The Travelling Prince: The Royal Crescent Hotel

Mimi ON Dec 11, 2009 AT 2:37 pm

The Prince catches up on some light reading at The Royal Crescent Hotel

The Prince catches up on some light reading at The Royal Crescent Hotel

His Highness and I were staying at The Royal Crescent Hotel, a beautiful period building dating back to 1767 centrally positioned within the famous Royal Crescent, Bath.  This glorious Georgian façade overlooks The Crescent Lawn next to the Royal Victoria Park and The Prince was delighted to be staying in the John Wood Suite situated on the second floor with a Georgian style drawing room, working fireplace and adjoining bedroom with a sumptuous king side bed and luxury en suite bathroom.

On arrival the Prince was eager to visit the Hotel’s Bath House spa, where he would soon choose from a menu of excellent treatments and therapies such as Body Wraps, Facials, Reflexology and Watsu, Shiatsu, Reiki, Massage and Body Scrubs.  So having booked a treatment for the following day and with eagerness to explore still further, His Highness suggested we sample a recipe or two at the hotel’s award winning cocktail bar before dinner. 

The Prince takes a dip in the pool

The Prince takes a dip in the pool

Adjacent to The Bath House spa and looking out onto the hotel’s country garden, we were served two beautiful cocktails by the resident mixologist.  “I’m absolutely famished” His Highness exclaimed as I discreetly removed the complimentary bar snacks from his reach.  Soon enough we were seated in The Dower House restaurant with a delightful window view looking out onto a stunning lavender border.  Starting with a roast mallard tart with leek, lentil and pickled cabbage The Prince expressed his delight at the contemporary British menu created by Head Chef, Gordon Jones.  His Highness ordered a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pape, Domaine de la Côte de L’Ange which complimented the main course of partridge with sauerkraut and elderberry sauce and a selection of vegetables.  To finish, a delicious Chocolate Fondant served hot, moist and as light as can be.  I can even taste it now. 

The following day His Highness decided to begin with an early morning swim and having heard the indoor pool was consistently heated to 35 degrees centigrade, we were most pleased to verify the fact upon taking the plunge.  The Princes spa treatments were to begin late 12 noon, so with plenty of time to spare, we decided to take breakfast on the garden patio enjoying the tranquil surroundings whilst tucking into splendid full English breakfast. 

A spot of afternoon tea for two

A spot of afternoon tea for two

So now to the spa; once The Prince had changed into his swimwear, robe and slippers, he tottered inside The Bath House, The Prince was instructed to take another plunge, this time in the rustic barrelled hot and cold tubs of the spa; to open the pours and cleanse the skin.  His Highness was then guided to a wet room with a granite plinth on which he laid down for a deep exfoliation session; both front and back.  A quick shower and then up to the spa’s private rooms, for a full body massage with calming lavender oils blended by the Bath house.  Invigorating the body, releasing the tension and encouraging the skin to regenerate and breathe, The Prince was in heaven.

I however, took the opportunity to wander up to the hotel and relax in one of Georgian lounge areas and flick through the daily newspapers and no sooner had I begun to emerge myself in a rather poignant feature in The Times, my beeper sounded and I quickly returned to find The Prince sitting outside by the herb garden cheerfully chatting away to one of the waiting staff who was in the process of serving afternoon tea for two. “How was your treatment Your Highness?” I enquired in the full knowledge it had clearly been successful “Oh yes, it was utterly super, I feel very much at ease and rather peckish too.  All this relaxing really does work up a keen appetite.  

FACT BOX
The Royal Crescent Hotel
The Dower House Restaurant
The Bath House Spa
16 Royal Crescent
Bath
BA1 2LS
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 823333
www.royalcrescent.co.uk

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