The Grade II listed townhouse could literally be any building. A private dwelling or an office space perhaps. It’s only a tiny gold plaque on the wall that gives away its secret.
For behind the Edwardian door of this abode is the home to Ushvani – a luxurious day spa that offers Malaysian treatments in a tranquil and private environment. From the moment you walk in, you know you’re in the lap of exclusive luxury.
I was here to sample the delights of the spa together with a Balinese massage. After being let in through a buzzer, I was handed a cool cloth to freshen up while a tray arrived with slippers and my own shoes taken away. I noticed that Malaysian wood carvings and decorative artwork sat alongside original Edwardian features in perfect harmony.
A huge statement wooden staircase behind the reception made the area look magnificent that made me feel I was somewhere very special. The fact that I was in the Chelsea neighbourhood seemed surreal, with the whole building closed to the outdoor world thanks to the drawn out curtains.
Although the spa is open to both men and women, the two are separated on different floors, thereby keeping in line with the Malaysian culture. The lower ground floor is for the women only while a men’s treatment room called the ‘Palace’ upstairs has its own shower and relaxation area. However, a couple’s room, the Asmara Suite (meaning ‘love’) is a huge private space kitted out with Malaysian dark wood furniture, two massage beds divided by screens and its own sunken stone bath.
Because the treatments here are timed so you can enjoy the hydrotherapy pool and steam room all to yourself, I was advised to come along 45 minutes prior to my treatment. After a quick change into my bathing suit, I made full use of the facilities finding the jets in the hydrotherapy pool firm and the temperature just right.
The steam room worked a treat on my aching muscles and the tropical shower on the cold setting further helped blast away any tension. Having the place to myself before the treatment was a real nice touch about this place.