A visit to the London’s St. Pancras Spa offers more than your average day of rest and rejuvenation. When stepping into the lush city sanctuary, patrons are whisked up and away into a wellness journey that travels the globe around.
Located near King’s Cross Station in London, the spa occupies the subterranean levels of the beautifully renovated St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel. The original building — named The Midland Grand Hotel — opened in 1873 featuring its historically inspired façade and interior. Original architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott (notably of Westminister Abbey fame) incorporated the aesthetics of the Gothic revival with generous use of arches, spires and surface ornamentation.
The original building went through a renovation in 2004 to transform the interiors by applying a mix of Victorian Gothic and modern style, and exist today as a architecture wonder that plays host one of the city’s most illustrious spas.
Unlike spas of the clinical or overzealous zen breed, the marked history of the spa’s interior is blended seamlessly with modern touches of luxury in its mix of Moroccan inspired patterns. The ambient warmth at St. Pancras is far from what one expects to find in a spa associated with a hotel, the only slight giveaway is the high-tech gym within it’s space, which can read as a tad out of place amongst R&R-seeking spa-goers.
Worldly decor complements the internationally inspired spa menu here. Treatments include rituals for massage, body and facials from cultures such as Polynesia, Morraco, India, Japan, and Bali amongst a few. While many other spas also look to these traditions to glean wellness remedies from, the St.Pancras have carved out a niche in their concentrated approach to “Victorian Journeys” that transport the senses to from St Pancras to the far reaches of Africa, India and the Far East. New to the spa’s list of journeys is the Polynesian Sublime, which incorporates Lomi Lomi techniques of indigenous Polynesian healers in the Sublime Massage and vitamin rich Noni oil in the gentle Sublime Scrub body exfoliation, ideal when booked before a massage. Plan your unforgettable journey for two and reserve the couple’s suite heading out of St. Pancras.
Aside from treatment rooms, the spa offers patrons the use of their sauna, eucalyptus steam room, tiled baths, a relaxation room, and — the main draw — an indoor subterranean relaxation pool fashioned much like the atriums of ancient Rome.
To begin your perfect day at the spa, begin with a full body distressing makeover by booking a Hellerwork Posture Massage, an exclusive treatment from the spa’s specialist’s menu. This systematic body massage goes beyond the relaxation techniques used by other spas by going down to the deep tissue surrounding every muscle in order to rejuvenate and bring balance of the body as a whole. This intense body treatment will work through the deep-set tensions of the body. This massage would be great for those who work on computers, as well as for those who live a more active lifestyle.
Once the ache of knots and kinks has been worked out of your body, move on to a head-to-toe skin treatment with Crème de Rassoul. Utilizing the nourishing minerals found in Moroccan clay, the treatment is applied over one’s entire body to help cleanse and detoxify skin, while renewing radiance.
Next, move on to the face. We recommend the Ritual of the Five Flowers Facial. An ancient ritual once reserved for balinese princesses, the extracts of five tropical flowers are massaged into the face, neck and shoulders during the treatment to purify and illuminate.
For spa-goers intent on the ultimate St.Pancras experience, do your afternoon right and book the High Time for Tea Time package; there is little as wonderfully indulgent as combining the best of the British’s Tea tradition with a few hours of pampering. After a pedicure, leg massage and manicure, enjoy champagne, delicious petit fours and a cuppa in the hotel’s grand Hansom Lounge.
Should a journey of wellness, relaxation and luxury be what you seek, let it be time to board the train out of St. Pancras.Published March 29th, 2013