The Top 10 Hotel Spas In London

If you like a bit of added luxury with your massage or facial, then these five star (and one four) hotel spas have that in spades. The hotels are all centrally located, close to all of London's best bits - ideal if you're making a day of it. So in no particular order, here are our ten favourite hotel spas in London to tempt you for a treatment or just a relaxing day by the pool.

Best for: Pioneering treatments

The vibe:

Exclusive relaxation on an epic scale

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The Corinthia is the home to the ESPA flagship spa, and this sumptuous sanctuary is spread over four floors. The spa has enlisted some of the world's top experts to develop their range of complimentary therapies, fitness and wellness programmes, so expect the very latest in spa trends. ESPA has two pools, an amphitheatre sauna, marble heated loungers and even private sleep pods if you feel a little too relaxed. In 2015, the team are focussing on results-driven express treatments to help people who are stressed and want treatments, but don't have a lot of time to fit in. This way they come in and get the maximum benefit in the minimum time.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Sun: 9am to 10pmGetting there: Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Embankment

Best for: City centre comfort

The vibe:

Totally tailored to you

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The May Fair Spa understands that in London time can be at a premium, so they try and give you the best results without wasting any precious minutes. This small, but perfectly formed spa, has the usual spa suspects, steam, sauna and relaxation rooms, along with some experience showers. Make sure you take the time to take in the historic hotel interior while you are there; few luxury London hotels can say they've got Fendi sofas and chairs. Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Thur: 9am to 9pm, Fri-Sun: 9am to 8pmGetting there: Stratton Street, May Fair, London, W1J 8LT Nearest Tube: Green Park

Best for: Eastern promise

The vibe:

Need to know:

As Europe's first Chuan Spa, this luxurious spa combines ancient philosophies with a progressive approach to revitalise and rebalance you on a visit here. The Chinese word, "Chuan" means a serene course of water, and with a vitality pool and 16m swimming pool, alongside exceptional spa treatments, you can just lie back and let all the worries float away. A series of "pop-up" spas are planned for 2015, as well as some in-room options for hotel guests, which means this haven off hectic Oxford Street might be coming to a venue near you.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon_Fri: 6.30am to 10pmGetting there: 1C Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JANearest Tube: Oxford Street

Best for: Covent Garden

The vibe:

A sensory spa

Need to know:

This hotel has a like a discreet and tranquil setting, despite it being in the heart of Theatreland and in London's most popular destination district. The swimming pool, with underwater music and mood lighting, is one of the best in the capital. They use Spanish skincare specialist Natura Bissé products, and their massages come highly recommended.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Tue: 9am too 8.30pm, Wed: 9am to 6.30pm, Thur-Fri: 9am to 8.30pm, Sat-Sun: 9am to 7pmGetting there: Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZNearest Tube: Charing Cross or Temple

Best for: Original features

The vibe:

So Spa, so good

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Injecting a touch of French culture (they use French cosmetology, Carita and Cinq Mondes) into the London spa scene, So Spa at Sofitel St. James offers a modern, light and airy atmosphere - while keeping the charming Grade II listed features. The innovative spa menu is designed and presented as if in a restaurant and was developed by Sofitel with specialists in detox and Thalassotherapy (which derives benefits from the sea). Try the private hammam steam.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Sat: 8am to 9pm, Sun: 10am to 8pmGetting there: 6 Waterloo Place, London, SW1Y 4AN Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus

Best for: Spa and shopping

The vibe:

Fun, quirky and ultra contemporary

Need to know:

This fabulous four star hotel sits happily close to Westfield shopping centre, and certainly punches above its weight when it comes to its spa. It underwent a £2 million refurbishment in 2010, and a unique element of K Spa lies in the 'story' element of each treatment - they're not afraid to lead the industry in using lesser known products if they believe in them. They also have a snow room, complete with hanging  icicles, which you can pop into to close up your pores after a treatment.

Find out more or book Opening times: Mon-Thur: 6.30am to 10pm, Fri: 6.30am to 9pm, Sat-Sun 8am to 9pmGetting there: Richmond Way, Brook Green, London, W14 0AX Nearest Tube: Shepherd's Bush

Best for: Easing the tension

The vibe:

A trip to tranquillity

Need to know:

At the Landmark Spa and Health Club they want you to leave refreshed, balanced and energised after a visit. Their Klafs Sanarium is a lot less intense then a traditional sauna and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. They have a pool and have eye-catching features like mosaic tiles steam rooms.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Fri:6.30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun: 7am to 9pmGetting there: 222 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 6JQNearest Tube: Edgware Road or Marylebone

Best for: A spa-tacular address

The vibe:

A stylish urban retreat

Need to know:

Spa Intercontinental is renowned for its state of the art facilities and expert team of therapists. In their treatments they use two main products: British spa and skincare line Elemis and the Californian SUNDÃRI luxury products. Their dry flotation bed sounds like the perfect cocoon from modern life, while the steam temple therapy is a another way to relax and forget all your cares.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Fri: 9am to 9pm, Sat-Sun: 10am to 6pmGetting there: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J Nearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner

Best for: Holistic health

The vibe:

East meets West

Need to know:

The Akasha (a Sanskrit word) spa's concept aims to unite the four basic elements of nature: earth, water, fire and air. The idea being that getting this combination in harmony will be a transformational and balancing experience. Each of the spas areas concentrate on an element, and they are particularly strong on the water side, with not only a large and moodily-lit pool, but also London's only Watsu pool, which delivers special hydro- treatments. You can also learn more about meditation and calming treatments in their private studios.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Fri: 6.30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun: 8am to 8pmGetting there: 50 Regent Street, London, W1B 5AS Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Best for: The view

The vibe:

Location, location, location

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The Spa at Four Seasons Park Lane has an enviable location on the tenth floor of the hotel. The floor to ceiling windows allow you to relax while looking out over the treetops of Hyde Park. You can even enjoy the view while having a treatment, but equally you can block it all out if you prefer. Their signature treatment is a four hands massage, where the team work together in a choreographed motion.

Find out more or bookOpening times: Mon-Sun: 6.30pm to 10pmGetting there: Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London, W1J7DRNearest Tube: Hyde Park Corner

Feeling inspired?

Get deals on treatments like manicures and facials, or spa days (or half days) to really relax. We we'd love to know if you've visited any of the spa hotels in our top ten. Let us know your favourites, or maybe whether we need to add some to the list, by leaving a comment below or getting in touch @lastminute_com

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