Situated in one of the most iconic parts of Bath, the grand sweeping arc of the Royal Crescent leads you to the refined elegance of the Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa. A five-star, 45 room and suite Relais & Chateaux property, set within a Grade 1* listed Georgian townhouse the hotel underwent a major multi-million pound refurbishment in 2014. So I thought it was time to see what the hotel has to offer and what delights the spa has in store. Checking into one of the best addresses in Bath, The Royal Crescent Hotel combines elegance and old world English charm with a modern friendly approach. From the smooth, seamless arrival, to the welcoming fire burning in the drawing room, it’s a really friendly and relaxed hotel. Definitely make a reservation to dine in The Dower Restaurant – the tasting menu is impressive.
Classic and elegant with modern luxury is how it’s described in the brochures and that’s pretty much spot on. With a refined colour palette, our suite featured muted two toned grey with luxury fabrics and a splash of colour stripes give a touch of interest. Looking across the private gardens of the hotel, it’s like a magical world hidden behind the facade of the crescent. Most of the hotel is at the rear of the main building. In summer you could enjoy cocktails or afternoon tea on the lawn under the trees. What better way than to spend an afternoon enjoying this fabulously secluded private garden.
Renowned as one of the best spas in Bath, the spa at the Royal Crescent Hotel has a large, light and airy reception with sofas and retail space looking out over the garden. There are compact changing areas and down a short corridor you will find the steam room, sauna, hot tub and cool tub and showers. The sauna and steam room were odd constructions and a little out-of-place. I wasn’t so keen on them.
The pool is definitely the main event. Hugging the sand coloured brick wall, it is bathed in light from the large church-like arch windows. The wet area is the key offering for day spa guests and lacked a communal area to relax and chill when you have had enough of the pool and wet facilities. The spa has six treatment rooms upstairs and a long relaxation area with low slung sofas looking across the pool.
The Bath Spa Skincare treatment was a highlight for the menu. Recently launched, it features the locally sourced organic skincare line created by Sally Merrett.
It begins with a thorough back cleanse using the facial cleanser which is then removed with hot towels, and a light scrub with a hand mitt for total exfoliation and cleansing.
What followed was a truly relaxing massage utilising fluid massage strokes which was targeted at the points I highlighted on my consultation card. Then you get a facial! A multi-layered treatment, full cleanse, gentle scrub, numerous masks and plenty of toning in between. Focussing on facial muscle massage it gives the muscles a good work to stimulate circulation and the whole thing is completed with a hydrating moisturiser. Relaxing, pampering and rejuvenating, it’s a top spa treatment to experience the best that Bath has to offer.
Introduction to the Bath Spa Skincare company
Swimming in the pool with shards of light streaming through the windows
Relaxing neck and shoulder relief after a long week at the computer
The herb garden
Five course tasting menu – divine flavours and exquisitely cooked
ROOM TO IMPROVE:
Spa guest have to remove their shoes and put on flip flops in reception and leave their shoes in the hallway. I thought that this was clumsy. Perhaps swap spa shoes with guests’ shoes on a tray and store them away from sight.
The hot tub had a film floating on top. I mentioned this to staff – apparently it’s from the hot tub wood.
A couple of the lockers needed maintenance
Bath Spa Skincare Back and Facial Treatment – £95
Rooms start from:£265 per room per night on a double occupancy B&B