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The word chuan means a serene course of water, which, according to Chinese culture, is viewed as the source of life and balance, so it’s no surprise that London’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Chuan Spa London sports a chic interior design reflective of its Asian heritage. We absolutely love the look of the elegant treatment rooms, which are spacious and inviting, all named after the elements; they’re decorated in a purple and mauve color palette replete with dark marble and Asian accents like bamboo plants and sculptures of Buddha. Flickering candles (real and faux) add a seductive air to the space, and artwork depicting nature gives the setting a designed edge. We’d actually be hard-pressed to state one thing we didn’t like about the look of the treatment rooms.
The Asian motif carries into the relaxation lounge, which features chaise lounge chairs topped with Chinese print pillows and drum-like side tables, though you’ll still find elements of old-world English charm thanks to the recessed domed ceiling, elegant molding and gold chandeliers. The one area where there’s a slight disconnect is on the lower level, where you’ll find the pool, gym and locker rooms. Perhaps because they’re shared spaces with The Langham, London hotel, these areas are much simpler and contemporary in design, outfitted in neutral creams, slates and greens. Nevertheless, the luxury spa as a whole is chic, sophisticated and designed to keep your body and soul in a state of harmony and balance.