Edna O / TripAdvisor
I wanted to experience a spa, but did not want a flashy hotel type one. Banya is perfect. You get lovely friendly staff, who could not be more helpful. I selected the woman’s day off peak “Gold Package” which includes just about everything and a fantastic massage. It started at 10am with a quick run through of what to expect, they also show you round, so you know where to have a break and drink plenty of herbal tea. I go to a sauna at my gym but this is sauna is a totally different level. You can wear a swim suit or bikini or nothing at all, it is up to you. They give you a towel and of course a Banya hat to use. I was a bit nervous at first because I was on my own, but within a few minutes of sitting in the sauna, I got chatting to a lovely Russian lady, who explained the joys of having a Russian sauna in London. Quite frankly why would you want to go anywhere else. The treatments were a parenie, which was done in the sauna, the gentle action of hitting you with leaves recirculates the hot air and is lovely and very, very relaxing. Also coffee scrub all over, which is done in a private cubicle and then a mud pack on the face and neck, with trips to the sauna in between all of this, but the massage in the treatment room was fantastic, they certainly know their stuff and I want to go every week, but of course it will have to be once every 3 months, but never mind. I cannot recommend highly enough.