lastminute.com UK Spa Fortnight: K West Spa Review

I love spas. I love pampering. I love salons and professional treatments. As much as I love to do my own beauty routines, sometimes there’s nothing better than leaving it to a professional. Plus when it comes to things like massage, there really is no option but to turn to a professional! I used to feel that a massage was the ultimate in indulgence, and usually opted for a facial treatment over massage when given a choice as it felt more like it was really ‘doing something’, but in recent years I have really come to appreciate the benefits of a massage and actually try to have one fairly regularly to avoid the nasty computer-hunch shoulder knots from building up too much – something I’ve definitely been prone to and I find that the more regularly I have a massage, the less uncomfortable the knot-releasing process can be, which makes the massage itself more and more relaxing. Oh, and in case you’re wondering why I’m chattering on about spa and massages it’s because it’s lastminute.com spa fortnight

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On Friday last week I headed West to visit the K West Spa and Hotel. I’ve been there before back in 2010 so was familiar with the facilities, but was really interested to see again as really randomly I remember getting something in my eye when on my way to visit the spa and it really was a nightmare as I just couldn’t get it out at all and remember spending most of the time there laying down with my eyes closed willing whatever grain of dirt or whatever was in my eye to get out. I know, very random memory  – but I was keen to return and replace this with some new and perhaps more relaxing memories this time around.

The spa is part of the wider hotel, which does look quite unusual on a mostly residential street a stones throw from both Westfield Shepherds Bush and the tube station. So it’s a very easy to get to location, but the stark modern building definitely stands out amongst the rows of Victorian Terrace houses. Once inside I headed to the spa where I waited to be taken to my appointment. I had a spa packages of a 30min back neck and shoulder massage, followed by a 30min dry floatation experience and a 20 min ‘sun meadow’ experience.

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The massage was really lovely, exactly the sort of thing I would opt for for a ‘regular’ massage – that 30mins of releasing the tension on the shoulders especially is well worth it. I can’t help but feel 30mins does feel quite short for a pampering massage, but for a regular one it it very much worth it. Then I went straight from the massage to the ‘dry floatation’ experience. This was a bit surreal – basically it’s a large waterbed/cocoon type of thing, where you feel like you’re surrounded by a large warm duvet on a waterbed. It’s quite odd, very cosy and relaxing though and I’m pretty sure I nodded off after just a few moments! The expression ‘snug as a bug in a rug’ comes to mind for this.

Following this I was given a quick tour of the facilities and given the option of when I wanted to go for the ‘sun meadow’ experience. To be honest, I had no idea what this would be (am I meant to lie in a field?!) – it’s basically a room, with some relaxing nature sounds playing, and a double bed sized area on the floor. Then you have some protective UV filter goggle type things and a light comes on and feels lovely and warm on the skin. The therapist did say to be that it was ‘UV light to help the body produce vitamin D’, personally I do wish there was a little more information available on this as having looked on the website the information is basic at best and to me it felt a little bit too close to a low-powered sun-bed experience (which is basically what it is – which is why I think they should be a little more informative with this on the website). But it was very nice and relaxing to just chill out for a while.

I then headed to spend around an hour or so in the wet spa area where I tried to make use of most facilities – starting with the foot bath where they have little sinks you can fill with water and add some soaking salts. I opted for the warm option, but you can go cold as you please too. Speaking of cold, I did chicken out of the ‘snow paradise’ experience – where there’s a small room that’s essentially the opposite of a sauna as it’s kept deep in the minus temperatures and meant as a destination post-hot experience to rev-up your circulation (aka make your body totally freak out with the temperature change). I did almost go in, but decided against it when I opened the door as it was very dark and lots of icy air spilling out made me change my mind! But if you’re a braver girl/boy than me let me know what it’s like!

I did make use of the steam room, chill out pods and sauna – all very relaxing and lovely and then headed back to the extensive changing rooms to get ready to go back to real life! One thing well worth a mention is that the Spa uses Aromatherapy Associates products, one of my all time favourites so this made getting ready with the products available in the changing rooms a joy. Lovely stuff.

All in all, a lovely way to start a Friday morning – I wish every week was like that! Definitely a destination to head to if you’re looking for some affordable, accessible pampering that’s an upgrade on the essentials but not so pricey you wince at the cost. If you book a package through lastminute.com you can also bag a two for one bargain on the experience I’ve reviewed above! Or enter the competition below to win a spa experience for yourself.

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54 Comments

  1. Kathryn
    July 6, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    This sounds absolutely lovely and in such a good location!

  2. July 6, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    I have never been to a spa before! I would love to go to one 🙂

  3. Naomi Lowe
    July 6, 2014 / 3:54 pm

    I would love to treat my hardworking Mum!

  4. Paige
    July 6, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    I need a spa day because I have just graduated and am starting my Masters in September, so the relaxation would be soooooo appreciated!

  5. Charlotte T
    July 6, 2014 / 11:30 pm

    A dream day for me & my mom!

  6. Kelly glen
    July 7, 2014 / 9:30 am

    I need a treat after breaking my hip last year.

  7. Ashley Rothwell
    July 8, 2014 / 9:14 am

    So stunning, what a fantastic day

  8. July 8, 2014 / 10:45 am

    To escape the stress and pressures of everyday life.

  9. July 8, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    I get married in 12 weeks and need to relax!

  10. Laura
    July 8, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    Ah it looks lovely. I don’t deserve a spa day but my best friend who gave birth 3 months ago certainly does so i’d love to be able to take her for a treat!

  11. clair downham
    July 8, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    i would to win to have a little bit of a relax instead of rushing everywhere and also to treat the hubby thankyou

  12. Jane Willis
    July 10, 2014 / 7:34 am

    I want to help my friend’s depression to lift

  13. danielle hanley
    July 10, 2014 / 7:45 am

    I hardly see my best friends anymore as everyone is so busy with work and university and also skint, would be lovely to spend a day relaxing and catching up at this beautiful spa xx

  14. Cheryl Kean
    July 10, 2014 / 8:03 am

    to chill, rewind, relax, chilax in beautiful surroundings.

  15. Miriam OToole
    July 10, 2014 / 8:14 am

    My boyfriend won’t rub my tired feet 🙁

  16. Heather Wright
    July 10, 2014 / 8:31 am

    I would love to win this! i am in need of pampering

  17. hannah massingham
    July 10, 2014 / 10:22 am

    Overworked, underpaid, mum to 3, need i say more?

  18. Florence Cross
    July 10, 2014 / 10:47 am

    Am overworked, underpaid & unappreciated, so in need of TLC.

  19. Maria Davis
    July 10, 2014 / 11:38 am

    Me & my Mum deserve a treat! Perfect TLC day for us!

  20. emily omara
    July 10, 2014 / 11:47 am

    Was ill on my last spa day, need proper one!

  21. Jodie Smith
    July 10, 2014 / 12:57 pm

    No holiday this year so spa day would be perfect.

  22. dorothy cavender
    July 10, 2014 / 2:03 pm

    it would be great to relax and be pampered

  23. Gemma Clark
    July 10, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    I would love a spa day because in between taking care of my own family plus looking after my friend’s 2 children mon-fri I never get a chance for any ‘me-time’

  24. Claire Power
    July 10, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Been working hard or set up my own business and could really do with a day of pampering xx

  25. July 10, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    looks very inviting, luxurious and I want to go!!!!

  26. SIAN BRINDLOW
    July 10, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    I would love this. I am absolutely dead on my feet after a very stressful year!

  27. Victoria Lowe
    July 10, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    This mummy needs some time out & a real pamper xxxx

  28. Nicola Jones
    July 10, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    My rickity old body needs real rest and relaxation

  29. July 10, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    Really in need of some pampering, just recovering from an illness and in need of a treat, would love to take my daughter, she’s never been on a spa day before, this would be amazing to win!

  30. hannah
    July 10, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    To escape, refresh, revive, relax and some peace!

  31. Amy Warwick
    July 10, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    Nice relaxing break after working hard!!

  32. Ann Calland
    July 11, 2014 / 7:19 am

    To relax and chill out and recharge.

  33. Laura Pritchard
    July 11, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Because I’m more scummy than yummy mummy!

  34. Angie Hoggett
    July 11, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    I’m absolutely exhausted and stressed this would be a brilliant to help me unwind!

  35. July 11, 2014 / 9:21 pm

    I want to come to London to look for wedding shoes and this would make the weekend an experience to remember.

  36. claire woods
    July 11, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    It really is the only time when I do nothing except relax!

  37. Zoey H
    July 12, 2014 / 9:39 am

    All work and no play at the moment

  38. Angela
    July 12, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    A great chance to relax

  39. michelle banks
    July 12, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    would love a spa day with my daughter, we both deserve it!

  40. JOANNA TERRY
    July 12, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    Some me time with my cousin who lives in London!

  41. Daniel Stacey
    July 12, 2014 / 6:01 pm

    After 6 weeks school holidays will need to relax

  42. Kerry Locke
    July 12, 2014 / 8:24 pm

    De-Stress and Recharge the Batteries after the school holidays

  43. July 13, 2014 / 1:54 pm

    After finishing my degree I’m in desperate need of relaxation

  44. Hannah Lord
    July 13, 2014 / 5:20 pm

    I’d love an escape from everyday life and the kids!

  45. Sheri Darby
    July 13, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    I work very hard and thoroughly deserve to be totally pampered

  46. Caroline Anne Bellamy
    July 13, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    A pre-baby treat for my mum and me!

  47. lynsey poole
    July 13, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    I’ve had a very stressful year and a lovely spa getaway would be perfect

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