By Alana Charlotte Panton,
Akasha is a stylish urban hotel spa located in the heart of Piccadilly Circus known as a hidden sanctuary beneath the hustle and bustle of London.
Comprised of nine treatment rooms (including the double treatment Akasha Suite), an 18m lap pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi with mood lighting, restorative sounds and uplifting aromas, therapists offer signature massage, body and facial treatments that combine innovative Western practices with ancient Eastern traditions.
The ultra-chic minimalist décor – LED lights and mosaic tiles with smooth marble make this a wonderful example of top-end luxury spa design. Akasha also has a private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages, a Vichy shower for cleansing hydrotherapy rituals and boasts London’s only Watsu pool for tailored hydro-treatments.
The spa’s name reflects its vision to fuse the four basic elements of nature; earth, water, fire and air. The combination is designed to create a balancing experience where clients leave with their bodies, minds and souls aligned.
On arrival I was welcomed by the receptionist and was escorted downstairs to the main lounge area where I was greeted by a friendly spa attendant and was given a comfortable crisp white robe and slippers to change into. The soft lighting and subtle decor created a relaxing atmosphere combined with beautiful calming music. The changing rooms have everything you might possibly need from deodorant to shavers and an array of luxury creams with every attention to detail
I opted for the very unique Vichy Hydro Massage and it really lived up to all my expectations. A short consultation with my therapist before the massage began ensured that everything she did was tailored to my specific needs. It was cleansing, energising, relaxing and invigorating all at once. Each stage of the massage is designed to provoke a different response in your body which means that you are constantly being re-energised. As we progressed through the different stages and levels of the massage with warm oils, running water, aromatic oils it became more relaxing and re-invigorating. It was an absolutely amazing experience and very different from a normal massage as water jets are used throughout to massage different parts of the body. Following my massage I relaxed by the pool and the freindly spa assistants true to their word regularly checked on my well-being. There are endless amounts of herbal teas and snacks such as fresh and dried fruit, there are also an array of interesting magazines to read to help you relax and un-wind in such beautiful settings.
A day in Akasha’s serene surroundings is enough to revive the body and leave you feeling energised and re-invigorated. I can definitely say it’s one of the best London spa experiences I have had and will definitely be back!