Still, there was no better sea bathing in the world. "Rival in magnitude, utility and beauty, the famous abluvion resorts of Titus, Caracalla, Nero or Diocletian...,” read the programme. Indeed, there were noble pavilions, balustrades, promenades, alcoves, and corridors adorned with fountains, tropical flowers, and the collected treasure of foreign travels, all leading to the pools themselves. Unheated seawater filled a great plunge tank. There were seven more heated to varying temperatures, ten-degree gaps between each, from ice-cold to a steaming eighty degrees.