1. Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane *****
Out of all the spas in London, none rival the fantastic service and facilities available at the Four Seasons. Located on the tenth floor, this rooftop haven with floor to ceiling windows benefits from stunning vistas across London and nearby Hyde Park making it a true urban retreat. The spa has nine treatment rooms offering everything from manicures and massages to an aromatherapy salt scrub and a classic Hungarian body wrap. Treatments are available for both men and women and special packages include ‘mother to be’ and ‘wedding bliss’ designed to pamper before the big day. The relaxation pods are a welcome addition, and a must after using the sauna and plunge pool. Check prices & availability.
2. The Berkeley *****
The spa at the Berkeley has been a favourite amongst the rich and famous for a long time, and I think what sets this spa apart from the rest of the pack is its iconic rooftop swimming pool overlooking Knightsbridge and Hyde Park. The Bamford Haybarn Spa here uses organic ingredients in their treatments for both men and women, which include waxing, facials and massages. As well as the swimming pool, there is also a sauna and steam room but if you’re after the ultimate relaxation, book yourself in for one of the Berkeley Experiences which include breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on when you visit. The fully equipped gym uses Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment. Free weights and resistance machines are also available. The gym has little luxuries such as personal TV and hifi monitors with headphones and complimentary mineral water and fruit juice. Personal trainers can help with anything from nutrition to boxing, yoga and even life coaching.
3. Connaught Hotel *****
The award winning Aman Spa at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair is an Asian retreat offering guests the ultimate urban tranquillity. The vast selection of treatments here takes its inspiration from around the globe. Be transported to the Himalayan Mountains with a traditional Chinese body and face massage or to an exotic beach with the Indian inspired Samadara facial massage. The spa has five treatment rooms, including one double- making it the perfect option for a couple’s massage and spa day. Before your treatment guests are encouraged to arrive early to make use of the opulent black tiled swimming pool with waterfall feature and the crystal steam room, which uses essential oils to nourish your skin, for relaxation. The fitness centre uses Technogym equipment with free weights and cardiovascular focused machines. Personal trainers are also on hand should you want a tailored workout and one on one yoga sessions are also available in one of the treatment rooms. Check prices and availability.
4. The Mandarin Oriental *****
Spread over two floors, this contemporary spa has eight treatment rooms all with private showers where guests can experience a customised aromatherapy facial or an oriental essence body massage as well as healing and rejuvenating treatments. Before or after your treatment, you can indulge in the decadence of the water and heat facilities, including vitality pools, amethyst crystal steam rooms and solariums. Half day and full day packages are available as well as tailored packages to your needs, such as expectant mothers and brides to be. A sleek stainless steel swimming pool is set to open before the end of 2013, but until then guests can make use of the fully equipped gym, open 24 hours, or invest in the knowledge and guidance from one of the specialist personal trainers. Private classes such as yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates are also available as well as the help of a nutritionist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. Check prices & availability.