Travel: Bath

by Jane Hayward on Thursday, 31 January 2013

The bohemian air that hangs over Bath's historic streets promotes the feel of a slightly illicit fling. Book The Queensberry Hotel, a thoughtfully quirky boutique, to further the mood.

Romantic rooms Sympathetically decorated suites instantly feel like your own space. (Most seductive is No4's four-poster.) Super-courteous staff and a sense of simple things done well will really make your stay.

Dreamy days The city's magic lies in skyline views from Bath Abbey, steam rising from the Roman Baths and streets serenaded by buskers. Add a little heat at the Thermae Bath Spa, where a floating Watsu treatment for two costs £110. It worked for Jane Austen's heroines, so hit the Pump Room for a flirting session over afternoon tea!

The grand gesture A hot-air balloon ride for two (plus pilot), which drifts from Bath's cobbled streets to Cotswolds villages, virtually guarantees a proposal! £275,

Dine a deux The Olive Tree, one of the city's most inventive fine dining restaurants, is in the basement. Start with cocktails in the hotel's Old Q Bar.

What it costs Doubles from £130 midweek; £190 weekends, both room only (including parking). Call 01225-447928 or visit



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