Destination: England: London
Spa at Mandarin Oriental London
For a dose of tranquillity after a day of shopping or sightseeing, go for a treatment at the Mandarin Oriental spa in central Knightsbridge. I started to relax the moment I traded in my leather boots for a pair of soft slippers and a cup of rose-hip anti-stress tea; then I padded to my Early Energiser, a forty-five-minute aromatherapy massage using ESPA oils, which left me feeling like I had bonded with my inner Christy Turlington. Those with more time to spare can book a two-hour Time Ritual treatment rooted in Asian custom, or the Oriental Harmony massage, in which two therapists massage you in synchronization. Tip: get to the spa forty-five minutes before your scheduled time to enjoy the relaxation room. The low-lit space has subtly changing lights to help lighten moods, and the four wooden beds come with headsets tuned to soothing music. For those in need of both spa and retail therapy, the Mandarin offers a £10,000 two-night package that entitles guests to a £5,000 voucher at Harvey Nichols (including a personal shopping appointment after...
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