The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa Bath
Nestled in one of Bath’s most Instagrammed spots is the honey-hued Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa, an enchanting hotel famous for 250 years of first-class service. It’s one of the only iconic buildings in the world you can actually sleep in, and if that’s not enough to tempt you, their latest Jubilee package will.
The crème de la crème of location, the Crescent is an elegant residential stretch with no passing traffic — and the hotel sits center stage, overlooking the lawns of Royal Victoria Park. The charming center of Bath is just five minutes away on foot, so you’re not too far from the hustle and bustle, whether you want to soak up some Roman history or, who knows, spend an evening on the tiles.
Forty-five rooms are scattered in the two adjoining houses and in the buildings at the end of the garden. Regencycore enough to satisfy every Bridgerton whim, rooms range from lavish suites adorned with stucco ceilings, oil paintings, and elaborate fireplaces to more affordable options. Less richly decorated and a little more cosy, they are nevertheless very pleasant. Delicate cakes, fresh bubbles and fresh spring water from the nearby Mendips are presented upon your arrival, and your name is handwritten on a card at your door for a personal touch. If you really want to get the boat out, book the Nelson Suite, which has a large balcony overlooking an acre of gorgeous gardens — think that morning coffee.
Given the choice of going a la carte at The Dower House restaurant or trying the six-course tasting menu, it’s hard to resist it all, especially when the charming Jack encourages it. Led by culinary genius Martin Blake, the hotel’s team of chefs are passionate about using fresh, local produce to create a tantalizing range of signature dishes. VF started with Ale Bread with Ivy House Farm Butter, before moving on to Beet Salad with Smoked Eel (who knew they went together?) and exquisite Exmoor Venison with Chocolate Jus and with sloe gin. But what is a tasting menu without the vino? Wine lover Jean-Marc Leitao has you covered; that he opens the way with a Lirac or a La Justice Domaine Antonin Guyon.
Nestled in the lush gardens is the converted coach house, adorned in light wood and honey-colored bath stone with fresh flowers adorning every surface to create a super fresh oasis. But don’t be fooled by the size, this tardis-like interior still manages to accommodate an impressive 12-meter heated relaxation pool, a vitality pool with massage jets, a sauna, a steam room and a fully equipped gym. equipped. The treatment menu is almost as impressive as the tasting menu, so choose from facials, massages, body scrubs or manicures for some well-deserved relaxation. Top it all off with a glass of champagne in the Tattinger Garden in your fluffy bathrobe and slippers, soaking up the rays while sipping on utter bliss. We’re pretty sure that’s what paradise looks like.
Jubilee Joy Package– price starts from £530 per room per night, in a Deluxe Double Room, based on a two night package.