On a rainy London afternoon, as most afternoons are over here, I must confess that I was daydreaming about my warm, cloud-like bed as I headed down to do a review of Boutique Spa in Queensway. I mean, when it’s windy, wet and cold outside and you have to mess around with an umbrella, who doesn’t want to stay at home? I was invited to review a treatment of my choice at Boutique Spa’s Queensway residence and from my days at Time Out trying out (but mostly writing up) about all of the most luxurious spas in Singapore, the ESPA Aromatherapy Massage really caught my eye (£65/60 minutes, £90/90 minutes).
First impression? The spa is approachable and brightly lit, a nice surprise considering its mix-and-match neighbourhood. Upon arrival, the friendly receptionists offered me their specially made ‘Buddha Tea’, a naturally sweet herbal drink that put me in the mood to get rubbed down with essential oils. My second impression was how I wish I had experienced this massage when I had first lost my spa virginity, instead of being thrown in the deep end at a resort years ago, where I had every inch of my body scrubbed and kneaded, including my boobs. Here there’s no breast or butt cheek action, a simple and no frills massage that kneads away the knots and relaxes your tense muscles with long strokes and a lot of oil. Perfect to nip (did you get my pun? hehe) into for a break from running errands or at the end of a long work week.
The treatment itself is top-to-toe, including an incredible head massage that every hairdresser needs to model their hair wash scalp massage on because that was probably the highlight. A friendly tip, if you plan on going for this, go as bare as you dare with your eyebrows or bring a little touch up kit with you. Your brow area may hold a lot of tension and you’ll want to take the chance to soothe this away. Book via their app and you can get 10% off, which means you score a great price for this massage, or any other treatment you’re thinking of trying out.
My new favourite thing to do on a day where I just can’t stand to be outdoors is to pamper myself. It brightens the mood, it’s probably good for the soul and perhaps the most important of all, you’ll look better for it.
123 Queensway, Bayswater, London,W2 4SJ