While we Londoners are lucky in many ways, I often feel sad that we don’t get to stay in the Capital’s world-class hotels – it’s hard to justify a night in a suite when our own kingsize bed is less than five miles away… But arguably even more invigorating than pocket sprung mattresses and Egyptian cotton sheets are the hotel spas, about which I feel no such guilt. A new favourite has to be the hushed subterranean world at The Beaumont Spa, which announced its partnership with OSKIA last year.
A sparkling Deco-fabulous white wonderland of marble and twinkling mosaic tiles, it is a world away from the bustle of Mayfair overhead. Inspired by the Turkish baths at the revered Royal Automobile Club, it is small but perfectly formed, featuring a plunge pool, Hammam table, sauna and steam room, and a secluded relaxation area. The three treatment rooms offer a menu of facial and massage treatments, from which the OSKIA Signature Glow Facial is undoubtedly a highlight. Described as a ‘non-surgical facelift’ it promises to ‘illuminate the skin and leave face, body and mind feeling rejuvenated and skin brighter, hydrated and toned,’ all achieved through the use of specialised facial and eye contour massage techniques, lymph drainage and acupressure.
It is 75 minutes of pure bliss. My therapist begins with a thorough cleansing routine to clear my skin of impurities, followed by a scrub and steam to facilitate the oh-so satisfying, but mildly uncomfortable, extraction process that comes next. Then an AHA mask is applied to shift any remaining dull skin cells. Afterwards, blissful massage, not just on the face – my neck, back and arms are treated to the warming oils, too. I’m so Zen-ed out afterwards that I can’t face returning to reality just yet, so I slope off to the relaxation area in my gloriously over-sized gown. Dressing afterwards in the gleaming changing room, I can’t help admiring my new complexion. Even without make up my skin looks fresh and dewy. The perfect antidote for city skin.
£135. The Beaumont, Brown Hart Gardens, W1K (020 7499 1001; thebeaumont.com)