Special K

Everyone deserves the chance to be pampered and why not at K Spa – one of London’s premier spas.

Located in Shepherd’s Bush, K Spa – which has just undergone a £2 million refurbishment – is popular with media types (the BBC studios are but minutes away) who flock here in their quest for tranquillity. An important part of the seventies style glass warehouse design that is the achingly fashionable K West Hotel & Spa, the new look K Spa combines Zen like serenity with delicious opulence.

Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, a samarium (which combines the physical and psychological benefits of a sauna and steam room), sauna, Thai massage room, sun meadow (a Thai paradise designed to relieve symptoms of SAD), dry flotation tank, experience showers, wet spa (featuring stunning gold and white mosaics) foot baths, an aromatic herbal steam room, seven and, the icing on the cake, the capital’s first ‘snow paradise’.

Developed by the German spa specialists, Klafs, this unique Finnish experience invites guests to freeze their way to good health in a cooling oasis of serenity in the finest natural powder snow.  At a tingling -15 ºC, the snow paradise is reminiscent of a winter-white snow-drift.  For full health benefits, guests are advised to experience a hot-cold therapy by alternating between steamy and icy environments.  The sudden and extreme change in temperature stimulates the body’s circulation, and is said to be beneficial for the immune system.

The seven beautifully designed rooms are impressively spacious and the neutral tones create a calming environment in which to enjoy a little bit of ‘me’ time.

Day membership includes full use of the Hydrotherapy Pool, Snow Paradise, sanarium, herbal steam room, sauna, experience showers, foot baths, and two fitness studios, and is priced at £50 per adult, or £65 with lunch, and £25 for guests staying at K West. Guests have the opportunity to purchase their favourite beauty products from K Spa’s open-cased retail area which displays a full range of Aromatherapy Associates products, plus luxurious items from the Spanish spa brand Germaine de Capuccini, and organic skincare line, Ytsara. For reservations, please call 020 8008 6600 or visit www.k-west.co.uk

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