Traditional Banya: Luxury Wellness Experience for Eight at South Kensington Club's Private Banya Suites

Traditional Banya: Luxury Wellness Experience for Eight at South Kensington Club's Private Banya Suites

South Kensington, London

£1500

“A re-energising escape from the crazy pace of London life” The Guardian

Why we love it

Experience a luxurious take on the traditional Russian banya with friends and family at private members' club, South Kensington Club; at the heart of Russian culture, the banya is an extremely social yet unconventional spa experience. Enjoy complete privacy with exclusive use of the spa's two luxurious Private Banya Suites, Altai and Baikal, and reinvigorate with an authentic parenia treatment during which the body is gently massaged with fragrant oak, birch and eucalyptus veniki (branches) before being plunged into cool waters, promoting increased circulation, detoxification and muscle tension release.

What's Included?

  • Enjoy exclusive hire of both Private Banya Suites for up to four hours for eight people at South Kensington Club
  • Reinvigorate with a traditional 'Russian Dance of Leaves' (parenia banya treatment) each
  • Indulge in two bottles of Laurent-Perrier NV Champagne
  • Savour crudités, nibbles and schiacciatella with homemade hummus
  • Receive a 20% discount on additional wellness treatments and food and beverages ordered in the Private Banya Suites or Club on the day

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

South Kensington Club is an exclusive members’ club inspired by the spirit of adventure and focused on wellness. Now, exclusive to TRULY guests, enjoy access to the club's traditional bathouse for up to eight people and discover the two Private Banya Suites, Altai and Baikal, hidden within this luxurious Kensington townhouse - each featuring its own plunge pool, balcony and treatment room for total privacy.

Boasting real health benefits, the banya is commonly referred to in Russia as the 'first doctor' and has been a part of Russian culture for several centuries. Not only is it considered a highly spiritual, physical and enlightening experience, the banya is culturally significant for its social importance, and is used by all, from politicians to labourers, as a place for discussion, social interaction and pensiveness.

The traditional banya is much more than a sauna. The banya cabin's humidity is kept at around 65-70% by pouring water onto hot stones, compared with the dry heat of a sauna at 10%. This super-heated steam not only makes the body detoxify naturally through sweat, but the hydrating vapour also aids inner purification and recovery by being easier to breathe.

The invigorating thermal parenia treatment takes place with an expert male banschik (bathouse therapist) who briskly and rhythmically brushes the body in massaging strokes with the veniki (bunches of softened leaves that are tied together to a wood handle). The fragrant leaves capture the steam in the hot, rising air and bring them back down against the body to relieve muscle tension, stress and boost both blood circulation and the immune system. Thanks to the release of essential oils the veniki also has anti-inflammatory effects and prevents premature ageing of the skin.

This is followed by a stimulating plunge in icy waters. At a chilling yet refreshing 7-10°c, the sudden change in temperature brings instant relief from the heat of the banya, releasing adrenaline and serotonin in the body and purifying the skin of everyday toxins.

Following the treatment, guests will enjoy a cup of specialised herbal tea in the Tea Library, leaving the body totally relaxed with a sense of true calm.

Description

South Kensington Club is an exclusive members’ club inspired by the spirit of adventure and focused on wellness. Now, exclusive to TRULY guests, enjoy access to the club's traditional bathouse for up to eight people and discover the two Private Banya Suites, Altai and Baikal, hidden within this luxurious Kensington townhouse - each featuring its own plunge pool, balcony and treatment room for total privacy.

Boasting real health benefits, the banya is commonly referred to in Russia as the 'first doctor' and has been a part of Russian culture for several centuries. Not only is it considered a highly spiritual, physical and enlightening experience, the banya is culturally significant for its social importance, and is used by all, from politicians to labourers, as a place for discussion, social interaction and pensiveness.

The traditional banya is much more than a sauna. The banya cabin's humidity is kept at around 65-70% by pouring water onto hot stones, compared with the dry heat of a sauna at 10%. This super-heated steam not only makes the body detoxify naturally through sweat, but the hydrating vapour also aids inner purification and recovery by being easier to breathe.

The invigorating thermal parenia treatment takes place with an expert male banschik (bathouse therapist) who briskly and rhythmically brushes the body in massaging strokes with the veniki (bunches of softened leaves that are tied together to a wood handle). The fragrant leaves capture the steam in the hot, rising air and bring them back down against the body to relieve muscle tension, stress and boost both blood circulation and the immune system. Thanks to the release of essential oils the veniki also has anti-inflammatory effects and prevents premature ageing of the skin.

This is followed by a stimulating plunge in icy waters. At a chilling yet refreshing 7-10°c, the sudden change in temperature brings instant relief from the heat of the banya, releasing adrenaline and serotonin in the body and purifying the skin of everyday toxins.

Following the treatment, guests will enjoy a cup of specialised herbal tea in the Tea Library, leaving the body totally relaxed with a sense of true calm.

We Also Recommend

  • Make use of the discount and deep cleanse with an additional antioxidant rich mud mask
  • Continue the stress release with a bamboo massage after the parenie treatment
  • Enjoy a post-treatment Spritz on the enchanting Mediterranean terrace

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

South Kensington Club is open Monday to Friday, 6.45am to 12am, Saturday, 8am to 12am and Sunday, 11am to 11pm.

Total experience time is four hours.

Robes and towels are provided. Flip flops are recommended for the hot floors (these can be purchased on-site).

The treatment will be provided by a male therapist for all appointments, as is tradition.

Note that at least 24 hours' notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

Guests can pay in full on-site for any additional products or services desired.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

We Also Recommend

  • Make use of the discount and deep cleanse with an additional antioxidant rich mud mask
  • Continue the stress release with a bamboo massage after the parenie treatment
  • Enjoy a post-treatment Spritz on the enchanting Mediterranean terrace

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

South Kensington Club is open Monday to Friday, 6.45am to 12am, Saturday, 8am to 12am and Sunday, 11am to 11pm.

Total experience time is four hours.

Robes and towels are provided. Flip flops are recommended for the hot floors (these can be purchased on-site).

The treatment will be provided by a male therapist for all appointments, as is tradition.

Note that at least 24 hours' notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

Guests can pay in full on-site for any additional products or services desired.

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

How it works

  • Choose your experience

    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

38-42 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND

South Kensington Club 38-42 Harrington Road, London SW7 3ND

Traditional Banya: Luxury Wellness Experience for Eight at South Kensington Club's Private Banya Suites

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