose!


Supposedly, stress is the number one contributor to aging, meaning that lounging in our new luxury spa could be considered anti-aging therapy! As above, in our ‘Beautiful Skin’ section, a study has claimed that salt water helps promote the body’s natural self-healing processes, moisturising the skin and promoting cellular regeneration, improving the overall appearance of your skin. Maybe the lesson here is: the more you swim and bathe in salty seawater, the better you will look and feel!

Boosts immunity

Salty sea water contains many vital minerals that have been known to be beneficial for your overall health. It’s believed that the compounds produce antibiotic, bacteriostatic and hormonal substances which can have biological balancing effects to help promote a healthy immune system. According to naturopathic doctors, Connie & Marcel Hernandez;

“These substances are easily assimilated by our bodies during sea bathing. An interesting fact is that seawater has a similar composition as our blood plasma.”

This would suggest that it is easily absorbed and utilized by your body while swimming. In addition, it’s also claimed that swimming in sea water opens pores in the skin to allow the absorption of sea minerals and the expulsion of disease-causing toxins from the body as well as absorbing calcium for healthy teeth and bones.

We look forward to sharing more details on the facilities, treatments, spa days, spa breaks, spa memberships and menus with you soon…


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*These statements are for informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for medical counseling. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Saunton Sands shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused directly or indirectly by the information contained herein.