The UK’s first ever wine spa has opened in west London, and you can literally bathe in Merlot.
Red wine is good for you. That’s science*. But the benefits of bathing in the stuff are far less well-known. As it turns out, red wine has certain anti-oxidising properties that do wonders for your skin. There are also polyphenols in grapes that stimulate circulation and detoxify your skin. Revolutionary, huh? This was discovered way back when, when royals used to rub grape juice all over their bodies, and therefore discovered that it made them look fresher and more youthful – because, duh.
Fast forward to 2018, and brand new spa Ella Di Rocco has brought the Merlot medicine to Fulham Road. The vino treatment starts with a full body Merlot scrub, which promises to cleanse your skin and give you a unique, multi-sensory experience. You’re then invited to soak in a bath of Sangiovese, Merlot and Ciliegiolo, all mixed with warm water and virgin grape juice concentrate. It’s set at the perfect temperature to open your pores, release toxins, lower blood sugar levels and relieve painful joints and muscles. After the boozy bath, you’ll also be treated to a detoxifying massage using purifying and invigorating grapeseed oil.
Sounds like the ideal way to end a long week to me – especially as you also get a glass of wine to sip while you soak.
Hey, who knew wine therapy can actually mean more than just guzzling down a few glasses with the girls?
Location: 307 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9QH. Nearest station is South Kensington. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 10am–5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Prices: There are a number of different treatments and packages available to book. Prices vary.
More information: from their website.
*In moderation, folks. Let’s not get too excited.