The May Fair Spa and Kitchen, located in the glamorous May Fair Hotel London was the destination at 10am one Sunday morning for a spot of pampering. It made a refreshing and welcome change to the usual child induced chaos which normally surrounds Mo and I on any given Sunday.
Upon arrival at the stylish modern spa your mind is instantly transported to a place of calm and tranquility. It’s a world away from the hustle and bustle of Central London. A Far East theme runs throughout the decor with dark tones, marble and waterfall walls creating a soothing ambience.
We were given a quick tour of the facilities which include an aromatic steam room, herbal sauna, experience showers, ice fountain and candlelit relaxation room with heated beds. There’s plenty to keep you relaxingly entertained.
The changing rooms were lovely too. I mention it as in some spas I’ve visited they have been a bit of bug bear of mine. There was plenty of space, easy to use lockers, shower and body products, plus hair dryers and straighteners.
For this particular visit we’d book one of the many spa packages on offer – The Inner City Escape for £150 per person. It included two hours full use of the wet spa facilities, a 60 minute full body massage and a Mediterranean inspired brunch in the May Fair Kitchen London.
We headed straight for the room named Ssshhh. The tranquil relaxation room featured heated loungers, fruit, herbal teas and flavoured waters. It was the perfect chill out to set us up for our first treatment.
Before long a therapist came and led us to our own private steam chamber for a Moroccan mud ritual for two. We were guided through the experience but left alone to carry out the luxurious treatment in the Rasul chamber. It involved applying a mineral clay face mask, a toning mud to the body followed by a salt scrub for exfoliation.
To soothe your senses further the ceiling of the inner steam chamber is lit by tiny fibre optic lights designed to simulate a nights sky. It was deeply relaxing sitting on my throne watching the cleansing steam jet out as the treatments worked their magic. After half an hour or so the ritual ends with a rain shower which sprays out from above your seat and washes away the remaining mud. I loved the organic oil we were left to apply too at the end. The whole experience left my skin feeling super smooth and nourished.
We were then led into our own massage rooms and indulged in a blissful 60 minute full body massage. My masseuse was amazing, she completely released all my neck and shoulder tensions and I walked out feeling like a different woman.
And our day didn’t end there. We still had lunch at The May Fair Kitchen, which we were well and truly ready for by then. Relaxing really takes it out of you, hey!
The modern, urban looking dining area is warm and friendly. The natural log tables and copper pipe chandeliers are stunning (I want them in my house).
The Mediterranean food on offer is in the form of Spanish and Italian small plates. You’re advised to choose three dishes each from the menu. The portions are quite generous, so we found it was plenty.
Although not advised after a massage, I went straight in for a cocktail. I spied a floral number which was too hard to resist – The Campi di Viola. It was made from lavender, elderflower, lemon topped with prosecco. The lavender syrup is apparently made fresh daily, certainly adding to its delicious factor.
The tapas dishes were all delightful and the freshness of the ingredients evident in the taste. We devoured the aubergine and goats cheese salad with aged balsamic, mascarpone and speck pizza, margherita pizza with torn basil, spiced chicken sliders with garlic and avocado mayo and wild mushroom risotto with truffle oil and parmesan shaves.
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