From the extravagant Bath spa break to one of many luxurious Bath hotels, this guide has everything the non-discerning spender needs to know about the world-famous Roman city. It’s time to make it rain!
The Bath Thermae Spa experience is the epitome of luxury. Indulge in the definitive Bath experience and submerge your senses in the naturally warm spring waters of the rooftop pool, complete with a sprawling skyline view of the ancient city and Somerset hills in the distance. Heavenly.
The Gainsborough is a stellar hotel in its own right, but the spa village is in a class of its own. Drawing from Bath’s ancient thermal springs, The Gainsborough’s spa village is the hidden paradise you didn’t know you needed.
If you think you’ve spent enough cash, wait until you get a load of Bath’s antique market. On the last Sunday of every month, over sixty merchants gather inside Bath’s historic old green station to present their wares, nab everything from Edwardian jewellery to antique books. Hungry? Order an award-winning pizza from Bath Pizza Co.
There are shopping experiences, and there’s Rotisser’s. Four kaleidoscopic floors of treasures await in this department store at the heart of Bath’s vibrant Georgian shopping district. Saunter through Rotisser’s labyrinthine wood-panelled rooms and spiral staircases –the perfect backdrop to a weekend with a price tag.
If you’re hungry for a more traditional shopping experience, a foray into Southgate shopping centre should sate your desire. From Debenhams to Tommy Hilfiger, you’ll find luxurious bits and pieces of all sorts inside this marvellous bath stone complex.
For top-notch seasonal coffee sourced from some of the best roasteries in the country, look no further than Colonna and Small’s. Smack-bang in the centre of Bath, this hip coffee-house’s menu can appear a little complex, but the passionate baristas will happily explain it and find the perfect cup of java to suit you.
For fine dining, Olive Tree has you covered. The menu’s made up of fresh seasonal dishes, all with ingredients sourced straight from the adjacent rolling hills of the nearby countryside. This is authentic local cuisine at its finest—all you need is an appetite and a credit card.
Fancy sipping delicious wine and devouring charcuterie and cheeses, followed by a selfie with the resident cat? Of course you do. Top tip: you can also buy dozens of award-winning international wines to take home with you, specially selected by in-house wine connoisseurs.
Underground bar? Check. Fancy cocktails, bubbly and world beers served, underneath a dreamy fresco ceiling? Check. A super-cool interior that combines Victorian, Bohemian, Renaissance and Modern styles? Bring it on, Opium Bar.
Say hello to your own private home in the city. This splendorous honey-coloured stone monument is a short walk away from Bath city centre and spills over with splendour, including proprietors Christina and Andrew Brownsword's very own art collection. Snazzy.
Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent is the very definition of Georgian grandeur, but the real treat is the Royal Crescent Hotel, a five-star hotel which marries modern luxury with the inimitable opulence of Britain’s past. Enjoy the award-winning Spa & Bath House, where all treatments include flip-flops to complimentary herbal teas.
The Gainsborough is indisputably the most lavish of all Bath hotels. Full of luxurious bonuses like an all-day fine-dining restaurant, and less than five minutes away from both the Bath Thermae Spa and the Roman Baths, this five-star pad is the perfect place for a romantic stay for two: you and your wallet.
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