New hotel and spa in historic Bath

YTL Hotels is opening a hotel and spa during spring in the historical UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath, Great Britain.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa will be the newest addition to the YTL Hotels portfolio of luxury properties, and the company’s first Classic Hotel in that country.

Following in the highly successful footsteps of the group’s world-renowned properties such as Pangkor Laut Resort and The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, The Gainsborough Bath Spa will set a new standard for luxury accommodation in Bath and have the exclusive privilege of being the only hotel in Great Britain to have direct access to natural thermal waters.

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Made up of three beautiful historical buildings, each with a grade II-listed Georgian façade; the site of The Gainsborough Bath Spa has enjoyed an interesting history.

The property was built originally as the United Hospital in 1824, with designs by renowned architect John Pinch. The hospital closed in 1932 and the property became home to Bath College until 2005.

The site’s redevelopment by YTL Hotels has included the refurbishment of the main wings of the Gainsborough building, the construction of a new wing on Lower Borough Walls and the redesigning of the neighbouring 17th century Bellotts annexe, linked to the Gainsborough by a newly formed tunnel.

The lower level of the property will be home to the Spa Village Bath and thermal pools.

The 1300 square-metre Spa Village Bath, over two floors, will have direct access to Bath’s celebrated waters through three therapeutic pools.

Designed with the Roman history of Bath in mind, the pools are set within an atrium flooded with natural light. YTL Hotels’ highly acclaimed Spa Village brand remains true to the philosophy of honouring wellness traditions of the locale, which will be interwoven with its Malaysian roots at Spa Village Bath.

Gainsborough - Spa Village PoolThe elegant interiors of The Gainsborough Bath Spa have been designed carefully by Champalimaud Design, one of the most highly regarded hotel design firms in the world, known for its award-winning work on properties such as The Carlyle in New York and The Dorchester in London.

At The Gainsborough Bath Spa, hotel guests and residents of Bath will enjoy the culinary team’s interpretation of modern English cuisine subtly fused with Asian influences.

The hotel will have a variety of meeting and banqueting facilities, ideally suited to weddings, wellness events and conferences. With high ceilings and four Georgian style windows, the 91.5 square-metre Chapel Room is the largest space, and can be linked with the Chapel Terrace to create a larger event space.

The 99-room hotel is ideally in Beau Street, minutes away from the city’s historical attractions, shopping and restaurant districts, and directly opposite the Thermae Bath Spa. It’s a five-minute walk from Bath Spa railway station and just a 90-minute train journey from London.

Details, bookings: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk, www.ytlhotels.com