This time of year is a mix of people attending business trips, using up last minute holidays, trying to escape the winter-like weather and then there is those of us who are work bound and longing for those holidays booked later in the year.
If you fall into the latter, we feel you! However all hope isn’t lost, as TeamCoco has found the perfect place to escape. So whether your schedule is jam packed, you don’t have the time to take off or a weekend away isn’t viable, St James’ Square is literally your dream come true. Just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus, this is one of London’s most luxurious private members clubs, in which spending just a few hours leaves you feeling refreshed and as though you have escaped reality.
With luxurious, bright and modern interiors that play on the buildings history along with a variety of St James’s Square is a city haven.
The Gymnasium suite is a state of the art facility where luxury is combined with technology, a partnership with Technogym ensures that wellness and fitness are enhanced by innovative digital equipment. The suite is also home to a Golf Academy, which is London’s newest private golf training facility with a leading tour experienced professional and the option for semi-private or group sessions. Personal training sessions are also available from bespoke sessions in body composition, yoga, boxing and Pilates, along with nutrition and general training advice to ensure a fully rounded approach to wellness.
Amongst all this there is a variety of art on the walls from artists that are available for purchase but each is selected carefully to ensure they are calming, motivational and inspirational. If the gym gets a little too much for you, then St James’s Square also has it’s own Spa, boasting the usual nails and waxing along treatments from iS clinical and Carita. We were lucky enough to have the ‘Red Carpet Experience’ which Rosie Huntington-Whitely is a fan of and we completely understand why. The treatment includes a full body hot-stone massage and a ‘fire and ice’ facial, which leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and your skin glowing for days after; it’s a shame we didn’t have a red carpet to head off to!
A range of treatments are available for skin conditions such as acne, hyper pigmentation, rosacea and scaring as well as anti-ageing. There are a variety of massages and facials on offer from facial peels to facial sculpting. There is something for every individual need and the therapists are dedicated to creating bespoke treatments to meet each of them and create a personalised wellbeing experience; each treatment is tailored to rebalance the body and mind.
Following on from the spa there is a Relaxation Lounge with has a sauna, sensory shower and heated lounges, to ensure your journey of relaxation is continued. When lying in the sauna, you are able to gaze up through the sky-light to the London sky to completely lose yourself.
If this isn’t quite enough to relax you, St James’ Square has one final trick up their sleeve, Somadome; the UK’s first meditation dome. Yes, you heard us a mediation dome. Admittedly the first five or so minutes are spent documenting the experience but once the novelty wears off, it works. The dome has three healing settings that help guide you through mediation. You simply sit within the dome, pull the ‘lid’ down, pop your headphones on, select your goal and you’re good to go. The energy-healing microcrystaline tiles change colour to your selected goal and the mediation track combine colour theory with binaural beat technology; essential provide you with everything you need to focus, escape life, mediate properly and leave the dome feeling recharged.
After a workout, a spa treatment or some meditation, the changing rooms continue the luxury journey through St James’ Spa, the fluffiest towels and robes imaginable, lockers and spacious showers welcome to you in the beautiful bright environment. With amenities such as a collection of fragrances ranging from Chanel to Valentino, a rose skincare collection, cotton pads, toothbrushes and hair combs, the changing rooms have everything you may need to go straight to work, straight home or to meet friends afterwards. That even goes without mentioning the GHD straightens and Dyson hair dryer!
Other services include the concierge, mens hot shaves and dry cleaning. On your way out it’s likely you will be offered a drink from the champagne and whisky bar, if you have the time, we highly recommend to take the offer. The drinks on offer are divine and the bartenders know their stuff; also how best to round off an evening of complete relaxation?
If this all sounds like the dream way to add a little luxury into your life, then a membership is the way to go! Memberships start from £5,000 plus a £500 membership fee. This may seem a little pricey but when you see what’s included and understand the pure luxury and service then it is totally worth it. Once you sign up you begin with a bespoke ‘On-Boarding’ process, a full body composition analysis, DNAfit, a 3dYu Body scan, and a unique ‘genetic specific’ fitness programme… already sounding worth it right? These all help to see what exercise regimes, what nutritional needs you have and what treatments you may need!
Following on from this annual membership includes two Personal Training sessions and a fitness follow up after 8 weeks. Annual membership also includes the following for the spa; a skin consultation, ‘a Bespoke’ treatment, 10% off futures treatments and 10% off products. It also allows you full use of the UK’s first Somadome, The Golf Suite and the lounge which includes up to three lounge guests daily. Along the use of library/meeting room, the changing facilities and the other amenities and on top of that five Guest Passes, for when you’re feeling generous.
There are a variety of other memberships available to ensure St James’ Spa caters to your every need. So whether it be weekend visits, a quick gym session before work or a relaxing way to end your day, this private members club will truly alter your life. As soon as you enter the building St James’ Square ensures you leave all of life’s stresses at the door.