With the long, dark winter months stretching depressingly ahead, fall is the perfect excuse for a pampering spa treatment. Add the fact that the festive season is just around the corner and you might find reason to indulge in not one, but two or three body soothing sessions. With the sole aim of making sure your body is seasonal lush, Marie Teather seeks out five of the best.
1 Agua at Sanderson
A hedonist’s delight, the 10,000 square-foot agua spa in London provides pampering, spiritual relief, and tranquillity. A dazzling array of rejuvenating treatments that combine the best of ancient and modern techniques are offered. With its miles of diaphanous white curtains, 14 all-white treatment rooms, chill-out zone and meditation beds, agua has a peaceful, dreamy and almost cloud-like ambiance.For the ultimate in luxury treatments try The Aqua Indulge experience includes the signature Diamond Experience Facial and Diamond Experience Body to reduce fine lines and make the body glow ready for a special event. £300
50 Berners Street London, W1T 3NG
020 7300 1400
2 May Fair Spa
Spa treatments don’t come more luxurious or regal than at the May Fair Spa. The May Fair hotel was first opened in 1927 by King George VI and has catered to the city’s elite ever since. The signature Moroccan Deep Cleansing Ritual of Renewal might well be one of the most indulgent treatments in London. Lasting for four and a half hours you go through a course of a Moroccan steam cleansing, a body wrap with intensive full body wrap and hot oil scalp treatment and a 90-minte full body massage. £350 for 4hrs 15 mins
The May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT
3 Gentlemen’s Tonic
Gentlemen's Tonic is a unique establishment that was founded in the heart of Mayfair that affords the modern man a traditional barbershop and a variety of lifestyle and grooming services. Packages are suitably catered to men’s more macho needs such as The Hemmingway for ‘after a night of drinking and bull fighting’ and the Rubio, ‘for the ultimate Playboy,’ which includes a haircut, wet shave, facial, hand treatment and Swedish massage. £175 for 165 mins.
4 Bliss London
Set in Sloane Square, Bliss sets a fun, upbeat tone to a daily spa experience. A cleverly compiled menu of treatments includes a magnolia scrub and the legendary Triple Oxygen Facial Treatment which tightens, brightens, exfoliates, hydrates, revitalizes, helps with blackouts and is said to make all who indulge go “Wow.” I’ll be having that one then. £145 for 85 minutes.
5 The Berkeley Spa
With glorious panoramic views over Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, The Berkeley’s rooftop pool and gym offer an unforgettable experience in a luxury London hotel. Emerge refreshed, glowing, and gorgeous with treatments from massages to manicures. Particularly good for autumn are the hot stone massages and the deep hydrating facial.