Author: Mark Smith

Elemis Superfood Skincare range - The Spa Man

Elemis Superfood Skincare launches 

Building on the success of its award-winning Superfood Facial Oil, Elemis has developed the cutting-edge Elemis Superfood Skincare range. The theory is that what’s good for your body is good for your skin – indeed! Nutrient-rich and vegan-friendly, the collection includes Superfood Facial Wash, Superfood Day Cream and Superfood Night Cream. Designed to support the healthy microflora on the skin’s surface, a pre-biotic complex protects the skin’s delicate microbiome. The new Supergreen Complex of kale extract and avocado oil plus Supergrain Complex with quinoa, black seed, and barley nourish the skin with anti-oxidants and omega oils for a healthy radiant glow.  These are power-packed with anti-oxidants, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to feed the skin with exactly what it needs. The Pre-biotic is designed to help support the healthy microflora on the skin’s surface, helping to balance and maintain the skin’s eco=system. Elemis Superfood Facial Wash The Superfood Facial Wash is a pre-biotic oil-gel product that removes make-up and cleanses the skin. It contains Supergreen Complex plus wheatgrass, broccoli and pumpkin seed oils, nettle …

Mandarin Oriental Guest room wellness - the Spa Man

Mandarin Oriental launches guest room wellness

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has partnered with leading global health and fitness platform Grokker to launch a guest room wellness concept. Mandarin Oriental’s world-class spa facilities and award-winning programmes cater to discerning wellness-oriented travellers, and this new initiative, which offers guests complimentary access to a custom selection of Grokker health and fitness videos to practice in-room, is designed to provide added flexibility when it comes to staying fit on the road. Videos include a five-minute meditation to ease stress, a twenty-minute workout to achieve fitness goals plus Pilates and yoga practice sessions, including a soothing bedtime yoga practice to encourage sleep. This guest room wellness concept makes it easy to be healthy and well on-the-go when travelling “It can be difficult to maintain a wellness routine while travelling,” said Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa and Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. “Thanks to our collaboration with Grokker, we can now deliver extended wellness expertise and activities that our guests can easily access from the comfort of their room or suite.” A selection of Grokker’s …

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Review: Brighton Harbour Hotel, Brighton, UK

The Brighton Harbour Hotel brings some much-needed coastal chic to the hotel scene in Brighton. The rooms are light, bright and breezy with white walls and modern fabrics giving a splash of colour to each room, with a nod to the coastal vibe of this buzzing seaside resort. Artwork adorns the walls and many rooms are sea facing with freestanding baths. It’s all very impressive, but be warned, Brighton is a busy town and Friday and Saturday night on the seafront can get a bit raucous. Bring earplugs and you will sleep soundly. Free gin and sherry in the rooms is a nice touch – what’s not to like? Oh and rooms also have tea and coffee making facilities which includes a Nespresso machine. Didn’t try dinner during the stay, but breakfast was an easy going affair with healthy buffet and on-trend breakfast choices including lots of avocado (tick). Vibrant fabrics and modern furniture with sea views. It’s brilliant fun. The Sunday Times Travel section listed it as the No.1 Seaside hotel and I have …

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Review: Toskana Therme Bad Sulza, Germany

Toskana Therme Bad Sulza is part of Toskana World, a unique collection of wellness resorts based in the former East Germany. Since its inception in the early 1990’s, wellness has been at the core of its offering. Under the direction of Marion Schneider and her husband, the operation began at Bad Sulza offering rehabilitation treatments to workers and patients under a public health scheme. This continues today, but is just one of the wellness offerings. Bad Sulza has been famous for years for inhalation of the salt vapours and bathing in the thermal waters. This spurned the development of a hotel on site and in 1999, Thermae Toskana opened to great fanfare. With multiple pools which allow guests to bathe in the mineral rich water, it’s a popular attraction. A wellness centre opened within the building offering a wide range of traditional spa and massage treatments. The futuristic design is memorable and a great experience for guests. Add in  some incredible spa and water therapy treatments, it makes for a wholesome wellness retreat. Liquid Sound …

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Three best spa treatments for sleep

To celebrate World Sleep Day, The Spa Man has curated a list of the best spa treatments for sleep. These have all been expertly designed to help promote a good night’s sleep so you feel rested and refreshed by morning. It takes more than a good massage (although that does certainly help) you should add in some aromatherapy and mindfulness, plus some specific breathing techniques to soothe the mind, body and soul. With a quiet mind and a relaxed body, you are sure to get a good night’s sleep. So here’s three of the best spa treatments for sleep. Three best spa treatments for sleep  Voya Mindful Dreams Voya believes that good sleep is essential to wellbeing and the body’s inner balance (and I have to agree) and that the ability to relax both body and mind is essential to a healthy life (yep). The treatment uses the therapeutic Tranquil treatment range of products and combines this with a heavenly full Voya body massage. It blends both Balinese and Hawaiian techniques (two of my favourites) and …

ivea Men Anti-irritation Body Shaving Range

Nivea Men Anti-irritation Body Shaving range launches

Nivea Men has responding to public demand by launching a new range of products specifically for body shaving. Simply called – Nivea Men Anti-irritation Body Shaving range – it does what it says on the tin. According to the experts, men are swayed by the buff bodies of Love Island, and some 64 % of men now shaving some part of their body (research by Nivea). It also appears that, until now they have been using facial shaving gels, shampoo and shower gels to try and get a smooth body shave. This can (again according to the survey) cause irritation amounts those asked. I hold my hands up and declare I only clipper body hair (shoulders and back), I proudly maintain my chest hair and legs – they don’t bother me. But whether its for sport, fitness or the latest celebrity look for Instagram, smooth shaved bodies for guys appears to be here to stay. And let’s be honest, Nivea wouldn’t develop a range if it didn’t thin it would sell.   Nivea Men Anti-Irritation Body …

The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland - The Spa Man

Review: The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland launches slimming retreats

The Chedi Andermatt is one of the most exclusive addresses in the Swiss Alps. Situated in the Urseren Valley in central Switzerland, it dominates the quaint and quiet town of Andermatt and brought about a mini-revival for the small town renowned for summer hiking and biking and of course, winter skiing. The hotel effortlessly blends Alpine chic with understated Asian design. It’s high ceilings and sense of space are perfectly balanced with cosy corners to ensure that the warm welcome is not lost and that the main lobby, bar and reception areas have a cocooned, chic feel. The five-star property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and was designed by international star architect Jean-Michel Gathy. From the outside the hotel mirrors a traditional wooden chalet and the interior combines alpine chic with modern Asian design touches which extend throughout the hotel, spa and its 123 rooms and suites. Wood dominates the design with slate and some Swiss Granite. It’s all very stylish and there are a few jaw-dropping moments. The reception …

8 of the best spas for Mum on Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day fast approaching the Spa Man suggests 8 of the best spas for Mum on Mother’s Day from across the UK. Rockliffe Hall, Durham In the heart of County Durham, the award-winning Rockliffe Hall is a five-star hotel, golf and spa retreat specialising in health and wellness and is the perfect weekend retreat for Mum. The spa is huge and at 50,000 square feet, it guarantees the luxury of space to relax, unwind and indulge without feeling cramped or overcrowded.  It’s a real spa experience that takes you on a journey. There’s a 20-metre pool, thermal bathing pools, tepidarium, caldarium, roman and heat saunas, tropicarium, hydropool and ice fountain. The Spa garden is impressive too. With Caudalie, Neom and Comfort Zone on the treatment menu, you will be spoiled for choice. Try: Caudalie Wine Makers Massage – £90 for 60 minutes Read The Spa Man’s review of Rockliffe Hall HERE www.rockliffehall.com Ragdale Hall, Melton Mowbray Ragdale Hall is one of the UK’s best-loved spas. It’s recently added a rooftop infinity pool and is …

HOTel&SPA Forum 2018

HOTel&SPA Forum 2018, Paris – for the spa professional

HOTel&SPA Forum 2018, Paris is an international networking platform for professionals only. It brings together some of the world’s most prominent spa influencers for a one day conference and networking programme. I believe in supporting great networks and partnerships in the industry which is why I love to shine a light on HOTel&SPA Forum 2018, Paris. I am also a great friend and supporter of the organiser, Vladi Kovanic. This is an international networking platform for professionals only, the HOTel&SPA forum is a unique opportunity, not only to listen to conferences lead by world-wide renowned figures, but also to develop a high-end professional network. Held at the prestigious Four Seasons George V, the event includes networking opportunities, a cocktail reception and an important series of presentation on topics that affect the industry today. This year’s topic is A new Era for Wellness. This year the speaker line up includes: Roger Allen, CEO, Resources for Leisure Assets, Austria Martin Rhomberg, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Switzerland Thomas Bauer, COO, VAMED Vitality World, …

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World Spa & Wellness Awards 2018 winners announced

The winners of the World Spa and Wellness Awards 2018 were announced at a glamorous black-tie dinner on Sunday, February 25 at Tobacco Dock in London. Highlighting the very best spas from around the world, the awards, launched in 2012, are designed to honour hotel and resort spas in five regions: Western Europe & Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa, North & South America and Asia & Australasia. The awards also comprise the Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination category, open to properties anywhere in the world where wellbeing is at the core of the business. One of the leading honours in the industry, the awards acknowledge excellence of care, service and standards and aim to inspire spas around the world and raise global industry standards. Organised by the UK-based Professional Beauty group, which has hosted spa and beauty awards for two decades, the World Spa & Wellness Awards incorporate a thorough and independent judging process in which all spas are assessed by experienced industry professionals. Read The Spa Man’s review of Galgorm Resort and Spa HERE …

Four Seasons Seychelles - The Spa Man

Four Seasons Seychelles

Four Seasons Seychelles is a picture of paradise personified. Occupying one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles, the villas (most with private pools) are discreetly built into the surrounding hillside and seamlessly blend into the trees offering an air of exclusivity and privacy for guests. From one room villas to four bedroom residences, the villas are designed with dark wood and modern fixtures and make the most of the views. A highlight is the outdoor shower, terrace and decking area. The beach is where the main action happens with sun loungers set amongst the palms along the shore. There’s guided snorkelling with Wise Oceans marine conservation which has a partnership with the resort and is working to restore the reef. Sipping cocktails on the beach, a spot of lunch by the pool or lazy walks along the shore, it’s a heavenly location and most definitely Instagram ready. There’s a large gym on site, just below the lobby and breakfast is served at Zen which also doubles as a great evening restaurant. There’s a …

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Voya launches male range: Voya Man

Voya has created a capsule collection of targeted men’s products, suitably titled: Voya Man. It’s due to launch in February 2018. Voya is a brand I know and love. It’s renowned for its seaweed baths at Strandhill in Sligo and you can recreate this at home with its  Lazy Days product. Read my review of that HERE  I have experienced the seaweed baths in Ireland and even been hand harvesting seaweed on the wild Atlantic Coast of Ireland. This company is the real deal offering organic, seaweed-based products and spa treatments formulated with great botanical ingredients and aromatherapy oils to achieve impressive skincare and wellbeing results. Voya Man Voya Man is a three step regime designed by men for men.  These facial products are performance based, acting against wrinkles, enlarged pores, inflammation and dehydrated skin. Targeting men’s concerns for healthy, hydrated, and irritant-free skin these formulations are proven to have visible effects. The anti-aging and hydrating properties of wild Irish Seaweed combined with active Sea Heather soothes the skin, and acts as a protecting layer against the weather/ …

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11 wellness holidays for a healthier happier you

To focus on health, fitness and well-being Health and Fitness Travel has compiled 11 wellness holidays for 2018. Whatever your goals this year, the specialists at Health and Fitness Travel can put together a programme  whether it’s detox, meditation, yoga, sports or sleep, you can be as sociable or as solitary as you wish. Here’s a selection of the world’s most beautiful locations, combining spa and fitness in a wellness holiday to make you healthier this year.   The Luxury Beach Spa Break – Amanpuri Awareness Immersion, Thailand Amidst palm-fringed, white sand beaches, and architecture inspired by ancient Ayutthayan culture, Amanpuri exudes timeless luxury and is the perfect place for a wellness holiday. The awareness immersion programme, guided by a former Buddhist monk, is a meditative experience encouraging the renewal of internal focus, synchronising the mind, body and soul. Indulgent spa treatments such as cranial sacral therapy compliment the programme, along with unrivalled nutritional support. With spiritual guidance, a 5-star spa, and a private beach on your doorstep, Amanpuri is perfect for those looking for …

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Mandarin Oriental introduces Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience

To celebrate Chinese New Year, which begins on 16 February 2018, Mandarin Oriental has launched the Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience to ground and relax guests while rebalancing energy for both body and mind. Available all year, the treatment has been designed to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and ease pain and muscle tension during the year of the earth dog. The Earth Dog year is said to be one of action, requiring planning and energy in order to succeed. The Year of the Earth Dog Spa Experience incorporates several traditional elements to stimulate the senses, relax the mind and rejuvenate the body. To start; guests are welcomed with hot or cold towels infused with mandarin orange or tangerine oil, both of which symbolise good tidings. Guests are then invited to enjoy a welcome drink of Chinese red dates, honey and goji berries, which help to destress and encourage sleep. Traditional sweet treats popular during Chinese New Year festivities will be available in the spa’s relaxation area, including sweetened tangerine, coconut and ginger from the …

David Beckham launches House 99

David Beckham launches House 99

Football legend David Beckham has partnered with L’Oréal to launch House 99, a 13 piece grooming line which includes hair products and moisturisers. The launch is a partnership with the dominant international beauty business -L’Oréal, which has a track record in the male skincare market with L’Oréal Men Expert. Beckham has dabbled in the men’s grooming arena before with his range of fragrances. I haven’t been a huge fan of those. It will be interesting to see what the full line-up includes and how focussed it will be on anti-ageing and beards. The brand is said to be inspired by British barber shops as well as Beckham’s own favourite products, featuring skincare, haircare, bodycare and grooming, ranging from the Bold Statement Tattoo Body Moisturizer to the Softer Touch Beard Oil. Quinoa and spirulina are at the heart of the formulas, chosen specifically by Beckham for their reputation as health-boosting ingredients. I’m guessing from some of the imagery available that it will address shaving, beards and skin with 13 products. David Beckham launches House 99 It is said that …