Past the dark and sultry interiors of London’s hottest hotel lies Nobu’s wellness space – but this is no subterranean spa, hidden away in a basement. Mayfair’s latest fitness destination is light-filled and vast, with treetop views across leafy Portman Square: and a Pilates studio that’s set to raise the workout bar.
At the helm is Marsha Lindsay, Creative Director of Nobu Pilates, whose own background is a blend of classical Pilates, bodywork and kickboxing – disciplines that she’s drawn upon for their unique offering, which focuses on Pilates in its most exacting form. Which means reformers, towers, chairs and cadillacs, and plenty of them (the main studio fits 20 with plenty of space to breathe – while a dividing screen transforms the cavernous space, for multiple classes at once).
While most hotel gyms have a strict guests-only policy, Nobu is launching with a small membership, and its signature Nobu Pilates, which can be booked online. Fitness enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, can pick from three carefully-curated classes: such as ‘Power’ (high-octane HIIT meets fast-flow Pilates, with explosive jump-board choreography); ‘Precision’ (physique-focused workouts, which zone in on upper- or lower-body toning); and ‘Pure’ (a masterclass in the traditional Joseph Pilates method, which leaves you feeling lighter and lengthened).
Meanwhile, die-hards can book in for a one-to-one session with Marsha, who starts by administering a full-body analysis – courtesy of a hi-tech iPad programme – which picks up on misaligned joints and imbalances. The prescriptive session which follows is a focused fusion of tiny, incremental movements designed to correct posture, while sculpting the body and strengthening the core (Marsha’s eagle eyes follow your limbs throughout, her careful guidance enabling you to go deeper, stretch further, hold for longer).
Class complete, and there’s a Zen-like terrace where you can unwind, plus a slick café, its fridges filled with poke bowls, chia seed puddings and smoothies. Should you be looking to grade your workout, you’ll find a boutique jostling with the latest athleisure brands (like Alo, LA’s hottest range of activewear; Adidas by Stella McCartney and the studio’s own line of super-soft hoodies and water bottles). Bodies in need of some TLC can make their way to one of three spa suites, where muscle-mollifying massages and facials take place – before regrouping in the Japanese-inspired changing rooms, with rainfall showers and Dyson hairdryers.
After which, the Nobu terrace awaits, its namesake restaurant in full swing for summer. The signature black miso cod and a Yamato champagne cocktail are a hedonistic way to refuel after all that hard work…
For more information, visit nobuhotels.com.
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