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Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Latimer Road, SW19 1EW
020 8542 1330
For an affordable luxury, Wimbledon Day Spa in SW London is the place to go. Spa LONDON offers you the perfect environment in which to restore both mind and body, lifting your spirits.
Combining the best traditional thermal therapies, honed over centuries, with the latest modern day treatments, there is nowhere better to indulge yourself and restore harmony to your life.
The centrepiece of spa LONDON is the Thermal Spa Experience set within the historic converted bath house; comprising of an Aroma Steam Room, Sauna, Ice Fountain, Hammam benches with foot spas, hydrotherapy pool, Monsoon Shower, Bucket Shower and Relaxation Lounge.
Choose from a range of spa LONDON Signature treatments, Body treatments, Facial treatments, Massage treatments, Finishing touches, Prenatal and Spa Packages. Our expertly trained therapists are always on hand to guide you to your ideal treatment programme.
Spa LONDON Wimbledon (a review) - offers a health and beauty sanctuary on our doorstep (upstairs in the Latimer Road Leisure Centre, SW19) for rest & relaxation, rejuvenation, recharging, retail respite, refuge from reality...Who sometimes doesn't need pampering, primping and/or pummelling to ease tension and indulge oneself in some well-deserved 'me' time, away from everyday life? And particularly at this time of the year when life can be 'full-on' with meeting work deadlines, social engagements, shopping, school-related activities for the DCs and general sensory overload. What better way then than to spend a few hours 'out' as I did last week, courtesy of Ashleigh and her team?
Situated but a 10-15 minute walk from Wimbledon town-centre, and convenient for transport links, Spa LONDON Wimbledon, couldn't be better placed for a visit. Moreover, it's bookable without being a member of the Leisure Centre, so open to all. And with sessions starting from a very affordable £18 (not much more than a trip to the theatre or cinema) for a three-hour Thermal Spa Experience, up to a full Spa LONDON Ultimate Indulgence package (@£180), and with treatments for teens and men too, there really is something for everyone (including mummies-to-be with Prenatal treatments).
I had the Spa LONDON Ladies Who Leisure package (@£85) which was for me enough without being too much. Having had a particularly full-on year to date, reviewing Spa LONDON afforded me long overdue space to physically and psychologically 'take time out' and slooooooooooow right down to a stop. Combining the Thermal Spa Experience with a Elemis Taster Facial and a spa London Back Massage, I had a full three hours (although it could have been longer had I had time to have the treatments after - instead of during -the full three hour spa session) of therapeutic 'R&R'.
Upstairs from the hustle and bustle of the gym/swimming pool below, entry to Spa LONDON lifts one out of the mundane into the mystical. In a calm and tranquil, softly lit reception area, offset by 'New Age' melodies interspersed with Christmas music, I was welcomed by helpful and friendly staff. After filling in the mandatory health check form (with an orange juice to start the hydration process essential to the spa experience) I was offered a seasonal mini mince pie and alcohol free mulled drink. I was handed my Spa LONDON hessian bag (containing dressing gown, towel and slip-ons) and ushered to the general leisure centre women's changing-room to disrobe. This was the only part of my spa experience that rankled, as it somehow spoiled the 'flow' of the journey I felt myself to have already embarked upon.
Once in my bathers and dressing gown, back within the sanctuary of Spa LONDON, I was shown thro' the restful Relaxation Lounge (single 'beds' and one round 'double') complete with snacks (healthy nuts and more of the mini mince pies), herbal teas, naturally fruit-flavoured iced waters, soothing music and subdued light, to the starkly contrasting Thermal Spa area, brightly naturally lit and gleaning, containing sauna, aroma steam room, ice fountain, monsoon shower, hammam, thermal pool and bucket shower. As there were already several people using the spa area including the thermal pool, I opted to start my experience by reading in the Relaxation Lounge which was empty: I felt somewhat unnerved relaxing alone amongst strangers (isn't that a contradiction?) and all the more so, when a couple came in. My experience of spas to date has been women only sessions, so I was not entirely prepared for mixing with men too. Indeed it rather marred my enjoyment of the 'spa' side of the experience, as the couple spent most of their time in the centrally positioned thermal pool. I sought sanctuary in the sauna (my natural habitat) which l had to myself. I loved the foot spa too, and the bucket shower afforded a short, sharp shock of super cold water (to stimulate circulation) that wouldn't be out of place in 'I'm A Celebrity...' Ideally I would have gone with a friend and then I would have felt more relaxed in the company of strangers. The Thermal Spa has a maximum capacity of 25 which to my mind would be crowded (but that's because to me such an experience should afford physical as well as psychological 'space' that most of us crave, living in one of the most crowded cities in the world!). I was interested to learn though that one can hire the whole facility for a group package deal at circa £500 (hen do, team building, school mummies time out) - now there's an idea for 2016!
The other half of my Ladies Who Leisure package included back massage and Elemis Taster Facial one-to-one treatment sessions with the delightful Courtney. In one of the therapy rooms, we started with the back massage (although it did extend from neck to feet) which according to Courtney was long overdue, given the tension in my neck, shoulders and calves) which lasted a full thirty minutes (but it felt so much longer). There is something so very soothing about 'the laying on of hands' that I could have easily fallen asleep towards its end. The Taster Facial (another thirty minutes of pampering perfection) used natural fruit enzyme based Elemis products suitable for a combination complexion of a certain age! I felt my posture had improved and that I was positively glowing when I emerged. Courtney gave me a 'personal prescription', a recommended regime of minimum maintenance for maximum results (ideally to include monthly massage and use of Elemis skin products), incentivising me with a 20% discount on treatments rebooked and £5 off products if bought there and then. I resisted the sell (although it was done in the nicest possible away) because I didn't have enough time to give due deliberation to the offers (perhaps if I'd had the treatments ahead of the spa session the outcome would have been different!). BUT there is a 'Spa LONDON Wimbledon Seasonal Shopping Event' upcoming on the 22 December (details here: http://bit.ly/1OfJ4vu), with offers on gift cards, treatment packages and products, so who knows I may go back and buy then...
Now that I'm aware of what Spa LONDON Wimbledon has to offer (at affordable and competitive pampering price-points) locally enough to fit in a half-day session easily, I will most certainly be booking in again for beauty treatments (which range from waxing, tanning, manicure/pedicure, facials and massage) and to enjoy the Thermal Spa Experience, only next time around with company rather than on my own smile emoticon.
AND even if you've got little ones, there's a creche, so you can still have your R&R smile emoticon.
More information here: http://www.spa-london.org/wimbledon/
I was lucky enough to be invited to Spa London Wimbledon a few weeks ago. Spa LONDON work in association with local councils to provide spa treatments at affordable prices - but far from feeling like a 'budget' experience, my visit to spa LONDON was marked by a lovely environment, friendly and professional staff and high-quality treatment.
Having never had a spa treatment before, I was a little nervous - but lovely Sabrina made me feel at ease and looked after - explaining my treatment to me beforehand. I had the spa LONDON Total Spa Experience, a 50-minute treatment which comprised full body exfoliation, a coconut moisture wrap and mini-facial, all topped off with a hot stone oil treatment. The tranquil treatment left me feeling relaxed. and my skin was super-soft for days afterwards.
I also had a 25-minute Express Manicure - I was able to choose from a wide range of colours and my nails looked great afterwards - much neater than I could ever get them!
I would highly recommend spa LONDON Wimbledon to anyone looking to treat themselves, or to give a special present to a friend or partner.
I was invited to visit the new Spa London located in recently-refurbished Wimbledon Leisure Centre. As well as a number of treatment rooms, they've created a spacious thermal suite which includes steam rooms, foot spa, a plunge pool and relaxation lounge. You can come to simply chill out and make the most of the different experiences or, as I did, use it to get 'in the zone' ahead of a relaxing treatment.
A range of treatments are available – from waxing and manicures to longer pampering. I had one of their signature treatments, the (fabulously-named) Gym & Tonic, as well as an Elemis facial. Both were wonderful and left me feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
I was impressed with the spa facilities, and note there's a crèche within the centre so you can drop the kids off to be looked after while you enjoy an hour of pampering. It would also make for a nice day out with a group of friends.
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