If you’re in Mayfair, and taking in all the important sights to see – among them, Christian Louboutin, Harrod’s, Hyde Park — there’s a new kid in town that is sure to interest you.
It is the brand new spa at Claridge’s, the famous Art Deco jewel that embodies timeless glamour and grand English style. There is nowhere quite like Claridge’s. The hotel began life in 1856 and soon attracted royal notice. During the 1920s it became an English institution as a landmark, loved by movie stars and statesmen, fashion designers and global dignitaries.
In a groundbreaking project that has seen teams of experts excavate five floors into London clay in order to pave the way for the next 200 years of Claridge’s life, the legendary Mayfair hotel announces the opening of its first ever spa. Claridge’s Spa will be a haven of wellness and tranquility featuring a swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna and seven treatment rooms – a sensorial space that evokes wellness and spirituality. Hong Kong based interior architect André Fu has designed the 7,000 sq. foot spa that promises to offer the ultimate sanctuary in the heart of Mayfair. Fu, who has collaborated extensively with Maybourne Hotel Group on other projects, was invited to bring his highly personal vision for a new wellness experience within this iconic London hotel.
Set within the context of the hotel’s Art Deco history, the spa has been designed to evoke the spirituality of the East. Inspiration for this approach came from Fu’s own experiences visiting traditional Japanese temples and Zen gardens in Kyoto. However, rather than imitating these particular aesthetic traditions, Fu has imagined a unique contemporary experience that promotes a genuine sense of mindfulness and balance, drawing heavily on Asian design influences.
On entering the foyer, guests are greeted by a full-height cast glass screen crafted by Irish artisan Eoin Turner. The texture of the glass evokes the silhouette of bamboo grove or reed beds, guiding them into the rotunda – a meditative, dimly lit cylindrical space that features a suspended Japanese glass artwork by Victoire Bourgois. Falling water trickles down the installation, creating a multisensory atmosphere with relaxing sound and visual elements.
The main pool area is the spa’s central hub. Minimalist in spirit, two rows of limestone-clad columns and a magnificent, multi-vaulted ceiling frame the pool. Set back from the water, personal cabanas offer private spaces to unwind.
Inspired by the silhouette of bamboo forestry, the treatment spaces are suffused with a sense of calm and meditation. Bonsai trees are also featured extensively in the connecting passageway to accentuate the sense of nature throughout the spa.
The ultimate urban retreat can be found in each of the seven private treatment salons that are lined in full height oak paneling that conceals all equipment.
The most unusual spa treatment is the Body Detox and Scrub, while the bestselling spa treatment is the Bamboo and Silk ritual.
A standout list of beauty industry names will reside in the spa: Josh Wood at Claridge’s offers a tailored menu of best-in-class hairstyling and beauty services located within the Claridge’s Spa – and only two chairs, making the services private and tailored. Treatments span hair, nails and beauty, with color and makeup available upon request. In a conscious decision to install just two chairs, the services remain superior and special.
FaceGym has designed treatments exclusively for Claridge’s, with longer treatment times and additional stretches to enhance the experience. Treatments such as the Cryo Contour, Radio Frequency and Clean + Lift are the heroes and treatment enhancers include vitamin shots, Cryo oxygen shots and hyaluronic acid roller application for yet more boosts of wellness.
And there’s also a new wildly popular cult brand that is winning raves – the award-winning Augustinus Bader, which brings The Method Augustinus Bader – the brand’s series of bespoke professional treatments, uniquely designed to amplify the power of its exclusive TFC8® technology, for optimized results. Augustinus Bader is a premium, multi-award-winning skin and hair care line developed with the highest caliber of applied science in the industry. The brand was launched in 2018 and is backed by over 30 years of groundbreaking research led by stem cell scientist and doctor of regenerative medicine, Professor Augustinus Bader. The eponymous brand has disrupted the industry with TFC8®, a proprietary technology that powers the line and works by supporting the human body’s innate capacity to renew, delivering unprecedented results. Augustinus Bader launched with two cult products, The Cream and The Rich Cream, today, the line has expanded to a curated collection of clean, highly efficacious essentials used by the world’s leading skin and hair care experts. That it is available at Claridge’s is quite impressive. .
La Eva – the organic brand by former psychologist Louisa Canham, which melds skincare with a holistic philosophy – has designed a collection of uplifting and transporting body treatments. The sensorial treatments feature artful layers of fragrance, music and massage to nurture mind and body alike.
If you’re so inclined to stay for a night, the best room in the house is the Royal Suite, a magnificent area complete with grand piano, antique desks, Boule clocks, a separate dining room with exquisite china, opulent beds and bedding – and even a chess set. It is priced on request.
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