Housed on Sheldon Street off of the famous 7 Dials, the Thai Square Spa is a revolution in elegance, opulence and tranquility. A little hint, if you’re visiting in non-daylight winter hours enter via the Spa’s rear exit on Earlham Street. It’s like entering a mountain Sanctuary in Chang Mai!
Upon entry I was warmly greeted by the receptionist shortly followed by Spa Manager, Sarai, who showed me several of the rooms including the group bookings suite and treatment room. The facilities upstairs are stunning. The decor is very dark, with walls finished tastefully in dark woods and gold leaf.
Heavy antiqued metal ornaments, bell and statues complement these staple finishes and lots of Buddhas back dropped by candles. Sarai tells me the Spa used to be an Italian restaurant; certainly no trace is left following the refurbishment. I was offered a choice of teas to kick start my treatment and not before time Bea, my masseuse, arrived to take me downstairs.
If you thought the upstairs was nice the downstairs is truly the height of decadence. Once in my stunning treatment room, complete with copper slipper bath (next time I mentally note) Bea begins to bathe my feet, in what I can only say is the most loving way my feet have ever been bathed. Not even am I that loving! I’m then asked to de-robe and hop up on to the couch. I opted for a traditional Thai Massage to the neck, back and shoulder. The massage works on heating the body temperature and muscles using hot oils massaged into pre exfoliated skin. Once warmed up a multiple pressure points are applied and manipulated to relieve tension. Blissful.
The room is very dark and aromatic, the mood music is soothing and peaceful and the massage itself sends me into a state of limbo; not sleeping, aware of my surroundings, but detached, far removed, an almost out of body experience. But it’s not so when Bea announces the treatment is over we both have a giggle as I struggle to get up. I’m that relaxed! She offers me another tea and a chance to recover back in the changing room.
All in all, the Spa is first class. The staff are proud of this fact and it shows in the attentiveness, hospitality and friendliness of everyone I met. Bea is an excellent masseuse; all staff at the Spa have trained at the prestigious Watpo (Temple of Reclining Medicine) Thai Traditional Massage School in Bangkok.
In the run up to the holiday season the Spa have a number of award winning packages to suit all:
Super stress relieving Package £69 (was £110) – a package for men or women including a 30 minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage with either a 30 minute foot or Head massage depending on whether you are over worked or over shopped!
They also have an indulgent Siamese Traditional Stress Relieve treatment priced at just £99 which includes a 90-minute Thai Massage and a 30-minute oriental foot or head massage. I cannot recommend this Spa highly enough. It lifted exceeded my expectations and lifted my spirits, the only thing it didn’t do was tuck me into bed!
Thai Square Spa
25 Shelton Street
Tel – 020 7240 6090