Recalling local 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough, Bath’s first new five-star hotel in 30 years opened in July 2015 in a ravishing Grade-II listed building. It is the only hotel in Britain to have access to natural hot springs. An arresting design builds on the hotel’s Georgian features, sympathetically blending the traditional and the contemporary. In its state-of-the-art Spa Village, with Roman columns, a glass roof and replica mosaic, you can take to the waters in a sequence of three thermal pools of varying temperatures, be reinvigorated afterwards in the sauna or steam room, and take your pick of numerous treatments. Decorated in muted Georgian tones, the 99 alluring rooms and suites have every luxury imaginable, including baths in the Bath Spa rooms that let you choose between mains or mineral water. In the sophisticated yet understated restaurant guests can enjoy outstanding, locally sourced food, inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. Doubles from £240.
Name to Know: Hotel manager Brian Benson, who is a fount of knowledge. Ask him for his top tips on what to see during your stay.
See: Take time to explore the sights of Bath, from the ancient Roman Baths to the majestic Bath Abbey. Those looking for another world-class spa experience should try Thermae Bath Spa with its stunning rooftop pool.
Eat: The tasting menu at The Gainsborough Restaurant is a culinary journey inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. For a true taste of Bath, indulge in a Sally Lunn Bun – a local delicacy.
Buy: Book in for a spa treatment at the hotel’s award-winning spa village. The treasured waters of Bath are integrated with aquatic body therapies and classic treatments that focus on personalised aromatherapy.
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