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