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You won’t want to leave The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London’s relaxation lounge. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star spa’s inviting room sets the scene with floors covered in sleek black Zimbabwean granite and soft music. It’s so low lit, you’ll fall sleep under the blankets of the cushioned slatted-wood lounge beds. Each lounger comes with a set of headphones, so you can listen to the built-in radio while you relax. Or use the small bendable light to read magazines like Condé Nast Traveller. A side control panel lets you adjust the lighting, volume and the angle of the bed.
Be sure to stop off at the snack table. Take one of the rectangular sky-blue plates with branches of white flowers and help yourself to the glass jar of oatmeal-raisin cookies, or select a piece of fruit from a tray of apples, grapes and tangerines. The cool mint water is a refreshing post-treatment pick-me-up. Or choose the black teapots full of the “herbal infusion of the day,” which was spearmint tea on our visit to the London spa. For plain water, bottles sit in the mini-fridge below the table.
You’ll find more beverages in the locker rooms. In front of the light-wood lockers on a matching large wood bench, a tray holds a silver ice bucket, bottles of water and a pitcher of berry-infused water. There are many other amenities at this sage-walled, granite-floored space. Across from the lockers, a vanity with oversized mirrors offers Quintessence body lotion, Aromatherapy Associates’ Renewing Rose Cleanser and Rose Skin Tonic, Nivea spray deodorant, wood combs, sewing kits and more. The lockers carry white-striped cotton robes from Irish company Lissadell Liddell. If you need to slip into the bathrobe, the granite-filled changing rooms with a small brown square ottoman offer privacy.
Wander over to the adjacent wet areas. The dark, stunning spaces will make you linger in the Knightsbridge spa. Take a seat in the submerged lounger in the vitality pool while hydrotherapy jets gently massage you. There’s also a sanarium — it’s the same as a sauna, but with more humidity — and the Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, where you’ll see twinkling lights and a large chunk of its namesake purple stone, which is supposed to calm your mind.