Our co-founder Hettie Holmes pays a visit to Cloud Twelve Notting Hill. A new wellness lifestyle club with an interactive play zone, indulgent spa, luxury salon, plant-based brasserie and alternative medicine clinic all under one roof…
For those who aren’t familiar with the World Meteorological Organisation’s Cloud Atlas, there are 9 basic types of cloud. Cumulonimbus a.k.a “King of Clouds” presides over them all, which is why the expression “on cloud nine” is synonymous with floating on the tallest cloud on Earth. Pretty euphoric, right? If you’re the sort of person who gets a thrill from thunderstorms that is… According to The Met Office, these powerhouses store the same amount of energy as 10 Hiroshima-sized atom bombs. I’m all for running in the rain for an endorphin rush, but Cumulonimbus sounds a little violent for my liking. I’m far more suited to the calmer climes of Cloud Twelve. Don’t bother looking it up in the Atlas though, you’ll find it easily enough on a quiet mews in Notting Hill, next door to Alice Temperley…
At Cloud Twelve Notting Hill, you can have a massage whilst lying on a bed of crystals and get your hair fluffed and nails buffed with the trendiest vegan brands. Alongside a healthy, organic, plant-based menu there’s plenty of organic wine and champagne.
The best part? Whilst you relax, you can drop your kids off in the creché. A magical, forest themed, sensory play zone with multi-coloured florescent lights and suction tubes that send balls whizzing into the air like something out of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. But rest assured, instead of everlasting gobstoppers and lickable wallpaper, their precious guts will be tended to in the plant-based café. Ofsted registered assistants will keep them occupied with activities from ballet to mindfulness.
Meanwhile you can amuse yourself in the first floor spa. It has six therapy rooms for non-invasive western and Ayurvedic inspired treatments; mani/pedi stations, a thermal suite including a steam, sauna and Himalayan salt brick room. There’s a couples suite with two treatment beds, filled with Dolomites quartz – essentially, sun-drenched sand, a nod to the ancient Egyptians who took “baths” in the hot desert sand to relax. The piece de resistance however is the 007 worthy secret weapon Softmesology. Non-invasive mesotherapy that penetrates hyper serums to skin cells as effectively as an injection without the use of needles. According to the trials, forehead lines decrease by an average of 44%.
Founder of Cloud Twelve Notting Hill and self-confessed data geek Jenya, who spent 17 years quantifying data with nerds and scientists before qualifying as a naturopath, saw results after just a couple of sessions and was sold, as am I after this whistle-stop tour.
Intricately carved wood and stone tiles imported from Bali, and Japanese silk wallpaper set the tone for the décor. On the second floor there are five clinic rooms for nutrition, herbal medicine, osteopathy, IV infusions, colonic irrigation and cryotherapy – under the management of an expert team.
The founder, Jenya Emets is a wonder woman who spent 17 years in finance before qualifying as a naturopath and holds a BA and Masters in Japanese Studies and Economics.
I tried a Signature Deep Relief KLORIS CBD Oil Massage with Kate. Known for its myriad of health benefits including pain relief, reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing process, CBD oil allows Kate to work muscles on a deeper level which she certainly did. It had been months since my last massage and this certainly hit the spot. Combining deep tissue, stretching and aromatherapy massage techniques, this is the perfect choice for anyone with aches and pains that require specific attention, as well as to help balance body and mind.
Now if this is all sounding a bit expensive and elitist, fear not. Whilst the Spa membership at Cloud Twelve Notting Hill is a commitment at £1500 (the Kids Club membership starts from £2,400), the Spa, Brasserie, Clinic & Salon are open to the general public.
I highly recommend a CBD Kloris massage with Kate, who works her magic hands and strength to relax and reduce and built up stress from the holiday season and a “Happiness” manicure (a colour otherwise known as peach), with Irish charm, Sue. These two will truly brighten up your day and leave you on… well, cloud twelve.
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.