Whether you’re a visitor or resident in desperate need of rest and relaxation, you certainly won’t regret booking a session at one of London’s best spa hotels. Where a pool and a treatment room once sufficed, the growing wellness trend means patrons are now looking for more immersive spa experiences. Luckily these luxury London residences have answered the call. Here’s our pick of the best spa hotels in the capital.
There may not actually be a spa at this Paddington-based wellness retreat, but you’ll feel enveloped in its soothing ambience from the moment you step through its doors. Soft curves, deep blue interiors and pinewood furniture are lit by angelic halo-lights, instilling a homely atmosphere that’s enriched by activities including yoga, guided nature walks and morning meditation classes. Get lost in a book in the cosy confines of the library, or head to the infrared sauna to warm your body from the inside out.
Steps away from the technicolour displays of Piccadilly Circus, this serene sanctum has been designed as an antidote to London’s chaotic city centre. Cocoon-like beds and purified air ensure rooms are idyllic pockets of calm, and the minimalistic design is instantly soothing. The simple set-up of the rooms is deliberate, and the lack of windows is intended to allow you to refocus the mind on internal restoration. The hotel places sleep above all else, with insulated walls to block out sound, natural materials to help ground you and a distinct lack of electronic devices to help you switch off. Sustainable fabrics and and an eco-conscious approach add to the appeal. Instead of a traditional spa with a treatment menu, the hotel focuses on wellbeing through mindful movement in the gym or with a class in the yoga studio.
Those looking to spoil themselves could do worse than step inside the lavish marbled walls of the Bulgari Hotel. A paean to ritzy Italian luxury, the hotel comes with all the frills, including a spa housing a steam room, numerous treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi. Luminous colonnades flank the 25m pool (a rare find in the middle of the city), which is lit by dappled rays from underwater lights and overlooked by rows of cabanas. Meanwhile, the golden cavern of the vitality pool offers invigorating massage jets. When you can soak no more, make like James Bond and refresh your palate with a vodka martini or two at the Nolita Social Bar upstairs.
Four Seasons Hotels are well known for their glamorous interiors, and this outpost in the east of the city is no different. The atrium in the the lobby casts a soft golden glow over the sleek interiors, and there’s a Narnia-esque quality to the silvery winter woodland depicted on the pillars of the pool area. The glitz continues in the futuristic hammam, which feels like the inside of a disco ball with its shining tiles and spherical shape. Hot stone massages and immaculate manicures serve as the perfect prelude to an evening meal at the hotel’s Asian-fusion restaurant Mei Ume, where you can tuck into signature dishes such as the spicy tuna maki.
Situated in the chic streets of Kensington, this grand Victorian building houses an expansive spa that welcomes outside clients as well as hotel guests. An earthy palette creates a natural look and feel, with dark wood furnishings and abstract branch patterns complementing the beige walls. Privacy is ensured thanks to separate steam facilities for men and women, while massages and facials are on offer in the three atmospheric treatment rooms. Prime yourself for the sink into relaxation by burning off some energy at the 24/7 gym, a well-equipped space managed by Linn Hansen, the former UK Fitness Champion.
This article is an updated version of a story originally created by Bianca Barratt.