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Spa Wars comes to ITVBe

It had to happen: Spa Wars is a brand new competitive beauty series on ITVBe that pitches three rival salons owners against each other to find out whose treatments offer the best value for money. Im not quite sure how enthusiastic I am about this. Will it be compelling TV or car-crash telly? I guess it’s more salon wars (from what I can gather) and not truly based in the spa. I guess it will be nail scissors at dawn and its likely to get bitchy. Voiced by television personality Rylan Clark-Neal, each episode sees three local beauticians take it in turns to visit each other’s salons, where they are plumped, preened and pampered to perfection before deciding how much they’re willing to pay for their treatments. At the end of all three visits, the salon that’s been paid the highest percentage of their total bill is crowned that week’s Spa Wars Winner. These results are revealed to them by a surprise guest celebrity! It seems to mimic the Four in a bed series. We …

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New Caudalie Boutique Spa opens in South London

Caudalie brings a taste of France to South London with the opening of its new Caudalie Boutique Spa. Situated on the well-healed shopping street of Northcote Road in Wandsworth, the store has two treatment rooms and extends the growing reputation of the brand in the UK. Last year I visited the home of Caudalie at Les Sources de Caudalie in the Bordeaux countryside. It was magical looking across the vineyard and experiencing authentic, vine-inspired therapies. This new boutique spa brings a taste of that with its unique version of vinotherapy to the streets of South London. You will find all of the brand hero products tastefully displayed in this modern, welcoming location. Naturally, Beauty Elixir, one of the best-selling products from the range takes pride of place and it is a must-try product for any beauty fan. For guys most of the skincare range will be suitable and the store is sign posted by concern, so it’s easy to navigate. The concise treatment menu has everything you will need for an hour or so of pure …

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Belmond launches spa carriage on Belmond Royal Scotsman

Move over Southern Rail, Belmond has announced the launch of a new spa carriage aboard Belmond Royal Scotsman. The service begins on 17th April, the start of the 2017 season and sees a new partnership with The Bamford Haybarn Spa. It’s the first spa carriage to feature aboard Belmond’s portfolio of luxury trains and features bespoke Bamford treatments for passengers travelling on overnight rail journeys throughout Scotland and Great Britain. The British wellness brand Bamford was established in 2006 and is inspired by nature, with botanical skincare collections and holistic treatments that are made using organic ingredients certified by the Soil Association. Its Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint Botanical collection has also been selected by Belmond as the amenity range for each cabin. Individually crafted wellbeing treatments are devoted to connecting the mind, body and soul with the natural world. The Bamford Bespoke Facial is a 55-minute ritual that aims to restore, rejuvenate and repair the skin. The treatment features facial reflexology, lymphatic drainage, stimulating lifting and ancient yogic breathing. The treatment is finished with a deep tissue …

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Hot new spa openings in London 2017

There are some really hot new spa openings in London 2017 and I for one am very excited. The London spa market operates in a bit of a bubble, and it continues to boom. Although, having said that, across the UK there are some very big  projects set to launch this year too. From day spas and urban retreats to the the uber-luxury of five-star properties it appears that our desire for new spa experiences in the capital has not been satisfied. 2017 marks a year of new developments, investment and openings. The City of London is a central focus with the Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square and The Ned bringing spa luxury to the city. Whilst near Hyde Park, The Lanesborough is opening its Club & Spa. Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square (March 2017) From mid-March 2017, Four Seasons is set to open in the City of London. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will boast 1,680 square metres and eight spacious treatment rooms, including a spacious Spa Suite for couples and …

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Spa London becomes Spa Experience by Better

Spa Experience by Better is the new brand new name for Spa London. I’ve written about Spa London and talked about it on BBC Radio 4 and am a big fan for a number of reasons. The team has partnered with quality spa brands and offers excellent treatments at competitive prices. It makes spa affordable for more people and spreading the art of relaxation through the wider population is a very good thing in my book. Spa Experience by Better is a fresh new look for the spa group which has locations right across London and the South and the business has some very interesting plans to expand the concept nationwide. Partner brands include Elemis, La Sultane De Saba, Murad and Essie. The group first launched in 2007 with a single spa at Bethnal Green in East London.  The facility was the UK’s first ever public sector day spa and created a niche offering in the market, by offering a high quality service, but with less of the cost and exclusivity of spas that had existed before. There are currently …

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Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016

Spafinder Wellness has announced the global winners of the Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards 2016. Inaugurated in 2014, the Awards recognise hotels, resorts, destination spas and retreats offering the best wellness vacations and experiences on six continents and in 41 countries, along with the top 10 properties in each of 20 categories. This year, 388 finalists competed for top honours, and consumers cast over 130,000 ballots for their favorite properties, more than twice as many as were cast in 2015. All Wellness Travel Award nominees, finalists and winners can be seen at www.wellnesstravelawards.com. Spafinder Wellness CEO John Bevan presented WTA Crystal Awards to the top properties on six continents and Country Awards to the top properties in 41 countries and regions. Category Awards were given to the top 10 properties that offer exceptional wellness experiences in each of 20 categories. New categories in 2016 include “Hidden Gems” and “Ahead-of-the-Curve.” Wellness Travel Award finalists were selected by a panel of 39 travel and wellness industry editors and experts, who first nominated 605 properties for consideration before narrowing the …

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Four Seasons to open new London hotel and spa

It’s not long to wait. From mid-March 2017, Four Seasons is promising to open the most lavish spa sanctuary in the City of London. Reflecting the architecture of London’s ancient Roman history, the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square features classical columns and clean lines. Colours and materials are inspired by the precious minerals mined by the Romans, lending an atmosphere of timeless serenity. With 1,680 square metres (18,083 square feet) of luxe relaxation, the London day spa features eight spacious treatment rooms, including a spacious Spa Suite for couples and a special Hammam Suite for steam treatments. Shared relaxation amenities include an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, steam room and sauna. RELAXATION ZONE Conceived as private dressing rooms, the men’s and women’s changing rooms feature relaxation areas and individual showers. The women’s facility also includes its own steam room. FINISHING TOUCHES The spa’s elegant London nail salon is set within a circular chamber with marble floors. Four manicure stations and two pedicure stations are each placed in a separate niche for added privacy. COUPLE’S …

National Spa Week 2016

It’s that time of the year once again when you can abandon all guilt and book a spa treatment, or pull out all the stops and book a spa break. Why? Because it’s National Spa Week and there’s some great deals and offers to be had. Running from 31st October to 4th November, National Spa Week celebrates UK spas and salons by putting them in the spotlight for one dedicated week, giving them the opportunity to showcase the many real physical and emotional health benefits of the treatments that they offer to the UK public. National Spa Week 2016 Participating spas and salons will be providing some fantastic offers and promotions on a range of treatments so that you can discover for yourself why regularly visiting a spa is a necessary personal investment, not just a one off ‘treat’. I’m booked into Ockenden Manor to celebrate the week too – to experience a new Elemental Herbology signature treatment (the brand has just launched at the spa). The main aim of Spa Week is to promote the many health …

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Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture

Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture 16 September 2016 – 28 January 2017 Admission free Soak, Steam, Dream: Reinventing Bathing Culture is a new exhibition that explores a new communal bathing culture through the work of contemporary architects and designers. The exhibition is part of the 2016 London Design Festival and features international bathhouse projects by Peter Zumthor, Skene Catling de la Peña, H3T architekti and Kengo Kuma. These all re-imagine the bathhouse as a social space, factoring in smart water use for the 21st century. This is particularly exciting for The Spa Man, as it’s rare that spa and bathing culture receives this kind of public platform. This is especially interesting given that we are witnessing a return to traditional forms of bathing and a renewed interest in communal bathing traditions. Curator Jane Withers says, ‘There has been an extraordinarily rich architecture and culture associated with communal bathing since ancient times. With the arrival of the private bathroom and a more clinical approach to sanitation and wellbeing, we have lost this leisurely sense of the …

SenSpa Skincare launches in Waitrose - the Spa Man

SenSpa Skincare launches in Waitrose

Treat your skin to an at-home spa experience everyday as SenSpa Skincare launches in Waitrose. Combining a fusion of natural extracts and therapeutic oils the new skincare line harnesses the effects of a handpicked selection of botanical and herbal ingredients alongside cutting-edge actives for a range of products that work for everyone. The SenSpa Skincare range includes seven indulgent new products: The Daily Ritual Creamy Cleanser (£9.99, 150ml) is the ideal start to every skincare regime. Combining three intensely effective yet luxurious botanical ingredients; Edelweiss, Rhodolia Rosea and Gardenia. This gentle creamy cleanser melts away make-up and daily impurities with spa-like efficiency whilst comforting and balancing skin for the optimum cleansing experience. READ: The Spa Man’s review of SenSpa at Careys Manor here The Lift Perfect Day Cream (£14.99, 75ml) expertly combines a unique combination of Shea extract with an advanced blend of natural ingredients to target the signs of ageing skin and create the perfect daily treatment and protection for skin. Enhanced with antioxidant Edelweiss and a plant cell extract derived from Gardenia, known for …

Dolphin Square launches Arabian Beard Ritual - The Spa Man

Arabian Beard Ritual launches at The Spa at Dolphin Square

Developed in response to the current popularity of beards, I’m pleased to hear that the Moroccan themed Spa at Dolphin Square has developed a new Arabian Beard Ritual treatment to exclusively cater for its bearded clients. Set to launch on June 1st, the Arabian Beard Ritual is the brainchild of Dolphin Square’s Marketing Manager, Ricardo Faria Ornelas, who came up with concept based on the proven hygiene benefits of beard grooming. “The fact that facial hair is very course means that beards are likely to trap dirt and harbour germs which can lead to skin infections” Ricardo comments. “With this in mind, it is important to keep both the beard and the surrounding skin clean to maximise facial hygiene”. The Arabian Beard Ritual The 25 minute treatment starts with a cleansing ritual using Savon Noir soap to remove dead skin cells, leaving a smoother and brighter complexion. Part of the Spa’s traditional Moroccan Hammam ritual, Savoir Noir soap contains black olives and is rich in vitamin E, helping to soften and nourish the skin. Hot towels are then …

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Burger King spa opens in Finland

It’s only natural that a Burger King spa opens in Finland – right? It’s the traditional home of the sauna. The Fins are renowned throughout the world for their rugged approach to getting hot and steamy and then jumping in a freezing lake. Some run around in the snow. So the news that Burger King, yes you heard it right, Burger King has opened a spa in Finland’s capital, Helsinki is not that surprising. It’s reported to be a fully functioning spa that’s an add-on to the burger joint which will allow patrons to eat their burgers and fries in a sauna capable of seating up to 15 people. And it doesn’t stop there, there is a range of high-tech add ons. The red and blue benches in the sauna pick out the chains logo and create a bright and breezy look, designed by Finnish designer Teuvo Loman. The spa area also features a 48-inch TV for viewing movies, as well as a gaming lounge, complete with 55-inch TV and a Playstation 4 console. You can even …

Humorous video of spa etiquette in Iceland

The tourist board for Iceland, Visit Iceland has launched a tongue in cheek video showing the spa etiquette required for spa-ing in the country. I have watched this humorous video of spa etiquette in Iceland a few times and it still makes me laugh. Iceland really is a magical place to spa, I’ve been to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland before and absolutely loved it. I had one of my most memorable spa experiences there. So, for this funny guide to spa in Iceland, you can watch the video below. Produced through its Iceland Academy online “training course,” it aims to teach tourists the basics of a spa visit to Iceland, ensuring they make the most of their time in the country. I think that it should be shown in spas right across the world too. I absolutely love the new video which teaches visitors about Iceland’s hot tub etiquette. It’s introduced by a local known as Gudmundur,  who is head of spa etiquette. Gudmundur stands next to a naked man in a shower, and proceeds to demonstrate how to properly get …

Elemis launches TSV special 13th February on QVC

Elemis exclusive TSV collection on QVC

The Elemis exclusive TSV collection on QVC features the 5-Piece ‘Cleanse, Define and Contour Collection’ is available on QVC for one day only on the 13th February. The QVC TSV collections are always really popular and offer some incredible deals for beauty fans. This one in particular has some hero products and some new launches. the new Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil is sure to be a favourite. Revive your regime with the Elemis exclusive TSV collection on QVC anti-ageing collection, consisting of powerful creams, oils and balms for the face, décolleté and eyes. The new Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil, a nurturing cleanser containing over 90% natural oils softens, soothes & supports the moisture barrier leaving a healthy looking radiant complexion. Skin is primed and in optimum condition to receive the full benefits of this anti-ageing routine. With the Pro-Definition Day Cream, Night Cream and Eye & Lip Contour Cream, lines will appear plumper and re-densified, revealing a more youthful, renewed and sculpted look. The clinically proven NEW Pro-Collagen Neck & Décolleté balm will help to maintain skin moisture …

AMA Andalusia Health Resort opens in Spain

A spa escape is, for many people, out of reach due to the expense. Let’s face it. A week in a spa hotel or retreat is not cheap. Enter: AMA Andalusia Health Resort, which is an exciting project in Andalucia which offers easy accessibility from both Faro and Seville airports, and most importantly – affordability with nightly rates from 100€. It offers new opportunities for guest seeking a health resort in Andalusia. This new 42 bedroom property (that also includes 26 luxury apartments and 50 standard apartments in its portfolio), is opening its doors after an extensive multimillion refurbishment. AMA – a word which references both love and Mother Nature – is offering a pioneering spa and medical programme, haute cuisine prepared by an ex-Elbulli chef and impeccable rooms, whilst tucked away as a hidden gem in the quiet beach town of Islantilla, bordering Portugal. Sounds idyllic. Best health resort in Andalusia? Whether checking in for a two day Detox Break, or 21 day medical recovery programme, AMA Andalusia Health Resort’s spa and health team …