In England’s UNESCO-listed city of Bath—famed and named for being a spa town since the Romans fashioned the land with spring-fed baths around 40 A.D.—history is being luxuriously reinterpreted by a new spa hotel, the Gainsborough Bath Spa. As the only hotel with a spa that pipes in Bath’s thermal and reputedly healing waters (and the only hotel in the U.K. with access to natural thermal waters at all), the Gainsborough has been one of the most anticipated new hotels of 2015, and it will finally greet its first guests on July 1 when it launches with a soft opening.
A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the 99-room hotel occupies a Georgian-style building constructed in the 1800s, whose interior was carefully appointed by New York’s acclaimed Champalimaud Design firm with a style that’s equal parts old-English and contemporary—think heavy-draped windows, inlaid wardrobes, and coffered ceilings paired with art lighting and clean-lined furniture.
The restaurant, Johann Lafer, is sure to be a highlight, headed by its namesake Austrian chef (and TV star) who will create Asian-English fusion food with Asian-influenced recipes and local ingredients. But the real star of the Gainsborough is, of course, the spa: Spa Village Bath. With its own private water reserve, the spa channels mineral-rich waters into three thermal pools set in a light-flooded glass atrium. The signature experience is the one-hour Bath Circuit, where guests go through the pools, saunas, steam room, ice alcove, relaxation rooms, and end with a Water Ritual Ceremony. Other treatments use spa products sourced from Neal’s Yard, Kerstin Florian, and Amala, and there’s additionally an Aroma Bar where guests can blend their own lotions and oils. Some rooms come with unlimited access to the thermal baths, and top-tier rooms come with thermal water on-tap in their bathtubs.
In honor of its opening, the Gainsborough Bath Spa is offering a 20 percent discount on rooms through the end of July. For more information, visit the Gainsborough Bath Spa.