A “destination spa” is a spa that takes itself seriously – Spa InterContinental’s tagline is “a spa worth leaving home for.” But did it live up to its lofty promise? We ventured to the recently refurbished InterContinental Park Lane to find out.
Our first port of call was ‘The Steam Temple’ – basically a glorified steam room, complete with domed ceiling and twinkling LED lights. The décor was beautiful and the steam smelt heavenly. We had our own private changing room. The treatment room for the massage was all white and newly refurbished. Although slightly on the smaller side, it nevertheless had room for a large (and very comfy) treatment bed in the middle of the room. RASK found the ‘relaxation’ area to be a major issue, as it turned out to be the reception area, too.
If we were to go solely on first impressions, we would have walked straight out again. Reminiscent of a very fancy dermatologist’s waiting area, the area was all white and deep browns. Ironically, all rather “faceless”. The waiting area was cramped and the receptionist did not seem particularly pleased to see us. Our female therapist, on the other hand, was very personable and welcoming – combating the slightly too pretentious feel of the rest of the spa.
RASK thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Steam Room’ experience. We had our own bowl full of therapeutic mud to be applied all over the body. Then it was time to just sit and chat, drink some water and enjoy the steam. After about 30 minutes, the sprinklers turned on, and we were rinsed off. Donning our robes and slippers (both of excellent quality), we were then led into each our treatment rooms a particularly relaxing full body massage.
RASK enjoyed ‘The Steam Temple’ – great fun for couples or groups of friends. Our massage was delivered to a very high standard. The Spa was let down however by its lack of a dedicated relaxation area. If you want to be a “destination spa” you really have to offer everything.