By Elizabeth Greatrex
With the world once again steeped in corona-fuelled chaos, we've all been feeling a little tense lately. Even though jetting off to your favourite holiday destination to unwind is proving difficult, that doesn't mean you can't find your own little sanctuary here in London. And so, we've decided to round up our top choices for the best London hotels for spas, because if anyone deserves a rest, it's you. You're welcome.
Chuan Body + Soul at The Langham London
Known as Europe's first 'Grand Hotel', The Langham London has played host to many icons over the years, from Princess Diana to Oscar Wilde. It is without a doubt one of the capital's most luxurious establishments. Although the hotel is located in the heart of the West End, you'll feel a million miles away from any hustle and bustle of the city when entering their new spa, Chuan Body + Soul. Here, you can enjoy being thoroughly pampered through the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and indulge in holistic signature treatments created to refresh, nurture, and restore your mind, body, and soul. We highly recommend the 90 minute Chuan Stone Therapy, an exceptionally soothing treatment that utilises hot and cold stones to assist with immune function, increase body circulation, and enhance mental alertness. Oh, and by the way, the spas extensive facilities also include a 16-metre swimming pool, relaxation lounge, nail bar and a state-of-the-art Technogym. What more could you ask for?
ESPA Life at Corinthia Hotel London
Minutes away from prime London locations such as Trafalgar Square, the London Eye, and the Houses of Parliament, Corinthia London is a seriously swish hotel that seamlessly blends heritage and splendour with a modern touch. You'll find Corinthia London's renowned spa, ESPA Life to be no different. Expect to be treated like royalty from the moment of your arrival in a spa that is fit for a king. Naturally, the interiors are a rather grand affair; spread across four floors and featuring an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, ice fountain, marble heated loungers, amphitheatre sauna, and private sleep pods, it certainly doesn't hold back. If you can tear yourself away from the spa's fancy features for an hour and a half, we bet you'll be a huge fan of the Be Nurtured Energy Balancer Massage. Designed to restore serenity and nourish the body, it'll be just what the doctor ordered.
The Lanesborough Club and Spa at The Lanesborough
The Lanesborough has been paving the way for other luxury hotels of its calibre since 1991, with its speciality always being to provide for guests that expect the very best. Awarded the title of England's Best Hotel Spa 2019 at the World Spa Awards, The Lanesborough Club and Spa is a highly prestigious asset to the hotel, that loves to pamper its guests and members to perfection with exclusive access to globally-recognised experts within beauty, wellness, mindfulness, and fitness. A personal favourite of ours is the Bio-Energy Mud Bathing experience, which does a wonderful job of relaxing muscles and soothing your entire body over 45 minutes. And while you're at The Lanesborough, you must take advantage of the incredible hydro-therapy pool too, which is a whole experience in itself. We can feel the knots untying already.
The Bamford Wellness Spa at The Berkeley
Nestled between Knightsbridge and Belgravia you'll find The Berkeley. Once upon a time a coffee house on the corner of Piccadilly and Berkeley Street and now, a well-known favourite for stylish Londoners that appreciate the finer things in life. A philosophy that the hotel's in-house spa, The Bamford Wellness Spa, has well and truly taken on. Utilising the restorative power of nature in all of their British-made formulas created by the skincare experts at Bamford and Oskia London, these deluxe treatments and luxury facials will ensure that your body, mind and spirit all encounter the extraordinary healing benefits of a holistic approach to wellbeing. In addition, if you'd like to partake in some light exercise, then the yoga classes held on Thursdays and Saturdays will help you build your outer strength while working on your sense of inner peace. Sign us up, please!
The Aman Spa at The Connaught
A resident of Mayfair village since the 19th Century, The Connaught is a legendary hotel which to this day, still encompasses an unparalleled sense of charm, elegance and creativity that other institutions find difficult to replicate. The Connaught's in-house spa, The Aman Spa, is dedicated to delivering utter tranquillity to its guests, and features a product range that encompasses the grounding, purifying and nourishing formations of the Aman Signature Menu; allowing you to kick back whilst being treated to a heavenly massage, body wrap, or face ritual. In our opinion, the real star of the show is The Aman Spa swimming pool, a peaceful haven infused with essential oils and featuring a cascading water wall. In true alignment with the spa's philosophy of tranquillity, this pool is the perfect place to unwind in-between treatments. Overall, it has been said that stepping into the Aman Spa is like 'stepping into another world', which sounds like the ideal solution to all of our problems right now!
The Spa at The Landmark London
The Landmark London comes with an illustrious legacy, it's a Grande dame hotel that has seen some of the most important events in history such as a "Welcome Back Breakfast" for the suffragettes. Today, it retains its quintessentially English charm and style whilst providing all the modern amenities and a beautifully contemporary feel, which keeps travellers from far and wide coming back to visit. The Spa at The Landmark London is an asset to the establishment itself, a blissful location where you can exercise, nourish your body and re-centre your mind. If you feel that the pandemic has given you a few too many wrinkles or sped up the aging process sooner than you'd like, then the Spa’s Tea Dreams treatment is the one for you. An antioxidizing full body massage and facial therapy treatment, the therapist will apply your choice of Green Tea Oil or Black Tea Oil for anti-ageing, to improve suppleness and supply your body with the minerals and antioxidants it's been craving over lockdown. Sounds ideal.
Please note that all hotels featured are ensuring that all of their staff are applying the highest standards of hygiene and sanitation practices and are practicing social distancing.