All posts tagged: London spa review

Review: Face Gym, London

THE CONCEPT: FaceGym was created by Inge Theron, aka the Spa Junkie, who in her role as spa reviewer for the Financial Times visited 57 spas, sweated through 32 types of fitness class, experimented with 25 anti-ageing treatments and endured 15 detoxes. She developed FaceGym: a four stage facial massage that is like a mini workout for your facial muscles. It follows the same rituals of the gym Warm-Up, Cardio, Strength and Cooldown – but all focussing on the face. And it makes sense. THE TREATMENT: It begins gently with a deep cleanse using knuckling movements – this was amazing. I loved the sensation of being knuckled.  Stretching and warming the muscles – pulling them and manipulating them into positions they probably haven’t been before (unless you are a gurning champion). From here, a detailed protocol follows that works each area of the face paying particular attention to the eyes, eye bags and jowls. It’s vigorous but not painful. Pinching, pulling and stretching – but totally enlivening at the same time. Invigorating, it stimulates circulation …

Review: Su-Man at AWAY Spa, W London

THE SPA: Light and bright, you could be forgiven for thinking you have entered the pearly gates of heaven. It’s a compact day spa in the W Hotel, London.  It plays host to celebrity and expert therapists like Su-Man and spray tan expert, James Harknett. AWAY Spa does offer sauna and steam room, but that’s about the extent of the “spa” facilities. You come here for the glamour and the expertise and it delivers that in massive doses. THE TREATMENT: Su-Man Skin Reborn Sculpting Facial at the AWAY Spa, W Hotel London A favourite of stars like Juliette Binoche, Frieda Pinto and Anne Hathaway, Su-Man’s signature facial is legendary. Blending her unique expertise in dance, Shiatsu, Pilates and oriental facial massage, this is a facial like no other and her magical hands work wonders sculpting the face. Hailed as a facelift in an hour; it’s non-invasive and uses an incredible array of techniques that are totally unique. Originally from Taiwan, Su-man fuses her knowledge of the body, massage and the face for a truly original …

Review: Re:SPA, London

THE SPA: A tranquil space, situated in the heart of a prestigious sports club. There’s no denying that Re: SPA at the Reebok Sports Club at Canary Wharf is high end. It’s modern, smart, welcoming and the perfect setting to indulge in a pampering treatment or resolve the niggling injuries or muscle and skeletal issues  from working out in the gym. The spa appreciates it location and its treatment menu reflects that. For those in the know, the spa was designed by Sparcstudio. There’s a well-rounded men’s treatment menu, a manicure station in reception and even a relaxation area (this was unexpected). The only drawback – you can hear the bangs and crashes of the gym in the relaxation area, but this sounds isn’t heard in the treatment rooms. There is an incredible array of facial treatments – too many in my humble opinion. Potentially confusing for the customer, but I suppose it does offer choice for the spa-savvy guest. There’s a real focus on express treatments and you can have everything done from waxing …

Review: Spa London, Wimbledon

THE SPA: Spa LONDON, Wimbledon is a public sector spa that offers an accessible, luxury spa experience in a local leisure centre. It’s a joint venture between not-for-profit social enterprise GLL and Merton Council and is making real inroads in the spa market. It’s modern, new, light and airy. Once you walk through the doors you forget you are in a leisure centre completely. It makes spa accessible and more affordable, but don’t get me wrong. The spa treatments aren’t dirt cheap, but you can enjoy the facilities for under £20. The range of thermal facilities was impressive and includes a Hammam suite, steam rooms, sauna, plunge pool and relaxation lounge. Lots of treatment rooms (so easy to get an appointment). the only drawback is that the relaxation area is also the corridor to the thermal suite – so perhaps not as relaxing as it should be. I was really impressed with the spa – it’s bringing the spa experience to the masses, whilst retaining quality brands and treatments in a smart, modern space. THE …

Review: Elemis Day Spa

THE SPA: Elemis Day Spa in the heart of London’s Mayfair has quite a reputation. It’s the flagship day spa for the Elemis brand and is often quoted in magazines as one of the top day spas in the UK. You’ll find it in the middle of a few small lane ways not far from Bond Street. There’s a decent sized reception (proudly displaying all of the hero products) and the spa bar – where you can play to your hearts’ content. There are no water facilities (ok – it’s a day spa) but no relaxation area as such, the addition of which would have really added to the whole experience. Sometimes, you don’t want to rush out after your treatment. I was able to take some tea in reception following the facial – so that was ok. THE BRANDS: Elemis – of course THE TREATMENT: After a full face consultation and some pictures on one of those skin analysis machines (which revealed the damage of the sun and my lifestyle) I was recommended a …