A blustery Sunday in February and I am in for a treat. Me and the boyfriend are heading to The SPA Intercontinental on Hyde Park Corner for a Steam Temple experience for two. We are both rather excited about this, having fallen in love with the ancient Moroccan tradition of the Haman (intense, aromatic, infused steam rooms) when holidaying in Marrakesh 2 years ago. I was most keen on the idea of giving myself a full body face mask using their mineral rich muds. I think the boyfriend was most keen on reliving our holiday, either way this sounded like an exquisite experience we were both keen on.
We arrived and ascended to the first floor SPA. We were welcomed by a lovely lady called Lowenna who showed us into the champagne lounge. After grazing on complimentary nuts, fresh berries and tea, we headed into our steam suite. As Lowenna showed us around, talking us through the treatment, all the lovely Elemis products at our disposal, the rainfall His and Hers joint shower, and the beautiful mosaic tiled aromatic steam room, which was already steaming up for us.
I haven’t had a couples spa treatment before so I was unsure how much attention/presence we would get from the staff but Lowenna was the perfect amount of available. After answering any questions we had, she gracefully exited the room and left us to it.
The ambiance was relaxing, with mood lighting, Turkish inspired decor with modern dark wood cabinets and glass shower. There was exotic tinkling music playing throughout, but this was drowned out with when the Steam occasionally poured out of the clay shrine. Spa Intercontinental Steam Temple provides you with big towels and robes, disposable undies if needed, shower caps, slippers, his and hers wardrobes and deodorants for afterwards. When she showed me the vast collection of Elemis cleansers, toners and balms all at my disposal my eyes lit up 🙂 I even talked the boyfriend into taking advantage of this fab set up.
Right, kit off, let’s get muddy. The aim of the ST experience is to relax in a therapeutic space, swathed in their skin moisturising, mineral-rich mud whilst basking in the infused steam temple. This treatment is the ideal to relax the mind, skin and body and can be booked as an individual or joint experience.
Two pots of mud are set out for you when you go into the temple: 1 face mud, 1 body mud. What Lowenna maybe forgot to mention us was that by adding a little H2O to the mud, the stuff would go on a lot easier. We struggled to apply the c laylike formula to our bodies until half a pot in, I realised that by adding water it became easier to spread. It was really funny and we laughed a lot and then remembered we were here to relax so sank into our deep spa chairs whilst the temple got super steamy. 45 mins later we are abruptly shaken from a steamy slumber by a warm-ish rain fall that descended from the heavens with surprise, we were warned about this though. Washed cleaned we hit the showers.
Feeling relaxed and refreshed we go back to the champagne room for a glass of fizz and some more fresh fruit. I flick through this months Vogue dreading leaving this little cocoon of heaven.
I would totally recommend this treatment for a couple, as you are in close proximity, pretty much naked and slick with mud for an hour. I probably wouldn’t do this with my mum or a mate but hey, if you and your gran fancy a steamy hour of relaxation then by all means book it in!
Steam Temple is available at The Spa Intercontinental for £75 for two people. The Spa uses Elemis products and have a tempting list of Spa treatments available as add-ons to your treatment. See the menu here.