What makes it different?
Of course, the treatments are exquisite and top quality; the massage in particular was beautifully ritualistic and expertly executed. But it’s the design of the space that feels incredibly special here. Fu has taken some of the most magical parts of Japanese wellness culture and created a modern, but cosy spa experience that feels as though it has calm built into its very foundations. You should build in extra time to swim, visit the sauna, and steam rooms and meditate in the privacy of a cabana.
Another huge bonus is the exciting addition of the Josh Wood at Claridge’s salon. Hotel salons often have something of a retro, slightly forlorn feeling to them, but this minimalist, three-chair salon is quite different. Created by celebrated hair stylist and colour expert Josh Wood (he’s the beauty editor’s go-to for incredible colour) it’s staffed by Wood’s handpicked team of A-list hair stylists and there’s also a curated in-room hair service available. Wood has reimagined what hair and beauty services – there’s also make-up, nails and more available on request – could offer within a hotel setting. It’s essentially the ultimate beauty and grooming concierge for those who want everything taken care of under one roof.
Anything else to mention?
There are so many wins, as you’d expect in a hotel of this calibre – and no detail goes unnoticed. In an age where inclusivity should always be at the heart of every new venture, spas are no different. The treatment beds are padded for those who need extra comfort and all lower and raise, and there are also two larger beds for size inclusivity and comfort. The beautiful pink Kimono robes also extend to a size XXL, and in terms of accessibility, the spa is all on one floor, and all the showers are wet rooms.
Is it worth it? A resounding yes. I’m convinced that because we’re so far into the earth the excavation has hit some kind of magical healing energy source (yes, that’s the official term). My advice: book a massage and then head to the pool to slip into a deeply blissful and restorative state. If you’re looking for top-to-toe pampering – this is the pinnacle.
Address: Claridge’s, Brook Street, London W1K 4HR