Taking a little time out from her hectic schedule, Sky Sports presenter, Vicky Gomersall, headed over to Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf for a day spa with her mum!
Situated a hop, skip and a jump (or a £6 cab ride) from Canary Wharf this secluded Radisson Blu Hotel boasts some pretty impressive views of the City and the O2.
The East River Spa is located on the first floor and my mum and I were greeted by the warmest of welcomes from all the staff. Teamed with the incredibly tranquil surrounds inside, it made us feel very relaxed straight away.
After a check on both mine, and my mum’s medical health, we were invited to sample the facilities prior to treatments. They included a relaxation room complete with heated loungers, unlimited free herbal tea, water and fruit, (here you can sample the amazing views) a six shower “experience,” – of which the tropical rainforest is especially nice plus steam and sauna.
So after relaxing in the relaxation room, (where else?) showering in the tropics and having a bit of a steam it was time for our first treatment – the Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual. We were guided in to a twin steam room (which had loads of steam!!) and given our potions, instructions and plenty of water to drink. Now, this was a bit unusual in that we were asked to rub the mineral mud and natural salts on ourselves rather than have them applied, which is an incredibly messy business, but after reaching those bits you can’t do yourself for each other, (guessing that’s why this is for two!) both mum and I settled into our ritual in the steam seats … I have to say I don’t cope well with excess heat so, following the 10 minutes of applying, I could only manage five minutes or so of sitting still in the extreme steam! I needed to drink water every two minutes! So we both cooled down with the refreshing cold hoses located in each booth and after drinking plenty more water we rinsed, rinsed and re-rinsed (again those hard to reach areas!!) and the mud and salt had certainly done their job – our skin was as soft as the proverbial baby’s bum!
So out of the steam room and a spot of cooling down, plenty more water and a bit more relaxation before we were whisked away for a full body massage again in another of their twin rooms … this was really nice as my mum and I could have a chat for a bit at least until I decided to fall asleep … The massage was excellent, I felt thoroughly relaxed and in need of a good sleep, they really took their time running over the hour and a half schedule. A relaxing final shower was rounded off with lunch in Scoff and Banter.
Again the staff were incredibly attentive with a lunchtime menu which was both well priced and extensive. Mum sampled the fish pie and I had the chicken with seasonal veg which went down a treat for us both. Unfortunately we were in a hurry which meant we were unable to sample the dessert menu. A crying shame when we witnessed other diners tucking into delightful looking puds. I guess that gives us a great excuse to return! The staff dealt really well with our diminishing time schedule and had us both fed and watered within the half hour.
Overall the spa was a big hit with both my mum and I. It wasn’t busy at all when we went (which was a Wednesday) so we felt really at ease wandering around in our robes between rooms … I’m told it gets very busy at the weekends so definitely worth checking. The staff made the visit all the more pleasurable with their ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude – and the location was really good too – I don’t often have the excuse to go to that part of town so it was nice to visit Canary Wharf for the day.
– Definitely allow as much time as you can for your visit, nothing worse than having to rush any part of it – I would recommend at least five hours if you can, that way you can do everything at a leisurely pace rather than any galloping through lunch like we did!
– Do take your flip flops, it’s always nice to feel comfortable in your robes travelling from one room to another with your own footwear on I think.
– The loungers in the relaxation room do get quite warm so take an extra towel to sit on if you don’t like to be too warm like me!
– The robes are super cosy, you are provided with lovely large towels (which appeared unlimited) so really only a cossie and wet-footwear is required!
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