Ushvani – Best Day Spa
The most exotic, surprising, sumptuous day spa in London. This serene Malaysian den, spread over three floors of a stunning Grade II listed building, is tucked away in a hidden nook of Chelsea. Just to step into the building is to feel as if you are on holiday. Utterly peaceful, with a marvellous carved staircase, wooden hibiscus flowers, handprinted silk curtains, polished teak floors, scented mint towels and five massive treatment rooms – the look is all about sleek, Asian calm. There’s an underground pool, rainforest shower, ginger and nutmeg sauna and yoga and pilates studio for one-to-one lessons. The treatments are executed with profound professionalism, all of them majoring on the use of natural herbs, spices and flowers. There are powerful massages that set you up for the long haul; for pregnant mothers there are therapists trained by midwives (hopefully things won’t get too serious); and for those who jut want to indulge, there are papaya-cane-sugar body scrubs and hydrating holistic facials.