The perfect salon experience: creating a first-class salon in a luxury hotel

Published 04th Nov 2022 by charlottegw

Known worldwide for his work with colour, Josh Wood is now bringing his VIP experience to Claridge’s in London’s Mayfair. We investigate what goes into creating a premium service, with the support of Takara Belmont.

There’s no denying that the Josh Wood Atelier has drawn a strong following of celebrity clientele over the years. But now Josh is proudly bringing his creative talent and expertise to the legendary Mayfair hotel Claridge’s, which has announced the creation of their first-ever spa.

This residency sees Josh Wood delivering his high level of creativity and quality service to the world of hospitality for the first time; and where better to start this new frontier than at Claridge’s, his favourite hotel? “This new space is not about the usual volume in a salon, but about getting every strand of hair right,” Josh says. “It is a really proud moment to partner with Claridge's. They're the best of the best, there's nothing that’s too much to ask. Creativity, quality and collaboration have always been at the centre of the Josh Wood brand, so it is exciting to be able to bring international, world-class hairdressing to life at Claridge's. Just like the hotel itself the salon is a haven of tranquillity and luxury."

The space has been designed by interior architect Andre Fu and is inspired by Japanese interiors. So who better to partner with on furniture than Takara Belmont? The dedicated hair and beauty space within the spa features Josh’s hand-picked dream team of A-list stylists. This collaboration sees his first home in Mayfair, and a 21st century re-imagination of what hair salons and haircare in hotels looks like. In a conscious decision to install just two chairs, the services delivered by Josh’s industry leading expert team remain private and personally tailored. Josh explains: “My clients over the years have expressed that when they get their hair done in hotels it does not feel modern or personal, so I’m infusing my Atelier feel into my new space at Claridge’s.” In a move to make sure the service is as premium as the setting, Josh has hand-picked a dream team of A-list stylists to join him.

The light wood styling stations and cream upholstery keeps the palette simple but luxurious. Situated three floors down, Claridge’s Spa also features a swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna and seven treatment rooms. Couple that with Josh's salon, and Claridge’s has become a destination hair and beauty space like no other.

Recreate the Look

Adria II styling chair

First introduced in the 1970s, the Adria II has evolved to deliver classic style, supreme comfort and enduring performance. With 360˚ lockable rotation, a durable backrest shell in white or black gloss and an optional protective backrest cover, the Adria II promises decades of dependable style and service. Price: £1,250 - £1,280

RS Primo Integrated Shampoo System

Luxurious padded seating and side panels cushion your client in comfort as adjustable seat motions, a reclining backrest and extending leg-rest ensure idyllic service positioning. A deep and adjustable tilting basin with a gel-filled neck rest combine with thermostatic temperature control to enhance every backwash experience. Price: £4000.

Both products are available with 0%, zero deposit Finance Lease over two years. Contact Katie Wrighton on 07545 929 427, email [email protected] or visit for information.

  Don’t miss our monthly The Perfect Salon Experience features in partnership with Takara Belmont: Each issue we look at a different aspect of salon design, from adding a spa element to your studio space to creating a private area for VIP guests.


Published 04th Nov 2022

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