6 floors up from the madness of Leicester Square lies an oasis of calm in the form of the AWAY Spa at W London. The spa is all-white and minimalist, with smooth, sleep lines. A team of celebrity therapists are on hand to help you: from the signature facials by Su-Man and advanced aesthetics of Dr. Wong, expert tanning of James Harknett, to Ruthie Belle's stunning eyelashes and hair styling of Sergio Giannasso. Chose from an extensive treatment menu including exfoliation, facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, massage, reflexology and tanning. Try the chocolate facial and body using the anti oxidant binding and nourishing properties of pure 100% cocoa.
Recommended for Spas because: For the team of celebrity stylists and cool design and atmosphere.
Emyr's expert tip: Try the chocolate facial and body using the anti oxidant binding and nourishing properties of pure 100% cocoa.
The 10,000 square-foot agua spa at Sanderson in London's Fitzrovia is a dazzling all-white space providing pampering, spiritual relief, and tranquillity. With walls of white, flowing curtains, the 14 all-white treatment rooms, chill-out zone and meditation beds creates a cloud-like ambiance with the sound of running water added to the atmosphere. Try the Natura Bisse signature treatment that analyses your skin and creates a programme designed specifically for your skin or the Natura Bisse Diamond Experience offering a multi-sensory cosmetic lift using ingredients that penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin, providing the firmness necessary to stimulate regeneration and reinforces the skin's natural defence system.
Recommended for Spas because: The walls of white-flowing curtains create a cloud-like atmosphere.
Emyr's expert tip: Make use of the chill-out zone - the all-white effect is truly dazzling.
An oasis of tranquillity in the heart of Chelsea, Ushvani is one of London's finest day spas offering the perfect blend of spa indulgence and restorative therapies. There are specially commissioned Malaysian artworks throughout the spa and the aroma of ginger, nutmeg and pandan leaves creating an authentic, relaxing experience. Spa treatments are available for both male and female guests, with the spa pool and steam facilities of the lower ground floor being reserved for ladies only. Try the Kaffir lime reinvigorating ritual, which involves an exfoliating scrub focusing on the shoulders and neck, a soothing stomach massage to aid digestion and reflexology on the feet.
Recommended for Spas because: For the stunning design and attention to detail, Ushvani is out to visit.
Emyr's expert tip: Look out for the specially commissioned Malaysian artworks throughout the spa.
In the depths of The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair you will find The Aman Spa at the Connaught, the first Aman Spa to be built outside the world-famous Aman resorts. With only five treatment rooms, it's a place of simplicity, tranquility and intimacy, where the focus is on you, your body and your mind. The spa offers a host of specialist complementary therapies and beauty services along with a subtly-lit ionised pool with cascading granite water wall. The range of treatments take inspiration from Chinese, the Americas, Indian and Thai traditions. Make sure you leave time to enjoy a herbal infusion while relaxing around the pool after your treatment.
Recommended for Spas because: Make sure you leave time to enjoy a herbal infusion while relaxing around the pool after your treatment.
Emyr's expert tip: Make sure you leave time to enjoy a herbal infusion while relaxing around the pool after your treatment.
Exuding 1930s Art Deco glamour with a contemporary edge, The Spa at The Dorchester feels luxurious and opulent throughout, with nine spacious treatment rooms, a separate mani-pedi suite and a stylish, sexy relaxation area. Signature facials are by Carol Joy London, with other treatments by skincare brand Kerstin Florian and Aromatherapy Associates. In addition to the long list of specialised treatments, The Spa at The Dorchester has a unique extra selling point � the Spatisserie, where you can relax with some cake and a glass of Champagne, continuing with the ethos that 'a little bit of what you love is good for you'.
Recommended for Spas because: For the addition of a 'Spatisserie' where you can enjoy some cake and a glass of Champagne
Emyr's expert tip: Make time for some cake and a glass of Champagne in their 'Spatisserie'.
The Sense Spa at Rosewood London offers a range of nurturing treatments using Sodashi products to relax and soothe. The spa's zen theme features bamboo walls, soft lighting and wooden walkways over rippling water and pebble stones leading to seven treatment rooms. The relaxation area sits at the heart of the spa and is the perfect place to read a magazine and enjoy a green tea after your treatment. Try the 'Sense of Self' treatment featuring a one hour full body massage, one hour facial and hand and foot treatment � you'll leave feeling like a totally different person.
Recommended for Spas because: The Zen-like atmosphere will engulf you and leave you feeling like a new person.
Emyr's expert tip: Take some time to sit in the relaxation area after your treatment - it's the perfect place to regroup and relax.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape is a gorgeous white haven at The Metropolitan Hotel on London's Park Lane. The sleek, minimalist interior offers a peaceful sanctuary for those looking to escape the pressures of city life. There spa consists of six treatment rooms, two of which are doubles. The set-up is straight forward with no pool, Jacuzzi or saunas - the spa focuses on the treatments and they do them so well! Try a deep tissue massage or a rebalancing holistic massage or facial. Shambhala translates as 'sacred place of bliss' and after an hour in the spa, you will know those words to be true.
In the basement of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, the spa is a haven from the manic streets of London outside, designed with a beautiful Asian design promoting relaxation and tranquillity. With extensive heat and water facilities, expert therapists and a range of indulgent treatments, we have created a luxurious haven of wellbeing. Try the Oriental Harmony signature treatment, which includes a soothing foot bath, a warm scrub and a simultaneous head and foot massage to balance the body and mind. The spa offers plenty of opportunities to relax, including a vitality pool, sauna and amethyst crystal steam room.
Recommended for Spas because: For the extensive heat and water facilities, expert therapists and a range of indulgent treatments.
Emyr's expert tip: Remember to visit the new gym and pool facilities.
Bringing the countryside to the rooftops of The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, the Bamford Haybarn Spa is a place to indulge in holistic treatments in your own sanctuary high above the busy streets of London. The spa uses Bamford Body products created especially for the spa, made from a collection of pure botanical products that cleanse, protect and invigorate the body, mind and soul. The spa's ultimate unique selling point is it's rooftop open-air pool on the 8th floor with sun loungers to fully recharge your batteries. Try the Bamford Body Signature Treatment involving a shiatsu, meridian and Swedish massage, culminating in assisted yogic breathing.
Recommended for Spas because: For the gorgeous rooftop pool and the excellent holistic treatments.
Emyr's expert tip: Make full use of the gorgeous rooftop pool.
ESPA Life at the Corinthia Hotel is consistently wins best spa awards and it's easy to see why - the gorgeous space spread over 3 floors of the Corinthia Hotel is just spectacular. The dark, opulent design is beautiful with black Italian marble and clever use of mood lighting. ESPA Life offers an unrivalled choice of spa, complementary alternative therapies, fitness, beauty treatments and a Daniel Galvin Hair Salon. Before and after treatments, there are plenty of places to relax and focus on your well being with a unique amphitheatre sauna, vitality pool, ice fountain and black mosaic steam room. To truly relax, take some time out in the sleeping pods in the changing rooms; you'll never want to leave!
Recommended for Spas because: Make sure you use the vitality pool and the sleeping pods - you'll never want to leave!
Emyr's expert tip: Make sure you use the vitality pool and the sleeping pods - you'll never want to leave!