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The Best Day Spas in Bath

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Named – and famed – for its Roman baths, Somerset‘s biggest city is counted in World Heritage’s ‘Great Spa Towns of Europe’ list. And rightly so: with hot springs in a town of stunning Georgian buildings, a daycation in Bath is not one to miss. Looking for a day spa in this most quintessential of spa towns? Here is the C&TH pick of day spas in Bath.

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For A Quintessential Bath Spa: The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough Pool

Recalling local 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough, Bath’s five-star hotel, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, sits in a stunning Georgian Grade-II listed building and is the only hotel in the UK with access to natural hot springs. Seamlessly blending the traditional and the contemporary, the Romanesque Spa Village has columns, a glass roof, a replica mosaic, and three thermal pools of varying temperatures. There’s a plethora of massages and face and body treatments to choose from, with a focus on aromatherapy. There’s also a delicious restaurant with locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients to retire to afterwards – or, if you fancy staying longer than a day, sumptuously comfortable beds to flop into at the neighbouring hotel. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

Thermal with a Contemporary Edge: Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

Right in Bath’s city centre, Thermae Bath Spa is a light and airy stylish setting in which to wind down. Their popular ‘Thermae Welcome’ package includes access to all the main facilities: the indoor, curvy Minerva Bath fed by thermal waters and with an invigorating whirlpool; the wellness suite, including a state-of-the-art Infrared Room, a Celestial Relaxation Room, an invigorating Ice Chamber, and two aroma Steam Rooms, with Roman and Georgian inspired displays; and the spectacular open-air rooftop pool offering views over the city and surrounding hills, with naturally-warm, mineral rich water. There’s also the lovely Springs Cafe for refreshments and plenty of treatments to add on to your day trip. thermaebathspa.com

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Subterranean Sanctuary: The Spa at No.15 by GuestHouse, Bath

copper bath

With a passion for wellness and tailored treatments to address individual guests’ needs, The Spa at No. 15 by GuestHouse is a down-to-earth, soothing sanctuary. Eco-luxury products by Pinks Boutique – which have been accredited by the Soil Association – are blended in the UK, with a focus on stunning results alongside pure, vegan, organic, sustainable, and ethically-sourced ingredients. Couples should try The Copper Room , featuring a round copper bath with organic magnesium-rich salts to detoxify muscles and soothe aches and pains. Wellness never felt so naturally effective – then, head to the bar for a delicious afternoon tea. guesthousehotels.co.uk

Countryside Day Spa Escape: Homewood Bath

Homewood

Eclectic, luxurious and slightly eccentric, this grand Georgian country house sits in 20 acres of magnificent gardens and grounds just outside of Bath, filled with creative artworks and ultra-modern indulgences. Harnessing the spirit of the Roman’s love of a good spa, Homewood has created a pampering haven for guests, offering some wonderful treatments, an indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room as well as a heated outdoor pool and hot tub with views across the valley. Plenty of treatments and packages are available, suited to all spa day desires, from wellness-focussed sessions to relaxation and refreshment, to their evening ‘Twlight Spa Experience’, an indulgent, star and champagne-accompanied wind down. homewoodbath.co.uk

Georgian Luxury: The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Royal Crescent Hotel

Bath is almost as well-known for its Royal Crescent as it is for its baths. For an extra luxury dimension, head to The Royal Crescent, an uber-luxe hotel on the iconic curved row of Georgian houses. With rejuvenating treatments, a tranquil Relaxation Pool, and a Taittinger Spa Garden to sip champagne in, you’ll feel like a movie star – and not just because it was a Bridgerton filming location. royalcrescent.co.uk

Country House Wind-Down: L’Occitane Garden Spa at The Bath Priory

The Bath Priory, Bath. Spa room

At the edge of Bath’s city centre, this typical country house hotel has spacious rooms, a luxuriant garden, indoor and outdoor heated pools, and the UK’s only L’Occitane Garden Spa. With ingredients drawn from the hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients in the L’Occitane grand herbarium, the Garden Spa’s relaxation begins with scent: fragrances transport guests to Provence, and a ‘Welcome Ritual’ foot bath greets your arrival. Book one of the indulgent treatments, and wind down in the pool, sauna, and aroma steam room. thebathpriory.co.uk

Featured Image: The Roman Baths in Bath (via Getty)

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