Last July I organised a special trip to Bath for my Mums birthday. It’s been a special place for us since I went to UWE university in Bristol and we used to go on day trips to the city. This trip (and no longer on a student budget) I wanted to deep dive into what Bath Spa has to offer. We checked into the Gainsborough Bath Spa for two nights in the centre of town. First of all and to our delight the hotel offered us exclusive access to the Roman Baths and ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva that reside right beside them. Being one of the oldest spas of the ancient world it is a must visit if you are staying in Bath for a day or two, and I recommend you head there first thing in the AM in order to avoid the crowds. After that we took a boat ride up the river to have a (actually hilarious and very comical) tour of Bath and learn about the history of the area. This can be taken at Bath Quay Watererside, where you travel under the Pulteney bridge famous for still having Georgian shops on both sides of the road, and up the river to The Bathampton Mill and back again. Extras points for the tour guide being dry as hell and super funny with this guide to the area. He had us splitting our sides.
Later on that day we checked into the Gainsborough hotel Spa, which was actually quite an immersive experience. They have a reception filled with essential oils and botanicals before you enter, and and one of the first things we did was choose the essential oils that spoke to us / effected us the most. These were added to a salt and given to us in a little bag that we could take with us around the spa to give us our desired effects (ie relaxed, energised etc). After our incredible massages we spent the afternoon by the saunas, plunge pools and baths in utter relaxation.
That night we had a tasting menu at the hotel under the chef Dan Moon. We opted for added wine pairings (as we do) and every course was more delicious than the last. I added the menu so you can check but our favourites were the chicken liver parfait and roast plum tomato soup.