Chuan Spa

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Chuan Spa

Perfect for a post-work pampering

Oxford Circus is not usually a place for rest and relaxation. But somehow Chuan Spa just up on Regent Street manages to be that very rare thing, an urban oasis.
As soon as you walk in through the doors, tucked discreetly next to the grand Langham Hotel, you're already far from the maddening crowds. The philosophy of the spa is based on traditional Chinese medicine and the whole experience, from the décor and ambience to the treatments themselves, is meant to rebalance and recharge you
The staff are attentive and enthusiastic, poised to instantly make you as comfortable as possible. We went for the hour and a half Obsidian Chuan Nurturing Ritual which is the ultimate antidote to a stressful day. After being ushered into a treatment room appropriately called ‘heaven’ made to do some deep
inhalations, scrubbed down with baobab seed oil (meant to soften the skin) before being slathered in oil and rubbed with hot, and then surprisingly cold, onyx stones. It might sound strange but it feels delicious. The massage was so methodical and well rehearsed that at times it almost felt like you were part of a dance! Afterwards your whole being feels well and truly nurtured. It ends on a speedy facial, which also incorporates the hot stones, and finally you’re doused in perfume and then given tea and fruit on a nearby lounger. It's bliss. But it gets better. If you book in for a treatment, make sure you have an extra two hours to spare before or after to make the most of the rest of the spa facilities.
There's a 16 meter sunken swimming pool which feels decadently large for a hotel spa, a brilliantly warm Jacuzzi or ‘vitality pool’ as they call it, heated lounging chairs and a relaxing Himalayan sea salt sauna which glows with a warm orange hue. There’s also a Finnish sauna, steam room and a substantial gym if you’re feeling more energetic. We went down on a weekday evening and had the place pretty much to ourselves.
If two hours just isn't long enough, they do offer day, week or month memberships but that's where things start to get even more expensive – it’s £200 per month to use the health club facilities, which is a pretty pricey gym membership!
A treatment at Chuan Spa is an indulgent treat (the Nurturing Ritual costs a heft £130 off peak and £156 peak) but the delight of being able to bliss out in a central London location is such a well-needed novelty that it's most definitely worth the occasional splurge

By: Sonya Barber


Venue name: Chuan Spa
Address: The Langham
1c Portland Place
Opening hours: Open 10am-9.30pm Mon-Wed, Sat, Sun; 8.30am-9.30pm Wed-Fri
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus tube
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Just off the jam packed pavements of Oxford street, is a calm and quiet haven offering sanctuary from the Christmas shopping madness outside. Head up the fairy lit steps to the Langham Hotel, past the Nutcracker room and Artesian bar and catch the lift up to the Chuan Spa.

As a member of the Royal Society of medicine you are free to use the spa facilities for just 20 pounds pp and can even bring a +1. The RSM is located just down the road from the Langham Hotel at 1 Wimpole street. You don’t have to be a qualified doctor to apply, medical students of all levels are welcome

Day passes include access to the gym complete with complimentary headphones, steam room, salt cave, jacquzzi, pool, sauna and all towels, robes, slippers and even GHDs are provided! With membership there is also an added 15% off products for purchase and some of the treatments available including massages and manicures.

We went on a relatively quiet Wednesday afternoon when there weren’t many people around and practically had the pool and heated seats to ourselves. It makes for the perfect pre-Christmas detox, until you head down to the artesian bar for a few cocktails on your way out!