Claridge’s has just added a relaxing new addition to its five star accommodations.
The iconic hotel, which has hosted the royal family and the wealthy since 1812, moved to its current address in 1898. This space, in London’s upscale Mayfair, underwent a decorative transformation in 1929 and a restoration in 1996 led by the famous designer Thierry Despont. While the site has introduced countless special amenities since, its new 7,000-square-foot spa is a first.
On Monday, Claridge’s announced the opening of the health and wellness-focused space, designed by interior designer Andre Fu. It sits three stories below the lobby and is the product of an excavation project that made space for a number of other amenities, including a heated swimming pool, steam room, and sauna. The spa has seven treatment rooms that offer everything from massages to facials and hair styling.
As you enter the space, you are greeted by relaxing notes of cedarwood, clary sage, and cinnamon from the custom spa scent. The design, inspired by Fu’s visits to Japanese temples and Kyoto’s Zen gardens, draws heavily on natural elements including limestone, woodwork and the sounds of various bodies of water.
Intricate ikebana-style flower arrangements, inspired by the rhythm of the seasons, are also arranged around the spa to enhance its setting. Other notable features of the space include a multi-vaulted ceiling, stone columns and the luxurious oak paneled treatment rooms.
The spa will offer a variety of treatments, including manicures, haircuts, massages and facials, with services priced from £15 to £455 (currently about the same in US dollars) . You can also book Augustinus Bader detox and facial treatments at the spa, as well as FaceGym treatments designed exclusively for the hotel that incorporate radiofrequency and cryostimulation into its offerings. The spa’s lounge area is led by renowned British colorist Josh Wood.
“We’ve created a spa here at Claridge’s where guests will find both holistic practices and results-driven high-tech under one roof,” says FaceGym founder Inge Theron, who is also creative director of the spa and of Maybourne’s welfare. “[It] is the very start of a new wellness journey for Maybourne Hotel Group.