It's fair to say that 2020 has been a challenging year. If you're wanting to relax, why not book a 2021 wellness break in Bath and start the new year feeling refreshed? Bath has been the centre of wellbeing in the UK for centuries, dating back to the Roman era when the allure of natural thermal waters drew travellers from all over Europe.
The hot springs still bubble away today, and Bath continues to be a place of relaxation. From spa treatments to fine dining and museum exploration, there are plenty of ways to rejuvenate in Bath...
Where to Stay?
For a truly invigorating escape to Bath, book a stay at one of the city’s spa hotels. If you’re looking for luxury and grandeur, head to The Gainsborough Bath Spa, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, or The Bath Priory Hotel, or try Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa, situated in stunning countryside just a short drive from Bath. Alternatively, Combe Grove offers an idyllic wellbeing escape with sweeping country views.
Please check directly with the hotels for their latest booking and COVID-19 policies.
Begin your visit at the historic Roman Baths, a site which has drawn visitors to the city for 2,000 years and where natural thermal waters still flow through the Great Bath. Learn about Roman spa culture in the interactive museum, then move through history to the elegant Georgian restaurant, the Pump Room. Enjoy a delicious lunch or indulgent afternoon tea, before sampling the 'healing' spa waters from the fountain for a more – arguably – unique taste!
Please note, the Roman Baths requires all tickets to be booked online in advance, and the Pump Room will be closed on 27th December and on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4th January to 9th February 2021.
Take to the streets and capture the stunning honey-coloured architecture and beautiful surrounds of Bath on a socially distanced tour with Photo Tours in Bath. Get active with Bath By Bike to explore the city and local countryside along stunning cycling routes, or for a light-hearted afternoon of fun head out on a walking tour with Laugh at Bath.
Well known in Bath for serving up delicious fish and chips and seasonal seafood, The Scallop Shell is a great place for your evening meal, just remember to book in advance. The likes of prawns, scallops, mussels, Dorset crab and oysters are almost always on the menu, as are classics like battered cod and haddock, with the all-important thick-cut chips and mushy peas.
There’s no doubt that the best view of Bath and the surrounding countryside is from the skies. Head up on an early morning flight with Bailey Balloons or Bath Balloons for a truly breathtaking experience.
Once you're back on the ground, head to The Soul Spa for something a bit different. They offer a range of mind-body therapies, including acupuncture, Reiki, Shiatsu, massages, hypnotherapy and aromatherapy; book in advance to enjoy a guided relaxation and sound bath, or head to their website to access their meditation classes online.
Start your afternoon with a quintessential Bath experience and enjoy an afternoon tea at a local hotel, such as The Roseate Villa or No.15 Great Pulteney. Historic tearooms like The Bath Bun offer afternoon tea with a Georgian twist, or for a taste of luxury, tuck into an indulgent afternoon tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa.
After a day out in the fresh air, take your socially distanced seat at the iconic Theatre Royal Bath by booking in advance from their varied programme of plays, musicals, gigs and concerts. You could enjoy a pre-show meal at Italian restaurant Amarone too, located just next to the theatre.
Spend a leisurely morning on the picturesque River Avon by taking a river tour of iconic sites with Bath Adventures.
If you have time to spare in the afternoon, try horse riding at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa and explore their grand estate by horseback. Or, for your fix of culture, head to The Holburne Museum, at the end of the grand Great Pulteney Street. Book your day ticket in advance to see their extensive art collection and exhibitions.
Finish your stay in Bath the Roman way, with a revitalising soak in the natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa, today with the welcome addition of cotton robes and slippers! Book in advance to unwind in the rooftop pool while watching the sunset over Bath Abbey, and kick back in their Wellness Suite – the perfect end to a wellbeing break in Bath.