AGUA Bathhouse & Spa | Mondrian Hotel

27 October 2015

My birthday weekend celebrations started on Friday afternoon where I was treated to a custom massage at the AGUA Bathhouse & Spa, Mondrian Hotel (part of the Morgan's group). The hotel is located at Sea Containers just by the River Thames. It is modern and clean and the Spa is located below ground to make you feel as if you are under water!

I arrived at the hotel to discover that the interior had been designed by Tom Dixon and knew that I would fall in love with the decor. Who doesn't love a bit of Tom Dixon?!

Everything from the marble floors, to the copper trays and not forgetting the beautiful copper tear drop in the middle of the spa lounge was so beautiful to look at. After filling out a short form in the gorgeous reception area I was taken to the steam rooms/changing area. The room was all white with marble details, lockers and massive rain showers stocked with Malin + Goetz products!

I changed into a white robe and fluffy slippers and joined Rosalind in the Spa lounge for tea and lemon infused water. There are 6 treatment rooms ranging from Mud Bath to couples massage rooms, the main Spa Lounge and a Glamour room where you can have an express mani/pedi along with other beauty treatments.

Rosalind had arranged for the staff to bring me a delicious chocolate birthday cake with two large glasses of champagne which was such a lovely touch to the experience. The Spa lounge had soft white cushioned seats on one side and loungers on the other side. In the middle was the beautiful copper tear drop feature over a mini circle pool.

After an hour of relaxing and sipping champagne we were collected by two ladies to take us to our massage. My masseuse, Tendai, asked me what areas I would like to concentrate on, what kind of scents I like and even asked what kind music I would like to have played during my massage! Tendai mixed the oils to create a beautiful citrus scent and concentrated on my back and shoulders as I know they are my most tense areas.

 I had never had a Swedish massage before so I wasn't sure what to expect. Tendai mentioned that my back and shoulder muscles were very tight so some parts were quite uncomfortable as she tried to smoothen out the knots! A lot of it involved long gliding strokes to help circulation and to relieve any stress carried in the muscles. I find it quite hard to switch off and spent a lot of the time thinking but eventually felt relaxed and sleepy towards the end. After 50 minutes (that felt like 5) I was told that the massage was over and to get ready in my own time. Tendai gave me a card and wrote down things I could do at home to maximise the benefits of the massage.

I then went back to the changing room and spent a few minutes in the steam room followed by a refreshing shower. We left the spa in our gym clothes feeling so light and relaxed. It was such a lovely personalised experience and I would definitely return to try out their other spa treatments!

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