An exotic Malaysian haven for relaxation is not at all what you would expect to find nestled in the heart of Chelsea in a Grade II listed Georgian building but this luxury day spa is a hidden gem, competing with the world’s best. The award winning spa is founded by Usha Arumugam, who brings her extensive holistic well-being knowledge and business acumen together to create an authentic Malaysian inspired day spa in London. The idea behind Ushvani is to transport clients from the scurry of the metropolis to the fragrant Malaysian jungle and experience an overwhelming sense of escapism. At House of Coco we were intrigued by this idea and wanted to fully immerse ourselves in the Malaysian spa experience.
Ushvani offers service excellence and has been recognised in the industry as having the most highly trained staff and dedicated team. This was instantly apparent as soon as we entered the spa and throughout the entire experience. On arrival we were asked to slip off our shoes and were provided with flip flops as well as a hibiscus infused towel. The interior was more beautiful than we had imagined and not at all what you would expect when entering. The dark wood panelling flows throughout the spa and striking accents of orange create a beautiful contrast mirroring the Ushvani logo. A heady floral scent delicately fills the spa and creates a calming ambience and instantly we were transported to Malaysia.
“Ushvani’s atmosphere of calm and tranquillity is purposely fostered allowing our clients to shed the outside world at our door. We achieve this not only through the design of the spa and the treatments on offer but also through the high levels of customer service” says founder Usha Arumugam.
The exotic treatment menu makes it almost impossible to decide. The select range of treatments are carefully researched and all offer an escape from the stresses of daily life. Ushvani’s philosophy is based on ancient Asian culture that focuses on both spiritual harmony and natural treatments. The holistic approach is taken to treat the mind, body and spirit, going beyond mere superficial pampering. The use of purest botanicals to cure ailments is common in Asian therapies and accordingly, Ushvani’s treatments incorporate natural herbs, spices and flowers in concurrence with this natural philosophy for total well-being. Malaysian products infused with coconut, kaffir lime and precious essentials oils create an atmosphere of mystique and relaxation, creating some of the most heavenly scents. The Ushvani treatments are offered to both sexes however, the lower ground floor is for ladies only, offering full use of the facilities including a hydrotherapy pool and steam room. Men should not feel left out though as there is a male dedicated space on the upper floor. For those of you who want to enjoy a spa treatment with a friend or partner the Asmara Suite (from the Malay word for ‘love’) provides the perfect space. Here you can discover the essence of wellness and experience a three hour ritual in this private and intimate space decorated with beautiful Malaysian furnishings and decorative carvings. You can select from any two hour treatments from the Ushvani menu to enjoy in the idyllic environment. The Asmara Suite has private facilities so that you can luxuriate in your own steam room and then relax in the intimate deep sunken stone bath infused with Ushvani’s signature Nutmeg Flower Bath Oil.
For those of you who would much rather enjoy the tranquil surroundings alone, a selection of massages, facials, body and bespoke treatments are available. There are seven varieties of massage to choose from each with their own unique qualities. Facials feature a South East Asian holistic approach showcasing antioxidant hibiscus flowers with deeply conditioning coconut and kemiri oils. House of Coco were intrigued by what is the most popular and most unique treatment on the menu, the Nutmeg Flower Bath Ritual. This journey of pure relaxation begins with a traditional mandi bathing ritual of warm nutmeg flower oil. The idea of bathing in front of your spa therapist can seem like an uncomfortable thought, or at least that is what we felt here at House of Coco, however it is private and discreet. We stepped into a beautiful built in shower room where we were greeted by a rain shower and a basin full of the nutmeg flower oil that we were to ladle over ourselves. We could almost feel the tension melt away into an aromatic fusion blend of 33 essential oils. We were then escorted to a massage bed where the therapist proceeds to use her skills on targeted areas combining deep pressures and circulation boosting strokes on your back, neck and shoulders using Ushvani coconut and hibiscus oil. Ushvani’s signature balm instantly calms the mind and opens the airways – perfect for hay fever sufferers this time of year. The reflex points on your feet are then worked on with a relaxing massage and nourishing coconut and kemiri body butter. A warming compress of ginger and nutmeg then envelop the feet and a soothing stomach massage is performed. The stomach massage stimulates the metabolic rate and produces a colonic, non-invasive cleanse reducing the appearance of bloating – an attractive prospect for most women. The treatment is then concluded with a simulative scalp and face massage leaving you feeling toned and radiant. After experiencing the Nutmeg Flower Bath Ritual we reluctantly left the spa, yet feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world once again.
At House of Coco we were very impressed with the Ushvani products used within the treatments and later found out that they are also available to purchase. By researching and incorporating natural herbs, spices and flowers, Ushvani has created an incredible range of products to refresh and revitalise the body and mind. Take home a hint of the exotic with the Ushvani balm and oil, the perfect boost of well-being to carry with you whenever you need it. Coconut & Hibiscus oil is also a firm favourite as a deeply conditioning product for the body and hair.
Treatments at Ushvani start from £180 for a 90 minute massage or £130 for a 90 minute facial. Ushvani products start from £32.50.
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