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A London Staycation at St James’s Hotel & Club, Mayfair

Calling all exhausted urbanites and those seeking a relaxing health kick. St James’s Hotel & Club launches a #WellnessOnTheMove package, which includes a breakfast first designed for Dita Von Teese 

Recognisable by its red townhouse façade and billowing British flag, St James’s Hotel & Club is a sumptuous five-star bolthole in the heart of Mayfair, steeped in history. The resplendent townhouse dates back to 1857, when English aristocrat Earl Granville founded the club with Sardinian minister Marchese d’Azeglio, intended as a base for travelling diplomats. Ian Fleming lived in the hotel briefly during the 1930s, and by 1980 it had rebranded as an intimate club with financier Peter De Savary at the helm, throwing parties for members including Liza Minelli, Sir Sean Connery, Dudley Moore and Sir Michael Caine among others. 

Today, in the hands of German hotel group Althoff Collection, it still attracts an international and stylish set. The hotel offers laidback glamour, discretion and sumptuous interiors with a hint of pizazz, in a palette of glistening gold, lemon and blue.

St James’s Hotel & Club has recently launched a new luxury package coined Wellness on the Move, which is designed to promote healthy living on the go. The package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, a 90-minute ‘spa in your suite’ treatment in partnership with mobile beauty service, Perfect 10 and a wellness breakfast, paired with a nutrient-packed green smoothie that was first created by the hotel for VIP guest, Dita Von Teese. 

The spa treatment is a thorough, full-body massage in your room, using conditioning Connock London oil, renowned for its deeply hydrating and soothing qualities. Once finished, simply roll from the treatment table to your king-sized bed and drift off to sleep. 

For an extra dash of sybaritic relaxation, I recommend a bubble bath before bed, TV remote and a glass of something lovely in hand. 

Following your sybaritic slumber, enjoy a Wellness Breakfast in the hotel club bar. The revitalising morning meal, developed by executive chef William Drabble, consists of three delectable mini-dishes: oatmeal and cottage cheese pancakes crowned with smoked salmon and dainty avocado cubes; porridge oats soaked in almond milk, mixed with berries and crunchy nuts, followed by quinoa crumpets, matched with sweet, baked banana and coconut yoghurt. 

I leave St James’s Hotel & Club feeling fully replenished, bidding adieu to the marshmallow-soft beds, impeccable staff and warm, cosy interiors. I turn for one last glance and see that iconic British flag atop the hotel waving back, glistening beneath the Mayfair morning sun.

The full wellness breakfast (three dishes and a green smoothie) is priced at £27 per person and wellness dishes also feature on the à la carte menu. The Wellness Package for two is priced at £595 (including VAT) and includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room, the wellness breakfast for two people and a 90 minute Connock body treatment for one person; 7-8 Park Place, St. James's, London SW1A 1LS, www.stjameshotelandclub.com