Soak­ing up History

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life -

We’re all suck­ers for a bit of ex­clu­siv­ity. And the Gains­bor­ough Bath Spa, set in the heart of Bath’s Unesco-listed old town, is win­ning in that depart­ment as it’s the only ho­tel in Bri­tain with ac­cess to an­cient min­eral-en­riched ther­mal wa­ters. The de­sign­ers made three trips to an­cient sites in Italy to en­sure the spa is faith­ful to the town’s Ro­man history. “Do as the Ro­mans do” by bathing in pools of an­cient heal­ing wa­ter at dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures be­fore in­dulging in a ther­a­peu­tic rit­ual. If you’re more Mr Darcy than Julius Cae­sar, the ho­tel is also the per­fect place to en­act a Ge­or­gian fan­tasy—guest rooms are housed in her­itage build­ings around the cen­tral spa. Enjoy break­fast in bed with fab­u­lous views over the town’s neo­clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­ture and the quintessen­tially English coun­try­side. Look­ing to splash out? The ho­tel’s best rooms even have heal­ing wa­ters in the bath­room taps. www.the­gains­bor­ough­bathspa.co.uk

Se­cret gar­den

mar­rakech Once a hip hang-out for Europe’s wild set, Mar­rakech now has more five-star ho­tels than you can shake a shisha pipe at. The Man­darin Oriental has just joined the fray with its first African re­sort, set amid lush gar­dens and richly scented fig and olive trees. There are 54 lux­u­ri­ous vil­las with views over the At­las Moun­tains, and interiors are mod­ern sleek meets Moroc­can beauty. There are three restau­rants—we like Mes’lalla, which serves up punchy Moroc­can cui­sine with a con­tem­po­rary twist—and a vast spa with a treat­ment list as long as your leg. This place oozes money, glam­our and in­dul­gence—staff out­num­ber guests five to one so you’ll have your pick of ther­pist, waiter and pri­vate but­ler. man­dari­nori­en­tal.com/mar­rakech

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