Fabulous spa hotels in Bath for a pampering weekend break

By Katherine Sparshatt,

Known for its thermal waters and roman baths, Bath is the perfect destination for a relaxed spa break. It’s a city that is blessed with gorgeous Georgian architecture, boutique shopping and a cosmopolitan feel, plus country house hotels boasting decadent spas.

Whether you are looking for a serene retreat in the heart of the city or a secluded hotel surrounded by gardens and rolling hills, Bath has something to suit every spa goer.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

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Occupying two Grade II listed buildings with both Georgian and Victorian elements, The Gainsborough Bath Spa lies in the heart of Bath’s city centre. The Gainsborough features a Spa Village that taps into the original thermal spring waters of Bath and fuses historic traditions of aromatherapy oils with global influences from Malaysian spa rituals.

The Spa Village centres around a spa circuit which takes at least an hour to complete. This includes dipping into two natural thermal pools followed by a detoxifying infrared sauna, a steam room, an ice alcove, and several dedicated relaxation areas. The spa building itself is bathed in natural light and is located over two levels, with 11 treatment rooms, including two Tatami rooms for the award-winning Asian therapies, plus a VIP suite with private access to the thermal waters.

The rooms and suites at The Gainsborough are all custom furnished and make subtle references to the period features of the hotel whilst having all semblances of modern amenities that the discerning traveller would expect such as free WiFi, Nespresso machines, Asprey toiletries and flat screen HD televisions.

Bath Priory

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This honey-coloured 18th century house is located in the centre of Bath with easy access to all the shopping and attractions of the city whilst being a haven of peace and tranquillity.

The Spa by L’Occitane transports you to the fragrant lavender fields of Provence starting your relaxation journey with an olfactory experience and a pre-treatment foot bath. The treatments make the most of the hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients that L’Occitane are known for, plus sensorial textures, relaxing music and herbal teas to give a thoroughly sensuous experience. The spa also includes a large indoor pool, sauna and elliptical steam pod plus a heated outdoor pool.

Every room at the Bath Priory is named after a flower and depending on your choice either come with Juliet balconies looking over the grounds, or a four-poster bed, or even a romantic free-standing bath. One thing is for sure, the rooms are all tastefully decorated in pastel tones with a distinct rustic vibe designed to invoke a sense of bucolic bliss.

The Royal Crescent Hotel

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One of Bath’s most famous and historic hotels, The Royal Crescent has featured in just about every Jane Austen film ever made and is a centrepiece of Bath’s Georgian heritage. Inside, the hotel is as sumptuous as you’d expect with five-star luxury at every turn.

The spa experience is unparalleled with a 12m relaxation pool, a vitality pool, sauna, steam inhalation room, and fully equipped fitness gym. Sip a glass of champagne and take a wander around the Tattinger Spa Garden, before settling down for a rejuvenating spa treatment.

All 45 bedrooms at the hotel have been uniquely designed and are bursting with character, blending the traditional and modern. Enjoy plush carpets and upholstery, pastel paint tones, and views over the city of Bath or the carefully sculpted gardens. Order a bottle of Tattinger champagne to your room to get your spa break off to a good start.

Macdonald Spa Hotels Bath Spa

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Located in the centre of Bath, about a mile from the train station, is the five-star Macdonald spa hotel. A sprawling Georgian mansion turned hotel, enjoy swanning around the manicured gardens, indulging in a spot of fine dining at the hotel restaurant and exploring the extensive hotel spa.

A place of luxury and tranquillity, the spa at the Macdonald features a full range of refreshing spa treatments, state of the art gym facilities, an indoor pool, hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna plus a host of relaxation areas where you can enjoy some me-time.

Each of the 131 rooms at the Macdonald spa are decorated to exude a five-star elegance and boast comfortable beds, luxury en-suite marble bathrooms, flat screen televisions, and breath-taking views over the city of Bath.

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Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

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Surrounded by unspoilt Somerset countryside views, this secluded manor house retreat is the perfect spot to enjoy good food, countryside activities such as horse riding, taking a class at the cookery school or simply relaxing in the spa.

Surrounded by a walled garden and avenues of beautiful trees, the spa at Lucknam Park is perfectly positioned for some tranquil serenity. Featuring a 20-metre indoor pool, an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, five thermal cabins, a salt water plunge pool and several meditation areas this is the kind of spa you could spend several days exploring. Unwind with one of the specialist treatments or opt for a bespoke package to fit your needs.

Combining past and present, every room at Lucknam Park has its own individual charm. Book the Grand Master or Grand suite to enjoy luxuries such as a four-poster bed, marble bathrooms with a deep soaking bath tub and original architectural features such as a fireplace and sash windows looking out over the surrounding countryside.

Babington House

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Babington House is part of the Soho House group, known for its casual glamour, refined interiors, impeccable service and all-around chic hotels. Nestled in the Somerset countryside, the Cowshed spa at Babington house is really in a class of its own.

The spa complex features an indoor and outdoor pool, steam and sauna rooms, a Turkish Hammam, Technogym, tennis courts, cricket pitch and treatment rooms for anything from a mud soak, to a deep tissue massage. Of course, no Cowshed spa experience is complete without their iconic products, created using only the best ingredients and guaranteed to leave you feeling (and smelling) divine.

The hotel rooms are typically glamorous and use plush fabrics, custom furniture, and a meticulous eye for design. Despite being distinctly modern, the décor never sways from a comfortable countryside theme, so the overall effect is a home from home.

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