Nutritional delights and pampering perfection in the centre of London….
What better way to spend your birthday than relaxing 10 floors high in the newly opened luxurious spa at the Four Seasons Hotel London on Park Lane? When my friend suggested a spa treat, little did I expect the warm welcome, luscious organic products, and delicious and nutritional lunch experience that lay ahead!
Declining to make use of the fitness centre, we were whisked away by our therapists into our treatment rooms. Waving goodbye to my friend for 80 minutes, I enjoyed the ‘‘Hyde Park Awakening’’ signature treatment. Lucia, my friendly and well-practised therapist, provided a relaxing but invigorating treatment which included a foot soak and scrub of neroli, lemon and bergamot, whilst we chatted and looked upon the sprawling views of Hyde Park. A full body exfoliation with an organic pharmacy bamboo and calendula scrub closely followed. After showering off this delicious mix, a back, neck and shoulder massage with a fragrant St John’s Wort and rosemary infused body oil was applied with perfect pressure.
A dip in the jacuzzi was promptly followed by lunch in the spa dining room, where we swapped notes on our treatments. My friend had the pleasure of a gold hydrating facial which she proclaimed makes one feel totally uplifted and spoilt. City life and hectic schedules can take its toll on a lady’s sparkle, but with the copper-enriched lactic peel packed with collagen, it really gave her the ‘‘just returned from holiday’’ look in moments, and the gold anti-inflammatory serum really did sooth away those tired lines. At £175, it is a real treat and a must for anyone who is looking for a fresh and glistening new look.
Lunch consisted of a pretty plate of colourful delights (selected from the menu on our arrival), which included iced pomegranate and mint tea followed by ahi tuna salad with ginger. We both decided to skip the soup course and I enjoyed a main course of prawns, pineapple, lemongrass and Thai basil, which was light, fresh and zesty. My friend had Parma ham, aubergine preserve and fig balsamic, which was also bursting with flavour. Desserts included roasted and peppered pineapple skewers, whilst my friend chose the vanilla and yogurt parfait with mango jelly. We agreed that it was a tasty ensemble all arranged politely on one tray and enjoyed immensely.
Showering was a little awkward as the changing room is very small and probably not intended for more than 3 guests at one time. But this awkwardness is easily avoided by hiring the Sky Suite (where you can relax and unwind in your own private suite). Here, treatments can be enjoyed in one room in pure, spacious luxury, where you can shower indulgently in your own private adjoining shower room.
With a final glimpse over the sparkling spring London views, we happily departed to embark on our afternoon of shopping adventures.
Must Do: Hyde Park Awakening Treatment for 80 minutes – £175
Sky Suite Collection: Treatment of your choice and use of private suite for 2 hours – £750