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Global hangout: K West hotel and spa, London

A snow-filled spa in the centre of London? It’s the ultimate place to chill out...

K West hotel and spa, London
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K West hotel and spa, London

Love spa treatments? We don’t know anyone who’ll say no to a blissful bout of beautifying, if we’re honest. But if you’re in the mood for something really different – and are fed up of Dubai’s glorious weather already (are you mad?) – how about a trip to London for a spot of “Snow Paradise” pampering?

Developed by German Spa specialists Klaffs, this unique Finnish experience invites guests at London’s K West Hotel and Spa to freeze their way to good health in a cooling oasis of the finest natural powder snow. A spell in the invigorating wintry cabin at a tingling -15ºC provides a novel approach to cooling off after a sauna.

For full health benefits, the spa's guests are advised to experience a hot-cold therapy by alternating between steamy and icy environments. The sudden and extreme change in temperature stimulates the body’s circulation, which is beneficial for the immune and respiratory system.

Once inside the dreamy Snow Paradise (with snow made exclusively of air and water, with no chemical additives), guests can either relax in a snow-drift, or scoop snow onto the body to cool-off and further detoxify.

If all that wintery fun sounds just a little too chilly for you, in addition to the Snow Paradise, K West's award-winning spa features a far more temperate hydrotherapy pool, sanarium, sauna, sun meadow, dry flotation tank, experience showers, foot baths, aromatic herbal steam room, as well as seven beautifully designed treatments rooms. And if, after all that, you're in the mood for more therapy – of the retail kind, we hasten to add – the knockout shopping streets of West London are just minutes away from the hotel. Just the place to pick up some thermals, then…

Inside info
K Spa’s Wet Spa, which includes access to the Snow Paradise, can be booked at a daily rate of Dh295; or Dh380 with a spa lunch and soft drink. Guests can visit the Snow Paradise free of charge when booking a minimum of two hours of holistic spa treatments.

K West Hotel and Spa, Richmond Way, London | +44 20 8008 6600 |

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