Ayurveda Has Landed At The Intercontinental Park Lane
There’s something about the Intercontinental Park Lane that makes a tiny part of us die inside with every visit. Yes, they’ve been renovating the rooms to de-drab them, and yes, the views can be awesome, but it always feels so… sterile.
Having said that, we’ve always given props to the spa for having good therapists and decently priced treatments, considering its surroundings.
And this summer, the treatments have got even more appealing, with the introduction of Ayurvedic-inspired Sundãri treatments.
There are lots available – see the menu here – but they’ve kicked the program off with special offers on two treatments: a “Facial, Massage and Floatation Bed Offer” (a 30 minute massage, 30 minute facial and 20 minutes lying on a floatation bed) for £65 instead of £112.50; and the signature Sama treatment for £90 instead of £135. This takes 90 minutes and packs in loads of stuff: a feet-in-hot-towels thing; a “cleansing back ritual”; an Ayurvedic massage; a hand and food massage to relieve “stress and negativity”; facial cleanse and exfoliation; a Marma massage; and a scalp massage.
We booked the Sama treatment last weekend, though we can’t actually tell you what it’s like because for some reason what we got was a 90-minute massage with Elemis products (no real complaints, since that should have cost £135 and we paid £90 for the Sama). However, it is, apparently, as lush as it sounds – and is proving so popular that they’re keeping the £90 deal until further notice. And there’s a particularly fun pre-treatment form to fill in (up top), which works out your “dosha” – if you’re cynical, by the time you notice you keep ticking the same column, you might (as we did) consider a rethink.
The spa is pretty tiny at the Intercontinental – there’s no pool, sauna or steamroom, and the relaxation area (above) has the slight air of an old fashioned railway waiting room. But if you’re there for the treatment, not the bits and pieces, £1 a minute is definitely great value for central London.
[Photos: Juliab for HotelChatter]