There’s nothing like coming home after a long day of styling fashion shows, and staying at a hotel. I was staying at the newly refurbished Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel. From 1824 -1932 it was the United Hospital and later became home to Bath College until 2005. From the moment I walked through the doors the service was impeccable almost overly attentive but still genuinely friendly. After a full day of prep for Bath in Fashion I just wanted to head off to bed but one of my friends, Zac from Artizan (they do the hair for the fashion show) said you can’t stay at The Gainsborough Bath Spa and not go to the spa. I knew he was right. It’s the only hotel in Bath to have private access to the mineral rich thermal waters of Bath and if I didn’t go I knew I’d regret it.
The spa is on the lower ground floor in the Grade ll listed building is inspired by the Bath’s Roman heritage. It’s best to start at the small pools 40°C to warm up the body, then you can use a cool lymphatic hose, before heading off to the dry sauna. Afterwards you can then cool down with some crushed lavender ice from a sculpture of Maximus the lion. The main pool is 35°C and you can sit under jets to relax the body or you can close your eyes and just float. It’s really a calming experience. I was also in the lavender steam room and then cool off with a chilled lavender scented facecloth and rejuvenate with a couple of shots of spicy hot chocolate! Afterwards I felt relaxed yet energized and headed back to my hotel room.
My room looked out to the Thermal Spas and the giant bed is high off the ground with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets – I felt like the Princess and the Pea! Of course I order room service and ate in the bed – true decadence. It was the perfect way to relax before our show day.
Love my new case from Ted Baker. I love luggage with pretty linings!
And yes, we ate all the chocolates!