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March 5, 2007updated Nov 30, 2015

London’s Top Spas and Beauty Salons

By Chris Boyle

Dark indoor relaxation spa pool

Take some time off during your stay to relax and unwind in these top spas and health clubs.

The Berkeley Spa

Outdoor rooftop pool in London

Treatments and facilities: With its unique location on the 7th and 8th floor of The Berkeley in Knightsbridge, the Berkeley Spa lays claim to the city’s only rooftop swimming pool with panoramic views of the skyline.

Commonly referred to as a boutique spa, this spa focuses on four exclusive luxury brands of treatment products for different areas of the body. The spa has developed a reputation for pioneering some of the most alternative beauty and health therapies, from LaStone massage to Balinese treatments from the legendary Begawan Giri retreat.

Signature treatment: ‘Berkeley Elegance’ – anti-ageing facial designed to lift, re-plump and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.

Spa Director: Katherine Verniere

+44 (0)20 7201 1699

The Berkeley Hotel, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL

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Aman Spa at The Connaught

Dark indoor relaxation spa pool

Treatments and facilities: Reflecting both the hotel’s inimitable style and Amanresorts’ Asian-inspired aesthetic, every detail of the Aman Spa is finely tuned to offer guests optimal relaxation and comfort.

The spa’s menu is based on key treatments reflecting the renewing traditions of China, Thailand, India and the Americas. Guests simply book the amount of time they wish to be pampered for, and after a consultation and foot bath their treatment is formulated to achieve their personal wellness goals.

Signature treatment: The Holistic Signature Facial combines soothing movements with plant essence synergies hand-picked to deeply cleanse and revitalize.

Spa Director: René Van Eyssen

+44 (0)20 3147 7305

The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL

The Ritz Salon

Treatments and facilities: On the seventh floor of the hotel, The Ritz Salon is home to the ultimate in relaxation.

The Salon is as popular as ever for hairdressing and styling for external guests as well as those staying with the hotel. All products used for treatments are made from 100% organic plant oils, which are matched according to your needs and adapted to suit your mood.

Signature treatment: ‘The Complete Programme’, a full day of pampering, styling and spoiling including a full body massage, facial, lunch in The Ritz Restaurant, hair cut and style and a manicure or pedicure. Finished off with a cocktail of your choice in The Rivoli Bar.

Spa Director: Emma Barton

+44 (0)20 7493 8181, extension 3435

150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR

The Spa Studio at The Lanesborough

Treatments and facilities: A richly appointed and intimately exclusive sanctuary, The Spa Studio at The Lanesborough offers the quintessence of health and beauty treatments.

Headed by Rachel Lowe-Mukherji, who uses two of the most highly respected brands in the industry, La Prairie and Ytsara, The Spa Studio presents guests with a wealth of options for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Signature treatment: La Prairie Swiss Bliss, a combined face and body treatment using La Prairie caviar products. The session includes full body exfoliation, full body massage and facial skin toning using exclusive drainage techniques from Switzerland.

Spa Director: Rachel Lowe-Mukherji

+44 (0)20 7333 7700

Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA

The Milestone Health Club and Spa

Treatments and facilities: A bijou but fully- equipped spa located at the basement level of The Milestone Hotel, it offers facilities such as a fully air-conditioned workout room complete with rowing machines, treadmills, and weights, a resistance swimming pool, a sauna and a spa treatment room.

Signature treatment: ‘The Weary Traveller, Anti- Jet Lag, Anti-Stress, Anti-Hangover Treament’ – a comprehensive treatment to rescue you from any or all of the above. Treatment includes a body massage to release toxins and invigorate tired legs, a foot treatment for relaxation and a facial to deep clean and soothe tension in face muscles.

Spa Director: Fiona Keane

+44 (0)20 7917 1000

1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL

Harrods Urban Retreat

Spa beauty salon in Harrods London

Treatments and facilities: High above the crowds on the fifth floor of shopping Mecca Harrods, Urban Retreat – acknowledged by many as the ultimate hair and beauty destination in London – is a 22,000ft2 beauty paradise offering a vast range of lavish treatments, grooming services and premium retail products.

Also to be found here is the Roja Dove Haute Perfumerie, a luxurious shrine dedicated to the divine scents created by master perfumer Roja Dove. After your spa appointment, why not book a consultation with the master, who will help you to find your true signature perfume.

Signature treatment: Try the Crème de la Mer facial, or for ultimate pampering choose a La Prairie Caviar Body Treatment, a firming, toning, total body massage that leaves skin soft, supple and shimmering with renewed vitality.

Spa contact: Alicia Thakrar, VIP bookings coordinator

+44 (0)20 7893 8333

Harrods Fifth Floor, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL

The Dorchester Spa

Dark opulent relaxing spa relaxation room in Dorchester Hotel

Treatments and facilities: Reopened in May 2009 after a £3.2million refurbishment, The Dorchester Spa has quickly established itself as an indulgent and glamorous destination spa offering facials by Vaishaly and Carol Joy London alongside treatments by Kerstin Florian and Aromatherapy Associates.

Other aspects include a relaxation room and ‘Spatisserie’, a peaceful, elegant space for light lunches, nibbles and cocktails pre- or post-spa.

Signature treatment: Vaishaly Signature Facial. Every step of this expert facial, which incorporates deep-cleansing, extraction, microdermabrasion and a treatment mask, is tailored towards achieving a clearer, smoother, softer and naturally radiant complexion.

Spa Director: Sally Pedder

+44 (0)20 7319 7109

The Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1QA

Elemis Day Spa

Treatments and facilities: Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the Elemis Day Spa is a place to escape from the stress and pressures of everyday life.

The spa menu, made up of treatments from exotic cultures from around the world, including Bali, Tibet, Polynesia, Japan, Morocco and Thailand, has been designed to subconsciously stimulate all your senses.

Signature treatment: ‘Jasmine Lulur’ Treatment, a therapy that has been practised since the 17th century to smooth and nourish the skin of royal princesses. The ritual also includes a Well-Being Massage followed by a half- hour refresher facial.

Spa Director: Angela Kwakwa

+44 (0)20 7499 4995

2-3 Lancashire Court, Mayfair, W1S 1EX

Claridge’s Beauty & Fitness

Treatments and facilities: For pure relaxation and energizing workouts, visit this secret spa and health club tucked away on the sixth floor, far above the London bustle.

The airy gym and luxurious treatment rooms are a hidden treasure, a place to clear your mind and revitalize your body without distraction.

Signature treatment: Claridge’s offers not merely one, but three signature treatments: ‘Timeless Glamour’ for those searching for a taste of celebrity pampering, ‘The Greta Garbo’, for those who want a quiet, restorative ritual, and ‘The Clark Gable’, for male guests who frankly, my dear, do give a damn and wish to rejuvenate with a masculine yet refined wellness program.

Spa Director: Kelly Ashdown

+44 (0)20 7409 6565

Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR

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