Gainsborough Bath Spa

The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in the UK to offer direct access to natural thermal waters and featuring a range of experiences from DaleSauna, has opened in Bath.

Designed by New York based design firm Champalimaud Design, the 99-room hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is the first UK property from YTL Hotels.

The hotel’s Spa Village Bath has been designed to honour the healing traditions of Bath. We supplied a number of thermal experiences for the luxurious spa including a salt steam room designed to cater for up to eight guests with LED lighting and bespoke glass mosaic tiles from Trend in hues of brown.

A pine herbal sauna features a conventional sauna heater and a stainless steel herb tray for the infusion of fresh herbs. As well as the traditional herbal sauna, guests can relax in an infrared sauna, also in pine, with a single tier of bench seating and five infrared heaters. These emit infrared light, which is experienced as radiant heat and absorbed by the surface of the skin for a number of health benefits including the removal of toxins. The sauna also features a wall of Himalayan salt to soothe respiratory and skin conditions.

Finally, we created a bespoke walk-in ice grotto and two experience showers. Clad in Trend mosaic glass tiles in blue fade, features of the ice room include marble tops, a chiller to emit cold air, fibre optic lighting on the ceiling in the design of the zodiac and most striking of all, a model of a lion’s head which dispenses the crushed ice.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa has created a one hour ‘Bath Circuit’, a self-guided tour which takes advantage of the saunas, steam room, ice alcove relaxation rooms as well as three thermal pools, which sit at the heart of the spa beneath a glass atrium. The circuit concludes with a special Water Ritual Ceremony.

“Bath is probably the best preserved and most notable spa town in England, and DaleSauna were delighted to have been asked to become involved in this spectacular new hotel project, which is adjacent to another DaleSauna customer at the Bath Therme Spa,” says Gerard McCarthy, sales director at DaleSauna.

“Working with Champalimaud Design and Galliford Try Construction, DaleSauna have installed equipment that would not be unfamiliar to the Romans, which just goes to show how advanced they were, and how little things have changed in over 2,000 years.”