Frequently Asked Questions

Booking & Cancellations

How do I book?

Bookings are open 4 weeks in advance. Please note that we reserve the right to remove or change any time slots prior to releasing them on the website.

You can see all of our available time slots on the online booking page. simply choose your experience and continue to the booking calendar for that experience.

If the booking calendar shows no availability at a certain date or time, the time slot may have been reserved or we may be fully booked or closed.

What is your cancellation policy?

To cancel or reschedule your booking subject to the policy below, please email us on Saunaandsea@gmail.com with your booking details and preferred option for a refund or credit in the email subject line.

A full 5 days (120 hrs) notice:
Option for a full refund or full credit
5 days -24 hrs notice:
Full credit only

We regret that we cannot give a refund or credit if bookings are changed with less than 24 hrs notice. We do not refund ‘no shows’. This is due to the considerable time and resources needed to set up each sauna session.

If we are closed due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund or credit will be given. In the event that we cancel a booking, you will be notified by email or phone and refunded/credited.

Sauna & Sea reserves the right to refuse admission to intoxicated people or for any other reason that may be deemed a health and safety risk. Refunds will not be offered to anyone who is refused admission.

How can I contact you?

Please read through the rest of the FAQs before getting in touch to ensure your question hasn’t already been answered.

Email us at Saunaandsea@gmail.com for any enquiries.

Before Arrival

Who can use the sauna?

You must be at least 17 to use the sauna. This is a condition of our insurance and proof of age may be required if there is any doubt.

You must not use the sauna if you suffer from high or low blood pressure or any heart or circulatory disorder or suffer from epilepsy or diabetes; are pregnant; or are prone to dizziness or fainting.

Remember to read our T+C before arriving for your experience.

What should I bring with me?

Due to limited space, we advise bringing minimal personal belongings with you. You will need:

  • Swimwear
  • A water bottle
  • Two towels; one to sit on in the sauna, and one to dry off with
  • A change of clothes

What time should I arrive before my session?

We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before your time slot to allow time to change and for the pre-use brief.

Portstewart and Portstewart Strand can become very busy during the holidays and in good weather. Please factor this into your planned journey time and allow plenty of time to get to the beach. Sauna & Sea cannot be held responsible for bookings missed due to traffic or lack of parking. See below ‘How do I get to the sauna’ for more information on parking.

Arriving late will shorten the duration of your experience.

Our Facilities

How do I get to the sauna?

We are located on Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland to the right of the beach entrance in front of Harry’s Shack restaurant. The easiest way to find us is on Google Maps, simply type in Sauna and Sea.

Where can I park?

Free parking is available on the beach for customers to use for the duration of their experience. If you wish to stay on the beach beyond this you will be subject to the normal National Trust parking charge (free for National Trust members, so why not sign up).

On busy days parking on the beach can be limited and you may have to queue. Please factor this into your travel plans. Free roadside parking is available along Strand Road.

Where can I leave my belongings?

Due to limited space, we advise bringing minimal personal belongings with you and lock any valuables in your car.

Small lockers are available in the changing gazebo. You will be able to leave your belongings here at your own risk. Sauna & Sea accepts no responsibility for the loss of or damage to any belongings.

The changing area

There is a 3m x 2m gazebo at the side of the sauna which provides shelter from the elements and a degree of privacy. There are hanging spaces for change robes/ towels. Please be aware that the floor is sand. Feeling the sand between your toes is all part of the beach experience.

If you would like to use the changing gazebo at the end of your session please be mindful of the next customers who may be arriving shortly after you finish.

Our Sauna Experience

How does the 30-minute taster work?

A great introduction to hot and cold therapy the Sauna & Sea way. Just enough time for the recommended 5-20 minutes of sauna to compliment your cold dip. Most customers are surprised how quickly the 30 minutes disappears and generally book a longer session 2nd time around.

How do the 60 and 90-minute Sauna Experiences work?

Recommended for those wanting to experience the full benefits of authentic sauna culture. This experience is for up to 8 people.

The sauna will comfortably seat 6 at a time. If your group is 6-8 people then they will have to alternate between sauna and sea/beach. This fits perfectly with the hot-cold protocol mentioned above.

Stove Etiquette

For an authentic sauna experience, customers can manage the ‘löyly’ (the steam that rises from the sauna stove), allowing control of heat and intensity.

The key to this is drizzle, don’t dump!

Although adding water over the rocks humidifies the session and is one of the best aspects of an authentic Finnish sauna, please remember not to dump water on the rocks. Instead, drizzle water on with a ladle intermittently until the heat reaches an appropriate level. More water = greater humidity and intensity.

If you’d like the sauna to be hotter, please ask our staff member on site and they will be happy to assist.

Book Your Sauna

Sauna has been a way of life in Northern Europe since the dawn of time but did you know that it was a popular activity in Ireland as far back as the 17th Century due to its healing properties?

Why not come down to Portstewart Strand and experience this ancient ritual in a beautiful natural setting.

Our sauna can be booked for 30, 60 or 90 minute experiences. We offer a couples discount on 90 minute experiences.

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