Embrace the Scandi approach to health and wellbeing this winter and enjoy a relaxing and invigorating sauna by the sea. Rebels Dover and Steam Punk Sauna, both on Dover seafront, are the brainchilds of local artist Tim Smithen who has created two authentic sauna experiences within earshot of the harbour waves. His latest venture - a sauna at Rebels Cafe - comes complete with changing rooms, an indoor plunge pool and shower, plus the benefits of a cafe serving good coffee and great local produce. Further along the promenade next to Dover Seasports Centre you'll find a converted horsebox sauna with outdoor plunge pool for a more open-air, on-the-beach sauna experience.
Seaside saunas amplify the benefits of traditional sauna therapy. The combination of heat and sea air enhances the experience and helps to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress, and the benefits of taking a regular sauna are well documented. In Tim's words: "The idea of creating an oasis, sauna spa inside a cosy, fun coffee shop seemed a good thing to do. We are planning on hosting many sauna events and wellness activities too. Sauna is a powerful and beautiful way to spend time with yourself and others in a safe womb-like environment, so I wanted to give this opportunity to local people."
Rebels is open daily from 7am to 8pm. Memberships are available for the sauna, as well as one-off visits. The cafe serves locally sourced products from kombucha to kimchi, plus a range of vegan cakes from Cakesmiths, delicious Docker bread toasties, locally roasted Harbour Coffee and a selection of craft IPAs from Docker Brewery in Folkestone and much more.
Steam Punk Sauna is open on Saturdays and Sundays (8am-4.30pm) and Wednesdays to Fridays (8-11.30am). Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
To find out more and how to book sauna sessions or to buy memberships, please click on the links at the bottom of the page.