For hundreds of years, Bath has been the place to come to treat yourself. The Romans knew just how to do it, with everything from fine food to the ultimate spa experience, and Bath carries on the best of both traditions today – so it’s quite simply the perfect location for a girls’ weekend away. Whether you’re on a hen party, catching up with old friends or just taking a little mother-daughter time, Bath has something for you to enjoy. We asked local blogger Sal Godfrey for her top three recommendations…
For Dining: Chez Dominique
This elegant, understated French restaurant on Argyle St will whisk you away to Paris for a few hours. The menu changes regularly but is always full of irresistible dishes – I’m still daydreaming about their pork steaks with pickled walnuts and Roquefort butter weeks later. You absolutely must save room for the dessert menu too. If you’re in a bigger group, then you can book their private dining room (with beautiful views of the weir) and have your own space, or simply reserve a table in the main restaurant – booking is definitely recommended. They have a fantastic set menu too, with two dishes for just £14 before 7pm, so have an early dinner and leave yourself plenty of time afterwards for my next recommendation…
For Drinking: Sub 13
This chic bar makes some of Bath’s best cocktails, including a whole menu based around the dream team that is gin and tonic. You wouldn’t know it from the discreet frontage on George St, but Sub 13’s stylish lounges are spread over several floors and highlights include a snug, candlelit champagne bar in the vaults and a beautiful courtyard garden at the back. You can book your own vault in the late night club downstairs, where drinking and dancing goes on until 3am at the weekends, or even arrange your own mixology class. The best bit? Sub 13 offers a huge range of their award-winning cocktails at 2 for 1 until 10pm, every single day.
For Pampering: Radiance Wellbeing Day Spa
For a much more tranquil, original alternative to the Thermae Spa, treat yourself to a little pampering at Radiance Wellbeing. Their philosophy is all about making guests feel good, so there are no brutal beauty treatments here – instead, perhaps enjoy a champagne manicure with hand and arm massage, a nourishing wrap, a whole range of facials or a fabulous choice of massages. Tucked into an old Georgian townhouse right in the centre of the city, every room at Radiance Wellbeing is different, from the grand drawing room (big enough for couples’ treatments) decorated by Bristol artist Alex Lucas, to the cosy snug where you can lounge on giant beanbags for your Indian head massage.
And there’s more… if shopping is your thing, then Bath is the place to pick up something no one else will have. Visit Grace & Ted for gorgeous designer resale and find something fabulous at a fraction of the original price. Seek out pocket-sized jewellery boutique Bill Skinner’s for exquisite, quirky gems, and find stunning, original shoes and handbags at Chanii B. And after all that retail therapy, you’ll need to refuel, so visit Didi Cakes for Bath’s most beautiful cupcakes or treat yourself to a waffle cone at Swoon Gelato.
Whatever brings you to Bath, we’d be delighted to welcome you to one of our properties, from gorgeous apartments for two on one of the city’s grandest addresses, Great Pulteney Street, to beautiful houses like Monmouth House and The Governor’s, both of which sleep 10 people. With so much to pack in to your visit, it’s wonderful to have your own space to relax as well. For extra special occasions, get in touch to find out how our carefully chosen partners can add those perfect little details, from fresh flower arrangements to a personal chef.