Looking for a total escape but don’t have the time for long haul flights or a two week break? Check in to The Berkeley Health Club and Spa for a day retreat and enjoy utter indulgence.
After a long cold Winter and a dreary start to Spring, you may just be ready for a little light in your life. Whizzing up in the swanky lift to the 7th floor of The Berkeley Hotel, you get the feel that you’re heading skywards for a slice of something decadent. Emerging at the Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley, you’ll feel your troubles begin to melt away.
Softly spoken staff, beautiful white surroundings, happy looking guests floating about in their fluffy white robes – this is a spa in a five star hotel with serious indulgence on the agenda. Even the changing rooms are enjoyable – jugs of fresh elderflower cordial, piles of glossy magazines and a steamroom and sauna for your aching muscles.
The real showstopper here is the swimming pool. Panoramic views across London – from Knightsbridge, to Hyde Park and beyond – mean that you can not only stare for hours at the bustling city, but guests can also enjoy the streams of natural light flowing in. The white and gold mosaic tiling of the pool make it grand yet there’s a friendly atmosphere here with local members doing laps whilst others lounge on recliners that feel like clouds. If you get lucky and visit on a sunny day, the secret rooftop garden is the ultimate escape. Order a fresh juice or smoothie and soak up the vitamin D and the scent of the beautifully maintained flowers.
Treatments here are designed to revitalise mind, body and spirit with carefully selected products that are pure and organic. The key players are Bamford and Oskia London – British made formulas used for treatments and facials. Therapists will consult with you as to exactly what you want to gain from your day and adapt massages, facials and other treatments accordingly.
After your treatment, you can enjoy the selection of Light Bites on the Spa Menu – designed specifically with treatments and health in mind. Think Courgette Spaghetti with Squid or the divine Crab Salad, all sent up from the hotel’s world famous kitchens. If you’re feeling sky high and fancy some bubbles, a glass of champagne next to the pool really is the height of civilisation. Otherwise the staff are endlessly attentive and will happily bring fresh mint tea or strong coffee alongside the juices and smoothies on offer.
It’s easy to feel a little overwhelmed when emerging back into the real world from the Bamford Haybarn Spa at The Berkeley – but take solace in the fact that you’ve discovered this city gem and that it’s serenity will be waiting for you whenever you want to return.
The Berkeley, London, SW1X 7RL
020 7235 6000
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