A Sense of Place: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
Wednesday 15, December 2010
Few pleasures in life can match an exceptional spa experience. From the moment one arrives at the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, one enters a world of discovery and a sheer indulgence of the senses.
The extraordinary and innovative addition of a whole new 10th floor, the crowning glory of the newly transformed Hotel with its zinc roof giving an almost cloud-like experience, is home to a one-of-a-kind urban sanctuary that includes the Spa, lounge and a cutting edge fitness centre. The location itself sets it apart from anything else in the city, with its unrivalled rooftop position and "wow" views over the city that are second to none.
Renowned London designer and architect Eric Parry has created a fluid and diaphanous environment in which spa guests can relax and rejuvenate. Inspired by the influence of the surrounding parklands, he has made dramatic use of natural materials that are indigenous to the area. Calling it his "space in the sky," Parry further describes the Spa as a "floating ribbon of glass at parapet level with a satin overhang giving it a feeling of levitation." From the soothing water sculpture in the reception lobby to the stressed oak wood floors and natural grey stone tiles that connect with the trees and boulders in Hyde Park, Parry has brilliantly brought the outdoors in, setting it against the stunning backdrop of the London skyline.
The Spa Journey
The state-of-the-art Spa features nine treatment rooms, each with floor to ceiling windows that make spa guests feel as if they are nestled in the tree tops from their rooftop vantage point. If complete privacy during treatments is preferred, a custom-designed curtain system darkens the room and provides peace and solitude away from the distractions of the breathtaking views. Each treatment room is accompanied by an individual relaxation pod – an intimate sanctuary in which to enjoy personal quiet time and continue the post therapy wellness journey.
Special elements that make this spa experience quite unique include the Sky Suite, a double-size treatment for couples or friends to enjoy together; a soak in an ozone-treated vitality pool; even the sauna – the smallest room in the hotel - has a view and a window on the world and for the best seat in the house; take a chair by the fireside in the relaxation lounge and just enjoy. The Spa at Four Seasons has thought of everything.
Spa Treatments and Signature Rituals
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has made an inspiring choice of result-driven product lines for its original collection of deeply relaxing treatments and holistic experiences. Combining modern day techniques with ancient therapies from around the world, and using a fusion of Eastern and Western philosophies and practices, a unique range of signature rituals have been designed exclusively for the Spa.
Created by spa guru Susan Harmsworth, ESPA’s philosophy is focused on enhancing individual lifestyle in a way that is both holistic and versatile. Innovators in the spa industry, ESPA brings together the most effective techniques from around the world with the finest quality natural ingredients and skincare advances. ESPA treatments are relaxing yet intensive, introducing a deeper level of inner peace to rebalance and revive.
The Organic Pharmacy
Founded by homeopathic pharmacist Margo Marrone, The Organic Pharmacy products are scientifically created to heal the body, inside and out, with organic, medicinally-based remedies. The Organic Pharmacy’s products are free from artificial preservatives, colorants, fragrances and petrochemicals, and are 95-99% organic. Each unique product delivers exceptional results while respecting the environment from plant to finished product.
The Omorovicza story began more than 2,000 years ago when the curative properties of Hungary’s thermal waters and thermal mud were first discovered and the famous baths built. Today, the luxury skin care line harnesses this ancient health and beauty phenomenon with Mineral Cosmetology TM and takes natural, anti-aging skincare to a new level.
10th Floor Lounge
This multipurpose lounge begins its day at sunrise when early arriving guests are whisked up to the 10th Floor Lounge to relax, have breakfast, take a shower and plug back into the new day while overlooking one of the world’s most exciting cities. We’ve all experienced it, arriving after a long flight and waiting for rooms to be ready - now Four Seasons has thought of everything with a welcome oasis for weary travellers.
At midday the 10th Floor Lounge becomes a healthy retreat for spa lunches and relaxation, and by nightfall it has transformed again into a stylish room for private receptions, complete with its own terrace perfect for sipping cocktails open to the stars above and the twinkling lights of the city below.
At last a gym that’s not in a basement - the Fitness Centre is an inspired commitment to the workout experience as it floats above the city on the 10th Floor. Panoramic views, wide open spaces and an abundance of natural daylight refresh the mind and the body and ease the strain of a strenuous exercise program. State-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment includes cardiovascular machines for running, synchro, step, wave, and bicycles – all with iPod connectivity.
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