Aman Spa at The Connaught
Aman spa at the Connaught, in the heart of bustling Mayfair, is the first Aman spa to open outside of an Aman resort, and offers some of the most decadent treatments and globally-inspired spa journeys in the UK.
Sitting on the corner of fashionable Mount Street and Carlos Place, the classy Connaught’s just a few minutes’ walk from Bond Street tube station, and less than an hour from Heathrow.
This British classic regularly welcomes high profile and celebrity guests, and rumour has it that Gwyneth Paltrow loved the dressing room in the suite she stayed in so much, she recreated it in her own home.
The hotel has a refined, regal appeal, and you can sense the auras of all the former dignitaries and film stars who’ve stayed over the decades as you walk down the Edwardian wood-panelled corridors, admiring artwork from everyone from Damien Hurst to Barbara Hepworth as you go.
Aman Spa at The Connaught is a modestly sized, but supremely luxurious spa with a dark granite pool, crystal steam room and 5 candle-lit treatment rooms, including one double. It’s is the first in the UK from the leading international Aman resort group, and its international fans flock to The Connaught to indulge in some of the brand’s trademark understated luxury and its celebrity-standard discreet service.
Alongside the usual top-end spa suspects, like state-of-the-art facials and massages, Aman offers multi-sensory holistic journeys, inspired by traditional well-being practises. Depending on specific needs, spa-goers can choose a treatment or journey from the spa menu that focuses on the following 4 goals: Detoxing, cleansing, nourishment and relaxation. Treatments include a variety of massage techniques and elements, including cupping, salt and herbal poultices, muds, crystals and rituals. All treatments use Aman’s own luxurious spa products.
Whether you’re looking to address burnout, anxiety, jet lag, insomnia, backache or dry skin, there’s an Aman treatment to help. There’s even a treatment to target ‘rootlessness’.
There’s also a good range of luxurious and specialist facials, and treatments for hands and feet. Wider wellness is also available at the spa – from osteopathy and reiki to personal training and nutritional advice.
As well as treatment benefits, you’ll likely emerge with some valuable wellness tips from your therapist too, to incorporate into your daily life.
The Connaught, part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, is one of the most exclusive hotels in London, up there with local sister hotels Claridge’s and The Berkeley. It’s more traditional and understated than some, but it’s classically luxurious and has a certain confidence about the place for not bowing to all the latest décor trends.
Rooms range from contemporary to classic, compact and bijoux to vast suites. But they are all some kind of wonderful and come complete with a separate dressing room/bar area, cowshed products and 24/7 butler service, of course!
wining & dining
The Connaught Grill is the hotel’s stylish and modern interpretation of the classic grill. Surroundings are beautifully simple, with leather-clad banquettes, warm walnut wood panels and subtle lighting. The menu includes succulent Sunday Roasts, posh pies, grilled fish, and a few decent veggie options. Dishes are created in an open kitchen, using British ingredients, and taste even better when paired with something special from the hotel’s celebrated wine vault.
Jean-Georges is the place to book if you’re looking for more relaxed dining in a buzzy environment. Jean-Georges is open all day, serving a mixture of Connaught classics – from the Truffle Burger and Warm Shrimp Salad to pizzas, pasta, and Asian-influenced plates, like crispy salmon sushi. It’s also the place to get a great afternoon tea if you’re more of a pastries person, or enjoy a cheeky seasonal cocktail from one of the enthusiastic mixologists.
For an haute gourmet experience, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught shines with 3 Michelin stars, offering menus featuring skilled and mouth-watering culinary creations using carefully selected ingredients. Service is super slick in this smart, but happily not stiff, restaurant and the pink hues give it a cosy, warm vibe.
It’d be rude to not to acquaint yourself with the celebrated Martini Trolley in the silver-clad Connaught Bar before dinner, or at any time of day tbh. After all it’s considered by many to be the best bar in London, if not the world. The art of drinking is taken so seriously here that the award-winning Connaught Bar has its own gin, signature martini glasses and champagne coupes.
The Connaught Champagne Bar is as elegant as you’d expect, and an intimate place to enjoy a glass of two of your favourite fizz while keeping half an eye out for royalty – self-appointed or otherwise.
The Red Room is an art-adorned hideaway accessed through the Connaught’s Champagne Bar. Swish through the velvet curtain and enjoy a unique collection of red-themed creative works, including beautiful stained-glass artwork from Brian Clarke, the artist who created the stunning roof at Beaverbook’s Coach House spa. Connaught Patisserie.
And no visit is complete without popping next door to The Connaught’s Patisserie on Mount Street – as appealing to the eye as it is to the palette. And, they do perfectly-packaged take-away too.
why so spavellous?
Aman knows spas. Spa treatments and journeys are some of the best, and most interesting, in the UK. Aman products are dreamy, and the spa therapists are professional, experienced and knowledgeable.
The private changing rooms are perfect for anyone looking for privacy, and it’s great to have proper space for clothes etc. And, touches like having your own sound system in the changing rooms help take it to the next level.
Needless to say, a trip to Aman spa at the Connaught does not come cheap. But, on the plus side, the decadent treatments can transport you to foreign climes without the airfare, albeit for an hour or two. And it’s a positively thrifty compared with the new Aman New York where a 3-hour banya will set you back over $3000 (no, this isn’t a typo!).
Quite an obvious one, but it’s worth making time to enjoy the pool and steam room before your treatment. Guests who book Signature treatments, or have any booking of two hours or more, can use the pool and steam room for up to 2 hours.
The spa area itself is quite small, so be prepared for this, but the treatment and changing rooms offer more space and luxury.
‘One of the most expensive treatments I’ve ever had but what a treat!’
‘My treatment took me right back to my holiday in Thailand and I came out feeling like I was floating’
‘My facial was great and the therapist gave me good skincare advice, but shame there isn’t a relaxation area’