Espa Life at the Corinthia Hotel, London
It’s like a setting for Chanel. The reception is all champagne and shiny black marble with an imposing statue. Calm, tranquil and luxurious.
Located at the Corinthia Hotel in London, Espa Life is described as a “next generation spa”. It is dedicated to total relaxation, spread over four floors and said to be the largest urban facility of its kind in London and I can believe it.
The thermal floor is innovative with an ice fountain positioned close to an Amphitheatre-styled sauna encased in glass walls, a far cry from the traditional wooden version. There are two pools, one a Vitality pool and open flamed fires which set the intimate atmosphere that is rich, warm and contemporary.
With its heightened focus on relaxation, heated marble beds are a welcome draw to take in the surrounds. Private spaces have been created through the clever structure of curved walls. And do try the sleep pods designed to provide dedicated private areas just for you and your thoughts.
The wide choice of unique treatments stem from a holistic approach. Mindful therapies have been blended with traditional practices to offer facials, massages and bespoke treatments to suit individual needs prescribed by professionally trained therapists. Catering for all types and ailments, these range from Craniosacaral Therapy & Reflexology, Bamboo Joint Release a Dosha Specific Ritual for balance, an Age Rebel Face Treatment for Men, a Maternity Massage, and for feet, a prescription service for Orthotics.
The Nurture and Support programme is a signature suite of complementary alternative therapies. I sampled the ESPA Mindful Massage which included the ancient practices of Pranayama and Yoga Nidra to bring about conscious relaxation. This included guided breathing and visualization. My therapist, aptly called Angel, guided me through this unusual treatment. After a consultation, the massage concentrated on the small chakra points to stimulate energy through blocked areas. Once unblocked, his voice strong and clear transported me away through breathing and visualization to rebalance and restore my mind and body to the here and now. Did it work? I left lighter in mind, my body more balanced, a feeling of renewed positivity and awareness of the present moment.
ESPA Life in the Corinthia Hotel is located close to the river Thames and a short walk from Trafalgar Square in London.