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Akasha Spa at Café Royal
68 Regent St., Soho
Though the hotel is located right in the center of the city overlooking Piccadilly, its subterranean spa feels miles away from the bustling streets above. The space itself is gorgeous, and spending a couple of hours between the sleek and modern gym, pool, and hammam facilities makes for a pretty spectacular spa day. When you book in with some of the expert healers—a resident Reiki master, nutritionist, etc.—the spa also doubles as the most luxurious doctor's office ever.
Alfred Cutner, M.D.
University College Hospital, Marylebone
Gynecologist Alfred Cutner offers specialist consultations, investigations, and treatments to women with benign gynecological conditions at The Portland Hospital. He also runs an NHS practice at the teaching hospital at University College Hospital London. His main interest is laparoscopic surgery and its application in urogynaecology, endometriosis, fibroids, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology. Sounds complicated but, to sum it up, he's an excellent, well-rounded doctor.
Aman Spa at The Connaught
Carlos Place, Mayfair
Hands-down one of our favorite places to stay in London, the Connaught in Mayfair manages to strike a balance between charming and yet totally modern. The hotel's 5,000-square-foot spa (the only Aman Spa of its kind outside of the resort group), is just as incredible as you'd imagine swathed in floor-to-ceiling marble. At just five treatment rooms strong, there's a welcome intimacy here—all treatments start with an herbal infusion to help you unwind and then treatments take from Chinese, Indian, and Thai influences. (Each of the treatment rooms has its own private steam room.) During the week, the spa hosts a 20-minute lunch meditation at 1 p.m. that's free and open to the public.
Anastasia Achilleos
Home Visits
Unlike many aestheticians who rely solely on traditional lotions and potions to treat skin maladies, Anastasia treats the facial structures including the lymph nodes, fascia, and muscles. She offers a huge range of massages including deep cleansing, steam, extraction, and bespoke massages to lift, de-puff, reduce congestion in sinuses. They're also known to remove dark circles, pigmentation, acne, and sensitive or inflamed conditions. Her sessions are relaxing and she makes sure to teach her clients how to best manage their skin types at home.
Andrea Hurst
UME Diagnostics, 27 Harley St., Marylebone
Andrea Hurst is a specialist in reflexology based in Mayfair and Marylebone (though she also does home visits, and travels extensively). While those in need of a quick dose of intense relaxation might go to Andrea for a one hour "Reset" session, her longer "Restore" and "Regeneration" sessions offer a much more holistic experience. Through pressure points in the feet, Andrea can assess what body systems might need work—everything from eye and gum health to digestion and back pain—and zero in on those ailments. Her treatments are also highly recommended for anyone with sleep issues and severe jet-lag as she's a pro at reestablishing circadian rhythm.
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