Spa 15 – A Hidden Haven
One year on from its opening, No.15 Great Pulteney has revealed a new spa – hidden beneath the pavement of the grandest street in Bath and inspired by the city’s heritage as a spa city. A true haven for relaxation, with a unique personality, Spa 15 is set to become the place to indulge all of the senses.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality magazine about the spa, Chief Executive Ian Taylor said: “We bought No.15 Great Pulteney in March 2016 and the property had 32 bedrooms with a coach house at the back and our plan was to take the site to 40 bedrooms. We always thought that it would be good if we could have some sort of spa facilities to add to the offering and in Great Pulteney there are six floors with two of those below ground level. The previous owners used those as a nursery and we thought that it had the potential to be a nice mini spa area.”
Spa 15 opened with four themed treatment rooms, a large cedar wood hot tub within exposed stone vaults, a barrel-shaped sauna and separate steam room. The fortieth and final bedroom, The Hidden Suite has its own ‘spa experience’ bathroom with hot tub, stylish sitting room, dressing room and dedicated Sonos system.
In keeping with No.15’s vivacious spirit and celebration of local up-and-coming artistic talent, each of the four treatment rooms has been individually designed with a personality of its own.
The Tapestry Room: A warm, cocooning space where Emma Nicole Straw’s landscape-inspired tapestries adorn the walls, creating texture and depth in vibrant shades of burnt orange, blue and cream.
The Sock Room: Pinned to the crisp white walls to add a cosy nostalgic feel is Akane Ono’s Sock Diary. Bursting with originality, this fabulous collection of knitted socks is inspired by daily events in her personal life, each story illuminated by their accompanying hand-written tag.
Coral Room: A wonderful 3D mixed-media coral reef sprawls across the ceiling; Deborah Kolumbus’ work emulates the sense of being under the sea. The stark white piece made of silk, wool paper, wire, plaster, plastic and wax is inspired by Kolombus’ passion for environmental issues and is a poignant reminder of the growing loss of coral reefs around the world.
Pottery Room: An eclectic, eye-catching collection of whimsical sculptures by Chantelle Raybould inspired by the ocean create a sense of fluidity and sit alongside Bethan Walmsley’s textural ceramic plates, sculptures, life-like porcelain hands and ceramic sculptures by Ying Sheung Wong.
Guests can also soak in Spa 15’s cedar wood hot tub or bask in the cylindrical sauna. Both are situated in a private corner of the spa to allow guests to completely switch off from the world and enjoy themselves in a peaceful, exposed stone setting.
After treatments guests are welcome to retreat to the relaxation area where they will be greeted with a choice of herbal teas. A roaring fire and plush sofas make it the perfect place for guests to gather their thoughts and hide away from the world.
Ian concluded: “The addition of the spa really helps with selling the property because it adds another dimension to the guest experience for the people who are staying at the site. For us, it is another way of engaging with the community because there is no membership as such to the spa – anyone can book a treatment and come in, so it opens it up a lot more.”
For more information visit: https://no15greatpulteney.co.uk/spa15/