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Knightsbridge is home to some very exclusive health clubs. The trouble is that it’s not always obvious where they are, or what they offer. We visited several hidden health clubs in the area and found three very different experiences.
In no particular order, here is our verdict on the best health clubs in Knightsbridge.
The Berkeley Health Club and Spa is hidden away on the 7th and 8th floor of The Berkeley. The focal point of the club is the swimming pool, which is the city’s only rooftop pool with panoramic views of London’s skyline. The specially designed roof over the swimming pool slides open to reveal the sky in fine weather.
The boutique spa offers four exclusive luxury brands to focus on different areas of the body and skin, making this an ideal place to visit for bespoke beauty treatments. Between treatments, members can relax in the inner courtyard terrace designed by award winning florist McQueens. The courtyard terrace has been designed to resemble the traditional British countryside, and members can sunbathe here whilst enjoying a light lunch or healthy smoothie.
The Berkeley also has a high-tech gym area, with each piece of cardio-vascular equipment fitted with a personal TV/Hi-Fi monitor and headphones.
Main Highlight: The beautiful Roman-style rooftop swimming pool and courtyard area are a rare find in central London, creating an atmosphere that is more comparable to being on holiday than being in a health spa.
For more information, or to enquire about membership, visit: www.the-berkeley.co.uk
The Bulgari spa is one of the largest spas in central London. Situated underground, the reception area to the spa makes a stunning first impression with a signature back-lit reception desk made of green onyx and glass walls lined with Vincenza stone.
In the centre of the health spa is a 25m swimming pool, lined with green and gold mosaic tiles. Within the pool area is a vitality pool designed to cleanse and detoxify the skin. Spa treatments take place in 12 private treatment rooms and include a Margaret Dabbs foot and nail clinic alongside more traditional spa treatments.
Guests looking for fitness facilities will not be disappointed, as the health spa has a state-of-the-art gymnasium with a range of cardio vascular and strength machines, complete with a free-weights area.
There is also Bodyism Fitness Suite led by James Duigan (author of the best selling Clean & Lean Diet books) who offers guidance to members on overall health, diet and wellbeing, as well a tailoring nutritional protocols, movement and exercise programmes.
Main Highlight: Opulent interiors make this one of the most stylish health spas in London, whilst the Bodyism Fitness Suite offers the unusual opportunity for members to take professional guidance in overall health and wellbeing.
For more information, or to enquire about membership, visit: www.bulgarihotels.com
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
The Peak is located on the ninth floor of the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and offers some of the best panoramic views of London. The Club Room is the perfect place to meet friends for an informal lunch between classes, offering healthy meals, a lunch buffet, fruit juices and smoothies.
There is a 20m stainless steel swimming pool complete with a whirlpool, sauna and steam facilities. Regular aqua-aerobic classes are also held in the pool, making this the perfect place for leisure or pleasure.
The gymnasium offers a range of exercise classes, yoga classes, and cardio vascular and strength machines, making this particularly popular with runners — treadmills look out over breathtaking views of the city.
Spa treatments include detox wraps, body peels, contouring treatments, Thai Aromatherapy and Swedish massage. There is plenty on offer here for those looking for the ultimate pampering experience.
The Peak also has a state-of-the-art golf simulator in an area known promisingly as The Swing Factory. Members can play a virtual game on over 30 of the world’s most famous golf courses, watch video playback, and benefit from private coaching.
Main Highlight: Panoramic views of the city make this one of the most talked about health spas in Knightsbridge, and The Swing Factory attracts (and produces) some very capable golfers.
For more information, or to enquire about membership, visit: www.peakhealthclub.com