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Spa in the Sky

Bamford Haybarn’s Cotswolds spa has long been a weekend wellness destination for Londoners seeking an easy retreat from urban life.

Guests of The Berkeley hotel are free to access the spa and fitness center; nonguests can buy a day pass for $200.

 

Luxuriating is now even simpler with Bamford’s new spa location on the recently renovated top floors of The Berkeley hotel in London’s Knightsbridge district. The airy, light-filled space designed by renowned architect Spencer Fung is a rustic-chic oasis of calm in an otherwise bustling neighborhood (Harvey Nichols, Harrods and other high-end headliners are peppered along the surrounding blocks). Spanning the top two floors, the spa features more than 10 types of wood culled from the English countryside. Sliced holly logs set in resin, for example, are used to stylish effect, taking shape at the reception desk, waiting room and in the form of a heart at the threshold of the spa; door handles, meanwhile, are made of a rare chestnut by a fourth-generation walking-stick manufacturer. Continuing the country-in-the-city theme is a lush outdoor garden welcoming guests to lounge on chaises post-treatment, and treat themselves to smoothies, salads or perhaps a glass of wine from the spa menu, all while surrounded by plants—fig trees, hydrangea, lavender and jasmine—selected for their alluring scents. But the star of the show is the rooftop pool, which, considering London’s propensity for overcast skies, is either wildly optimistic, incredibly indulgent or a combination of both. While de rigueur in New York or Los Angeles, hotels with rooftop pools in this rainy city are a rarity, with The Berkeley being the sole property in central London. Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London; the-berkeley.co.uk