The Spa and Bath House in the UK’s Historic city of Bath
As you will know, Bath is famous for its spas. The Celts and Romans flocked here for the natural springs. And 2,000 years on, it’s still the only city in the UK to have naturally-hot mineral rich waters that boast ‘healing’ benefits.
Alongside its wonderful Thermae Spa, there are a handful of really good places you can visit in Bath for a rejuvenating spa experience. One such place, which gets my wholehearted thumbs up, is The Spa and Bath House – a special sanctuary I was lucky enough to visit during my stay at The Royal Crescent Hotel.
You will find The Spa and Bath House at the bottom of the leafy paths that meander through the one-acre private gardens at the rear of the Royal Crescent Hotel.
The landscaped Taittinger Spa Gardens are open during the summer months for you to relax in and soak up some rays.
During the winter however, it was a brisk walk from our hotel room over to this converted chapel and into the very stylish and serene reception area of The Spa and Bath House where we were greeted by staff.
The spa uses all ESPA products across all their treatments and the treatment menu includes everything from enzyme facials and body scrubs to manicures and pedicures. It’s also good to know that they offer bespoke treatments for gentlemen and groups can come here for day retreats which include things like champagne and afternoon tea.
If you’re in search of something romantic, or are here for your wedding or honeymoon, it’s ideal for that too – couples can indulge in couples’ massage and there’s an oh so lovely ‘Romantic Hideaway’ day retreat which includes a two-hour use of the spa, a couples massage plus a three-course dinner and glass of champagne.
After filling out all the necessary health forms, I changed into my swimsuit, slippers and robe and enjoyed a bit of time in the pool and sauna. Housed in the old part of the building in the former chapel, the area is pleasantly low-lit while daylight streams over the pool through the restored arched chapel windows. It’s a dream to be somewhere so historic.
While the steam room was undergoing work during our visit, the sauna was super-hot and the big wooden tubs – which felt like some kind of medieval bath – were pleasant and relaxing.
The Spa and Bath House Signature spa treatment
If you really want to get the most out of this spa, the facilities stop there, so I’d recommend you book in for a treatment in one of the treatment rooms, located upstairs.
The Royal Crescent Signature Treatment is known as the ‘hero’ treatment at The Spa and Bath House. It began with a short consultation with my lovely therapist and then once I had laid down on the cosy spa bed, she covered me in towels and pushed down on various points of my body to help me relax.
The hero treatment is probably so-called because it targets three areas – the back, face and scalp – which is perfect for brides who are in search of the ultimate pre-wedding MOT.
The room was dark and serene and had a variety of both vocal and instrumental calming music. And the back treatment started with an exfoliation in the way of short and sharp sweeps of a brush.
It was similar to a hammam treatment I’ve had before and the sensation isn’t entirely pleasant, but it is strangely satisfying as the dead skin cells are worked on and circulation is given a bit of a kick-start.
An exfoliator was applied and fully worked into my back before hot flannels were used to remove it. This then followed by a hot stone massage that really worked on the tension behind my shoulder blades. Before I knew it, I was slipping into a deep sleep.
Step three was the facial – a must for any brides who want their skin to glow ahead of their big day. After removing impurities with a hydrating cleansing milk and bio-active eye cleanser, my therapist used a UV light to detect the condition of my skin. This was a complete first for me and allowed her to diagnose areas of dryness and oiliness and identify any parts of my face that needed particular attention.
Once this was done, she applied a refining skin polish following by an essential cleansing mask mixed in with some purifying tea tree gel to treat the oil-prone T-zone. While this got to work, I had the most blissful shoulder, chest and head massage. Head massages are the most underrated treatment you can get in a spa if you ask me. They really target the built-up pressure in your neck and head while encouraging circulation in your scalp, which is of course, great for your hair growth.
Feeling even more ‘zuzzy’ by now, the face mask was removed and a 24-hour replenishing eye moisturiser, face moisturiser and balancing treatment oil were massaged into the skin. A hydrating floral spafresh spray was used to awaken and refresh the skin and a mandarin lip balm was applied to my winter-dry lips. I was gently stirred to pop my robe on and sit down with some herbal tea. Wow, did I feel good.
Who knew that you could feel like a different person in 90 minutes? I was told not to wash out the oil from my hair for at least 24 hours which I was a little reluctant to do. But I flung on my woolly hat and it was worth it – my locks felt super soft after I washed it the next evening. As for my skin, it felt completely renewed and utterly glowy, like it could breathe again.
We had a train to catch back to London, but if I had it my way, I would have slipped off into a snooze and stayed here for another day. Wedding worries, what wedding worries? You can leave your stresses at the door when you come to this lovely little sanctuary.
Until next time x