Goddard Littlefair unveils spa design for Raffles London

As the monumental transformation of the landmark OWO building continues, Raffles London at The OWO has announced the launch of a new destination spa and health club. Here’s what we know…

OWO Pool at Raffles London

Slated to open next winter, the spa and health club, in partnership with world-leading beauty and wellness brand Guerlain alongside movement and nutrition experts PILLAR, will be the first exclusive Guerlain branded spa in the capital. With plans to offer a holistic well-being experience, with a focus on restorative wellness and active training, the Spa will be situated at the heart of the landmark Grade II listed former Old War Office on Whitehall. Designed by interior design studio Goddard Littlefair, the expansive wellness space spans four levels and will offer a personalised well-being experience. Exclusive to Raffles London there will be a signature treatment and wellness menu alongside a bespoke training, nutrition and recovery programme.

interior of spa at Raffles London at the OWO

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“Guerlain is one of the most iconic high perfumery and high cosmetic houses in the world and we are excited to be partnering with Raffles London at The OWO to create our new flagship in the capital which is set to be a world-class spa,” said Véronique Courtois, CEO of Guerlain. “To introduce Guerlain to London for the first time will be a very special moment for us, especially in a space with such incredible heritage, countless stories and such a meaningful history.”

Open to guests at Raffles London, residents of The OWO Residences by Raffles, as well as spa members and day guests, the Guerlain Spa will form one of the key areas of this monumental building which comprises 120 guestrooms and suites, 85 unique branded residences and 11 destination restaurants and bars. The Spa will feature nine treatment rooms including a barber and salon, beauty treatment spaces, Guerlain boutique including High Perfumery collection as well as a separate VIP area and two couple suites. The active wellness spaces, driven by PILLAR, comprise an extensive gym and yoga studio, juice bar, striking 20 metre swimming pool complete with a vitality pool and steam and sauna rooms.

Raffles London at the OWO guerlain spa

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Movement specialists PILLAR will launch a members’ health club and oversee the training and health programming at Raffles London. Founded by elite performance coach Harry Jameson, PILLAR is one of the UK’s most recognised names in modern health, renowned for its unique approach to preventative health and personal optimisation. The expert team will offer a truly unique service that places equal emphasis on movement, recovery and nutrition. Dedicated programmes for members, delivered by expert trainers, will focus on strength and stress relief. In addition, therapists will offer a comprehensive range of recovery experiences with a tailored nutritional offering created by chef Joey O’Hare, available from the ground floor PILLAR Kitchen.

For those looking for complete seclusion, the Spa will feature two dedicated Wellness Suites. These elegantly designed rooms feature an open space for yoga as well as light training equipment. Guests will additionally be offered a comprehensive menu of treatments, which are offered in the comfort of these rooms, as well as private training and nutritional menus, allowing for a comfortable and intimate wellness experience.

“Serenity, harmony, relaxation, recovery and pleasure are the pursuits of well-being that fuel and rejuvenate luxury travellers globally,” said Emlyn Brown, Global Vice President – Well-Being at Accor. “They are the touchstones for wellness at Raffles Hotels & Resorts and immersed in every inch of the Guerlain Spa at Raffles London. With societal habits shifting and wellness taking on new and further-reaching meaning in a post-pandemic world, the desire and need for overall well-being and its positive effects cannot be understated. True luxury is not about what you do, but how you feel.”

The Guerlain Spa at Raffles London will answer the growing desire for wellness-led experiences and maintain Raffles Hotels & Resorts as one of the world’s leading brands in the well-being space.

Martin Goddard, Co-Founder or Goddard Littefair and Geoff Hull, Director at EPR Architects, are joining us on the speaker programme for Interior Design & Architecture Summit, which takes place on June 30. If you are designer or architect and want to attend FOC, please contact Alex King

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