Though I may have started this year vowing to travel less far and wide, in a fortunate twist of events I’ve actually ended up spending far more time ‘in the air’ than anticipated. Since landing an anchor position with TravelXP I have dashed in and out of the UK so regularly that when I am at home I find myself savouring every possible moment spent catching up with my friends and family.
I’m not naturally someone who has previously gravitated towards a lazy day of being spoiled with great food and scheduled relaxation but after the whirlwind of the last 6 months, it’s all I’ve been craving! So with two weeks at home my friend Chantal and I booked in for just that, a day of pure R&R at The Landmark London Hotel.
First up on our ‘schedule’ for the day was a trip to the spa, for some much-needed time to de-stress and wind down. The spa area is a great size for a hotel so centrally based (the Landmark is just footsteps from Marylebone Station and Baker Street) with a large gym and fitness room, a 50m heated pool, jacuzzi, solarium and steam rooms in the changing areas. For me, the area was pretty perfect when it comes to an in-house spa as it was beautifully decorated and well kept with all the pamper amenities you could need, fresh fruit and tea, toiletries in the changing areas, fluffy towels robes and slippers were handed to you on arrival, then there was the element of size that allowed the space to also work well for guests that wanted to you the facilities for exercise.
After swimming a few laps, and ‘zenning’ out in the solarium I had booked myself in for one of the spa’s newest treatments, the Phytocare Boaobab Ritual. Described as an energising full body massage & exfoliation using ethically sourced Baobab seed oil. The treatment is an African-inspired full body massage that promises an invigorating, stress-reducing experience. The blend of natural oils provides anti-inflammatory benefits, a reduction in stretch marks and increased skin elasticity, making it the ideal pregnancy treatment or in my case perfect for my nicks and scars I’ve picked up along the way to the age of 31!
The whole process was gorgeous, I laid down on a dreamy heated bed to have a light scrub treatment with the unique boaobab product, the therapist applied and then removed the scrub without me having to shower in-between which I really liked and by not having to move off the cosy massage bed it aided me en route to complete relaxation. By the time dreamy massage started I was perfectly soothed and lulled into slumber. The massage also uses the ‘wonder’ oil and my therapist knew exactly where to work for me to leave the treatment in a state of bliss with a few knot fixes! The treatment lasted for 65 minutes and then I spent a good 20 in the relaxation room sipping in fresh ginger tea. It was such a lush few hours all the while, crazy to think that all the hustle and bustle of busy London was happening a few floors above me.
After our treatments and use of the spa facilities Chantal and I moved upstairs to the iconic and now insta-famous Winter Garden. The Landmark have managed to seamlessly bring the laid back beauty of the tropics to the built up city of London by creating a whimsical hall of high glass ceilings and palm tress. It’s such a novel idea and so beautifully done!
The grandeur of the building mixed with the drama of the towering palms makes for quite the dining experience but it’s the physical food itself that really steals the show in my opinion! Some of you will know from previous posts that I am a vegetarian through choice and also gluten free for health reasons so eating out can be quite tricky for me, especially as I’m sure you can imagine, when going for sandwiches and cakes. I let the Landmark know about my dietary requirements when making my booking and they created a bespoke menu for me accordingly. The spread was fantastic, I’d go as far as saying t’s probably the best sweet and savoury spread I’ve had since going gluten free over a year ago. It. Was. Delicious! I was treated to a table of open sandwiches on gluten free bread, freshly baked fruit scones and a selection of delicious cakes which even included my favourite, a macaron. It all tasted ahhh-mazing and to say I rolled off my chair upon eating every last morsel would be an understatement, in fact, pretty sure I’m still full now!
The presentation was so pretty, each item on our plates was served as not just food but also a pretty picture and the general setting of the venue made for such a perfect afternoon treat, the service was excellent and to top it all off champagne is served upon request to bubble along with the food.
I highly recommend the High Tea at the Landmark and treating ourselves to a spa treatment beforehand made for the absolute perfect girlie afternoon. Keep your eye out on social as I have no doubt I’ll be headed back!