New Orleans Bride contributing editor Becca Hensley is a traveler extraordinaire. She has made it her Bride mission to provide couples with the latest and greatest honeymoon voyages from our shores and beyond. A favorite of ours from the new summer issue is the Gainsborough Bath Spa in England. This relaxing getaway is luxurious jaunt through history.
– Kelly Massicot
Gainsborough Bath Spa, England
Pubs, Roman-era ruins, mom-and-pop shops, cafes and theaters fill the cobble-stoned streets of historic, UNESCO-listed Bath, in the bucolic English countryside. Flanked by the buzz of shoppers, street musicians and flower sellers, Gainsborough Bath Spa, a Leading Hotel of the World, melds contemporary aesthetics to the ancient ritual of bathing in curative waters — something the Romans (and others) did here with regularity. With exclusive rights to the city’s trove of mineral-rich H20, this tony hotel offers its guests a thermal water circuit, a prodigious spa program and rooms that have mineral water flowing from a faucet into over-sized, soaking tubs. An inspiring ritual in which guests write their life worries into an erasable wax tablet begins each spa session, underlining the concept of new beginnings. Note: honeymooners receive 20 percent off spa treatments, roses and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
Room A Deux: Bath Spa Suite, which offers unlimited access to the spa, a lounge area and in-suite thermal water service from the bathtub.
Prescription: Seek rapture in the Tranquility for Two self-spa journey, where couples can use oodles of mineralized mud, algae, rose water, exfoliating salts, loofahs, shower gels and moisturizers while they soak int the reparative waters. lhw.com/hotel/The-Gainsborough-Bath-Spa-Bath-England