Re-opened after extensive renovation and reconstruction works, the Four Seasons Park Lane, has in, less than 2 years re-claimed its position among the leading luxury hotels in London. With the re-opening, Four Seasons added an additional floor dedicated to the SPA, unique in every sense – panoramic views of Hyde Park, stunning contemporary interior using this finest materials, state of the art facilities and an offering which beautifully and sensibly blends resort and city hotel SPA treatments.
With 9 treatment rooms, including the spectacular Sky Suite, the roof top SPA at the Four Seasons Park Lane features floor to ceiling windows with both Hyde Park and city views (the dry sauna offers sweeping views of London’s skyline) as well as interiors which provide a warm, cozy and welcoming feeling. The organic blend of dark wooden floors, the fireplace, the warm lighting and the relaxation instill the warmth of a Swiss chalet, while sleek contemporary finishes, including light stone and onix decorative pieces make for a harmonious atmosphere.
I could not help but wonder how functional the entire space is and how many functions have been integrated in a space of less than 1.200 sqm. For instance, there are separate women and men water experience areas, each with a large ozone treated vitality pools, dry sauna, steam and a sophisticated rain shower. I used the are not only prior to a treatment but also after a busy day in London, and the relaxation effects have been magical.
During my recent visit, in December 2012 (the third since opening), I met Sheron, a native Australian with an immense passion for wellbeing, SPA and an innate passion to serve. Although she only took over the SPA Director position less than 6 months ago, her touches can be felt throughout the entire SPA, from small details such as the Chakra bracelets corner in the retail area to adding innovative treatments such as the Four Hands massage – an urban interpretation of the resort massage, both invigorating and relaxating.
It was such a pleasure to listen to Sheron’s account of meeting Eric Parry, the interior designer of the SPA, to understand his philosophy. Parry imagined the SPA as a ”space in the sky” like a floating ribbon of glass which provides the feeling of levitation. Sheron heads a team with seamless perfection, which show such genuine care, attentiveness and strive to anticipate every need. The ultimate service could not have been achieved without the highly trained team which Sheron heads.
The array of products is equally impressive, with the addition, in the past 3 months of new products: CACI – the non-surgical facelift, with the most advanced electrical facelift system; VAISHALY, the prescriptive facial with a unique massage feature known also as ”the anti-aging beauty secret”. Hungarian OMOROVICZA with its thermal based beauty line, ESPA and The Organic Pharmacy were first to be introduced when the SPA opened.
The SPA at the Four Seasons Park Lane has a special significance, as this was the place where two years ago I discovered The Organic Pharmacy, which, to date, I consider the highest quality and most complex organic based beauty line. Founded less than 10 years ago, The Organic Pharmacy is the creation of passionate pharmacist and homeopath Margo Marrone, who never ceases to amaze me with developing new products – besides the body beauty products, The Organic Pharmacy has launched organic fragrances (also available at the SPA of Four Seasons Park Lane) and organic based make up line, already embranced by celebrities and most discerning consumers worldwide. Among the special treatments by The Organic Pharmacy available at the SPA: pre and post natal body treatments and Rose Crystal Anti-Aging facial.
One of the hidden gems of the Roof Top SPA at the Four Seasons Park Lane is the Lounge, perfect for relaxation and a healthy meal, while in the evenings, the Lounge can transform into a stylish room (with its very own terrace) for private events or a romantic setting for honeymooners.
Oliver Petcu in London
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