This article was graciously supplied by Jayne Beaumont
Delve into a world of tranquillity imbued with an air of exotic spices and enriched with the deeply sensual colours of Morocco.
This is an experience designed to relax, cleanse and revive at The Spa in Dolphin Square. The treatments are enticing and can be adapted to suit the individual. They are enhanced by perfume and healing qualities of organic oils developed over generations by a Moroccan family and now produced by their Parisian company, La Sultane de Saba. They can also be purchased at The Spa.
The journey into the ‘Etihad’ – Arabic for ‘your home’ – begins with the cleansing ritual of a rosewater hand wash in the inner courtyard before entering the Hammam where one is gently washed and dowsed with warm water and a little later, exfoliated with a mixture of black and green olive soap with salt. The sound of bubbling water from a fountain nearby seems to flow through your body taking away any unwanted thoughts and tensions. The mineral-rich water used in The Spa comes from the only working artisan well in the City of Westminster,
It’s important to remember that in many European countries spas are prescribed for their medicinal properties and treatments as they have been proved to be excellent for asthma, skin conditions, muscles and joints as well as more serious conditions. A visit to a spa is more than just a treat!
Now very refreshed and relaxed, you are led along the warm stone passageways to either a quiet room complete with low cushioned sofas, Arabic rugs and subtle lighting or another rest room with beautifully curved and heated beds allowing the body to be supported without any personal effort. In both places, herbal teas and reviving pieces of fresh orange are served. Other snacks are also available if you are feeling at all peckish.
Throughout your visit, a Hammam specialist is there to ensure your wellbeing and to answer any questions you may. It’s very reassuring for a Hammam novice!
A wealth of ancient and contemporary massages are offered here such as the popular Shea butter massage with a choice of orange blossom, rose or green tea and ginger oil. There are also 2 new massages – Warmth of the Sands Relaxing massage that uses hot Lava Shells and the Rescue massage that combines hot and glacial shells and is used for deep tissue work. Body wraps, facials, and a selection of bespoke treatments exclusive to The Spa including exotic-sounding rituals such as the Moroccan Majorelle and the Arabian Nights Manicure can also be enjoyed. Whatever you choose, you are taken into one of the six luxurious treatment rooms that continue the theme of timeless tranquillity. It becomes very difficult to leave the comfort they provide.
How fortunate to have such a sumptuous yet comprehensive day spa so close to the West End. Close enough to drop by before or after work with an underground car park for easy access. It’s also a novel day out for a hen party or simply a group of friends or even as a gift for either sex. There is a special treatment for beards!
This award winning spa – the Best London Spa 2014, according to the Good Spa Guide – also offers spa weekends using the smart serviced apartments available at the Dolphin Square complex with it’s excellent restaurant, swimming pool, gym, squash and tennis courts.
The other most fortunate aspect of this spa is its affordable treatments. A visit to the Hammam and use of the spa relaxation areas costs £42pp, a Shea Butter massage £77 for 55 minutes and a day at The Spa, including a visit to the Hammam as well as a massage is £95pp. There is a special price for group bookings. What a perfect way to end a day!
The Spa in Dolphin Square
London SW1V 3LX
Tel : 0207 7986767
Opening times : 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.