And relax…

As the nights begin to draw in, it seems Autumn has arrived and is settling in to get comfy. I love this time of year: bright, windy days and crisp, starry nights; Harvest Festivals and Hallowe’en… So what better way to wave goodbye to the Summer and thumb our noses at Winter as it creeps over the horizon, than to embrace this season of restful completion and treat ourselves to some pampering?

Now I don’t know about you, but to me nothing says ‘pampering’ like a bit of spa time. As you might expect, Bath plays host to a number of spas. Though it is no longer possible to bathe in the Roman Baths, you can still take the benefit of the steamy, mineral-rich waters that give the city of Bath Spa its name, by visiting the Thermae Bath Spa.

There are some great package deals available, ranging from the early-evening Twilight Package (a great option for the budget conscious at just £42 for three hours), up to the super-indulgent Thermae Experience, a day-long delight which promises to take tender, loving care of every bit of you from face to feet, for £189. If you’re thinking of joining us for a mid-week break, the new Tea For Two package might be just the thing for you and a friend or partner to spoil yourselves – available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon throughout October and costing £80, it sounds rather tasty if you ask me!

If you prefer to build your own spa experience, all treatments can be booked individually in conjunction with a two-hour, four-hour or full-day spa session – and if all you really want is to have a soothing splash about in the lovely hot water then you don’t even need to book! Spa sessions are available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and start at £26 for two hours.

With a discount card from the Bath Independent Guest House Association’s BIGHA Benefits scheme (or ‘Big Ben’ for short), you can also get a three hour spa session for the price of two hours, for up to four people! We provide the Big Ben card to all guests at check in, and it’s valid at lots of other lovely places too, including The Spa at the Royal Crescent Hotel. Though it does not use the mineral spring waters for which Bath has been renowned throughout the ages, The Spa at the Royal Crescent Hotel has the advantage of being smaller and more intimate, with a carefully chosen scheme of decor incorporating natural stone, wood and bamboo, designed to engage all the senses in harmony.

With a range of offers available to non-residents of the hotel, this could be your perfect retreat, whether you are celebrating or just in need of a little escape. I particularly like the look of the ‘Mid-Week Relax & Revive’ – next time I need to recharge my batteries I’ll know where to go! The Spa at the Royal Crescent Hotel has a varied menu of treatments, all of which can be booked individually; from manicures and pedicures using JESSICA nail products,  to ranges specially tailored towards men and mums-to-be; so there’s bound to be something for everyone! The Spa’s ‘Big Ben’ offer allows complimentary spa use when you spend £60 or more on treatments. Are you tempted? I know I am…

If you have a car and feel like venturing a bit further afield, consider the Aqua Sana spa at Center Parcs in Longleat forest (near Warminster). Hidden away in the heart of the forest, you could not ask for a more tranquil or romantic setting for a day of gentle self indulgence. Aqua Sana is open to non-residents, offering a range of day or evening experiences including a Chocolate Indulgence Spa Day for Two – my mouth’s watering just thinking about it! Most packages include refreshments of some kind and the Vitale Cafe restaurant has a full and varied menu.

Additional treatments can be added to any spa package after booking – it is advisable to do this in advance, especially if you have your heart set on a specific treat, as places are limited and certain treatments will sell out quickly. That said, it’s never too late if you want to add a little something at the last minute – just ask when you arrive as there are often special deals and last-minute openings to be snapped up!

Once you’re feeling well-rested and pampered to the nines, why not treat your creative side to an excursion with Walk and Draw Bath? Professional artist and photographer Andrew Lansley will teach and guide you to create your own artwork and lead you around Bath to explore some rare treats, such as tea in the gardens of the Royal Crescent Hotel or lunch at The Bath Priory. Andrew is happy to create a bespoke itinerary to suit any budget, helping you to get a unique view of Bath and really make the most of your time in our beautiful city – not to mention having your own artwork to take home at the end!

Walk And Draw Bath is part of the ‘Big Ben’ discount scheme, offering 10% off all adult tickets – so what are you waiting for? Get scribbling! And don’t forget to book your room at Three Abbey Green.

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