Soak up the atmosphere in the UK’s spa capital
Bath is without a doubt the UK’s spa capital. As far back as 60 AD, there were Roman bath houses across the city, taking advantage of the natural hot springs.
While a lot has changed over the past 2,000 years, the city is still best known for its stone-lined thermal baths and its spa culture. And Royal Crescent Spa is probably one of the best places to experience the modern spa culture in a historical setting.
The spa is set within the historic Royal Crescent Hotel, which sits in the middle of Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent. Since it was built in 1775, the hotel has played host to some of England’s most famous figures – from Jane Austen to the Duke of York.
However, inside it is decidedly modern, with heated hydro-pools, state of the art treatment rooms, a vitality pool, a Himalayan Salt Sauna, a Blossom Steam Inhalation Room, and a Holistic Garden where champagne is served throughout the day.
The spa only uses organic products and local brands such as ESPA and Bath Spa Skincare, and these are combined with Royal Crescent’s own massage techniques and facial treatments, such as the Royal Crescent Signature Treatment, which targets the back, face and scalp.
Every treatment can be personalised for specific skincare needs. For instance, the Deep Muscle Massage is ideal for sporty men, while the ESPA Ultimate Lifestage Facial can be great for reducing pore size (a particular problem for city dwellers), improving elasticity, and hydrating dry skin.
Treatments are not cheap, but you are paying for the location and history as well as the actual spa experience.
Book an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s opulent Georgian suites, and indulge in the sort of immersive, luxury spa experience that the Romans could only dream of.