There’s something about hotel spas that just radiates calm. Luxurious surroundings, pretty flowers and the staff just always seem so relaxed! The perfect place to pop down to if the stresses of every day life start to get to you, and to show on your skin. It was my first time visiting the spa at Intercontinental London Park Lane but the calm descended as soon as I entered the basement space.
After walking to the hotel on a hot day, I was grateful for the water and fresh fruit that was bought to me straight away as I filled out a consultation form in the stylish waiting area.
Like the rest of the hotel, Spa Intercontinental is decked out in contemporary furnishings and the combination of black leather with lemongrass highlights gave the space a chic but still casual feel.
I was soon led into the treatment room, also furnished with chic dark wood and pretty ornate touches.
Products by luxury British skincare brand, Elemis, are used primarily at Spa Intercontinental and I was very intrigued by upcoming facial created by the brand.
I’ve had lots of facials before but never anything as technological as the Elemis BIOTECH facial which combines innovative machinery with active ingredients in order to energise your skin.
Unsurprisingly the Elemis BIOTEC machine looks pretty heavy duty but I lay back on the bed and let the therapist work her magic. Different parts of the machine are used along with varying techniques to give the skin a healthy appearance. First comes the line eraser, where my wrinkles were all ironed out, following on is the firm-a-lift which blends massage and sculpting galvanic technology to lift your complexion. One of my main skin problems it redness, which I usually cover up with plenty of foundation but the next step in the facial process is the anti-pigment brightener which evens out discolouration with an ultra sonic peel and light therapy.
Next comes more light therapy and massage to help resurface the skin, occasionally the machine made odd noises which a little disconcerting but the facial was never painful, just very refreshing. Dry skin can make my skin appear dull so the radiance renew step was ideal for me, the cellular boosting treatment adds radiance to your skin and helps combat that tired look.
I’m fortunate not to suffer too much from blemishes but the next step was a deep cleanse to remove any residual congestion and detoxify my skin. The final step was my favourite bit, the sensitive skin soother used an oxygen infusion and red light therapy to help the skin repair itself. The oxygen going into my skin felt so cooling and calming that I wasn’t surprised that when I looked in the mirror my redness was reduced and my skin looked softer and smoother.
Further de-stressing definitely wasn’t necessary but I headed into the relaxation area to enjoy a final few moments at the beautiful spa. I was incredibly impressed with how soft my skin felt too, like a new person!
I really enjoyed my time at Spa Intercontinental and a trip there would make the perfect relaxing girly day, perhaps combined with afternoon tea or lunch at Theo Randall.
Spa Intercontinental and Intercontinental London Park Lane
1 Hamilton Place
020 7409 3131
My facial was complimentary.