Joanne Robert

I had never been to Banya before and was surprised by how enjoyable an experience it was. I was at first quite confused, trying to figure out what I was supposed to do, where to go, etc. But eventually got the steam room -> cold bucket -> freezing bath routine and figured out that I could pretty much just relax between the Banya space and the lounge room without worrying about the timing of the treatments, as the staff were really on top of things. I went for a Gold Package, which I think was the right choice for me. The perennie was very refreshing and made me feel healthy and appeased. The honey scrub smelled wonderful and left my skin delightfully smooth. The massage was also great; different from the types I know, but the Hungarian (I think) lady who performed it was clearly an expert, and proved that lighter skilful massages can work as well as stronger ones. She was also really nice and interesting to talk to. The mud décolleté wasn’t quite as satisfying for me, I would have wanted to feel and see more purifying effects on my skin, but at least it was fun. My favourite things were probably the scrub and – surprisingly – the ice cold pool that was available for post-steam stimulation. So invigorating! Tricky since I don’t live in London, but I would definitely like to come again!

Joanne Robert

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