Everyone needs a bit of pampering once in a while. After all we need to find time to recover from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Whether you are fed up of that long commute to work or things are piling up on top of you, relaxation is something to be taken very seriously.
From Ayurveda therapies to hot stones and even Swedish massages, you can enjoy a number of different treatments that will both invigorate as well as rejuvenate the body. The best way of doing this is to set off to a luxury spa where it is very much about the experience.
Relaxation methods and techniques have been in existence for thousands of years including the traditional hammam baths of Turkey and even further back to Ancient Greece. At that time, they would have assistants who would scrape citizens down with a strigil. This small, metal instrument was specifically used to remove excess dirt from the body and was performed in many baths across the ancient world.
Tools have now been replaced by fluffy towels and slippers as many turn out for treatments ranging from manicures and pedicures to body scrubs and much more. So if you are ready and fully relaxed, let’s find out the most luxurious spas to be found in London.
10 Aveda Institute, Top to Toe Experience: $250
Located in Holborn within easy reach of the City of London, Aveda Institute is one of the best venues as far as natural beauty products are concerned. Its salon is home to a hair salon and wellbeing centre, renowned for manicures as well as pedicures. Simple and very effective the range of sensual treatments and rituals are clearly evident. For $250 you can sample their top to toe experience which includes a manicure, pedicure, complete exfoliation and a massage for the back, neck and shoulders.
9 The Sanctuary Spa, Active Reverse Facial: $265
One of the best places for a relaxing day out, The Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden is so popular, it has performed more than 28,000 facials alone last year. The theme is very much comfort as you slip on your robe and dive into some chilled prosecco and mini macaroons. That’s even before you have indulged in one of their treatments. Treatments start at around $80 where you can start to spoil yourself with the Active Reverse Facial. Priced at $265 and inspired by celebrity facial expert Nichola Joss, it is one of the hottest treatments around. Be quick though as this venue will be closing its doors at the end of May 2014.
8 Gary Ingham Lifestyle Salon and Spa, Day Retreat: $330
Set among th:e leafy trees and rolling hills of Hampstead, the Gary Ingham salon has expanded its flashy site with an Aveda salon. In addition, it provides an extensive range of therapies covering all manner of waxing and threading. Meanwhile, the personal touch is emphasised by their affable and highly experienced therapists. Cutting edge technology such as electronic massage chairs are frequented features and if you want a hair revamp, this can also be done using a range of products courtesy of Aveda. For $330 you can enjoy the big gift which involves a free consultation, Chakra Pedicure an Aveda Express Manicure and even a blow dry.
7 Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Signature Oriental Spa Therapy: $400
Opulence is very much the order of the day at the majestic Spa at the Mandarin Oriental. With its own crystal steam room and vitality pool, you will be hard pressed to find a better wellbeing centre in London. Spread over three floors, it is all in the detail from moody interiors to the oriental flowers. An air of serenity can be found in the water features and sculptures while the treatments don’t disappoint either. Divided into sections of: journey, body, facial and signature, why not check out their signature spa therapy. Priced at $400, it welcomes you to a world of aromatherapy and uses a traditional body massage ritual. Personalised oils combined with nutritional advice rounds off a thoroughly enlightening experience.
6 Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, Four Hands Massage: $410
Situated in London’s Park Lane, the glamorous Spa at the Four Seasons will ensure you are walking on air. This five star hotel spa can be found ten floors up where you can take in breath-taking views of the cityscape or sample the invigorating plunge pool. The treatment rooms offer the ultimate luxury experience with floor to ceiling windows with plenty of space and oversized dressers. Their lounge area is the ideal haven away from the urban oasis down below. Treatments include a signature Omorovicza Gold Hydrating Facial which uses the finest gold available and costs $290. You can always opt for their seductive Four Hands massage involving not one but two therapists. Priced at $410 they will soon be able to work all the knots and stress out of your body.
5 Aman Spa, Jet Lag Recovery: $465
Situated at the elegant Connaught Hotel in glitzy Mayfair, Aman Spa is really heaven on earth. From heated beds to your very own therapist whispering dulcet tones, you may be transported to a golden white beach in the Maldives. A true private escape, it has subtle low-lit treatment rooms and an ornate swimming pool with a soothing waterfall. Many Asian type rituals dominate here but it is the Jet Lag Recovery that will ensure you are in tip top shape. Priced at $465 and lasting more than two hours, it provides the ideal respite, especially after a long flight.
4 St Pancras Spa, 180 minute Spa Journey: $575
The epitome of luxury, the stunning St. Pancras Spa in Kings Cross should be your go to place. Housed in the basement of the incredible St Pancras Renaissance hotel, you will feel right at home from the second you enter. Taking its inspiration from the previous kitchen space, this 19th century site offers a beautiful pool with lots of Victorian tiles to boot. Other highlights feature a eucalyptus steam room and, six well-appointed treatment rooms and a host of diverse treatments. For $575 you can enjoy an uplifting Spa Journey, therapy based on ancient methods from Bali and India. Take advantage of their facials, not to mention their revitalizing mask treatments and Japanese massage, while sipping on a cup of Chrysanthemum tea.
3 Chuan Spa, Couple Serenity Shen: $830
An Oriental retreat in one of London’s finest hotels, Chuan Spa is the capital’s first ever center dedicated to Chinese medicine. Pressure points will be soothed and your body will be detoxified. This is thanks to their 5 Wu Xing elements which will be able to identify which element you belong to when it comes to both your physical and emotional welfare. For $830 the Couple Serenity Shen is one of the top picks with a signature stone therapy massage, essential oils, pedicure and a cool algae mask.
2 The Berkeley Spa, Full Day Spa Experience: $970
The Spa at The Berkeley Hotel is where the rich and famous come to relax and unwind. With an essence of the English countryside at the fore of this particular spa, it features a lovely secret garden. The focus is very much on body treatments, waxing and facial therapies such as the Bamford Full Body Exfoliation priced at $100. For the full treatment, why not check out their full day spa experience. Priced at nearly $1,000, you can go through the day with exfoliations, a hot and cold stone treatment, champagne lunch and in store credit to spend on a few treats.
1 58 South Molton Street, Individual Body Treatment: $2,000
For the ultimate mind, body, and soul retreat, then look no further than 58 South Molton Street. Centrally located, you can benefit from some of the top specialists around. There are pre and post pregnancy treatments available, while lifestyle advice can also be provided. Skin care technician Terry Loong is on hand to discuss the perfect skin and holistic approaches to your face. Personal body treatments start at luxurious price of $2,000.