The spa is located in Park Plaza Westminster hotel, which is a modern, stylish hotel located in London, conveniently close to London Waterloo Station. The spa has a more relaxing ambience and feels very welcoming. The waiting area offers jugs of flavoured water, a selection of teas, biscuits, cakes, fresh and dried fruit, making filling out the health and safety form more fun.
After the therapist introduced herself and offered me a range of massage oils to choose from, I picked the ‘calming’ oil and was taken to the treatment room; it was spacious, nicely decorated with a huge massage bed/table in the middle of the room!
I’ve only been to a spa once so wasn’t sure what to expect, but the therapist explained that she would leave the room while I undressed and relaxed on the bed. It did make me wonder if she would give me enough time to get my winter layers off, or if she would catch me starkers running towards the table…! Luckily that didn’t happen…
The massage started from my feet all the way up my body, the long strokes and the spicy aromas around the room were soothing and made me nearly drift off to sleep, but the best bits were the palm and thumb pressure which unknotted my back and shoulders. It was so relaxing that afterwards, it felt like I was walking on air.
I could have just had a nap right there and then but all good things must come to an end and the session was soon over. Unfortunately it was time to get dressed and head home! Had a bit of an awkward moment when the receptionist asked how I wanted to pay for it, but luckily I remembered the PR’s name that was running the competition.
The only thing that would have been nice was an offer of a robe and towel to use their shower, as I was feeling a bit greased up! Really wanted to have a swim at their lovely looking swimming pool and also the sauna, but felt to cheeky to ask after winning the massage through a competition.
The treatment lasted 50 minutes and is worth £85. Their website describes the Balinese massage as –
“Our most relaxing massage, harnessing the therapeutic properties of 100% pure essential oils. Used for centuries to renew, strengthen and heal both body and mind, this traditional therapy combines stretching, long strokes, skin rolling and palm and thumb pressure techniques to relieve tension, improve blood flow, ease stress and calm the mind. It can also help to improve the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular and nervous systems”.
It is definitely relaxing, and there’s a longer Balinese massage on offer (1 hr 20 min) for £135 if you have more time (and money!).
Whether you’ve had a busy day exploring London, or are commuting and in need an indulgent treat, then definitely think of Mandara Spa. It’s a little gem in the City!