It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

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The Gainsborough in Bath, England

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The arrival of this 99-room retreat comes with much fanfare. YTL Hotels and Champalimaud Design meticulously restored two landmark limestone buildings (one a former hospital) into a thoroughly modern retreat. Inside, black four-posters, neck-craningly high ceilings, and a distinguished color scheme of dusky mustard and heritage blue are a soothing, pared-down precursor to the pièce de résistance: the spa village. The hotel is built directly above mineral-rich thermal springs, allowing guests to make like the Romans and simply float in three heated pools, or go 21st-century with a Watsu treatment and aromatherapy massage. Don’t miss the signature drink: hot cocoa with a cardamom kick. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk; doubles from $400.

England Travel Experiences

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

The Gainsborough in Bath, England

The arrival of this 99-room retreat comes with much fanfare. YTL Hotels and Champalimaud Design meticulously restored two landmark limestone buildings (one a former hospital) into a thoroughly modern retreat. Inside, black four-posters, neck-craningly high ceilings, and a distinguished color scheme of dusky mustard and heritage blue are a soothing, pared-down precursor to the pièce de résistance: the spa village. The hotel is built directly above mineral-rich thermal springs, allowing guests to make like the Romans and simply float in three heated pools, or go 21st-century with a Watsu treatment and aromatherapy massage. Don’t miss the signature drink: hot cocoa with a cardamom kick. thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk; doubles from $400.

Courtesy of The Gainsborough Bath Spa
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