Kari Colmans is treated like a queen for the day with a tailored, top-to-toe pregnancy treatment at the newly refurbished spa at The Landmark London
The British summertime can be temperamental at the best of times, meaning it feels much more like July once I’m inside The Landmark London hotel’s striking Winter Garden restaurant than it does outside, where the heavens have just opened.
Guests are enjoying afternoon tea amid the palm trees and serene dappled light of the grand indoor-outdoor eating area, while I wring out my statement sleeves, now so drenched they’re leaving a puddle behind me, and make my way to the hotel’s basement where the newly refurbished spa awaits.
In partnership with the under-the-radar skincare house Germaine de Capuccini, the spa offers a range of therapies and wellbeing experiences from across the world. I’m here to try one of the two yummy mummy treatments on offer. Next Arrival is specifically tailored for mothers-to-be, so I’ve nothing to worry about in terms of pushing the wrong buttons.
The treatment is sublime, combining massage movements with aromatic oil from the African Baobab tree, which is safe to use in pregnancy after the first trimester and creates a protective and hydrating experience. During the next 50 minutes my therapist combines deep all-over exfoliation with light and gentle touch for the ultimate relaxation. Next, patawa oils are applied with soothing motions (although note – this is not firm enough to be described as a massage), before a cooling gel is smothered onto my newly acquired cankles.
Treatment over, I head to the softly lit relaxation room for a cup of fragrant herbal tea and some alone time with my Kindle.
In addition to the Next Arrival, the spa also offers a tailored Time for Mum session, which combines hot stone massage with exfoliation, using specific oils to target stretch marks acquired during pregnancy.
As well as an extensive range of treatments for both women and men, the spa’s new look facilities include a state-of-the-art gym and one of the capital’s few chlorine-free indoor swimming pools. Add to this the mosaic tiled steam room, sanarium (like a sauna, but less intense) and aromatherapy experience showers, and an afternoon of rest and relaxation is on the cards – just what the midwife ordered.