Not wanting to sound like a Real Housewife or anything, but I love massages. Like, loooove. They’re my favourite treat to myself. So, my best friend Ismay is finally saying farewell to London after 10 fruitful years and returning to the Emerald Isle (I don’t blame her- her Dad makes a killer breakfast)
One (of many) things that Ismay has taught me, is to remember to take time for myself. I’m not sure who’s going to remind me to get my eyebrows threaded or to get my nails done or who will just pipe up with “let’s do a spa” when you’re both feeling particularly grim and gross. But, with her departure imminent, we set up a spa date for one more London treat with our friend Ami.
Thai Square Spa has just opened on Northumberland Avenue, a few minutes walk from either Charing Cross or Embankment stations. It doesn’t get more cosmopolitan London than walking past Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square as you make your way to a luxury Thai spa. I was soon through the doorway of the spa’s sparkly new Reception and jasmine scented air. The last time I had been to Thai Square Spa was for my Hen Do, so it was really lovely to see everyone again in the new building. We were led to the locker rooms, where we put on cosy robes and slippers, and downstairs into the spa. The plush new lounger area where you can hang out in between treatments are a blend of both Thai, Turkish and Roman decor- a nod to the building’s historical use as a bath house.
As we were the only ones in the spa at that hour, we grabbed the tray of nibbles (of dried apricots and dates) to ourselves and toasted with some Prosecco. We had access to the Himalayan Salt House, where three lounge chairs were set up in the middle of super soft sand, like your own tiny private beach. Except it’s not sand…it’s salt. You dip your feet into plastic wraps and drape yourself over a lounger for 15 minutes. The warm temperature of the salt enclave is meant to do wonders for your skin.
15 cosy minutes later, we left the salt room and towards the Jacuzzi. Outside was absolutely baltic, so stewing away in bubbling warm water below the streets of London felt puh-retty amazing. There’s a fountain of ice that you are meant to scrub yourself down with afterwards, but there was no way I was going to brave the ice chips- I like being warm! So much so, we decided to sit inside the steam room for a little while to warm our bones even further.
After a quick dry off and some more tea, the three of us parted ways as we were led into our own therapy rooms for an hour long Aromatherapy massage. The massage starts with a soothing foot cleanse before you’re cocooned between warm towels. The masseuse used warm oils and focused on my problematic areas – my neck, back and shoulders- and also worked the knots out from my legs. In complete honesty, it was the best massage I’ve ever had. Ever. I was almost in tears as our session ended. Back out in the softly lit lounge area, we sipped on more tea and returned upstairs to get dressed and back to reality.
The likes of Harper’s Bazaar and Hello! magazines have raved about Thai Square- it’s a luxurious piece of Thailand in this grey city. Aside from spa treatments you can also get everyday beauty treatments here- you’ll find the nail salon behind the Reception area. Their also have their own line of products, iMantara by Thai Square spa, that smells delicious (jasmine- one of my favourite scents!)
We love this little piece of heaven; I hope you do too.