A small but beautifully-formed and sumptuously luxurious day spa with Moroccan themed décor and treatments using La Sultane de Saba products. The heat facilities are booked as part of your programme or paid for separately, and include a hammam, rasul and a salt steam room. Relax on one of the mosaic-tiled tepidarium beds, in the pretty courtyard or recline on luxurious day beds in the quiet relaxation area, nibbling dates and sipping Moroccan tea. Treatments are divine.
- Five treatment rooms
- One couples treatment room
- Rasul chamber
- Salt-infused steam room
- Relaxation room
- Walled courtyard garden
- La Sultane de Saba
- Comfort Zone
- Moroccan oil
Our Spa Spy review
Dolphin Square is a handsome 1930s red-brick apartment block, five minutes from Pimlico station. The Moroccan-themed spa, located on the lower ground level, is a world away from London’s hubbub; walk through the carved studded doors and be transported to Northern Africa.
What's on offer?
The exotic ambience starts in the spa reception area which has rose-gold walls, glowing bronze lanterns and wooden cabinets displaying La Sultane de Saba products. A spa host warmly greeted us and invited us to sit on a leather sofa to complete our consultation form, and sip lemon and cucumber-infused water.
The smart changing rooms are lined by wooden lockers containing robes, flip-flops, a towel and a bar of lemon verbena oil soap you can use and take home. There are central benches if you want to take a pew and private cubicles if you prefer to change with a little modesty. The two showers have La Sultane de Saba shampoo, conditioner and body wash and there’s a vanity bar with hairdryers, cotton wool and body lotion. Everything was well maintained and squeaky clean during our visit.
The thermal facilities are through a set of double doors. The tepidarium has six mosaic-tiled beds all heated to different temperatures, so you can find the one that suits you. Help yourself to magazines and water from a sideboard. The wet area also has a salt-infused steam room, an ice-bucket shower, as well as the traditional hammam and rasul. The steam room, hammam and rasul are all paid-for experiences.
Help yourself to magazines, lemon-infused water and plates of sticky dates in the relaxation room before or after your treatment. The flickering lanterns, gold accessories and vivid silk cushions continue the Moroccan theme. Lounge on a leather sofa or sit upright in velvet chairs. If it’s a sunny day, the courtyard garden is completely protected from the elements; order an herbal tea served in a traditional Moroccan silver teapot and soak up the sun.
Fancy a workout? There’s a fitness centre next door with a 17-metre pool, a squash court, two exercise studios and two outdoor tennis courts. Spa guests can use these facilities for a small fee.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried Dolphin Square’s signature 23 Carat Gold Body Ceremony (145 minutes, £199).
My therapist, Grace, collected me from reception and led me to one of five low-lit treatment rooms with a warm bed draped in chocolate brown towels and traditional Moroccan throws.
Grace explained that this treatment has three stages; an exfoliating scrub, a massage and a facial. She led me to the hammam for the scrub. I settled face up on a warm marble bench while Grace poured jugs of hot water over my body. She scrubbed me from top-to-toe using La Sultane de Saba’s Savon Noir (an exfoliating paste made with Moroccan olives) and used a Kessa exfoliation glove to get rid of dead skin cells. Grace used more hot water to wash off the scrub.
I put my robe back on and we walked back to the dry treatment room. Grace asked me to lie face down on the bed and used a rich balm to massage my back. As she worked out the knots in my shoulders, I inhaled the intoxicating smell -- fragrant and earthy. Grace finished the massage by dusting gold powder over my skin leaving a subtle shimmer.
Grace asked me to turn over on the treatment bed and thoroughly cleaned my face and neck using a rich cleanser. She massaged my skin and applied a mask containing 23 carat gold, said to brighten and tighten the skin. It tingled deliciously on application and wiped clean off.
After more than two hours of pampering, I left Grace’s care glowing from head-to-toe, with soft skin, relaxed shoulders and just the right amount of sparkle.
Other treatments at the Spa at Dolphin Square include Moroccan cleansing rituals such as the hammam and rasul, massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and beauty finishing touches. There are treatments for men, mums to be and small groups, too.
There’s no restaurant or café in the spa but you can enjoy a selection of snacks, including dates, olives, baklava and hummus, in the courtyard garden. If you have time, ask for the Moroccan Tea Ceremony and try a range of loose leaf blends while nibbling on dates and almonds.
Spa guests can eat more substantial meals at Dolphin Square’s Bar and Grill where you can choose between salads, fish and chips, burgers and more sophisticated plates like veal fillet or roast belly of pork. They can cater for vegans, gluten/dairy-free spa-goers with prior notice.
We loved / we didn't love
The sense of calm: From the moment you enter The Spa in Dolphin Square’s subterranean space you feel the tension just melt away.
The immaculate facilities: There’s clean and there’s glowing -- Dolphin Square positively gleams.
The products: La Sultane de Saba is an exquisite Parisian brand founded by a Moroccan family. Everything smells and feels beautiful.
We didn’t love
The Middle Eastern music occasionally lurched from calm to something more fitting a whirling dervish, a little jarring during a spa day.
Who do you think would like it?
City slickers: The central location of makes it accessible for Londoners to pop in for treatments during their lunch break or after work.
Hens: With a minimum of 14 spa-goers you can hire the entire spa -- perfect for a hen party.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The Spa in Dolphin Square a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The sublime and unusual treatments, knowledgeable and friend staff, and beautifully executed Moroccan theme will transport you a million miles away from your everyday life.
Tea menu and nibbles served in the relaxation lounge.
Dolphin Square’s serviced apartments are available for overnight stays.
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am - 8pm