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Is it hot in here? Outdoor sauna fever sweeps the Channel Islands

Is it hot in here? Outdoor sauna fever sweeps the Channel Islands

Monday 29 January 2024

Is it hot in here? Outdoor sauna fever sweeps the Channel Islands

Monday 29 January 2024

A warm spell appears to be sweeping across the Channel Islands, with two outdoor saunas being set up in Jersey... and now Guernsey and Alderney getting in on the trend.

Last year brought the opening of Sauna Society in Jersey.

While the turn of the new year saw the arrival of Sandy Toes at West Park, while Adrift Sauna in Alderney opened last week.

Now, planning permission has been granted to create one at La Vallette in Guernsey, opposite the bathing pools.

The sauna will be a mobile structure on a trailer, but the planning application made clear that the owners intend for it to be based at La Vallette permanently.

The application was made by Mr and Mrs Allen who have asked for the sauna to be housed on 'The Verge' which is on the landside side of La Vallette, beneath the cliff face.

Although one letter did ask for the planning officers to consider the risk of rockfalls in the area, there was no risk found so permission was given.


Pictured: Sandytoes Sauna founders Blair Talibard and Alex Harris (David Ferguson).

Such saunas have proven popular elsewhere, including in Alderney and Jersey.

Alderney's Adrift Sauna opened in the car park of the Braye Beach Hotel on Friday, It is expected to move locations around the island during the summer months. 

States Member Alexander Snowdon was among those who paid a visit to the sauna on its opening day.

Guernsey's Development and Planning Authority said that the La Vallette sauna will be placed on "an elevated grass the west of, and accessed by stone steps from, La Vallette Road".

The bathing pools, with its café and changing rooms are to the east while there is public parking along the road.

The site is within a Conservation Area, Area of Biodiversity Importance, Harbour Action Area and Main Centre Outer Area in the Island Development Plan.


Pictured: Sauna Society founder Cole McLean (David Ferguson).

The conditions tied to the permission state that lights can only be on when the sauna is in use, and no "amplified music" will be allowed.

Signs and advertisements are also not allowed under the agreed planning permission.  

The planning permission specifies that the trailer and sauna building must be removed within six months if the sauna ceases to operate.

Don't miss the FEBRUARY edition of Connect Magazine, where we explore what it takes to set up a sauna business – and why it ain't 'no sweat'... 


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