London is crawling with hotels that are designed to fulfil all your wellness cravings. With many of us seeking rejuvenation over alcohol-fuelled late nights, there’s no wonder the hospitality scene has quickly adapted to this new modern way of living. Now, we’re not suggesting a staycation destination should comprise merely workouts and green juices on the agenda, no no, these wellness city breaks boast indulgence, self-care and bliss in equal measure.
BEST FOR MODERN TREATMENTS
Perched in the pride and centre of Knightsbridge, the Mandarin Oriental certainly looks the part and scores points for its location, which is just a stone throw away from Hyde Park. Over the years the grand 5-star hotel has hosted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill as well as her majesty the Queen and Princess Margaret! Aside from the obvious factors for staying at the Mandarin, the lavish rooms and divine culinary being two noteworthy examples, the hotel has an incredible wellness offering that has developed into the modern-day.
The newly renovated spa is the wellness hub of the hotel. Positioned in the lower ground, the spa area is dimly lit and soundtracked with peaceful music to imminently make you feel relaxed upon entry. Housing an Amethyst crystal steam room, sanarium, vitality pool, a zen colour therapy relaxation area, fitness centre and 7-metre pool, guests are encouraged to fully immerse themselves in the state of the art facilities. The extensive treatment list features an array of the Mandarin Oriental’s own signature therapies and the best of British natural treatments including OSKIA, Aromatherapy Associates and newly appointed, OTO CBD.
Highlighting the recognition CBD has attained, it’s great to see hotels with such heritage working alongside beauty trailblazers like OTO to introduce deeply restorative treatments that harness the potent formulas incredibly. Developed by OTO’s Head of Spa, the CBD-infused massage experiences are out of this world! Combining CBD and massage oils with the use of sound therapy and crystals that work to deliver physiological and physical effects, the three massage offerings each have bespoke purposes. Choose from either the re-energising massage; to ease muscle tension, rejuvenating massage; to refocus a busy mind, or the deep relaxation massage; designed to aid sleep.
If wellness and luxury are on your agenda then add a stay at the Mandarin Oriental to your bucket list. Where the philosophies from both the East and the West meet, this hotel offers a whole world of tranquillity ready for you to dive into!
BEST FOR MOVEMENT
A hub for exquisite Japanese cuisine, contemporary design and elite service, Nobu’s Hotel in Portland Square is the 13th hotel from Nobu Hospitality. The hotel launched its renowned fitness and wellness centre earlier this year which has ranked them one of the best places to book a wellness city break for sure. Housing the world’s first Nobu Pilates studio, state-of-the-art Technogym and three luxury treatment rooms, Nobu have certainly shown they can do way more than serving sushi and their venture into wellness has proven a success with the likes of A-listers and fitness lovers alike.
Hosting Pilates through a range of mediums on the Reformer including Power, Precision and Pure Pilates, the sessions have been designed using Nobu’s signature dynamic style, known for getting deep into the muscles through intricate movements to achieve the ultimate sculpted physique. With a team of leading instructors specialising in Pilates, every class is taught to the highest standard and provides exceptional results. Suitable for all levels, Nobu Pilates’ 55-minute classes are both fun and challenging in equal measures. One-to-one sessions are also on offer with a more bespoke approach to training.
Open all day, every day, Nobu’s spacious fitness area knocks points off your average hotel gym. Fully equipped with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, from running and rowing
machines to free-weights and static bikes, you can train in the luxury space without hordes of people around you. Post-workout, grab a protein smoothie from the juice bar or refuel with a selection of nutritional grab and go meals and snacks.
If you’re looking to indulge in a little self-care, Nobu’s treatments are utterly dreamy! Taking place across three beautifully designed treatment rooms, Nobu’s beauty and wellness list is rooted in ancient Asian and Ayurvedic practises. From ‘Nobu Zen’; their signature bespoke massage to ‘Nobu Nagomi Ritual’; an Asian-inspired deep exfoliation and facial massage, there is an array of treatments that have been specially curated to balance the body and harmonise the mind.
BEST FOR A BESPOKE EXPERIENCE
One of London’s more regal hotel’s, The Lanesborough in Knightsbridge, is oozing with elegance and charm. Home to luxurious rooms and suites, a Michelin-starred restaurant, an afternoon tea room, library bar and fitness club and spa, there is no surprise The Lanesborough has withheld a 5-star rating for decades.
Spanning mindfulness, fitness, beauty and wellness, The Lanesborough Club and Spa is one of the hotels biggest tractions, popular amongst stay guests and members from the capital. The treatment list is extensive and integrates the best in beauty including an H&H favourite, Tata Harper, the 100% natural and all-organic brand that has created a selection of treatments and rituals. With alternative treatments such as an Amethyst Wrap and Gold Silk Face Therapy on offer, there’s an opportunity to seek new ways to indulge in self-care that you’ve never tried before!
Launched earlier this year, The Lanesborough Club & Spa introduced a brand-new urban retreat programme in partnership with experts-in-residence Bodhimaya, the award-winning wellness retreat specialists. Ideal for those experiencing burn-out, the Restorative Retreats have been curated to bring the mind and body back into a state of balance. Guests can reap the benefits of mind and meditation consultations with the founder of Bodhimaya, Cornelius as private consultations with Bodhimaya nutritional expert, Olga Hamilton, alongside private yoga sessions, Personal Training and expertly delivered spa treatments. If you’re looking to delve a little deeper into your health, Bodhimaya’s 360° Biomarker Testing will give you insights into complex biological data which is then analysed to help optimise your health to the fullest.
It’s always a good sign when a hotel gym is also a members club, as you know it is going to be of a super high standard, which The Lanesborough’s certainly is! Fit with all the latest equipment including a TRX zone, Woodway treadmills, Ultraslide station and SKILLMILL you can be sure you’ll get in some excellent workouts during your stay. Intimate group fitness classes run daily and vary from low impact options such as yoga, reformer Pilates or high impact including boxing and HIIT TRX, so be sure to book into one during your stay.
With much to discover, you could spend hours during your stay delving into all the wellness offerings at The Lanesborough Club & Spa. The new retreats in collaboration with Bodhimaya are a truly unique experience that will not only help you rediscover your wellbeing but also leave you feeling re-energised.
BEST FOR SOMETHING NEW
Recently opened, The Londoner has quickly become one of London’s more coveted boutique hotels, flooding our Insta feeds with snaps from influencers soaking up their boujee interiors. Dubbed an ‘urban resort’, the hotel is located in Leicester Square making it a prime spot for city-goers. A collection of spaces, tastes and experiences the Londoner is brought to life across 16 floors, encompassing multiple restaurants and bars, luxe suites and rooms and most importantly for this feature, The Retreat.
Offering guests a hideaway haven to relax, rejuvenate and enjoy a range of innovative treatments, The Retreat is The Londoners very own results-driven spa and wellness sanctuary. Hosting a repertoire of treatments from some of the most renowned beauty brands including Omorovicza and ila, the treatments range from holistic remedies for body and mind to vegan manicures and bouncy blow dries.
The Retreat’s tranquil poolside is one of the most inviting pools you’ll ever see. With subtle lighting with mood changing colour bursts, you’ll feel instantly more chilled when entering this quiet space. The cabana’s dotted around the pool offer two unique treatments to help guests relax by the poolside.
With an all-around approach to wellbeing, The Gym at The Retreat has partnered with Technogym and SB Wellness, to provide state-of-the-art equipment and premium personal training. The Gym will also hold group fitness sessions which include sunrise yoga, core strength, energising moving meditation and sunrise Pilates giving a variety of mixes whether you’re looking for something high energy or more mindful.
Refuel is The Retreat’s food and beverage programme perfect for your post-workout meal. There are lots of healthy to-go options from detoxifying smoothies, beauty juices, nourishing body wraps, and Ayurvedic morning ritual bowls, among other delicious and vibrant options!
The Retreat also work alongside Realign’s Osteopath, Dhirindar Bhullar to create bespoke medical rehabilitation packages ranging from medical consultations, osteopathic treatments, medial acupuncture and physiotherapy.
The Londoner is another prime example of the city’s desire to optimise health and wellbeing. The newly launched hotel has positioned itself as one of London’s hotspots to meet all your wellness needs, whether that’s self-care, fitness, health or pure relaxation, you’ll find it at the Londoner.
BEST FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH
London’s quirkiest boutique hotel, The Mandrake, situated in the heart of Fitzrovia brings together a wonderful medley of art, music, culture and spiritual wellbeing. The Mandrake embodies a unique, mystical aura throughout the decorative property, with influences of immersive psychedelia. The space is unlike any other in the city boasting an incredible outdoor terrace drenched in luscious greenery, eccentric art pieces on every corner and plush yet moody interiors, it resembles the Mad Hatter’s tea party but for the most stylish of adults.
Designed with spiritual wellness seekers in mind, The Mandrake’s spin on holistic wellbeing is exclusively majestic. Presenting the world’s first spiritual wellness concierge, the Mandrake offers a series of holistic services designed to enhance your mind and body in new ways you didn’t know were possible. The curated list features Shamanic Healing Sessions, Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowl Meditations, Gong Baths, Energy Cleansing and Cacao Ceremonies as well as frequency workshops. Utilising rituals from the four corners of the earth the Mandrake haven’t taken the generic route into wellness, and we are all for it. Held by the best practitioners in their fields such as Shaman’s; Eddy Elsey and Andréa Araré and sound healers; Elizabeth Broderick and Maria Lodetoft, you can experience spiritual wellness that will take you to undiscovered peripherals to deeply heal and reawaken the soul.
Their newly launched staycation offering, the ‘Soul Revival Package’ is the perfect solution to re-energising your body away from the hustle and bustle of the city. During the overnight stay in one of the evergreen terrace rooms, embark on traditional and ancient wellness practises, from in-room bespoke energy healings to sound baths and cacao ceremonies. Finish the evening with an intimate dinner for two in the Mandrake’s private greenhouse, surrounded by wild foliage which immerses you in nature. True to its name, the ‘Soul Revival Package’ allows you to release what no longer serves you. Sometimes we need a helping hand in reconnecting with our bodies, whether that be a sound bath using gongs and singing bowls to take you on a hypnotic journey or whatever you chose to experience, the Mandrake facilitates that inner spiritual spark to reimagine itself from within you.