What better way to relax during your holiday than to go for a spa, and where better to enjoy your spa than in Bath, a World Heritage Site that offers Britain’s only natural thermal spa within a hotel.

In fact, a hotel in Bath, the Gainsborough Bath Spa, which is part of the YTL Hotels, has recently been named in the Travel + Leisure’s “It List” 2016: The Best New Hotels on the Planet. Handpicked by the editorial team and contributing writers, Travel + Leisure acknowledges, rewards and celebrates hotels of beautiful design and unique style in some of the best cities in the world.

Officially opened in September 2015, the Gainsborough Bath Spa is the only hotel in Britain to have exclusive access to Bath’s natural thermal mineral waters. The experience brings guests on a ritualised and immersive self-guided tour in a modern day Roman Bath circuit.

Travel + Leisure’s “It List” congratulates the hotel’s signature feature, as well as its design by New York-based Champalimaud Design, which pays homage to the building’s fascinating history and Georgian characteristics.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa is the newest addition to the YTL Hotels portfolio of premium properties and is its first Classic Hotel in Europe. The 99-room hotel is located along Beau Street, just minutes away from the city’s historical attractions, shopping and restaurant districts. It is only a five-minute walk from the Bath Spa train station, and a 90-minute train journey from London.

It is also the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels and has also recently been named one of the Top 10 Hotel Spas in Europe. Nightly rates start from £285 (RM1,695) on a room-only basis. – Ming Teoh