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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 26 MAY – 08 JUNE 2015 ISSUE 659 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Gainsborough Bath Spa gears up for July launch


The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the first UK hotel to be owned and operated by YTL Hotels, will soſt open on 1 July. The facility will feature Spa Village Bath – YTL’s international brand concept of a thermal Romanesque bathing circuit. To promote social bath-


ing, the hotel spa has created a one-hour bathing rit- ual – a self-guided tour of the thermal pools, saunas, steamroom, ice alcove and relaxation rooms. Tere are also three pools of differ- ent temperatures – cooled from an initial 47ºC (117ºF). The 99-bedroom hotel will include an


have marble bathrooms, burl wood inlaid wardrobes and draperies that frame the property’s tall windows. Te Grade-II listed build-


Designed by Champalimaud, the hotel will retain its Georgian characteristics


exclusive spa suite and two further spa rooms with in-bath access to the thermal waters via a second tap. YTL claims these are the only guestrooms in the UK to offer this option. Te Aroma Bar within the spa allows guests


Pop-up cinema planned for Charing Cross tube


Tickets have sold out for a pop-up underground cinema at Charing Cross Station at the end of May, run by the Underground Film Club and supported by British Film Institute. The disused station, which has


been closed to the public since 1999, will be transformed into a cinema complete with popcorn, hotdog stands and directors’ chairs. A number of classics are on the bill for the 29-31 May event, including Cinema Paradiso, Some Like it Hot, Casablanca, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Details: http://lei.sr?a=a7u3d


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to blend their own oils. Products at the spa are by Neal’s Yard, Kerstin Florian and Amala. Designed by New York-ba s ed


Champalimaud Design in collaboration with a number of other interior designers, the hotel will retain its Georgian characteristics and will


Fitness First out of LA fitness bidding


Fitness First has pulled out of the race to acquire long-time gym chain rival LA fitness, Leisure Opportunities understands. Several sources have indicated that Fitness


First is no longer in the running to acquire the 44-club LA fitness portfolio, which has reportedly been valued at around £80m. Fitness First was understood to have been


planning to use partial funds from the ongo- ing sale of its 80-club strong German arm for a swoop on LA fitness. Te German deal was originally expected to have been tied up in January, however delays have been suggested as one of the reasons for the withdrawal. A Fitness First spokesperson declined to comment.


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Fitness First Group CEO Andrew Cosslett Pure Gym, Sports Direct Fitness and Terra


Firma Capital Partners – led by private equity investor Guy Hands – have all been linked to bids for LA fitness and are believed to remain in contention. Details: http://lei.sr?a=e7P2p


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ing housed the United Hospital in the 19th cen- tury and, more recently, the Bath College of Art & Design – until 2005. Named aſter the highly-acclaimed painter Thomas Gainsborough, The Gainsborough Bath Spa has selected three students from the College and commissioned them to create exclusive artwork for the hotel to feature promi- nently in its public spaces.


In March 2014 Martin Clubbe was


appointed general manager of the hotel, having previously worked for Macdonald Hotels – managing the repositioning of Te Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel as a five-star property. Details: http://lei.sr?a=U9K5d


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