February 04 2010
As if the Connaught hotel wasn’t already one of London’s top draws, with its recent renovation and the newly invigorated Coburg and Connaught bars, now it has imported a most desirable bit of south-east Asia to Mayfair. Aman Spa at the Connaught (www.the-connaught.co.uk/Aman.aspx; treatments from £70), which opened a couple of weeks ago, is situated on the hotel’s lower ground floor, and has just five treatment suites; but it marks a major arrival to the city for Aman junkies and aficionados of top-notch therapies – not least because it’s the first and only Aman spa outside Asia.
The design is understated (heated slate floors, latticed wood ceilings and sliding teak doors, with tones of biscuit and oatmeal prevailing), but the space itself is undeniably luxurious: note the shimmering wall of water descending into the 10-metre-long pool (first picture), and the double rain-can showers in the huge private bathrooms, with steam and shower room, adjacent to each treatment room (second picture).
All therapists have been trained by the spa directors at Amanpuri, the original Aman resort in Phuket. The two-and-a-half-hour Thailand Experience (£280) – comprising a foot bath, an hour of Thai massage, an hour of hot compress massage, and several steaming intervals in a private steam chamber – leaves the body as loose as a wet noodle and the mind blissfully devoid of much beyond the urge to repair immediately to one of the chaises by the pool for a fresh ginger-lemongrass tea and a languorous doze.