Escape writer Gaby Lane tries out two new spa treatments at top destinations Rosewood London and Akasha in Hotel Café Royal.
We were tipped off that the Face Place Signature facial is the treatment most likely to make you look like you’ve had a relaxing weekend break – and the rumours are true. For the first time outside the US, the brand has opened a treatment room at glamorous hotel Rosewood London and it’s already earned a list of enthusiastic regulars.
The facial is packed full of indulgent steps like mini massages, meanwhile it’s an enthusiastic clinical approach that gets results. At one point you’ll be wearing a leather mask while an electric current is passed through it to tone and firm the skin. At another, the therapist performs an ‘extraction’ – and mechanically de-clogs your pores. All steps are backed up with wonder ingredients like vitamin C and zinc.
This unique facial is a great experience for both men and women (and a completely painless process). Arrive early and you can enjoy the Rosewood’s sauna and steam room too.
252 High Holborn, WC1V
In town for business? It’s handy to know that there’s a 1,200 square-metre spa hidden under the hustle and bustle of Regent Street. Akasha is one of the slickest day spas there is – whether you fancy a dip in its showstopper of a pool, peace and quiet in its relaxation lounges – or working up a sweat in its state-of-the-art gym. There’s even a hammam, should you fancy trying the traditional cleansing experience that includes a salt scrub and steam.
We were invited to test Akasha’s latest treatments by luxury brand Aromatherapy Associates and opted for ‘We Relax’, a dreamy pampering session focused on the back, scalp, face, neck and shoulders, with essential oils. Start-to-finish, the treatment is designed to soothe and slow the mind – think deep breathing, heated compresses and gentle kneading that left us feeling sleepy and content.
Our top tip is to visit on a Friday evening – and take advantage of the fact that you’re out of mobile range in this basement spa.
Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 5AS