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The best hotel, health, beauty and day spas in London, all ideal choices for luxury pampering and effective treatments by skilled therapists.
While the ancient Greeks rejuvenated in mineral-rich hot springs, today’s spa aficionados can choose from a bewildering array of treatments. The choice can be overwhelming, but an array of exceptional, effective treatments are on offer in London.
Best for facials: Espa Life at Corinthia London, Embankment
Designed to reflect the flow of energy through the body, Espa Life at the Corinthia hotel is a sinuous space where sharp edges are banished. Wave-style corridors hand-cast in resin lend a fluid, futuristic feel; in the relaxation room, sleep pods replace traditional daybeds. Facials are a forte here, and for immediate results an enzyme peel is recommended.
Best for mental wellbeing: Como Shambhala Urban Escape, at the Metropolitan hotel, Park Lane
Como’s retreats are where the jet-setting elite and stressed executives go to decompress. Compared with its sprawling sister resorts in Bali, Turks & Caicos and the Maldives, Como’s London outpost, in the Metropolitan hotel, is lacking in looks. But for anyone in need of spiritual replenishment, a session with one of Como’s visiting masters is sure to do the trick.
Best for pregnancy: Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
A calming haven of Carrera marble, whitewashed wood and downy waffle linens, Bamford Haybarn at the Berkeley is every addled pregnant woman’s dream. Shaded sun-loungers surround a small rooftop pool and a dainty herb garden overflowing with lavender, rosemary and fig trees, provides an enchanting escape.
Best for glamour: The Bulgari Spa, Knightsbridge
Finished with smooth oak, onyx marble and sandblasted stone, the vast Bulgari spa includes a 25-metre swimming pool and an outpost of the top-notch hair salon, Nevilles. Bulgari’s broader associations with fashion and style mean that, in advance of starry nights out, fashionistas and brides-to-be flock for their MOTs, starting with the “Perfect Legs Retreat” – a high-tech programme involving acupuncture, lymphatic drainage, radio frequency and micro-needle therapy to target cellulite, reduce water retention and eliminate stretch marks – and finishing with hair shine treatments and glitter nails.