The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel has been open for a few months, and is the only YLT hotel in the country. Tucked down one of Bath’s traditionally tiny cobbled streets, you wouldn’t expect to find an award winning restaurant, the best afternoon tea of your life (which they can offer gluten and dairy free) and a roman inspired spa village behind its modern exterior.
Bath is famous for the Roman Bath’s, and the Gainsborough’s Spa Village uses the nutrient rich, pure water from the original springs. I took an afternoon out to explore the experience, which started with a probiotic fruit shot made from kombucha crystals and mixed with natural grapefruit and olive oil extract. Then I was talked through a selection of essential oils, and based around what I wanted to achieve from the experience, I selected those that held the healing, cleansing and calming properties I was in the mood for. I dropped a few drops of each (bergamot, ylang ylang, frankincense) into a drawstring muslin pouch of epsom salts, to take with me into the spa village and to inhale each time I transitioned between the steam room, sauna and heatology pools.
I took half an hour to blow off some steam in their small but private gym before heading into their first heated pool. After 6 minutes in there I took to the second heated pool, set a little cooler in order to stimulate my circulation. Following this I started my … journey with ten minutes in the infrared room. I rubbed… ice all over my body before moving swiftly on into the steam room. There was lavender salt water to keep hydrated with as well as shots of pure hot chocolate for an instant energy kick. Sweating and intermittent temperatures makes the body work so much harder than most people are aware of, so these provisions were essential in keeping the body and mind working optimally, as well as energizing on a cellular level, to give power to the body’s processes of cleansing and detoxifying. I ended in the dry heat of the sauna, chucked some more ice over me and then floated into a treatment room for a 90 minute Magnesium Wrap. It sounds like lunch, but it wasn’t. I lay on the most comfortable table I’ve ever laid upon, had my whole body scrubbed with vigor and natural salt scrubs, was oiled all over, massaged with a magnesium gel and then wrapped up in warm towels to encourage the magnesium to soak into my body. There was no escaping for that magnesium gel. No chance. Whilst it soaked in, my hands, knees, feet and head were massaged with inexplicably perfect pressure, and that’s when I fell asleep. But not from boredom, from sheer pleasure and being in the most intense state of relaxation since my last Savasana.