To fully enjoy the Peninsula Hot Springs in Mornington, we suggest arriving before 10:00 am to take advantage of the breathtaking hilltop pool with its panoramic views of the Mornington Peninsula. If you arrive later in the day, children under 16 years old won’t be able to access this pool as it closes at that time. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of other areas you can explore with your family during your visit.
If you have younger children, the Family Bathing Area is the perfect spot for your family to enjoy. The water is shallow, and the pools are not as hot as other areas, making it safe and comfortable for children. There are also baby baths and half wine barrels available to sit in around the pool. Additionally, you can relax in the big double swing beds, which are a hit with both kids and adults. Plus, the area is conveniently located near the change rooms and cafe, making it easy to grab a snack or change after your swim.
The Cave Pool is a truly unique area and one of my personal favorites. The echoing cave creates a magical atmosphere, and the pool that leads into it has two large shelf-like spaces where you can comfortably lie down and soak in the water. It’s a peaceful spot that allows you to truly disconnect and unwind.
The Reflexology Walk is a unique and popular attraction at the Peninsula Hot Springs. While some may find it challenging to navigate, others like Sunshine find it to be one of their favourite spaces. The walkway is immersed in water and made up of various stones that provide different sensations as you trek past them. The 10 different sections are designed to massage specific pressure points on your feet, promoting wellness for both your body and mind. It’s a great way to unwind and rejuvenate during your visit.
The Hamam, also known as the Turkish Steam Bath, was a new experience for me when I visited the Peninsula Hot Springs. Unlike a traditional sauna, the Hamam is a space for cleansing, detoxification, and relaxation. In addition to relaxing, the Hamam involves a process of heating, scrubbing, massaging, lathering, and rinsing to cleanse the body.
During my visit, we sat on the marble benches in the Hamam, pouring water over ourselves occasionally as we enjoyed the steam and humidity. However, it’s important to note that the Hamam may not be suitable for extended periods with children, and it’s essential to drink plenty of water. Instructions on how to use the Hamam are available on-site for those interested in a more traditional experience.
The Swedish sauna is a popular type of sauna that many people experience as their first sauna. Unlike the Hamam, the Swedish sauna is dry and made of wood. The purpose of the Swedish sauna is to make you sweat and rid your body of toxins. It is recommended to alternate sessions in the sauna with quick dips in a cold plunge pool or shower to improve circulation and boost your immune system. Some people find it challenging to get used to the cold plunge pool or shower, but it is an important part of the sauna experience.