The Corinthia is a luxury 5 star spa hotel set in the centre of London, just a short walk from Trafalgar Square. When we were invited to visit from Magdi Abdelaty, the Spa Operations Manager, we jumped at the chance to experience the renowned Espa facilities first hand.
The spa spreads out over 4 floors, including15 treatment rooms, a gym, hair salon and a Thermal Floor with heat experience rooms and pools. The décor is luxurious and relaxing mood lighting sets the ambience to an almost decadent level.
Our evening began with a leisurely swim in the shimmering silver stainless steel pool followed by a cool shower. We then took a ball of ice from the fountain and headed to the Amphitheatre sauna, set down into the floor with a spectacular suspended ceiling. When the heat became slightly too much, we headed outside for more ice, bringing it back with us to the sauna and letting it melt over our bodies as we sat there! The frameless glass sauna walls allowed us to watch the mesmerising flames of the nearby fire set within the wall.
Next on our thermal journey was a visit to the Vitality Pool with its built-in loungers and powerful swan neck fountains. This provided full relaxation for mind and body whilst relieving tired and aching muscles. After the warmth of the pool, it was time to cool down again in the Dornbracht ‘Big Rain’ shower before moving on to the glamorous black mosaic tiled steam room to relax in clouds of fragranced steam.
We repeated the above journey before settling onto the heated marble relaxation loungers by another fireplace, luxuriating in the warmth of the beds and the glow of the fire.
Eventually it was time to get changed and take part in the real world again. But our journey of relaxation and luxury wasn’t over yet. The changing rooms had a sauna in the Ladies Area and a Tepidarium in the Men’s. And both rooms had sleeping pods, small booths with cushions and blankets where you could take a revitalising nap or even meditate in private. A totally private oasis with no distractions in the middle of a bustling, busy city!
We all agreed it was a wonderfully relaxing experience. Favourite part? The sauna got a lot of votes due to its innovative design and the sleep pods were a definite hit!
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