London is a city that has it all- be as inventive as you like, and someone, somewhere in this metropolis of miscellany will give you what you’re looking for. However, until now, there has always been one exception. Intrigued? Read on.
London is ashamedly lacking when it comes to good spas. The facilities at even the ‘best’ places are often underwhelming and the range of treatments poor. I am still haunted by the nightmare facial at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, where the towels were grey and threadbare, the therapist smelt of onions and the treatment rooms were dank and cell-like; if I hadn’t forked out £145 I’d think I was a Guantanamo detainee.
The best spa I have ever been to was at the Four Seasons Resort in Langkawi and since boarding a plane destined for the Malaysian jungle isn’t exactly practical, I decided to give the London equivalent a try. The Four Seasons in London’s Park Lane has stood there since the 1970s but was closed for a complete refurbishment and reopened in January 2011. The interior, designed by Pierre- Yves Rochon is rich and sumptuous. Every part of the hotel, including the rooms have been planned with meticulous attention to detail and style- but nowhere is this more apparent than on the 10th floor…
As the elevator doors open onto the 10th floor you are greeted by one of London’s best kept secrets, the breathtaking Four Seasons Spa, designed by Eric Parry. The eye is automatically drawn through the space, out onto the endless London rooftops and gently swaying trees of Hyde Park.
Having looked through the menu I fancied the Omorovicza Gold Facial, as I was sporting a sun-burn and my face resembled a grilled tomato. Needless to say, my plush surroundings imbued me with very high expectations.
The changing rooms, like the rest of the spa have jaw dropping panoramic views stretching into the horizon. In the serene white space there was everything that a girl could possibly need from hair styling tools to chilled bottles of water, fluffy robes and a plethora of products by the Organic Pharmacy. Next door you have a futuristic looking sauna (again with gorgeous views), steam room and vitality pool- and everything is simply pristine.
The Treatment: Omorovicza Gold Facial
“If you’re not familiar with Omorovicza then here’s a little background for you. It hails from Budapest and harnesses the curative properties of Hungary’s thermal waters which are rich in natural minerals. Whilst people from all over the world visit Budapest to ‘take’ the waters at their luxurious baths, Omorovicza are bringing the waters to us”- Elle Online
My therapist took me through to a beautiful treatment room. As I lay on the heated bed she applied wonderfully fragrant cleansers, exfoliants, masks, creams and serums to my face. The treatment continued for 90 minutes, during which my skin was massaged and kneaded with layer upon layer of Omorovicza’s potent natural products infused with gold leaf and healing mud. Anna paid particular attention to the cheeks employing a massage technique that she assured me would both detoxify the body and plump the face.
After the treatment my skin looked fantastic. As I left the Four Seasons Spa I took a wistful look (but definitely not my last) at the beautiful panorama, before rejoining the ranks of people I had been so eagerly observing from my sky high retreat- but of course, I know it’s only a matter of time till I’m back. It’s an experience I would recommend to anyone and I would love to know what anyone who has been thinks.
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