Every now and again I get a hankerin’ for a pamper day–a day to just be on my own, relax and get a nice massage or facial or some sort of nice little treat. Late last year I discovered spa London‘s South Wimbledon location which is conveniently just down the road from me. Affordable and with a wide assortment of treatment options, spa London in South Wimbledon has become my go to for a cheeky spa day at prices that don’t make my bank account (or husband) scream.
spa London have a variety of locations throughout London including Swiss Cottage, Old Street and Oxford Circus. With their South Wimbledon location only having opened in September 2013 in the Wimbledon Leisure Centre, the spa still has that fresh and new feeling to it. The ambiance is particularly nice–light, airy and yet very low key and relaxed. They have calming music piped through all areas, making it easy to ‘bliss out.’ Most importantly, spa London is immaculately clean. I didn’t have any yucky moments where I questioned the state of the towels or any of the sauna areas.
The Thermal Spa Experience is a central feature of spa London and is on par with their treatments. Consisting of several ‘stations,’ the thermal spa allows guests the opportunity to unwind, relax and just be at rest all while enjoying traditional hot and cold therapies. For a measly £18 (a week’s worth of Starbucks, people) you get three hours of:
A heated seating area, the Hammam is the perfect introduction to the heat sequence and can be used to relax between experiences.
A ceramic-tiled room offering ‘wet’ heat, generating temperatures of 65-70 °C, the climate has a very high humidity and the steam is enriched with essence. Designed to soften the skin, cleanse the pores, calm the nervous system and relieve tension. (A personal favourite!)
A ‘dry’ heat treatment in a wood-lined room with a temperature reaching 90 C, designed to induce perspiration in order to cleanse the body of impurities.
Several jets release scented water, creating contrasting shower experiences. These jets range from a warm tropical downpour to cool water, releasing a fine Scotch mist.
The Ice Fountain produces ice flakes to be rubbed on the body which stimulates circulation and facilitates the cooling of the body.
Multiple jets working on different muscle groups to pummel away any stress and fatigue from the body.
An oasis of calm. This quiet sanctuary is a designated area for pure relaxation while taking delight in complimentary infused water and fresh fruit. (In other words… beds. With pillows. Can we say nap time??)
Aside from visiting the thermal spa a few times now, I’ve also had three very different treatments with spa London and they were all brilliant.
The first treatment I had was the La Sultane de Saba Deep Cleanse Rassoul, booked through Wahanda right before Christmas. At an astounding £45 (with the three hour thermal spa experience thrown in as a package deal) I was amazed at the level of care I received from both the staff at the spa as well as my therapist. I might as well have been in Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden (though spa London was infinitely better)! The thermal spa was so relaxing and coupled with the treatment I came out feeling brand new and completely rested.
The La Sultane de Saba Deep Cleanse Rassoul treatment includes:
A cleansing ritual prepares the skin before a customised recipe, blended to suit your needs, envelops the body, using pure Moroccan lava clay, Honey and Shea Butter. This vitamin and mineral rich treatment draws out the toxins, conditions and restructures the skin’s tissue too noticeable improve texture, appearance and firmness. Finishing with a shea butter massage.
The second visit to spa London was back in March after a particularly stressful period. I was craving a massage and facial so the Elemis Face & Body Sensation seemed like a perfect option. My therapist was brilliant and at the end suggested a few products for my sensitive, combination skin on my face. I did splurge for the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel which has done amazing things for my complexion.
The Elemis Face & Body Sensation (55mins, £59) consisted of:
A duo treatment consisting of the perfect combination to treat both face and body. A hot stone deep heat massage warms the belly of the muscles releasing pressure and reliving back tension, to aid complete relaxation. The treatment sensation completes with a booster facial to restore youthful radiance.
Finally, my most recent treatment was just this past Friday as a little Bank Holiday treat to myself! This time I had the Elemis Exotic Coconut Wrap and Milk Ritual, paired again with the Thermal Spa Experience. This treatment left me feeling not only relaxed but absolutely glowing and gorgeous, which I really needed!
The Elemis Exotic Coconut Wrap and Milk Ritual (50mins, £59) includes:
Warmed Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath is poured all over the body before a comforting foil wrap cocoons the body. Combined with a pressure point facial massage and scalp treatment this opulent exotic therapy is excellent for skin smoothing and softening.
I’ll most definitely continue to use spa London in the future and have already recommended it to a few friends who live locally. It’s affordable, it’s super close to where I live and the staff are brilliant. What more can you ask for? I would like to try out some of the other locations as treatments are slightly different, as is the thermal spa area.
Have you tried any of the spa London locations? Let me know what you think!
(spa London have not solicited this review or offered any free treatments/products in exchange… though I wouldn’t say no if they did!)