Back at the start of 2010, we wrote reviews of the best of London’s spas, unearthing six which we rated as better than the rest: The Dorchester Spa, So SPA at Sofitel St James, Renaissance Chancery Court Spa, Mandarin Oriental London Spa, The Berkeley Spa, Spa Studio at the Lanesborough.
Now, nearly two years on, it’s time to see which new luxury spas have emerged in the interim. Here we present the best of the new generation:
Most inspiring new London hotel spa: Four Seasons Hotel Spa
The sleek, contemporary Four Seasons London Spa is set in an exclusive Sky Suite. Its glass-walled design gives guests stunning views over Hyde Park and Park Lane from up in the clouds. The spa boasts nine treatment rooms, relaxation pods, a state-of-the-art gym, skylit pool, steam rooms and saunas. You can relax and unwind with a range of treatments including facials, massages, salt scrubs and manicures/pedicures.
Most hi-tech new London hotel spa: ESPA Life at Corinthia
The advanced ESPA Life spa at Corinthia feels like stepping into a Star Trek set, with its sleek lines, monochrome and metal. Set over 3,300 square metres, there’s plenty of room for the 17 treatment pods, nail studio, hair salon, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. With treatments ranging from hot stone massages to rehabilitation physio, it serves up an all-round luxury spa experience in a setting that feels out of this world.
Most “zen” new London hotel spa: Rafayel Hotel Spa
This intimate, Eastern-styled spa incorporates traditional and modern techniques alongside exercise programmes and grooming services. Treatments range from bathing rituals to body wraps and acupuncture. All clients enjoy complimentary use of the hotel’s gym, water sanctuary, heat and steam rooms and meditation room complete with meditation beds. The eco-friendly Rafayel also has some of London’s funkiest hotel bathrooms.The Rafayel will provide you with a sense of peace inspired by the Orient
Most creative new London hotel spa: Pestana Chelsea Bridge Spa
The uber-modern spa at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge prides itself on its innovative treatments. From collagen facials to milk massages and even a Balinese Flower Ceremony, it’s not your run-of-the-mill spa offering. Besides this mind-boggling list of indulgences, there’s also a pool, steam room and sauna for whiling away an afternoon in luxurious style.
If you enjoyed reading this article, you may also find it fun to glance through our rundown of the top 10 new luxury London hotels.
Photo credits: Four Seasons Hotel, Corinthia Hotel, Rafayel Hotel, Pestana Chelsea Bridge.