A New Hotel Celebrates the Thermal Mineral Springs in Bath, England
A new hotel inside a historic building in Bath, England, celebrates the healing qualities of the city’s thermal springs
Ever since the mineral-rich springs brought balm and consolation to Roman legionnaires posted to a cold, remote part of their empire, Bath has been known as a stylish place to go for a good restorative soak in Britain. If the ancient Britons had already learned that lolling in these local waters cured a variety of ailments, it was the Romans who built the baths that gave the Somerset town its name.
Now the elegant spa town has had its reputation renewed for the 21st century with the opening of the sumptuous Gainsborough Bath Spa hotel. The new resort occupies a landmarked Georgian limestone building in the heart of town and is the first property in Bath to offer an on-site spa that uses the waters of the original source. Guests enjoy complimentary access to the facility, which includes treatment rooms, thermal pools, saunas, a steam room, and a fitness center.
Inspired by Bath’s superb Georgian architecture, New York–based interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud created a soothing scheme using a palette of rock-salt white, stone gray, powder blue, and bay-leaf green. The high-ceilinged rooms are filled with custom-made furniture, two-poster beds, crown moldings, and carpets in a quiet tapestry weave.
Acclaimed German chef Johann Lafer has conceived a cosmopolitan locavore menu for the restaurant, Johann Lafer at the Gainsborough, which includes many recipes from Two Chefs, One Cuisine. Lafer coauthored the cookbook with Wai Look Chow, the executive chef for YTL hotel group, owner of the Gainsborough.