Gainsborough Bath Spa opens

The first and only hotel in the UK to offer access to natural thermal waters, The Gainsborough Bath Spa began welcoming guests at the beginning of July. The first YTL Hotel in the UK, the property offers a modern day Roman Bath Circuit through the Spa Village Bath, extolling the natural virtues of the city's healing thermal waters from its private water reserve, packed full of rich, natural minerals and bubbling to the surface at 47 degrees. Experience the hour long, self-guided Bath Circuit moving from thermal pools to saunas, a steam room, ice alcove and elegant relaxation rooms, concluding with a Water Ritual Ceremony. The 99-room hotel pays homage to the building's Georgian history with two poster beds, toile antimacassars depicting traditional Bath scenes, marble bathrooms, burl wood in-laid wardrobes and dramatic draperies. Michelin starred chef and TV personality Johann Lafer lends his name to the hotel's restaurant, Johann Lafer at The Gainsborough, in his first restaurant venture outside of Germany, combining locally sourced English products with the very best Asian flavours for an innovative dining experience. Go online for more details and rates.