Over the last few years, so-called leisure spas have gained in popularity. This trend combines the usual treatments provided in spa resorts with games and other play activities normally found in leisure pools and water fun parks.
One of the first centres offering this kind of activity to open in Catalonia was Magma, inaugurated in 2002. Unlike a conventional hot water spring resort or spa, conceived for health and well-being, these centres, whilst not undermining their beneficial effects, treat water as a source of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
Magma is one of the few centres of this kind operating with mineral-medicinal water declared to be suitable for public consumption. In fact, it is the same water that is drunk in the nearby Termes Orión spa resort. It contains bicarbonate, sodium, fluoride and silica, and emerges at 42 degrees Centigrade.
The facilities are in a large glass-walled building which houses a bathing area. At its heart is the central lagoon, a round pool surrounded by rivers with currents, waterfalls and water games, as well as three jacuzzis. The water is kept at 36 degrees Centigrade. On one side there is a long pool for swimming, heated to 28 degrees; on the other a babies´ pool, which is only thirty centimetres deep. In fact, Magma is one of the few spas that allow children in.
The bathing area extends into the open air with a cold water lagoon (23 degrees), another with hot water (33 degrees), two Jacuzzis and a large sunbathing terrace.
Inside the building is the treatment area, with a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and Roman baths with Cromotherapy. The latter is a room with lower humidity than the Turkish bath and a temperature of fifty degrees. There is also a contrast shower, with jets at various temperatures, an ice bath and a rest room with hot loungers.
The Magma Spa Club offers several facial and body treatments, such as peelings, depilation, cryotherapy (application of cold bandages to the legs) and massages with sea snails, Pindas with spices or silk foulards with essential oils.
The menu, however, also contains a wide range of aromatic baths and wraps, such as those with chocolate, torrefacto coffee, black pearl, grapes, etc.
The complex also has a self service buffet where you can barbecue your own meat. The resort occupies over four hectares of land, the majority of which are for the gardens.
Entry to Magma enables you to use the bathing facilities for a period of three hours, or two at night. If you book a treatment, however, you have one hour more. The complex sells packages of ten and twenty entries, at a lower price per entry, and season tickets are available for three months, six months and one year.