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London is probably not the first city that comes to mind when planning an urban spa weekend, but with the opening of ESPA Life at the posh Corinthia Hotel, it should be. The four-level, 37,000-plus-square-foot spa is a sophisticated urban oasis where no expense was spared — from the generous use of fireplaces and the heated marble chaise longues that reside in front of them to the
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glass-enclosed stadium-style sauna, the marble-clad vitality pool with a selection of air and water massage jets, and even the Chanel-inspired women’s locker-room design. Luxurious design aside, ESPA Life offers the expected menu of body and face treatments, but what’s not expected is the extensive alternative-medicine offerings — like consultations with on-staff naturopaths, osteopaths, Chinese-medicine acupuncturists and herbalists — as well as lifestyle programs that focus on everything from detox to sleep issues, weight loss and pre- and postnatal care. After a day being fussed over, guests can take the dedicated spa elevator back to their rooms before descending to the lobby for an excellent meal at one of the hotel’s two restaurants. That’s what we call a stress-free day. 011-44-20-7321-3050, www.espalifeatcorinthia.com