Go two floors below the magnificent Connaught Hotel in Mayfair and you'll find an unexpectedly tranquil space at the Aman Spa. Opened in December last year, the gloriously serene spa with its luxurious, candle-lit treatment rooms, fitness centre and heated indoor pool is still a relatively well-kept secret - though surely not for long. Choose from an enticing menu of spa treatments and healing therapies based around Aman's worldwide resorts in China, Thailand, India and the Americas. For example, the Inspired by India experience aims to be deeply meditative and includes a "chakra balancing treatment" using essential oils and crystals, while Inspired by China employs the Chinese dry (i.e. without oils) massage method to vigorously drum, sweep and gently pinch your body into submission, stimulate the energy lines of the body and restore your natural Qi (vital energy). While this may all sound a bit New-Agey, leaving the spa feeling somehow lighter, more refreshed and energised and ready to tackle the day ahead is of huge value in modern life. Although you could take some real time out and book yourself into one of the Connaught's elegant rooms upstairs. All Aman Spa Experiences last two-and-a-half hours but shorter treatments, from a full body wrap to an express pedicure, are also available. Aman Spa Experiences, £280 call 020 3147 7305/6 or see www.the-connaught.co.uk for more information.