The May Fair Spa in the heart of London’s West End is a smart, modern day spa on the lower ground floor of the May Fair Hotel that, despite being around for some time, is not showing its age and offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly (just a block away).
Attracting hotel and day spa guests, it’s compact, smartly decorated in dark tones, black high gloss finish and mottled marble. With an Asian theme running through the facility, I loved the waterfall walls along the corridor and in particular the relaxation room with heated loungers. Whilst there is no pool (I can excuse that) there’s a shower experience, ice fountain, herbal sauna and aromatic steam room. Whether visiting as a hotel guest or on a day spa package you can easily enjoy a few hours or more of rest and relaxation.
I opted for something a bit different from a brand I hadn’t encountered before – the Pinks Boutique Body Delight. A head to toe treatment that includes a foot soak and scrub, full body scrub and back and shoulder massage.
You are given a choice of scents (depending on what your body needs) I was Lemongrass and Mandarin on my visit – great for detoxing. Following the foot rituals at the beginning, I was thoroughly scrubbed in slow, rhythmic motions with the sugar scrub and essential oils to get rid of the dead skin cells. I then showered ready for the next phase. May Fair Spa has showers in all of its treatment rooms – if you have this treatment elsewhere, the scrub might be removed with hot towels.
Next on the agenda comes the application of a deeply hydrating shea butter body balm. Fragranced with lemongrass – it was heady, transported me (in my head) to Thailand and lasted until the next day.
Then I had a wonderful back, neck and should massage using the brilliant balm. Afterwards I chilled out in the relaxation room, drifting in and out of sleep. Terrific.
THE BEST BITS:
Having my body scrubbed – you can’t achieve such a thorough exfoliation at home
Meeting Shauni – an engaging, knowledgeable spa therapist who was absolutely excellent
Relaxing afterwards on the heated loungers in the chill-out room
ABOUT PINKS BOUTIQUE:
Pinks Boutique is a range of natural and certified-organic spa products and has come as a bit of a revelation to me. The products are inspired by the beautiful flowers, unique aromas and exotic ingredients of Indonesia, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand and Japan. It’s uplifting, truly potent and a treat for the senses. Keep your eyes open for this brand – it’s one to watch.
Pinks Boutique Body Delight – 60 minutes – £99
The May Fair Spa – 020 7915 2826