Banya Rituals: Private Banya Suite for Two at South Kensington Club

Banya Rituals: Private Banya Suite for Two at South Kensington Club

South Kensington, London

£500

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

Why we love it

Discover a luxurious traditional Russian Banya in London at private members' club, South Kensington Club. Enjoy full use of a Private Banya Suite for two people, including Champagne, for two hours. A unique spa experience, the banya is an historic part of Russian culture and includes a treatment known as parenia - an invigorating thermal treatment, where the body is gently massaged with fragrant oak, birch and eucalyptus leaves before plunging into cool waters to detoxify, promote circulation and relieve muscle tension. Guests will leave feeling cleansed and invigorated in mind, body and soul.

What's Included?

  • Enjoy exclusive use of a Private Banya Suite for two hours for two people at South Kensington Club
  • Reinvigorate with a traditional 'Russian Dance of Leaves' (parenia banya treatment) each
  • Indulge in a bottle 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 Suite or Club on the day

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

Enjoy an experience at a traditional yet luxurious Russian Banya with an exclusive and unique spa day at South Kensington Club; a private member's club founded upon a belief in the importance of a sustainable, balanced lifestyle and provides an all-encompassing offering inspired by a spirit of adventure and a multicultural perspective.

The club's bathhouse features two Private Banya Suites each with its own plunge pool, balcony and treatment room for total privacy, and shimmering mosaic-lined Turkish hammams as well as London’s only saltwater Watsu pool with seawater imported from Sicily.

Russians affectionately refer to the banya as their ‘first doctor’ and the experience is of great national importance. This tradition has been part of Russian culture for several centuries and is a highly spiritual, physical and enlightening experience - one that leaves guests feeling cleansed and invigorated in both body and mind.

The authentic banya treatment, known as parenia, can be experienced at three levels. The first is designed for those who are new to the banya experience during which humidity is raised to a comfortable level. Levels two and three will gradually increase in intensity.

The invigorating parenia treatment takes place in the Private Banya Suite. The banya cabin is kept at 65-70°C and produces higher levels of steam by pouring water onto hot stones. Steam, rather than the dry heat of the sauna, makes the body sweat and naturally detoxify. An expert male banschik (bathhouse therapist) will then briskly and rhythmically smack the body in massaging strokes with the veniki (branches of softened leave which secretes aromatic oils and is tied around a wooden 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 cool 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.

During the experience there will be intervals of relaxation. Following the treatment, guests will enjoy a cup of specialised herbal tea by the fire in SKC's Tea Library. Offerin and encyclopedic collection of the rarest and finest teas in the world, from Kerala to Nicaragua, the Tea Library offers guests a place to truly relax to end an otherwise invigorating experience.

Description

Enjoy an experience at a traditional yet luxurious Russian Banya with an exclusive and unique spa day at South Kensington Club; a private member's club founded upon a belief in the importance of a sustainable, balanced lifestyle and provides an all-encompassing offering inspired by a spirit of adventure and a multicultural perspective.

The club's bathhouse features two Private Banya Suites each with its own plunge pool, balcony and treatment room for total privacy, and shimmering mosaic-lined Turkish hammams as well as London’s only saltwater Watsu pool with seawater imported from Sicily.

Russians affectionately refer to the banya as their ‘first doctor’ and the experience is of great national importance. This tradition has been part of Russian culture for several centuries and is a highly spiritual, physical and enlightening experience - one that leaves guests feeling cleansed and invigorated in both body and mind.

The authentic banya treatment, known as parenia, can be experienced at three levels. The first is designed for those who are new to the banya experience during which humidity is raised to a comfortable level. Levels two and three will gradually increase in intensity.

The invigorating parenia treatment takes place in the Private Banya Suite. The banya cabin is kept at 65-70°C and produces higher levels of steam by pouring water onto hot stones. Steam, rather than the dry heat of the sauna, makes the body sweat and naturally detoxify. An expert male banschik (bathhouse therapist) will then briskly and rhythmically smack the body in massaging strokes with the veniki (branches of softened leave which secretes aromatic oils and is tied around a wooden 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 cool 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.

During the experience there will be intervals of relaxation. Following the treatment, guests will enjoy a cup of specialised herbal tea by the fire in SKC's Tea Library. Offerin and encyclopedic collection of the rarest and finest teas in the world, from Kerala to Nicaragua, the Tea Library offers guests a place to truly relax to end an otherwise invigorating experience.

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 together 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 together 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

Banya Rituals: Private Banya Suite for Two at South Kensington Club

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