Claridge’s spa offering was always going to be a big deal: a team of up to 400 builders took seven years to excavate five floors beneath the beloved 200 year-old hotel (much of it done by hand so that the hotel could remain noise-free and open above) to make room for a 7000 sq ft spa.
Designed by renowned architect Andre Fu and inspired by his trips to Japan’s traditional temples and Zen gardens, Claridge’s spa interiors are a bastion of chic, calm, luxury. Conceptualised by Inge Theron, the founder of FaceGym, it features a swimming pool (with sumptuous day beds set back between stone columns for added privacy), a steam room, sauna, oak-panelled treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art gym and a hair salon run by Josh Wood.
Calming Japanese elements have been weaved in for a design point of view (throughout you’ll find a mix of soothing limestone, wood and water features) but also for mood – rituals like their traditional welcome foot bathing ceremony, custom incense and handmade herbal poultices, force even the most stressed-out minds to slow down.
Treatment wise, they’ve hunted down a delectable selection of experts and brands to ensure enviable results – nail artist Harriet Westmoreland and acupuncturist Ross J Barr have residencies, Augustinus Bader is the skincare partner, La Eva has designed a collection of “uplifting and transporting” body treatments and of course FaceGym’s famed “facial workout” treatments have been given a Claridge’s spin – they’re longer to further increase results and relaxation.
It’s safe to say the wait for Claridge’s spa has been worth it.