Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel: Nurturing Mother-to-Be Massage

Helen Warwick has a vigorous massage to work knots and back niggles Wednesday, 18 November 2015

By Helen Warwick

The trouble with being pregnant is you can't wallow in a hot tub or splash around in an outdoor hydrotherapy pool — this kind of heated water is off limits. So while other guests of this Georgian hotel slid into the outdoor pool on a cool autumnal day, I headed downstairs to an Elemis treatment room for a ‘Nurturing Mother-to-Be Massage' with a soothing foot treatment and facial thrown in.

Instructing my therapist that I needed a vigorous massage to work my knots and back niggles, I pulled myself on to the bed and lay on my left side. Slowly she worked my back and legs before I flipped over to be massaged on the other side. Almost in a slumber, she then applied oil to my feet in an incredible foot massage and fitted them with ‘booties' — super warm ‘boots' to really nurture the skin. And, to end on a high note, my therapist gave me a mini-facial, leaving my skin super-smooth.

Spruced up, I headed out for an evening in Bath and since the hotel lies just 10 minutes from the centre of the city, I strolled around, nosying through the windows of grand townhouses, past couples arm in arm. There's no need to hire a car or book taxis — even for those of us with huge bumps, the property is walking distance to everything, from the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey to the Grand Parade and the city's high street shops.

Back at the hotel, however, feels detached from the buzz of Bath. It's almost like a remote country mansion with its well-manicured front gardens where guests take afternoon tea, and spotless chill-out areas — all cosy sofas, upmarket furnishings and immaculate design.

Upstairs, the rooms are just as elegant, with muted metallic bedspreads and headboards set against cream walls and neat marble bathrooms.

From the fantastic spa and chilled atmosphere to the all-out breakfast — croissants, fruit, eggs — this grand dame really hits the spot for a mini-babymoon.

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