Friday, 3 June 2011

Pamper your mind, body and soul at The May Fair Hotel

If you are looking for the perfect place to go in order to let your troubles and stress melt away, I have the answer! The May Fair, a luxury London hotel is THE place for a couples getaway prior to your big day, or for a girlie outing with your bridesmaids!

Wedding planning can be very stressful. In order to look and feel your best on your big day it is important to schedule lots of events that incorporate relaxing and pampering. A spa treat with your Fiance will provide valuable time for the two of you to unwind without being surrounded by table plans or invitation samples. Alternatively, a spa treat with your best friends and bridesmaids is the perfect girlie getaway that can also be incorporated into the Hen/Bachelorette festivities. If you are looking for a place that has gorgeous rooms, a blissful spa and a trendy bar, look no further than The May Fair Hotel on the corner of Berkeley Street and Stratton Street. 

Back in August 2010, my Pre-Wedding Party was held at The May Fair Hotel, in their beautiful ballroom, The Crystal Room. It was the perfect venue for my Henna Party as we had chosen an "Arabian Nights" theme and the room lent itself so well to our planned decor. 

The Crystal Room

As part of the package provided for Brides and Grooms who hold a wedding at The May Fair, the hotel always generously include a stay in one of their rooms. During my 9-day wedding extravaganza we were not able to stay on the night of the Pre-Wedding party as we had to go home and actually prepare for the wedding which was 2 days later! 

After an extremely busy period over Easter, my husband and I decided to finally use our complimentary stay at The May Fair a fortnight ago. The wonderful Nargis from the events team organised our room for us, and I called ahead and booked a Treat for Two at the May Fair Spa. We were expecting to have a deluxe double room so you can imagine our surprise when we walk in to our room and see that we have been booked into the stunning Schiaparelli Suite! 

I can honestly say that the Schiaparelli Suite is the largest hotel room I have ever stayed in, at 1492 sq ft in total. It had very unique decor and furnishings, breathtaking design elements and stunning sculptures and art. The suite had a dining area that can seat 8 people, a lounge that had a giant TV, amazing speakers, a wall-mounted Bang and Olufsen CD player, an i-pod dock, an integrated fireplace and curtains that are controlled by remote control. The bathroom was the size of most London apartments, featuring a giant illuminated rain shower and a limestone egg bath. My husband and I were left wondering if there had been some sort of a mistake and that perhaps this suite was actually reserved for a celeb and we were actually meant to be in a more modest room down the hall. 

The suite, which can comfortably host a drinks reception for up to 50 people, has been used for meetings, press launches as well as a film location. In my opinion, the Schiaparelli Suite would be the perfect room for a girlie weekend or hen party, which brings me on to the spa...

Once my husband and I were able to tear ourselves away from running around the suite like children on Christmas morning, we realised we had to be down in the spa for our couples treatments. The Spa is on the lower ground floor of the hotel, meaning that you need not go through the lobby to access it. This meant that we could go straight down to the spa in our robes and slippers. Upon arrival to the spa we were shown around all of the facilities and then told to make ourselves comfortable in the Relaxation Room where we would be collected for our treatments. A quick peek into the ladies changing rooms revealed luxurious products and top brand straighteners for guests to use. The relaxation room has refreshments for guests and has a calming atmosphere that encourages you to unwind. 

We were soon called for our Cleopatra Bathing Experience, which left my husband and I feeling refreshed and cleansed. This treatment lasted about 45 minutes, after which we were back in the relaxation room for a quick drink of water and some dried fruits. Then we were led away to our couples massage which left us both feeling as though we were floating above earth looking down on the busy Mayfair area from a cloud! My massage was done by Karolina and my Husband's massage was done by Shauni. Both therapists asked us to let them know if we had any particular areas we wanted them to concentrate on and provided a very attentive service. The treatment was then topped off with champagne and strawberries in the relaxation room. 

When we finally left the spa, we wandered back up to our suite, at which point I commented that I hadn't felt so relaxed and pampered since our honeymoon. The rest of the afternoon was spent eating The May Fair's delicious room service and chilling out on the huge sofas in our suite! The May Fair also has a very trendy bar which is great for celeb-spotting. 

Our stay was topped off with a delicious breakfast served on the giant dining table in our suite. All in all, it was an amazing stay and I only wish we could have stayed longer to fully benefit from all that the Schiaparelli Suite, as well as the May Fair Hotel in general, had to offer. 

I cannot recommend The May Fair Hotel highly enough for any bride who wants a chance to escape from matrimonial mayhem and have some time out with her hubby-to-be or her girlies. It goes above and beyond everything you would expect from a Luxury London Hotel and has to be seen to be believed. Once you eventually tear yourselves away and check out, it is only when you step out of the door onto a busy street that you will remember you are actually in busy Mayfair rather in an Far-Eastern Spa Resort. 

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