Tried & Tested

Health Check: Rejuve

1 Nov 2006 by intern22

WHAT’S THE CONCEPT? Billed as the world’s first airside airport wellbeing club, Rejuve is a 446-square-metre space filled with spa treatment rooms, a fitness centre, barber, relaxation area and health food/beauty shop. Opening hours are 0530 to 2100 daily.

WHERE IS IT? Airside at Heathrow Terminal 1, immediately as you pass through security. Given its location, the club is primarily for passengers leaving from T1.

MEMBERSHIP: The Rejuve concept professes to be “exclusive but not excluding” – the club is independent of any airline, so all passengers over the age of 16 can join. There are five membership options.

THE CLUB: Visitors arriving in Rejuve’s reception area are welcomed by staff who seem highly knowledgeable. Rejuve uses the Australian organic range of beauty products for its spa treatments. Flight departures are shown on an LCD screen, and staff take a note of members’ flight details so they can be informed when boarding is starting.

From here, you pass through two large wooden doors and enter the air-conditioned relaxation lounge (pictured). This feels like a plush private members’ club, complete with Philippe Starck chairs and ostrich-leather wall padding. The lounge is covered by a T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and for those who need to keep up-to-date with stocks and shares, two Bloomberg terminals are available.

Guests can use the fitness centre, which overlooks the terminal below and features Technogym equipment. Rejuve has set aside space for an “innovation pod”, a small room which can be hired for meetings – the company also plans to use this space to showcase the latest innovations in  wellbeing.

TREATMENTS: Members with enough time on their hands can indulge in one of Rejuve’s spa treatments. The club has eight rooms, all with Bose CD players, adjustable lighting (which can be programmed according to the type of treatment) and tiled murals. Designed specifically for pre-travel wellbeing, the therapists have developed massages which either invigorate (to prepare passengers on short-haul flights to be alert for their meeting) or relax (to help long-haul travellers de-stress before boarding).

I tried a Euro Booster, an energising 30-minute treatment involving dry skin brushing, hot towel compressing with lemon and lime oils, a back, shoulder and neck massage and a mini-facial (US$89). Treatments range from 15 minutes to 75 minutes.

VERDICT: A calm, cool oasis in the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s busiest airports.

CONTACT: Rejuve, Terminal 1 International Departures, London Heathrow Airport, tel 44 845 2222 644, www.rejuve.info

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