Posts Tagged: Spa

Dec 13

The Frigi Thalgo Wrap

The Frigi Thalgo is a simple cool wrap designed to eliminate excess water from the tissues.

Concentrating on the thighs and abdomen – most women’s trouble spots – the wrap helps activate surface circulation, tone the skin and increase elasticity.

My treatment at The Chuan Spa (inside The Langham Hotel, London) started with a Descomask Body Scrub and shower before I was massaged with Modelage De La Mer cream.


My therapist Gosia (ask for her, she’s great) then applied Plasmalg Gel before wrapping me in Frigi Thalgo solution dipped bandages to stimulate blood flow. I warn you now, the bandages are cold! The solution contains caffeine and menthol and it feels as if the pores on my skin were opening and receiving the menthol, as the best way to describe the feeling is cold and minty.

Frigi Thalgo Body Wrap - THALGO

The 50-minute treatment ended with Thalgomince Massage Cream worked into my body using slimming massage movements.

There’s very little I wouldn’t do for slimmer thighs and I have to confess, I had my doubts on how massage and a few wraps could slim my legs but I was pleasantly surprised! I felt slimmer as soon as I got off the table but to ensure it wasn’t just psychosomatic, I measured myself when I got home and I had lost a centimetre from each thigh! Happy days. The next day my skinny jeans felt less skinny so all in all I was very impressed.

Of course the results don’t last forever (I wish) but I think the massage is perfect to help you squeeze into your party dress or give yourself an extra slimming boost before you go out on holiday.

Cold but worth it!

The treatment is good for intensive and progressive treatment of cellulite in the hip and thigh area, tired, heavy legs and localised weight problems associated with deficient cutaneous circulation.

The Frigi Thalgo Wrap – £65/50 minutes
The Chuan Spa at The Langham Hotel
1C Portland Place
London W1B

Dec 13

Thai Square Spa Covent Garden

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.

Thai Square Spa 1

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.

Thai Square Spa 2

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 3

Thai Square Spa
25 Shelton Street
Tel – 020 7240 6090

Nov 13

The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, London

The Jumeirah Lowndes is a boutique hotel in the beautiful area of Belgravia, London. A five minute walk from Harrods and round the corner from the Christian Louboutin shop, the hotel is in one of the swankiest neighborhoods in London.

On arrival we were offered a refreshing glass of water with lime and lemon and some warm flannels to wash the London tube off our hands.

We stayed in a Junior Suite which had a living style room with a desk, sofa style seats and a large flat screen TV.

The adjoining room comprised a walk in closet and catering facilities and a very sweet welcome note. They’d catered to all types with a welcome tray containing fruit, rococo chocolates, a Nespresso coffee machine and bottled water.


Next to that room was the sleeping area with a large bed (big enough for 4 I reckon!) another flat screen TV and an en suite bathroom. Guests of the Lowndes get complimentary use of The Peak Spa at the sister Jumeirah Carlton Tower (a two minute walk away) which has a pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi (I used) and gym (I didn’t!).


The Jumeirah Lowndes has its own restaurant and bar serving different types of food (including afternoon tea) from 7 am until 11 pm and 24 hour room service. I noticed a few families with young children staying at the hotel and the staff were friendly and accommodating which is always a nice touch.

Dinner and breakfast the next morning were delicious, in fact I ate too much! It’s hard not to when it tastes this good.


The Jumeirah Lowndes offers a luxurious experience of London and although I’ve lived here all my life it was a pleasure to visit a part of the city normally reserved as a pass through when I have visitors from other countries.


Until January 2014, Jumeirah has a variety of Christmas packages on offer:

Skate and Stay package: one night’s accommodation and a full English breakfast the following morning.

Spirit of Christmas package: one night’s accommodation at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, full English breakfast, one hour chocolate making course at luxury chocolatier Rococo, two Natural history museum skating tickets and a Winter Warmer cocktail in Lowndes Bar & Kitchen.

Stocking Filler package: a £100 Harrods gift voucher, a luxury pedicure in The Peak Health Club & Spa, a full English breakfast in The Rib Room and a late check-out.

The Capital Christmas package provides access to some of the best events and entertainment in London, including transfers and entrance to Kempton Races on 26 December and theatre tickets with transfers on 27 December. Four nights’ accommodation in Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Christmas Day lunch in The Rib Room, daily English breakfast and dinner for two in The Rib Room one evening, this package a very special way to experience Christmas in London.

For more information, visit Packages start from £200 per person.

Sep 13

Beautification at Dove Spa, Canary Wharf

Eyebrows. Such a simple thing but goodness do they make a difference to your face!

I went along to the Dove Spa (inside Virgin Active, Canary Wharf) last week to try out their new Ultimate Brow Treatment. My brows had been left to their own devices for over a month (shame on me) and while bushy brows look great on Cara, it’s not something I can pull off.

Eyebrows- Grace

My 10-minute consultation started with a patch test (essential if you’re to have the tinting) and a detailed talk on what I wanted from my treatment, the shape I like best, my lifestyle – everything you could possibly discuss about brows. And there was surprisingly a lot!

After the colour was left on for 10 minutes it was down to the shaping. I prefer threading to waxing (less painful) and after each brow was done, my therapist let me check I was happy with the shape, which I certainly was.

After both brows had been threaded, she tidied them up with some tweezers et voila; I had a set of perfectly groomed, rather dark (but that faded slightly after a couple of days) expertly shaped brows. The results last up to six weeks.

It always amazes me the difference a good set of brows can make; they really do frame the face and finish your look off perfectly.

The Ultimate Brow treatment at Dove Spa is the most thorough and bespoke brow treatment I’ve ever had and my face thanks me for it!

While you’re there, why not treat yourself to a few Dove Spa products? I got the ‘Make Me Feel Relaxed’ Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion as I can never be too relaxed! I also got the Mineral Indulgence Thermal Recovery Mask to give my skin a real treat. It contains thermal water with essential mineral direct from the Pyrenees mountains, vitamin E to help prevent premature skin oxidation and argan and grape seed oil to improve skin’s firmness and softness.

The Ultimate Brow Treatment at Dove Spa – from £29

May 13

A Weekend at K West Hotel & Spa

I love living in London – the diversity, the noise, the culture; I couldn’t swap it for anywhere else. In fact I’m one of those Londoners who know very little about anything outside the M25 (shame on me).

To that end I’m making more of an effort to visit the many different neighbourhoods in London. First on my whistle-stop tour was Shepherds Bush in West London.

K West Hotel & Spa is a short hop, skip and jump away from Westfield London shopping centre and the perfect location for Mr 32 Boroughs and I to engage in a little retail therapy.

K West Hotel & Spa - Front Entrance

The hotel itself is a refurbished BBC building and the long narrow corridors are slightly reminiscent of office space. The difference ends there though; our room was large, plush and with one of the biggest beds I have ever seen. In fact I think all four members of my family could have quite comfortably fit in it!


Our Junior Executive room had a Bose surround sound entertainment system, a 42” plasma screen television and a very comfy sofa and coffee table which contained the latest edition of In Style and Harper’s Bazaar.

We had a good old nose around the hotel; there’s K Lounge on the ground floor which is home to a bar and DJ (on Friday and Saturday nights from 10) where it’s not uncommon to find bands and celebrities from the nearby Shepherds Bush Empire.

One floor up is Kanteen; a restaurant serving modern British cuisine throughout the day. It is also where you can have breakfast and goodness the breakfast was good. Being pescatarian and gluten and dairy intolerant means eating out is often a chore but Kanteen not only had a lovely veggie option, they also had soya milk and gluten free bread available which trust me, isn’t often the case.


After checking in at 3:00 pm, we settled in then went over to Westfield for an afternoon of shopping. We ended the evening with dinner at Meat & Wine Co which was lovely and ridiculously filling. Didn’t stop me from stuffing my face at breakfast the next morning though!

Even though there’s a buzzing lounge at K West Hotel & Spa; you can’t hear anything from your room and we were typical parents and had an early night!

After waddling back from breakfast, I went to the Spa floor of the hotel for a Russie Blanche Caviar Body Polish (divine). After being covered in mineral rich Russian salts, I had an invigorating body scrub, shower and then a massage with Russie Blanche detoxing body oil. My therapist Lyudmila concentrated on my crunchy neck and shoulders and although it hurt (in a good way) I felt amazing and refreshed at the end. The hotel has a relaxation room you can visit post treatment where you can lie down with a fashion mag and drink complimentary water or tea and/or eat fruit in a low lit room. You’re lying on a padded treatment bed so don’t be surprised if you find yourself nodding off.


The Spa at K West Hotel was named ‘Best UK Luxury Hotel Spa’ at the World Luxury Hotel & Spa Awards in 2011 and for good reason; they offer a variety of unique treatments. Take the ‘Snow Paradise’ (a London first) where you stand on frozen ice and are in the middle of a light snow shower. I must warn you; visit Snow Paradise after the sauna (to aid cooling down) and not before!

You can also visit the ‘Sun Meadow’ for specialist light therapy to treat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The spa has a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, dry flotation tank, aromatic herbal steam room and fully equipped gymnasium (Mr 32 Boroughs woke up at 8 and had a workout. I didn’t.)

We loved our mini break at K West Hotel & Spa and thoroughly recommend it for couples looking to get away from it all (work, kids, life etc).

K West Hotel & Spa (prices start at £125 per room per night)
Richmond Way
W14 0AX

Apr 13

Imagine Spa at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5

There are few things in life I like as much as a spa day, so I was very happy to go and try out the Imagine Spa at the Hilton Hotel in Heathrow Terminal 5.

It takes less than an hour to get there on the tube from central London and once you’re there you won’t care how long the journey took, you will just relax and let the stresses and strains of life slip away from you.

I went with my sister-in-law who is seven months pregnant and we both planned to do nothing more than relax. She went for the Mum-to-Be massage and a Prescriptive Facial. If you have ever been pregnant you will appreciate that sometimes, mum to be massage can consist of little more than gentle stroking which really is not what you need. My sister-in-law had doubts about whether this massage would be any good but thankfully she loved it. It was firm but not too firm and she felt loose and limber afterwards. The highlight for her was the prescriptive facial. It was so good she fell asleep during it. She said they really paid attention to her changing skin and treated her face accordingly.

Treatment room

Treatment room

I had a Deep Tissue back massage and a body exfoliation. When they say deep tissue they mean deep tissue! My therapist, who couldn’t have been any more than a size 8, worked and pummelled me like I’ve never been pummelled before. I had so much tension and so many knots in my back but she worked and worked and got rid of them. I was very impressed. The body exfoliation involved her massaging scented salts into my body, showering them off, and then massaging me with oils until I was smooth and lubricated. It took all my strength not to fall asleep on her treatment table.

After our treatments we had a brief rest in the relaxation area before heading to the kitchen for lunch. Being a spa, everything was healthy and delicious. We both had smoked salmon salad for lunch and fresh fruit with beautiful lemon sorbet for dessert. There is free water, tea and coffee on hand throughout the day which we certainly took advantage of.

Relaxation area

Relaxation area

After eating we headed down to the wet and thermal area and spent some time in the spa, steam room, mineral water, and hydrotherapy pool. To our surprise we spent almost 2 hours in this area. Time flies when you are relaxing. After almost 5 hours in the spa, we begrudgingly peeled ourselves away and headed back into London.

Wet area

Wet area

The wet area of the spa is small but perfectly formed and the therapists are very knowledgeable and on hand for whatever you may need.

I think the Imagine Spa at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 is perfect for couples or friends looking for a day of relaxation.

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