A spa break in London should be a number of things - glamorous, escapist, chic and elegant… Rena Spa at Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel is all those things and more. From its enviable location to its blissfully tranquil spa, here are five of the reasons we love it.
The central London location
This four-star hotel is in an incredible location next door to St Paul’s Cathedral, meaning you could happily visit for an evening retreat, but it’s even better to use it as a base for a whole weekend of London entertainment and pampering. It’s within easy reach of the best of modern and historic architecture and attractions - a stone’s throw from Millennium Bridge and a stroll to the Tate Modern.
The wide range of spa facilities
Designed with influences from Asia, the Ajala Spa is the jewel in the hotel’s crown. It has a deceptive range of facilities for a central London retreat. There’s a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, hammam, laconium, tepidarium, zen sun therapy lounge and an extremely inviting 18-metre heated pool featuring a Zen waterfall.
The vinotherapy inspired spa treatments
Caudalie skincare products are used for the treatments, which combine facials, massages and body rituals, depending on how you choose to indulge yourself. The brand is known for being the creator of Vinotherapy (wine inspired) spa treatments. Not all of them follow that principle, but every treatment is worth experiencing. The spa also uses Karin Herzog and Dermalogica product lines, as well as Ajala Spa’s own signature botanical range.
The views from your hotel room
Given the location, it’s perhaps little surprise that this hotel offers some of the best views of the capital. The design of the hotel rooms means you can take full advantage of the vistas, depending on which one you stay in. Wake to see the sunrise over London’s skyscrapers or the dome of St Paul’s itself. You can also enjoy drinks, coffees and food with a different view in each part of the hotel - perhaps it’s observing the inner workings of the hotel’s impressive architecture or observing the ruins of an ancient city wall over your cappuccino.
Dinner and cocktails
No trip to London is complete without tucking into some impressive food and drink, and Leonardo Royal St Paul’s Hotel is no exception. There are three restaurants as well as three bars at the hotel. The Benihana restaurant serves Japanese cuisine and the Globe offers a range of international dishes. Meanwhile, The Quarter Jacks Bar is a relaxed space for drinks, light snacks and afternoon tea; Silks Cocktail Bar is the place for an aperitif with cocktails, Champagne, spirits and wines in abundance; and the Sports Bar features 10 HD TV’s showing live sport throughout the week.