Day Spa Experience at No.15 Great Pulteney - Bath
What would you count as one of your favourite ways to spend a day in Bath? A trip to the theatre, a visit to your favourite restaurant, or, perhaps even just the simple pleasure of rolling out a picnic blanket in Sydney Gardens and watching the world go by? If you were to ask me, my reply would be a trip to the spa. In today's post, I am going to share with you one of the ways to experience this in Bath, with thanks to a 'Day Spa Experience' at No.15 Great Pulteney...
No.15 Great Pulteney is a boutique townhouse hotel, privately owned by Ian and Christa Taylor. The hotel resides in Bath's widest and grandest thoroughfare - the magnificent (and frequently photographed) Great Pulteney Street. The hotel first opened its doors in December 2016 - I reviewed their restaurant, Café 15, soon after the eagerly anticipated opening (visit here if you fancy a quick read). Occupying three adjoining Grade I listed Georgian townhouses, all 'with a rich and distinguished past,' No.15 Great Pulteney describes itself as 'luxury for the curious'. There are 40 thoughtfully designed, 'one-of-a-kind style' bedrooms and suites, a restaurant and bar - both wonderfully unique in their design and décor (and highly Instagrammable too!), exceptionally good food and drinks offerings, and, the more recent addition of a spa, which is hidden under the pavements of this well-trodden street!
Without hesitation, I would say, this is an ideal destination for locals looking to while away a wonderful day in Bath. Besides, you work hard, life is busy and often running at a million miles an hour, so you deserve some time for yourself to luxuriate, unwind and spoil your tastebuds with delicious food too...
Speaking of which, there are three different 'Day Spa Experiences' available for you to discover. Visit here to decipher which pampering options suit you best. In the meantime, I will detail the one I was recently gifted, the 'Relaxation and Revelry with Supper' (£99). This includes a 30-minute spa treatment followed by a meal at Café 15...
My experience began in Spa 15, which is accessible either through the hotel (just follow the signs or ask a member of staff), or, from Henrietta Mews - you can find this street tucked away at the back of Great Pulteney Street...
As soon as you enter this oasis of calm, you know you are in for a treat! From the moment I arrived, I was looked after by Sarah, a wonderful Spa Therapist, who showed me where I could bliss out before it was time for my heavenly 'ila mini organic facial' (but, more on that shortly!)
First things first, I headed to the historic, exposed stone vaults which houses a large cedar wood hot tub and smart barrel-shaped sauna. The interiors are 'vintage-inspired' to evoke a 'home-from-home feel,' although I must say, I am not entirely convinced that every hallway at home looks as grandiose as this?!
Elegant, regal and a statement walkway nevertheless!
Before stepping down into the heart of the vault where I discovered the hot tub and sauna, I stopped to peruse the magazines and pick up a soft towel...
Now, time to delight and soothe the senses, body and the mind!
My experience continued with a visit to one of the four individually themed treatment rooms. Each room features artwork and installations created by local and up-and-coming artists, all in keeping with the hotel's love of art.
What awaited me in 'The Coral Room' was the most exquisite 3D mixed-media coral reef installation. Designed by artist, Deborah Kolumbus, this eye-catching, starkly white feature on the ceiling is said to “emulate the sense of being under the sea.”
After some research online, I discovered that the installation is made from 'silk, wool, paper, wire, plaster, plastic, and wax.' It is said to be 'inspired by Kolombus’ passion for environmental issues and is a poignant reminder of the growing loss of coral reefs around the world.'
Dimly lit beautifully ornate lights, the gentle sound of relaxation music to drift off too, and the cosiest bed to sink into, we must be on cloud nine!
As mentioned, I tried the 'ila mini organic facial' using products from the 'Glowing Radiance Collection.' This collection is based on the 'purest Indian Rose Otto, an essential oil that provides a nurturing experience for both body and mind.' Transforming dull, unbalanced skin by restoring a dewy, youthful complexion and glow, this treatment sounded ideal for my skin's needs!
My therapist, Sarah, worked her magic on my skin, making me feel so at ease in her highly-skilled hands. Firstly, she exfoliated, cleansed and toned my skin. After, she applied a thick layer of mineral-rich green clay mask, then whilst this set, I was given a heavenly head, scalp and shoulder massage. A gorgeous serum and facial oil was applied, massaging the products carefully into my skin. Before finishing with a lavish application of light, fluffy day cream. Well, it's safe to say, my skin felt as good as new by the time Sarah had finished with it!
After my treatment, I was invited to reawaken my senses in their 'relaxing retreat' which is located adjacent to the spa reception desk. Sinking into a soft armchair and enjoying a refreshing loose-leaf hibiscus tea, I started to return to reality, just in time for Scott to join me for cocktails in Bar 15 upstairs!
As you enter the hotel, you will find Bar 15 situated to the left hand-side, just past the reception area...
Whilst taking our seats at a jewel-encrusted table in the bar, I overheard a lady at the table beside us tell her friend that one of her Mother's pendant earrings hangs from the hotel's 'Lost Earring chandelier', which is crafted from thousands of lone earrings!
Every nook and cranny promises a feast for the eyes, crammed to the brim with curiosities and collections carefully sourced and curated to intrigue and delight you. From the playful, statement lighting, to a collection of antique evening bags and vast canvases filling the walls, there is certainly a 'gallery-like feel,' everywhere you go...
Even the cocktail list is presented with flair and imagination. We spent several minutes shuffling through our playing cards, deciding which beverages tickled our fancy.
After being treated to delicious cocktails by the attentive bar staff, Max and Steve, it was time for a taste of Café 15...
If you have just read my prior review of No.15's restaurant, you will remember me mentioning the interiors - just as curious, creative and unique as every other room in the hotel!
Positioning ourselves by a window, a favourite spot of mine in a restaurant, as I am always keen to get as much natural daylight for my photos as possible, we perused the menu!
Our fantastic waiter, Ionut, suggested we either choose the traditional starter, main and dessert option, or, try a selection of small dishes to share (about 3 to 4 each). We opted for the latter...
The dishes, we were forewarned, would arrive as and when they were ready to leave the pass. Well, this suited us perfectly! We sampled some seriously tasty food, here is what we ordered from the 'small' dishes...
If I had to pick a firm favourite, it would be the 'Chicken Thigh, Peanut, Coconut, Lime.'
Meanwhile, Scott's top dish was the rich and earthy 'Lamb Baked Beans, Merguez Sausage, Wild Garlic.'
Oh, but these golden, chunky chips were top notch too!
To finish on a sweet note, we opted to share the homemade 'Dark Chocolate Delice, Salted Popcorn, Banana Ice-Cream'*. So decadent, so self-indulgent, so delicious!
*Unfortunately, by the time I photographed our dessert, there was very limited natural light, so my apologies if this snap appears darker than the rest of my photos!
If being pampered to your hearts content and being fed fabulous food sounds like an ideal way to spend a day in Bath, then spoil yourself or a loved one to a 'Day Spa Experience' at No.15 Great Pulteney. Visit here for more details!
Many thanks to Mango PR and No.15 Great Pulteney for inviting me to review this experience.