The Isle of Wight turns up the heat with its first beach sauna – thanks to celebrity DJ Rob da Bank 

The Isle of Wight’s first beach sauna has opened in Freshwater Bay, providing an opportunity to indulge in heat therapy alongside invigorating swims on one of the Island’s most picturesque beaches. 

Wightlink Ferries carried this unusual cargo across the Solent for its owner Rob da Bank, a celebrated DJ, music promoter and festival mastermind. The mobile wood-fired sauna for up to eight people is the latest addition to the Slow Motion wellness brand, which he runs with his wife Josie. 

Stunning views of the sea are on offer through a panoramic mirrored window. The beach itself is covered in a mixture of grey flint and chalk pebbles that make a unique sound as the waves rise and fall onto the shore. Saunas are said to promote relaxation, improve circulation, lower blood pressure, improve the immune system, reduce joint soreness and improve mood. To enjoy the full benefits of contrast therapy, Rob suggests spending time in the sauna, before dipping in the sea and repeating. 

Freshwater Bay, isle of Wight © Wightlink

From autumn, the sauna will travel from place to place, popping up at festivals and charity events over the year. 

Rob said: “Leaving your worries (as well as your mobile phone!) at the door is a liberating and truly relaxing experience that can often result in a spiritual high and recharge of the batteries. 

“We’ve been running Wim Hof breathing workshops, meditation courses, and rejuvenating sleep retreats at our home on the Isle of Wight for several years. The mobile sauna perfectly complements our wellness offering and we’re delighted to share the experience with visitors.” 

The sauna is now open on Saturdays and Sundays between 7am and 6pm throughout July and August 2023. Prices start from £10 per person. Sessions should be booked in advance and 45-minute slots are available at 

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