K Spa at K West Hotel
This super-cool spa in a super-cool hotel just off Shepherd’s Bush Green offers imaginative treatments and stylish, ultra-modern facilities. You could have a great time exploring all the thermal facilities with a group of friends, from the warmth of the sauna to the icicles in the Snow Paradise, and have an extremely stylish lunch in Kanteen. Musicians and media types flock here for the laid-back, funky atmosphere.
|Key Brands:||Ytsara, Aromatherapy Associates, Crystal Clear, LCN, Russie Blanche|
|Treatment Menu:||View this spa's treatment menu|
Monday to Thursday: 6.30am -10pm; Friday: 6.30am - 9pm; Saturday and Sunday: 8am - 9pm; Bank Holidays: 8am - 8pm
Six room types available from Junior Doubles to K Suites.
Kanteen restaurant serves light lunches and evening meals; K Lounge Bar serves light lunches and snacks.
K Spa at K West Hotel is a short hop from Shepherd’s Bush station and the expansive Westfield London shopping centre. K West’s glass and steel-fronted exterior stands out amongst the surrounding buildings, but masks how large K West really is.
The lift in the hotel reception area takes you down two floors to the swanky spa. A central corridor runs directly through the spa, with doors leading to the spotless facilities. At the far end of the corridor are hotel rooms and a big gym, K Fit.
Behind the spa reception is a pre-treatment relaxation area with various seats and loungers, and a range of teas. From here, you can reach the quiet area containing six treatment rooms, including one impressive double treatment suite complete with sauna, shower, treatment couch and water bed.
Relaks is a post-treatment relaxation room proffering comfy static recliners, refreshments and magazines. Opposite here is access to the impressive thermal area. Next to the thermal area is a glass-fronted mani/pedi room with a display of LCN products.
The thermal area is a well-designed room, housing a large hydrotherapy pool complete with three recliners and incredibly strong hydro-jets. The glass-fronted sauna, Sanarium, and steam room run along one wall of the room, and comfy private relaxation booths line the opposite wall. A relaxing ambience is created with a ceiling of twinkling lights and pleasant mood lighting. London’s first Snow Paradise – a room filled with powdery snow and icicles – is a unique addition to this trendy spa.
Another unusual feature in K Spa is the "Sun Meadow". This feel-good room contains a low bed, and ceiling lights that give you a dose of "natural daylight", which is apparently good for people suffering with SAD.
The changing rooms are simple and modern, and were stocked with body lotion, hairdryers and straighteners, and shower products from Ytsara.
Hotel guests can use the facilities for £25 per person, per day. Non-residents are charged £25 to use the facilities if booking a one-hour holistic treatment, or you can book a treatment for two hours or more to enjoy them for free.
I was booked in for a Venik Massage (30 minutes, £30) and a Banïya Detox Massage (55 minutes, £95). The Venik Massage stems from a centuries-old Russian bath-house tradition, which combines heat and ice with herb-infused branches, to stimulate blood circulation.
In the main sauna, I lay on a towel, in my swimming costume. My therapist, Lyudmilla, encouraged me to increase the heat to my preferred temperature by pouring water onto the hot coals. She picked up two bunches of birch branches that she had left soaking in a bowl of water infused with therapeutic oils. She gently shook the branches, releasing warm droplets up and down my body, which released a pine aroma. This was warm and soothing, and felt almost like I was standing out in a tropical rainstorm. Lyudmila gently patted the branches over my body with increasing intensity, stimulating my skin and senses. Though unusual, this felt zingy and rather fantastic!
Still covered in some stray leaves, we both traipsed over to the Snow Paradise for stage two. I stood with my eyes closed and took some deep breaths, as instructed by Lyudmila. She grabbed handfuls of soft snow from the walls, and vigorously rubbed the snow on my body, which was quite shocking, but fun. When my body cooled somewhat, we went back to the sauna for another round. Lyudmila repeated the whole process three times, then left me to warm up in the sauna.
This blood-pumping treatment can only take place in the main spa when it is quiet. If the spa is busy, this treatment is re-enacted in the dual treatment room and you cool off in a shower.
When booking my treatments, Vladanka, the knowledgeable Spa Manager, showed me the Russie Blanche Salt Caviar Body Polish that is used in the Banïya Detox Massage. Ingredients include Siberian golden root, ginseng, Siberian pine, and grapefruit. It had a fantastic fresh fragrance.
Gentle chanting music and candlelight set a mellow tone in my treatment room. Lyudmila ensured that I was warm and comfortable before giving me a very skilful massage using the sticky, fragrant scrub. Lyudmila then took me across the corridor to the dual treatment room to use the shower.
After rinsing off the scrub, I was surprised at how incredibly soft and smooth my skin felt. Back on the treatment bed, Lyudmila applied detox massage oil to my whole body with good firm pressure, as I’d requested.
After the treatment, Lyudmila took me to the quiet relaxation room with a delicious cup of K Spa's signature ginger and chilli tea. I felt happy and re-energised.
Spa guests can dine in Kanteen, the main hotel restaurant, before, during or after their spa day. Kanteen offers an appealing menu that includes contemporary cuisine such as salads, burgers, pasta, fish and chips, Thai curry, and steak. My generous king prawn linguini was cooked perfectly.
Lyudmila was a great therapist and my unique Venik treatment was certainly memorable. The unusual treatments and facilities make for an enjoyable spa experience.
Having hotel rooms on the same floor means that hotel guests sometimes walk through the central corridor, rather than using the lift nearest to the bedrooms. Guests can pass through with noisy wheeled luggage.
Hipsters, musos, hotel residents, in-the-know Londoners, friends, lovers...
We gave K Spa at K West a Good Spa Guide Rating of Five Bubbles. There's a whole lot to love about the fashionable K Spa, and it's a perfect fit for the trendy hotel, with its unusual treatments and facilities. The treatments are exciting and are performed by well-qualified therapists. The wet-spa area is modern, immaculate and fun. It’s easy to while away an indulgent afternoon here.
K Spa at K West Hotel in October 2012