Last week I visited the Sense Spa at Rosewood Hotel and was reminded of just how wonderful a few hours pampering can be – so much so in fact that I stayed for double the time I intended to and I’m already working out when I can afford to visit again! The Sense Spa is based at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, central London. Rosewood is absolutely beautiful and very ‘Old London’, so if you’re visiting the capital and fancy a bit of glamorous pampering, this is the destination for you. The Sense Spa itself is a little tricky to find within the hotel, so it’s worth asking for a bit of guidance when you arrive.
When you get to the spa, you fill in your forms then you’re taken through a door and faced with a circular room with paths going round it and various treatment rooms leading off. Some of the path has water running beneath it which you can clearly hear, and team that with muted lighting and deep wood interiors and you have yourself an immediately relaxing ambience. I was shown to the changing room where I was given a locker key and within the locker is a towel, a dressing gown, slippers and paper underwear. There are also toiletries available to help yourself to and plenty more towels. One thing I absolutely love about the changing rooms is how everything ‘spa like’ is located within the changing rooms; a couple of private changing areas and showers as well as the main vanity units, but there’s also a sauna, a steam room and some sort of water jet room thing that I was too scared to try, having no change of clothes with me, but I’ve earmarked it for my next visit. I was told to get changed into the dressing gown and slippers then head over to the lounge to wait for my treatment.
The relaxing area/lounge is lovely – a very chilled out room with beds and pillows, plus a little personal light and magazines to mooch over if you’re not one for distraction-free relaxing. I was in here a few minutes before I was taken for my treatment, which took place on a very comfy bed. I went for the Mix ‘n’ Match Experience which involves picking two treatments, each of which will last 45 minutes, meaning the full treatment lasts 90 minutes in total. I went for a pedicure and facial, the latter of which was done using Sodashi products. Both treatments were extremely relaxing and the pedicure was especially brilliant – the finish was perfect (achieved using mostly Morgan Taylor products) but the fact that it included a good, long, leg and foot massage made it a winner for me. In facials, I always prefer to request things that I tend not to do myself, such as massage – thankfully my lovely therapist (Anna, who I’d very much recommend as both treatments were brilliant) took on board my special request and ensured the majority of my facial consisted of massage.
Once my treatments were complete, I was taken back to the lounge and offered some herbal tea – I went for mint – and told to chill out and head to the changing rooms whenever I was ready. I had my tea and a lovely chat with a fellow spa-user before mooching on back to the changing room. I decided to pop in to the sauna for 15 minutes or so as my facial was covered in oil and product, so I thought a sauna would be a great way to encourage absorption. I actually really enjoyed the sauna and I would’ve hung around longer if it hadn’t been for the fact that I needed to be home for Teddy. I really contemplated having a shower too as it was so inviting, so next time I’ll definitely take full advantage of the whole experience. If you’re heading to Sense Spa at Rosewood, put plenty of time aside and indulge yourself in all that’s available alongside your treatment, as you really will leave feeling pampered, relaxed and invigorated – I pretty much floated home! More info on the Spa can be found here – link – the Mix ‘n’ Match Experience is £138.