Sometimes, we all need a staycation; a bit of time to relax and recharge in our hometown. Whether you’re looking for a serious day spa, or a place to stay with the best fitness gurus around, these are the London hotels with top gyms and wellness offerings. Check yourself in for a day – or two…
The Aman spa at the Connaught may be the most luxe spa in London. With a range of Eastern-inspired holistic healing treatments, a black granite swimming pool with ionised water, meditation classes and beauty treatments spanning everything from hair removal to mani pedis on offer, this is a one-stop wonder of a spa. The steam room infused with essential oils is a post-treatment must.
Two reasons to check out the Lanesborough Spa: the experts it has on hand (Bodyism can tailor-make a nutrition and exercise program for you, while the ‘creator of the Couture Brow’ Suzanne Martin can tend to your brows), and the Instagram-worthy interiors. It’s inspired by the ceremonial spaces and intimate areas associated with Roman Baths, and features opulent silk wallpapers, wood panelling, peacock blue satins, bronze trims and heaps of marble. The manicure and pedicure suite is dreamy, while the hydro-pool is designed to encourage quiet contemplation. Yes, please.
The agua spa at the Mondrian hotel offers a sociable, fun experience with a distinctly 1970s influenced ‘Glamrock’ vibe: think champagne, a guilt-free raw menu and vintage-style desserts such as organic chocolate fondues. The spa itself is designed by Tom Dixon: we like the rain shower steam baths. Curving walls, luminous pathways and trippy visuals play on an underwater theme, with dappled water projections and lighting effects. As for the Glamour Room: we want to host a GLAMGLOW Mud party© (for up to eight guests) and check out the Stiletto Smoother treatment, a foot massage followed by a deluxe CIATÉ pedicure. Hen parties, rejoice.
There are few hotels in London lucky enough to have a rooftop pool like The Berkeley. This summer, make the most of it with a session of rooftop yoga, in collaboration with new luxury athleisure wear brand Silou London. With movements incorporating yoga practices from Vinyasa to Restorative, it’s the perfect way to begin or end a day. Do opt for the luxury yoga offering: it will set you back £85, but includes a post workout smoothie, homemade reenergising protein balls, revitalising fruit platter and – best of all – a half-day pool pass to enjoy a post-yoga swim. Summer is set to be a scorcher, after all.
The Ham Yard
The SOHOLISTIC spa at the Ham Yard oozes zen. Highlights include a calming marble steam room with fibre optic lights to create the feel of a night sky; a juice bar, and a relaxation area with a wall of pebbles, creating the feel of the beach. There’s also hypoxic studio for elite altitude training: oxygen levels are varied for a more intense workout. This summer, the Ham Yard hotel is also running its Live Well Series, bringing together experts across the health, fitness and wellbeing world.
The Bulgari Hotel
The Bulgari spa is epic, in both size and scope. It houses the longest swimming pool in London, and it’s lined with shimmering green and gold mosaic to boot. It’s got a vitality pool, sauna and steam room. There’s also an updated treatment offering in collaboration with Ayurveda brand MAULI Rituals. Do try MAULI’s new tri-mineral tension release dome – a natural anti-ageing tool which allows essential oils to sink deep into the skin. The spa has also recently announced a specialists in residence series with talented practitioners. As for fitness, you could opt for a personal training session with celebrity favourite Workshop Gymnasium. It uses a bespoke assessment evaluation to maximise results. What more could you want?
Charlotte is a London girl through and through. She sweats through spin and puffs through Pilates to justify trying the latest restaurants and devouring copious amounts of sweet potato fries, burrata and bread – preferably on holiday. Her favourite destinations include Italy, the Maldives and anywhere where the sun’s shining and there’s a strong breakfast buffet. She’s obsessed with walking, visiting farmers’ markets and reading. She’s also learning to cook. Wish her (and her husband) luck.