Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reviewing The Harbour Club - So Much More Than Just a Gym

Runners at Harbour Club Chelsea
The Cardio Room
photo c/o Harbour Club Chelsea
I recently had the opportunity to visit the famed Harbour Club in Chelsea, an exclusive health & fitness club that's so much more than just a place to work out, known to some as the health club often frequented by Princess Diana in the 90's (as well as her sons Prince William and Prince Harry) and reportedly used by Kate Middleton in 2011 as she trained to get fit for her legendary wedding. Situated right near the River Thames just a few minutes' walk from Wandsworth Bridge Road, The Harbour Club Chelsea is as luxe and exclusive as one might expect from a fitness destination frequented by royals and celebrities. This Summer there will be a new Harbour Club in London with a new location opening in Kensington that promises to be just as lush!
Indoor Tennis Court London
Indoor Tennis Courts
More than a gym, the Harbour Club has a sort of country club feel to it. There are state of the art fitness facilities including a cardio room with various machines, a training room with everything you need to do weightlifting or HIIT, 3 swimming pools, a reformer pilates room, a yoga studio and multiple other studios with all the latest group classes including the club's most popular class, ((Bounce)) which is done on mini-trampolines. Delving deeper into the club, I found that there are 12 indoor tennis courts, 2 smaller junior indoor courts and 3 indoor padel tennis courts (a sport resembling both tennis and racquet ball that's quickly gaining popularity here in the UK). The club also runs a box league for tennis enthusiasts, offers lessons and various other training options for both adults and children. It's a tennis lover's dream!
gym selfie
obligatory gym selfie
Further to fitness options, the spa area is rather impressive. There are three swimming pools: a waterfall pool that seems to be rather popular with the kiddos and is more shallow than the others, a family pool and an adult pool & spa area. While I visited all three pools, I opted to spend some quality time in the adult pool area where I took advantage of the hydrotherapy pool (a rather large hot tub) and the other spa facilities. The steam room is absolutely brilliant as is the sauna, but the most unique of the offerings is the aroma room, a slightly heated room with - you guessed it - aromatherapy. It's relaxing, soothing and not too hot, so it's a wonderful option for anyone who finds a sauna or steam room a bit too intense. There are multiple showers in the spa area, an ice shoot for cooling down and a number of heated loungers for relaxing. It's a little slice of heaven right here in London!
Harbour Club Chelsea Pilates Room
reformer pilates room
Rather than a gym, this amazing facility is a club and it really shows. There is a restaurant inside that's conveniently divided into two areas with one being for families and the other for adults only. Comfortable, convenient and spacious, there's wifi, peace & quiet and it's absolutely a place where you could order some lunch and do a bit of work or catch up on emails. Members may even choose to have breakfast or dinner there after a tough workout session and as you might expect, there's even a children's menu. Additionally, there's an outside area where members can dine al fresco or maybe chill out with a glass of rosé or an ice cold beer on a sunny day. Socialising is absolutely a possibility and there are even social events in the diary for members to enjoy including parties for Summer and Christmas. 
Harbour Club Swimming Pool
family pool
Further to all of the amazing facilities and amenities I've already mentioned, you could practically live at The Harbour Club. It's often the case that life gets in the way of a steady workout schedule, but not for Harbour Club members. There are a number of services on site including a dry cleaners, a hair salon, a beauty salon, a nutritionalist, a number of spa services available including botox, a podiatrist and other sports medicine options and there's even a Sweat Shop for those times when you forgot your racquet or swimming goggles, need a new pair of running shoes or simply don't have enough tennis balls for your next match. The club offers free parking with 85 spaces alongside complementary valet car service. There's also a car wash in the event you'd like to have your ride cleaned while you work out, 4 Mac computers on the premises for guests to use, créche services, Harbour Club Kid facilities and a reformer pilates room, so it's pretty safe to say that Harbour Club has covered all the bases.
pool & spa
adult pool & spa facilities
Beauty buffs will love that the Amida Spa on the property uses Elemis and Carita products and while the spa facilities such as the steam room and hydrotherapy pool are reserved exclusively for members, spa treatments can be booked by members of the general public, no membership required.

Harbour Club Group Fitness Class
photo c/o Harbour Club Chelsea
To sum it up, the Harbour Club offers the height of exclusivity and luxury for members whether their focus be socialising, family activities, tennis, fitness or general wellness. The membership base includes celebrities and royals because it's perfect for those who require a more private, secure space to train, play tennis or relax and there will be a new Harbour Club in London located conveniently on Cromwell Road not too far from the Gloucester Road tube station opening June 2017. 
Harbour Club Chelsea Reformer Pilates Room
reformer pilates room
The Harbour Club Kensington will be built for purpose to inspire motivation, relaxation and downtime for both families and individuals. Offering state of the art gym and fitness facilities, six group exercise studios, luxury pool & spa areas, a SYNRGY360 group training area and a BLAZE High Intensity studio, Harbour Club Kensington is sure to be one of the finest health & fitness clubs in London. Additionally, the new Kensington facility will be home to all the luxuries, amenities and services Londoners have come to expect from a Harbour Club. I suspect it's going to be spectacular! The membership suite is now open, so for more information or to enquire about joining, visit harbourclub.com/clubs/kensington.

* Special thanks to the Harbour Club Chelsea for collaborating on this review post. While Harbour Club provided a tour and a facilities trial, this post is not sponsored and all thoughts expressed in this post are my own and in no way influenced by Harbour Club, David Lloyd or any other parties.
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