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Published on : Saturday, November 30, 2013
The city of Bath is often described as one of the best places in England to take a romantic break and it’s easy to see why; stunning architecture, luxurious accommodation, unique shops, and top spa facilities await couples looking for that perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway. Here is just a taster of the things Bath has to offer for those who want to spoil their special someone…
A bed fit for a princess
With three quarters of the hotels in Bath offering four poster beds, there is no shortage of excellent accommodation in and around the city and with prior arrangement, many will lay on extras such as flowers, chocolates or champagne in the room on arrival for that special occasion. Enjoy some of the luxurious accommodation that the city has to offer for an extra special stay. Book into the 5* Royal Crescent Hotel set in the centre of the city’s architectural masterpiece or stay at the Queensberry Hotel – a stylish, boutique hotel just a stone’s throw away from all the major attractions.
Serenaded by strings
Tea in the stunning Pump Room with the string quartet playing in the background is like stepping back in time, to the romance of Bath’s Georgian heyday. The Pump Room, the social heart of Bath for 200 years, is the place to taste the waters which have played such an important role in the city’s history since Roman times. Take advantage of the tempting afternoon tea menu with options like Champagne Afternoon Tea or Celebration Champagne Tea.
Naughty but nice
Temptation is all around you as you amble through the charming streets of Bath. Flower stalls with red roses, handmade chocolates, silky underwear and more are available in specialist and designer stores throughout the city. Bath’s reputation as a fashionable city is due mainly to its vibrant retail scene with a high level of independent shops offering opportunities to find special souvenirs and indulge in some retail therapy.
Bath has a vibrant restaurant scene with a huge choice of eateries from Indian to Italian and Mediterranean to Moroccan; there is something for everyone, including a wealth of inviting restaurants to get all starry eyed and have an intimate candlelit meal. For a special occasion where better than Sotto Sotto, an award-winning Italian restaurant set in the vaults underneath one of Bath’s city-centre streets offering romantic places to hide away to enjoy an intimate dinner for two.
Since Roman times, Bath has been a place to relax and unwind thanks to its unique thermal water. Where better to enjoy some time out together than at the Thermae Bath Spa where you can wallow in naturally warm water or enjoy a special treatment for two. Choose the Couples Aroma Hot Oil Massage or Couples Traditional Massage and have a massage together in the same treatment room with two therapists.
Stroll hand in hand
Stroll hand in hand along the streets of Bath to explore the amazing architecture the city is renowned for. Or head to the many parks and gardens within the city and charming countryside around Bath. The National Trust Skyline Walk is a six mile circuit of the city with magnificent views and benches for romantic moments. Or a stroll along the Kennet and Avon Canal is easy walking on the flat out to the George Inn at Bathampton or beyond. There are numerous country pubs with welcoming roaring fires and cosy corners to reward romantic walkers with a wholesome pub lunch.
Relive the romantic novel
With two of Jane Austen’s published novels set in Bath, the Jane Austen Centre is a popular attraction, but for something different, take a stroll along Gravel Walk, made famous in her novel Persuasion, or download the free mp3 audio tour – ‘in the footsteps of Jane Austen’ – from www.visitbath.co.uk.
A place to propose
Being such a romantic city, Bath isn’t short on places to propose. Pop the question on the tranquil Palladian Bridge in Prior Park Landscape Gardens or in front of the iconic Royal Crescent. Thermae Bath Spa is one of the most romantic settings in Bath. Open until 10pm, you can enjoy a moonlit dip in the open-air rooftop pool overlooking the beautiful city. For total intimacy the stand-alone Cross Bath – fed by its own natural hot spring – can be hired for exclusive use. Or why not book a hot air balloon flight and toast your future together with a bottle of Champagne on board. For an unusual location, head to the very top of Bath Abbey’s tower in the centre of the city – offering stunning panoramic views of Bath.
Source:- Visit Bath