In the heart of Amsterdam city lies the W Amsterdam, and its story is one to behold.
Split across two unique buildings, a former telephone exchange building and an old bank, W Amsterdam is an intriguing design mix of heritage and contemporary style. This hotel holds back on nothing. It is a funky, modern, upmarket establishment that boasts an elegant restaurant, a stunning bar known as the W Lounge with a rooftop pool, super cool styled rooms and of course, the best in service excellence. We stayed in stunning rooms overlooking the canals which was a real treat to watch the boats go by as the sun set.
The AWAY Spa simply had to make our schedule. I have always loved the look of this spa from its photos, however experiencing it is something quite extraordinary. Deep down in what was the old bank vault lies luxury, relaxation, sophistication and a very much required time-out. Lighting in this spa is everything; candles dancing in the slight breeze lead you down long and dark stair cases, yellow lighting in the hot tubs and pools make you feel as though you are swimming in liquid gold, and of course well-placed fireplaces add to the ambiance of the AWAY Spa at the W Amsterdam. The original vault doors are still in place as well as one of the gold smelting pots, now an ice water dip tub.
On 14 July 2018 at the World Luxury Spa Awards gala celebration, a week before our visit, this magnificent property took away, amongst other awards, the Best Unique Experience Spa award globally and upon arrival it was not hard to see why. The reception, X-bar (drinks and light snacks), Beauty Bar and hair salon are enough to entice your senses into what lies ahead, but finally getting down into that wet area is sublime, an experience like no other. Floating in the lap pool one can see oneself in the low placed mirror ceiling above whilst you can hear the music gently playing under the water.
“This is one spa everyone has to visit when in Amsterdam. It is quite simply a must. The uniqueness of it’s style and decor is like nothing I have ever experienced before and I will never forget my visit to this golden haven of wellness.” – Joanna Evans, Executive Manager – World Luxury Spa Awards
My favourite part of any hotel to experience? The spa… oh and what a spa it is…
ESPA and Powerscourt Hotel have outdone themselves with this space. A highlight of my entire trip was being treated to the 2 hour Powerscourt Signature Ritual, starting with a purifying salt and oil scrub followed by an indulgent massage using a combination of essential oils that you select yourself to your preference. And lastly, a therapeutic scalp massage using Rose Quartz Crystals finishes the experience. After this bliss I was left in the serenity room overlooking the gardens and fountain and given a soothing mango sorbet. Time for a powernap!
The wet area is sublime. A large indoor lap pool with an adjoining hot tub, a sauna, steam room, plunge pools and conveniently placed showers will keep you relaxing for hours if you are not there for a treatment.
The lunch at the spa is also a delight. Different courses decadently styled in a Bento box in a chic and elegant café style dining area, and as always, served with a smile. It is the perfect way to end a treatment or even time in the wet area.
Overall, our stay at this hotel was a pleasure. From the door lady to the housekeeping, start to finish, we knew we were in an establishment that was proud to deliver service excellence from its every corner, and we can only hope to once again experience its beauty.
Soma Spa was by far the most relaxing experience on my journey through Dubai.
If you can, get a lady by the name of Chon to get her hands on you, I can guarantee you this will be worth every penny as her healing hands find every knot and aching spot on your body. The spa itself is beautifully laid out, tranquil and relaxing. The change rooms hold the sauna and steam room for use before your treatment, and after being sent into seventh heaven you are seated quietly to some ginger tea while you let the experience run over in your mind, relaxing you even further before returning to your day.
This spa is highly recommended by the Executive Manager of the World Luxury Spa Awards, and surely by all who have visited it.
After having the opportunity to visit this day spa, we see it is no wonder this spa wins so many awards, it also proudly took home Global Spa of the Year for 2015 with the World Luxury Spa Awards after receiving thousands of public votes. Situated in the quaint town of Burnley in the UK, set within 100 acres of the most magnificent Lancashire countryside with its undulating rolling landscape, sensational woodland and lush verdant pasture, there is a true sense of intimacy and peace created by the surroundings.
Unassuming from the outside, it is upon entering this spa that you realise what you have stepped into. One of the finest wet areas we have had the pleasure of enjoying, super friendly and helpful staff, heated loungers surrounding a big bubbly pool of joy and probably my most favourite, the Serenity Pool, where absolute silence and relaxation is enforced.
This is a day spa not to be missed. You’ll receive undivided attention from highly trained therapists during luxury treatments and a dining experience at Bertram’s where you will feast on food delivered by award-winning chefs to ensure your sensory journey is totally complete.