On 29 September 2015, The Gainsborough Bath Spa welcomed 250 high-profile local and international guests to celebrate its Official Grand Opening, including Leader of the Council, Councillor Tim Warren, MP Ben Howlett, Mayor William Sandry, fashion icon Jimmy Choo and the hotel’s interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, of New York’s Champalimaud Design.
The only member of The Leading Hotels of the World in the South West of England, The Gainsborough Bath Spa stands as YTL Hotels‘ first Classic Hotel in Europe as well as the sole hotel to have exclusive access to Bath’s natural thermal mineral waters.
Guests were treated to a display of ancient traditions to bless the hotel with prosperity. Surrounded by a group of drummers, guests were led on a lion dance procession to The Gainsborough Bath Spa behind a Chinese lion.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Yeoh Tiong Lay, Chairman of YTL Corporation, launched proceedings with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by flowing champagne toasts and Asian-fusion canapés by Michelin Starred Chef Johann Lafer, who has lent his name to the hotel restaurant.
Wessex Water chairman Colin Skellett and Tan Sri Francis Yeoh led a series of speeches to mark the occasion. Speaking on the night, Colin stated; “Tonight we celebrate the opening of YTL’s latest hotel. A major step in making Bath, once again, a major European spa city. I am pleased that this latest YTL investment will play its part alongside Thermae Bath Spa in growing the local economy and putting Bath even more on the international map.”
A ten thousand pound donation to St John’s Hospital, the hotel’s designated charity dedicated to caring for the local community, was then presented. Guests were subsequently invited to explore the hotel rooms, facilities and Spa Village, where a display of the hotel’s signature aquatic treatment, Freedom, took place.
Talking about the Grand Opening, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Yeoh Tiong Lay, leading Malaysian businessman and founding member of YTL Corporation, commented; “We are delighted to open such a prestigious property in the historic city centre of Bath. The Gainsborough Bath Spa marks the company’s first Classic Hotel in the UK and serves to only strengthen the brand’s affinities with areas of authentic natural and cultural beauty. We are very excited to be the only hotel in the UK with access to Bath’s natural thermal waters.”
Nightly rates at The Gainsborough Bath Spa start from £285 on a room-only basis.