The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Bath, England

Features

  • Day Spa
  • Fine Dining

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Pool
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Gymnasium
  • Personal training
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades in the heart of the World Heritage Site.

Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is centred around Spa Village Bath and, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.

The Spa

Spa Village Bath

Set beneath Roman columns and a glass roof the 14,000-square-foot spa boasts three thermal pools, a steam room, a sauna and treatment rooms offering Asian-influenced therapies (the award-winning spa group has Malaysian origins).

Before a treatment, guests sit down with an aromatherapist to create a unique scent to carry with them, and are invited to take the ‘Bath House circuit’, soaking in three pools of varying temperatures before relaxing in the sauna.

Spa Facilities

  • 3 natural thermal baths (utilising Bath’s natural thermal water)
  • Infrared sauna
  • Ice alcove
  • Steam room
  • Thermal water fountain
  • 11 treatment rooms
  • Fitness room
  • Gym
  • Relaxation room

Spa Products

To Stay

99 rooms – Guests staying in the Bath Spa Room category have unlimited access to the spa facilities.

All accommodation is inclusive of standard five star amenities from luxurious bedding and generous wardrobes to complimentary Asprey products and Nespresso machines.

To Eat

Johann Lafer at The Gainsborough rustles up creative offerings using locally sourced ingredients. Many of his dishes feature micro-cresses, blossoms and flowers that make them look almost too pretty to eat.


Getting There

Beau Street, Bath BA1 1QY

+44 (0) 1225 358 888

Bristol Airport

Bath Spa train station is a 5-10 minute walk from The Gainsborough Bath Spa. Taxis are available from outside the train station. First Great Western Trains offer frequent, direct trains from London Paddington to Bath Spa. The journey time is around 80 minutes. Bristol Temple Meads station is only 15 minutes by train from Bath.

Eva WisemanBy Eva Wiseman

The first and only hotel in the UK to offer its visitors the opportunity to access and experience Bath’s famed natural thermal waters in its incredible spa, The Gainsborough marks YTL Hotels’ latest addition to its impressive international portfolio and is their first property in the UK.

A member of The Leading Hotels of The World, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is ideally located in the centre of the ancient Roman city of Bath on Beau Street, minutes away from the city’s shopping and restaurant districts, the Theatre Royal and historical Roman Baths and directly opposite the Thermae Bath Spa.

A five minute walk from the Bath Spa train station, this new spa hotel is just a 90 minute train journey from London, making it a luxurious new getaway.

Spa Village Bath

They call it a ‘spa village’ – it’s more than just a spa. During construction of the 14,000-square-foot space, ancient mosaics were uncovered; they became a source of inspiration for designers.

Set beneath Roman columns and a glass roof are three thermal pools, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms offering Asian-influenced therapies (the award-winning spa group has Malaysian origins).

Before a treatment, guests sit down with an aromatherapist to create a unique scent to carry with them, and are invited to take the ‘Bath House circuit’, soaking in three pools of varying temperatures before relaxing in the sauna.

The Treatment

The signature treatment is called Freedom, the kind of elliptical title that tells you very little about what you’ve signed up for. I knew only that I should bring a swimsuit; I stepped into the pool, and agreed to trust the therapist. Perhaps sensing my poor swimming skills, he offered me goggles. I shut my eyes. The therapist draws your body through the water, slowly at first, then faster. He stretches you, he tests you, he terrifies you (me).

And then, after a few minutes, trust emerges – space becomes less tangible, as does time, as do limbs. It was quite unlike anything I’ve experienced – the closest thing, I think, was fainting – and I emerged from the water 45 minutes later, giggling.

Other Treatments

This is the first UK hotel from Malaysia-based YTL Hotels, so as well as classic Swedish massage, there are traditional Malaysian treatments (including Campur-Campur massage) and organic facials.

All body treatments are designed to exfoliate, hydrate ‘and provide essential antioxidants and nutrients to complement the absorption of the Bath Spring’s unique mineral composition.’

To Stay

We stayed in a Bath Spa Room – luxurious, airy and bright – the bathroom’s alcove roll-top bathtubs offer in-bathroom access to the natural healing thermal waters. Guests staying in the Bath Spa Room category have unlimited access to the spa facilities.

All accommodation is inclusive of standard five star amenities from luxurious bedding and generous wardrobes to complimentary Asprey products and Nespresso machines.

To Eat

Johann Lafer at The Gainsborough rustles up creative offerings using locally sourced ingredients. Many of his dishes feature micro-cresses, blossoms and flowers that make them look almost too pretty to eat.

Expect apple blossom, bean blossoms, blue borage flowers, and oyster leaves. And a hearty breakfast.

Don’t Miss

Be sure to check out the city’s shopping and restaurant districts and the Theatre Royal and historical Roman Baths are directly opposite the Thermae Bath Spa.