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Review of So SPA at Sofitel Hotel, St James

BY: Jen Riley | 9 Jun 2014
Review of So SPA at Sofitel Hotel, St James

If you're looking for something relaxing to do in London, So SPA at The Softiel Hotel, St James is located right in the heart of London. It's just a short distance away from the hubs of both Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, but once you're inside, you immediately escape in to a world of relaxation and tranquility.

The Setting

Interior shot of So SPA Sofitel St James

The Products

The latest addition to the product lineup is from Marisa Berenson and her signature line, which is all created around the core ingredient of oil from a prickly pear. The ingredient comes from a cactus flower that only blooms once per year but offers amazing hydrating, protective and regenerating properties for the skin. Marisa has been working with Sofitel on the redesign of their spa offering, starting with their location in Marrakech and now moving on to London. It’s not just her products that are giving the spa a refreshed feel though, these are extending through to the treatments - of which I had the chance to try one.

So SPA Treatment Products

The Treatment

I went for the body ritual - which included a wonderful combination of body scrub, mask and massage. The treatment was thorough at every stage, with varying pressures of massage throughout each application phase - from the scrub being applied with medium pressure, the mask with gentle pressure and then finally the oil based ‘proper’ massage bit which was customised to your needs (more pressure on the shoulders please!). It left me feeling totally chilled out and my skin silky smooth and glowing.

The After Effects

Personally, I adore going to spas or salons for those really pampering treatments like massages but the only small downside is that often just a few hours later you can feel the effects have worn off and the relaxed and de-stressed feeling of post-treatment bliss is just a memory. That’s not the case with the Marisa Berenson treatment. I love this treatment because of its longevity - it leaves you relaxed and de-stressed after the massage and your skin feels silky for a long time afterwards.

When to Go

This treatment in particular would be ideal for anyone who is heading away on holiday - especially in the colder months - where you want your skin to be soft and glowing, but perhaps it has been hidden away under warm layers for weeks or months. The ritual from So SPA by Sofitel at the Sofitel Hotel St James is a great way to not only feel pampered, but also to be left feeling gorgeous from head to toe. Now if only they could also invent something that just as easily shifts those few extra pounds off after winter - that would be perfect!

So SPA is located at the Sofitel London St James Hotel, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN

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