The best spa hotels in and around Bath

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From Roman times to the present day, visitors have flocked to Bath to bathe in its natural thermal waters. The city was recently given a second UNESCO World Heritage Site listing for being part of The Great Spa Towns of Europe, a “transnational” inscription covering 11 historic spa towns in seven countries.

Most visitors to Bath intent on wallowing in the waters head to the Thermae Bath Spa complex, which is open to the general public. But guests staying next door at the Gainsborough Bath Spa can soak in the thermal waters in the hotel’s own fancy spa. Several other hotels in the city also have high-quality spas, though they are not linked to the thermal waters. Added to which are a number of enticing country hotels a short drive from Bath with impressive spa facilities. These are the best spa hotels in Bath (and nearby).


How we review

Every hotel in this curated list has been visited by one of our expert reviewers, who are usually hosted on a complimentary basis. They stay for a minimum of one night, test at least one meal and trial other experiences that the hotel might have to offer. 


At a glance, the best spa hotels in and around Bath

 

The Gainsborough Bath Spa

Bath, Somerset, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

What sets The Gainsborough apart is its Spa Village: it’s the only hotel in Bath with access to the city’s natural thermal waters. There are three substantial thermal pools in which to wallow (the largest is set under a glass-roofed atrium), as well as saunas and a steam room, plus 11 treatment rooms offering a wide range of massages and Asian‑influenced therapies. Guests who haven’t booked a treatment can access the baths on limited time slots – an attempt on the hotel’s part to preserve the tranquillity of the facilities.


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170

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The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Bath, Somerset, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

This luxurious hotel encompasses two townhouses in Bath’s showpiece Georgian crescent – the best possible location in town. The elegant spa has an indoor relaxation pool, a vitality pool with massage jets, plus a sauna and steam room. Bedrooms are all individually designed, with your name hand-written on a card on your door. There’s an acre of pristine walled gardens, great for dining al fresco in the summer months – the hotel is famous for its very indulgent afternoon teas with sweet and savoury choices.


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300

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The Bath Priory

Bath, Somerset, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

This 1830s ivy-covered stone mansion overlooks nearly four acres of beautifully maintained grounds, which include expansive lawns and a kitchen garden. The hotel has a L’Occitane Spa with treatment rooms and a fetching shop and nail bar overlooking the gardens. There’s also a pleasant relaxation room, sauna, steam pod, and smart indoor swimming pool. A heated outdoor pool – tucked away in the garden – is open during the summer months. The majority of the hotel’s rooms have a soothing, traditional country-house look.


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194

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Lucknam Park

Colerne

8
Telegraph expert rating

Lucknam Park is a refined 18th-century pile set in 500 acres of tranquil parkland, with a mile-long avenue of lime and beech trees leading up to the main mansion. Its handsome spa is cut from polished cream stone – crowned by a heated outdoor therapy pool overlooking the grounds. There are saunas, steam rooms, and a Japanese salt room, plus an array of treatments. After your spa sojourn, retire to one of the country house-style bedrooms; all quiet florals, mahogany furniture, and dashes of velvet.


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253

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Woolley Grange

Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England

9
Telegraph expert rating

This 17th-century home with extensive gardens is a firm favourite with families visiting Bath and the Wiltshire countryside. Offering both country manor relaxation and child-focused fun, it proves that the two need not be mutually exclusive. Unlike many traditional spas, Woolley Grange welcomes children of all ages in its facilities – they even offer treatments for kids. There’s also a cot beside the pool, so parents can enjoy a dip while keeping a close eye on baby. Each room is different, but all are homely and a handful of rooms are interconnecting.


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130

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Babington House

Somerset, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

There are two pools at this original countryside outpost of Soho House: one outside and overlooking the lake, the other housed inside a cavernous stone barn. Additionally you’ll find steam rooms, saunas, and a cinema that hosts free screenings every day. Cowshed Spa – housed in a former (you guessed it) cow shed – offers luxurious treatments and overlooks a pretty walled kitchen garden. Rooms in the main house are sophisticated, with antique four-poster beds, roll-top baths, open fires and a plethora of Cowshed potions.


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220

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Homewood

Freshford, Somerset, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

A stylishly revivified country-house hotel a short drive from Bath, decorated throughout with playful and eye-catching art and features. Many bedrooms have an Art Deco look; for a real treat, splash out on one of the suites with a private hot tub on its sizeable outdoor terrace. The appealing, well-equipped spa has an outdoor swimming pool heated year-round, along with a hot tub and terrace laid out with day beds and sun loungers. Inside there’s a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room, as well as treatment rooms.


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179

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Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Wiltshire, England

8
Telegraph expert rating

This hotel sits within the vast and beautiful parkland of the Bowood Estate, next to the golf club. The spa and indoor swimming pool – with expansive views over the practice golf holes to the woodland beyond – has the usual facilities including a sauna, steam room, and treatment rooms for massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. Luxury rooms are worth the extra cost as they include balconies. Stays here include complimentary access to Bowood House and its gorgeous gardens.


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196

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Contributions by Simon Horsford & Natalie Paris

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