Some hotels have decent gyms; others have great spas. The Lanesborough though is on another level entirely. There’s good reason it won the World’s Best New Hotel Spa in 2017, and that’s just the beginning of it.
Sprawling miraculously below ground, the Lanesborough’s wellness offering puts the club firmly in health club. There are members’ clubs throughout London far less exclusive feeling than the hotel’s underground ode to mind and body.
A good part of that is that the interiors are an extension of the luxury above with all the old school glamour that entails: think plenty of oak panelling, silk upholstery and leather trimmings. The rest is that there’s a lot more in those labyrinthine halls of wellness than the usual treatment rooms and gym.
Not that that last isn’t impressive of course; quite the opposite. There’s the usual array of top-tier equipment of course, but it’s more than that. There’s always a private training session going on or a couple of members getting a few hours’ workout in. There’s actually an energy to it, helped by the interiors, especially the cool Art Deco mirrors.
The treatment rooms too hit the nail on the head, landing somewhere between the calm, brown tranquillity you see in every treatment room anywhere and the hotel’s own glitz with a Parthenon’s worth of marble. Essentially, they’re the best of both, complete with all the La Prairie concoctions you could hope for. The rest of the facilities are just… well, the best.
The hydrotherapy pool is pure, watery relaxation. Even if it’s not large enough to swim lengths, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s meant to be calming rather than invigorating. The stream room, sauna and bio-sauna (just a slightly cooler space) on the other hand are impressively massive.
So far so good. Well, great really, but not exactly ground-breaking. There are other hotels with similar wellness offerings; not quite the same but similar. What really sets the Lanesborough apart are its members’ areas.
They come in two flavours. On the one hand, the calm, lowly-lit and becurtained spa lounge; on the other, there’s the comfy armchairs and evening bottle of wine of the members’ lounge. The latter isn’t the kind of space you’d normally expect to find in a spa but for a members’ club it’s perfect, a place to relax and chat over a chilled glass of white. It’s the only space that hotel guests don’t have access to, so if you want to keep away the riffraff it’s the place to be.
Of course, you can work out all you want but if you’re not pumping your body with the right things it’s not going to end as well as you’d hope. Fortunately, the menu at the Club Lounge has you covered, with a fresh, balanced and, most importantly, delicious menu. It’s not quite Céleste standard, but the poke bowl is as close to perfect as salmon and rice can get.
And hey, if you do decide you’d prefer to plump for the Lanesborough’s Michelin star offering, then all health club members get a nice 15% discount there. There are plenty of other benefits of course, but if you’re not tempted by now you never will be.
More at: www.lanesboroughclubandspa.com