Knightsbridge recently welcomed luxury wellness sanctuary The HVN Knightsbridge. Offering a range of high-tech aesthetic and wellness treatments – from forest bathing to non-surgical lasers – The HVN takes a holistic approach to help clients feel, look and live healthier. Here, we learn more about conscious wellbeing, the latest in health innovation for 2024 and why Knightsbridge is the perfect location, with founders Dr Tanja Phillips, Jo Harris and Muriel Zingraff.
Inside The HVN Knightsbridge
In a nutshell, what is The HVN?
The HVN is a sanctuary designed to empower individuals to take charge of their health with the support of a team of skilled therapists, specialists and medical practitioners. Our luxury health and wellness retreat empowers clients to become the architects of their own health and wellness through a curated programme of medical treatments, heritage therapies and technologies tailored to their exact needs. Each of the treatments available has a science- and evidence-based approach to wellbeing, brought to you by experts in their respective fields, all of whom have a shared vision.
What do you mean by “conscious wellbeing”?
A tailored, evidence-based approach to wellbeing that empowers people to feel, look and live healthier. The “conscious” element is for our clients to become better educated about what aspects of their behaviours and habits can impact significantly on their overall wellbeing. To embrace healthier lifestyles consistently, we first need to understand why and how they impact us. To understand this needs learning from experts and specialists that work together, as too often education is conflicting. At The HVN our specialists work together to support our clients’ health and wellbeing to ensure optimum outcomes and results.
What kind of services do you offer?
From forest bathing and abhyanga massage, to lasers and hyperbaric chambers, The HVN is a luxury wellness experience. We offer a welcoming and safe place for guests to discuss their health and wellness needs. From the first meeting clients are greeted by the most appropriate specialist for them, and a full assessment is completed including investigations and tests where necessary.
The HVN’s team pride themselves on a detailed initial assessment, giving them a comprehensive overview of the client’s starting point, while also developing a clear vision of their aspirations and end goals. The specialist team at The HVN offers a unique blend of experts, from the medical to complementary therapies, all working effectively together for the benefit of all those that enter The HVN. Guests will receive a personalised programme, their progress will be monitored every step of the way and optimised as their treatment plan progresses.
What do you like about Knightsbridge and why did you choose the area as your location?
Knightsbridge offers some of the finest boutiques, brands, hospitality and service in the city and is recognised globally for this. The HVN is very much the best in class, offering a new health, wellness and aesthetic service to London. The HVN space has a calmness and tranquillity that seems a million miles away from the busy streets of Knightsbridge and yet it is on its doorstep. The HVN gives clients the very best in health and wellbeing, all under one roof. Located on the way to and from Heathrow Airport, and with easy access for the residents in and around London, Knightsbridge was the perfect location for The HVN to attract clients looking for a targeted and personal wellness programme as well as standalone services.
What are some of your favourite things to do in the area?
There are an abundance of exquisite boutiques. We are particularly fond of Harvey Nichols, as it offers the very best brands and service in beautiful surroundings. A lunch in the new Dining Hall at Harrods is a must. Just across the street from us is the Cédric Grolet bakery at The Berkeley hotel for a little afternoon treat. At The HVN we understand the importance that art plays in wellbeing, so we would recommend checking out the upcoming auction days at Bonhams Auction House.
Can you share any predicted health and wellbeing trends for 2024 and beyond?
The HVN is not led by trends that are not proven, but instead prefers to look at newness and innovation:
1 – Technology integrating in aesthetics: Technology is fast becoming an essential part of assessments in aesthetic treatments. At The HVN we have the Visia [skin analysis imaging machine] for an in-depth analysis of the skin, looking at the layers one cannot see with the naked eye. This helps us to refine our skincare advice and optimise treatments and protocols.
2 – Non-invasive treatments: There is an increase in device-led treatments to enhance skin aesthetics while promoting healthier skin. At The HVN we are fortunate to have Dr Tanja, who has been using lasers – in particular the world-class Fotona laser – and devices for the past 9 years, while others were only injecting. Dr Tanja’s experience of combining therapies and different device modalities allows us to pass the best in knowledge and experience to our clients, with the ability to optimise results while minimising downtime.
3 – Holistic approaches and preventative aesthetics/medicine: Thankfully, there is now a wider shift towards prevention and optimising skin health and skin barrier function rather than just plumping it out. This approach must be the best way not only for our skin but also our overall health and wellbeing. There is a greater understanding of how gut health can impact our skin, minds and bodies, with evidence now even linking gut health to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
4 – Regenerative medicine: Regenerative treatments have been around for a while, but they are improving all the time with PRP (platelet-rich plasma) now being combined with hyaluronic acid (HA) to improve and give longer-lasting results along with polynucleotides combined with HA to remove free radicals (that damage the skin) to improve our skin barrier function and the ability of our cells to hold onto more water.
5 – Biohacking and supplements: Biohacking is becoming more mainstream, with an emphasis on habits and diets that enhance wellbeing routines. The use of supplements where appropriate can help, but this must be managed by a professional as too much of the wrong supplement can also be detrimental to our health.
6 – Mental wellbeing: Rather than a trend for 2024, this should always be in our minds as a golden thread running through any of our consultations. In both medicine and aesthetics, mental wellbeing can be the hardest to address and the toughest area to impact but the most important. You can be the fittest, most physically healthy and “beautiful” person, but if your mental health is struggling you may still be unhappy or underconfident. Our ethos at The HVN is to treat the whole person, their mind, body and spirit, to give successful, sustainable outcomes for our clients with support every step of the way.
The HVN, 57-63 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7BF