BEST BEDS

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ANDA SO TO BATHE: There’s much more than bed and break­fast on of­fer at The Gains­bor­ough Bath Spa, a 99-room five-star ho­tel opened in 2015 as the first in Bri­tain for the Malaysia-based YTL group. The prop­erty oc­cu­pies ad­join­ing Grade II-listed former hos­pi­tal and art col­lege build­ings that have been re­stored with in­tri­cate de­tail, from por­ti­cos to ped­i­ments, and let’s add bathing to the guest ex­pe­ri­ence, cour­tesy of hot min­eral wa­ters piped into the three pools that con­sti­tute the Bath House at its on-site, two-level Spa Vil­lage. Bathers progress through the ther­a­peu­tic jet-fed pools in a sanc­tu­ary of Ro­manesque col­umns and mo­saic-tiled wall niches; crushed crys­tals from the ice foun­tains are scented with laven­der, the Asian-in­spired mas­sages are ef­fi­ciently vig­or­ous and fa­cials are based on in­gre­di­ents of the ilk of pep­per­mint, dried sea al­gae, yoghurt or rose. Gue­strooms come with tall ceil­ings and pan­elled walls of Wedg­wood blue; some cat­e­gories have dormer-like win­dows with roofline views and a few in­clude di­rect ac­cess to the heal­ing pools and spa. There’s ter­rific din­ing, too, with a fo­cus on the pro­duce of south­west Eng­land at the epony­mous brasserie by Aus­trian chef Jo­hann Lafer. More: the­gains­bor­ough­bathspa.co.uk; lhw.com.

Su­san Kuro­sawa was a guest of Qan­tas and Visit Bri­tain. • qan­tas.com • vis­it­bath.co.uk • vis­itbri­tain.com/au

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