Agua Bathhouse and Spa at The Mondrian London
20 Upper Ground,
London, SE1 9PD
Website – mondrian-london/spa-fitness
Agua Bathhouse & Spa is set in the Mondrian London hotel at Sea Containers. I decided to book myself a nice relaxing spa pedicure. I was tempted after receiving an email from Treatwell, formerly Wahanda, meaning I could get £10 off if I booked using their website.
The hotel is directly opposite my office on the other side of the Thames and a short walk across Blackfriars bridge down the South Bank. The hotel has the wow factor and the staff from the front door are all really helpful and friendly.
The Mondrian has a nautical theme with a replica ship’s hull in copper gleaming behind reception. There is a massive purple knot sculpture in the foyer.
Agua Bathhouse & Spa is in the basement or floor -2 in the lifts. When you leave the lift, everything you see is white or grey and the staff are dressed entirely in white, too. The reception area is very calming and the staff very friendly and got me some water. There are lots of products on sale that you can peruse if you are a bit early for your appointment.
Agua Without a Pool?
As I was having a pedicure I didn’t get to view the treatment rooms. Despite being called the Agua Bathhouse and Spa there is no pool, just a steam room.
What’s It Like In The Spa?
In the centre, a huge copper teardrop hangs from the ceiling over a circular pool. When the pedicure is finished you move to one of the loungers to relax. That room was very tranquil and while I have enhanced the brightness of the pictures I took so you can see the detail of the room it was quite dim in reality and they had plenty of candles and relaxing music.
Manicure and Pedicure Room
The Agua Glamour Lounge is the separate mani pedi room. This is a separate room with glass along one side. I had read that they played funky disco tunes from the 1970s and 80s in there but it was just your regular spa music when I attended. I was the only one there so I could enjoy my treatment in my half-asleep state and relax.
No Shellac in 2016?
The spa does only offer nail varnish treatments rather than Shellac or gel or gel polish. Nail varnish only lasts a matter of hours on my fingernails and I hate waiting for polish to dry.
The brand they use is Ciate which is a nice brand. I picked a dark red-black polish as there wasn’t a massive amount of choice. I am getting quite boring with my pedicure choices these days!
Feet are soaked, scrubbed, buffed, the cuticles done well and toe nails shaped. Moisturiser is applied and then feet and legs are given a strong massage.
I really enjoyed the spa and thought the decor was beautiful. I did like the treatment and felt it was very relaxing. It would be nice to have a clock in the room. It means you can gauge what time the treatment might end.
Would You Go Back?
I would give the spa itself and the people 10/10. I wouldn’t go back for a pedicure because it’s cheaper to get a better pedicure treatment in other London spas. I would go back for a massage, hopefully at some point I can afford to!